A sensuous, round rear end is quite a desirable thing these days. In 2016, the demand for buttock augmentation increased by almost 500% and some experts project that this trend will continue for quite some time. There are basically two different surgical options for people with flat or sagging buttocks: a Brazilian Butt Lift or Buttock Implants. Both procedures offer desirable results, but which one is right for you? Read on to find out.
Buttocks Implants: the procedure
Buttock implant surgery involves the careful placement of specially designed implant material in each of the butt cheeks to create more volume and more desirable curves. An incision is made either in the buttock crease or where the butt cheek meets the back of the thigh. Many patients choose to have the incision made in the buttock crease because the scars are less noticeable in this region, though infection can be a concern without proper post-op care.
During the butt implant procedure, which usually takes between two and three hours, the surgeon will place the implants either above the gluteal muscles or below them, depending on what’s best for the patient in terms of aesthetics and comfort. The doctor will then check to make sure that the butt cheeks look symmetrical and proportional and then close the incision. The procedure is relatively simple and straightforward and afterwards, a compression garment is applied and the patient is taken to recovery.
After receiving butt implants, patients can return to some light, low-intensity work within a few days. Full recovery takes up to 6 months with patients slowly returning to more and more of their normal daily activities over time.
Brazilian Butt Lift: the procedure
The Brazilian Butt Lift is a procedure that involves the transfer of fat from one area of the patient’s body to the buttocks. The use of the patient’s own natural fat cells is a big perk that has made the Brazilian Butt Lift so popular. At the same time, however, patients must take care to follow the doctor’s post-op instructions carefully after the fat transfer and thus avoid putting pressure on their buttocks for 2 to 6 weeks to allow the fat cells to develop an adequate blood supply.
The procedure begins by harvesting fat cells from other areas of the body like the waist or the inner thighs using liposuction. The surgeon works to contour the body to create a more pleasing shape. Then, the fat cells are processed and purified before being transplanted into the buttocks. Rather than making a large incision in one area of the buttocks as with a butt implant procedure, to perform fat transfer, many tiny incisions are made all over the butt cheeks so that the surgeon can insert a cannula into different areas of the buttocks as well as under and over the gluteal muscle tissue.
Which butt augmentation procedure is right for you?
The average cost of buttock implants ($4860) is just slightly more than the average cost of a Brazilian Butt Lift ($4356) according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, so there isn’t much difference in terms of price.
However, one of the biggest advantages of Buttock Implants over the Brazilian Butt Lift is the recovery: patients don’t need to avoid putting pressure on their buttocks and don’t have to worry about transplanted fat cells being reabsorbed by the body as they do with a Braziliang Butt Lift. Moreover, with implant surgery, the results are easier to predict than with a Braziliang Butt Lift. Butt implants are also an excellent alternative for patients who have little extra fat on their bodies for a fat transfer procedure like the Brazilian Butt Lift.
Not he other hand, one of the biggest advantages of the Brazilian Butt Lift is that it’s actually two procedures combined into one: liposuction and fat transfer. Therefore, it would be particularly suitable for people who have an uneven fat distribution. Moreover, the incisions made for the fat transfer are so small that they often don’t require stitches and the risk of infection is therefore very low.
Though a Brazilian Butt Lift procedure uses the patient’s own fat cells rather than synthetic butt implants, some patients may still find that implants are the right choice for them. Even though the Brazilian Butt Lift includes liposuction and body contouring as part of the package, patients in the market for butt implants can sign-up for liposuction too. Both procedures are a legitimate choice depending on what’s right for you as they can lead to a sexier, more curvy bikini body that’s beach-ready.