Butt Implants vs. The Brazilian Butt Lift – What’s The Difference?
In recent years cosmetic surgery to enhance the buttocks (butt augmentation) has become very popular, especially with popular culture being influenced by the behinds of celebrities like Jennifer Lopez.
The two most popular techniques used for butt augmentation are: butt implants and butt lift augmentation through fat transfer (also known as the Brazilian Butt Lift):
What are butt implants?
Butt implants (also called gluteal implants) are silicone implants that can be placed to add volume to the buttocks. Butt implants are either round or oval (anatomical) in shape and feature either smooth or textured surfaces, much like a breast implant. The most common butt implants are filled with solid silicone, which is a highly durable material that resists rupturing, spilling, and deflating from exposure to pressure. Durability is extremely important as butt implants experience some amount of pressure with sitting or lying on one’s back.
Butt Augmentation with Butt Implants
Depending on the patient’s body type, the butt augmentation procedure begins with the surgeon either making an incision in the crease in the crease between the buttocks. The surgeon then creates a pocket for the implant, which can be placed either above or within the gluteus maximus muscle. After the implant is placed the incision is closed with sutures. Sometimes drains are placed to allow small amounts of blood to be evacuated during the first week after surgery. Depending on the patient, liposuction can be used to enhance the final shape of adjacent areas such as the flanks and hips.
Butt Augmentation through Fat Transfer (Brazilian Butt Lift)
As long as the patient has sufficient fat stores somewhere else on her body, a Brazilian Butt Lift may be an excellent option. The Brazilian Butt Lift is a fat transfer procedure which uses a patient’s own fat to enhance the butt. A surgeon harvests the fat from the abdomen, thighs, back, and flanks areas using a cannula in a liposuction procedure. The fat particles are purified and injected into the fatty and muscle layers to add the desired volume.
Fat transfer procedures are limited, however, by survival of the fat. Some of the implanted fat cells do not survive and are reabsorbed and removed by the body’s immune system. This limits the amount of augmentation possible in a single procedure. We sometimes add platelet rich plasma (PRP) to the fat cells to enhance their survival. Occasionally though, more than one fat transfer procedure may be required to deliver the results the patient seeks.
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