Buttock Augmentation is any procedure that increases the size of the buttocks. These procedures include the Brazilian buttock lift (BBL), Sculptra and buttock implants.
BBL (Brazilian Buttock Lift)
A BBL is done by harvesting fat from other areas of the body with liposuction. The fat is then filtered and injected into the buttock. Injecting fat into the deep buttock muscle gives a great result but is very risky. It is much safer to inject the fat under the buttock skin. Fat injections are unpredictable because fat survival varies. What looks like a great result at first can be from swelling that slowly subsides. A second BBL may be needed to get the desired result.
Brazilian buttock lifts are done at the out-patient surgery center under general anesthesia. It takes 2-4 hours. Recovery takes about 2 weeks. The final is in 6 months. This procedure remains the most popular for enlargement of the buttocks.
Sculptra Aesthetic is an FDA approved injectable made of poly-L-lactic acid that helps gradually build collagen. It works with your body within the deep layers of the skin to help regenerate the skin’s inner structure. It does not work immediately like other injectables. The results develop over several months and can last for up to 2 years. Sculptra injected under the skin of the upper buttocks can give a safe, subtle buttock enlargement. 1 to 6 syringes are injected at a time and it can be done in the office. Sculptra is a special ordered item and it must be pre-paid. It is be prepared in advance for the procedure and has to be discarded if not used.
Buttock implants are soft, silicone implants that are placed either over or into the major buttock muscle, the gluteus maximus. Large implants can be placed over the muscle but in time will tend to droop or shift position. Placement into the muscle reduces the risk of infection and implant shifting but only small implants can be used. Recovery requires 3 to 6 weeks of rest to avoid infection and implant placement in the muscle is very painful at first. With either approach, nerves injury is a risk. Dr. Morgan did many buttock implants in Los Angeles but they are much less popular in Atlanta. She does care for patients with late complications from buttock implants.