Small, thin lower bodies are out, and a bigger butt is the new ideal for women. The trend of larger butts continues to increase in popularity thanks to celebrities like Kim Kardashian glorifying the round, voluminous backside. Now, it seems as if people are trying to do anything they can to get a larger and better-shaped bottom, including exercises like lunges and squats. However, for many women, achieving a Hollywood-standard butt through squats feels impossible. While there are many great health benefits to squats other than a more dominant derrière, it can be disappointing when all your workout efforts reap few rewards.
This is probably why there was a significant increase in buttock augmentation between 2013 and 2014. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), buttock augmentations saw a:
- 49 percent increase in butt implants
- 13 percent increase in augmentation using fat grafting
- 30 percent increase in butt lifts
Buttock enhancement is a perfect solution for those who have tried diet and exercise but still cannot achieve the ideal round backside they desire.
Silicone implants aren’t only for the breasts; they can also be used to increase butt size and improve butt shape. Implants are the ideal option for patients who don’t have enough extra tissue for a fat transfer. Butt implants can enhance and reshape your gluteal profile; however, they are not an effective treatment for sagging. Implants are inserted into a pocket below the gluteal muscle and above the pelvic bone.
Fat Transfer to the Buttocks
Initially, the options for butt enhancement were limited to implants and highly unsafe silicone injections. Thankfully, fat transfer surgery has opened the door to a safe and natural way to achieve beautiful buttock curves that create balance with the rest of the body. Commonly referred to as the Brazilian Butt Lift, or BBL, this fat transfer uses liposuction to remove excess fat from problem areas and then injects that fat into the buttocks for a natural-looking increase in size and shape. The benefits of fat transfer include:
- Provides natural-looking results
- Eliminates stubborn fat from problem areas
- Uses 100 percent patient-harvested fat cells and no synthetic fillers
- Faster recovery time than implants
Many people have joked about wanting to take fat from one troublesome area of their body and have it put in another area that lacks volume. Fat transfer surgery has brought that idea to practice. Unwanted fat can be extracted from fibrous areas, such as the abdomen, thighs, and hips, and then injected into the buttocks to create a more sculpted physique. Small incisions are made discreetly in the areas from which fat will be harvested. After the fat is removed through a liposuction procedure, which involves a cannula hooked up to a vacuum device that suctions out the fat, it is purified and drained of any oils and placed into syringes. The fat is then strategically injected into the butt and used to mold and sculpt the buttocks into a round, flattering shape. With a proper diet and exercise regimen and the avoidance of unhealthy habits such as smoking, women can enjoy their results for many years.
Brazilian Butt Lift vs. Buttock Augmentation With Implants
While the Brazilian Butt Lift typically costs more than buttock augmentation with implants, it holds several advantages. First, because the patient’s own fatty tissue is used, there is virtually no chance for the body to reject the injection. Buttock implants have the potential to shift, rupture (though this is very rare), or become infected. Second, the incisions made during the liposuction part of the Brazilian Butt Lift are very small, which results in smaller scars and a lower chance of infection. Conversely, the incisions needed for implants are larger and cause long scars as well as increase the risk of infection and poor healing. The third and perhaps most desirable advantage of BBL is that fat is removed from troublesome areas of the body before being repurposed to provide a more beautifully sculpted butt.
For other women, their dissatisfaction with their butt stems not from size but location and shape. Butt lift surgery removes excess skin from around the thighs and buttocks and pulls the remaining skin tight. This creates a butt that sits higher and is firmer and more prominent, making it more attractive than before. The benefits of a butt lift include:
- Natural-looking results
- Removal of excess skin that may be weighing you down
- Quick procedure
If you desire larger buttocks but also wish to correct butt sagging, then you may consider combining a butt lift with your fat transfer. This gives you the size enhancement of the fat transfer but the correction of any sagging that may have been caused by age or weight loss.