What is buttock augmentation?
Buttock augmentation surgery, sometimes referred to as a Brazilian butt lift when fat transfer is involved, uses implants, fat grafting or sometimes a combination of both to increase the size of your buttocks. This procedure can:
- Increase fullness, roundness and projection of your buttock
- Improve the balance of your figure
- Enhance your self-image and self-confidence
Buttock augmentation surgery is right for someone who does not like the shape of their buttock or is looking to balance their body. It is commonly performed in one of two ways, with implants or fat transfer. The fat transfer procedure is commonly known as a “Brazilian butt lift.”
Buttock augmentation risks and safety information
The decision to have buttock augmentation surgery is extremely personal. You will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable.
You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any buttock augmentation risks and potential complications.
Buttock augmentation with implants risks include:
- Opening of the incisions with implant exposed requiring removal
- Nerve damage
- Implant rupture
- Implant migration
- Fluid accumulation (seroma)
- Pressure on your sciatic nerve
- Anesthesia risks
Buttock augmentation by fat transfer risks include:
- Excessive loss of blood
- Blood clots
- Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
- Possibility of revisional surgery
- Numbness and pain
- Fat embolism, injection of fat into the bloodstream that causes inflammation in the lungs
- Fluid shifts and lidocaine toxicity
- Complications of liposuction
- Complications of anesthesia
- Swelling and bruising
- Possible need for a revision surgery at a later date
- Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
- Anesthesia risks
- Oil cyst
- Stretch marks
These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It is important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon.
Preparing for buttock augmentation surgery
Prior to buttock augmentation surgery, you may be asked to:
- Get a blood test
- Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
- Stop smoking
- Avoid taking aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs as they can increase bleeding
Buttock augmentation surgery may be performed in an accredited outpatient or ambulatory surgical center or a hospital. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.
Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon questions. It’s very important to understand all aspects of your buttock augmentation surgery. It’s natural to feel some anxiety, whether it’s excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of preoperative stress. Don’t be shy about discussing these feelings with your plastic surgeon.