Buttock augmentation (a type of gluteoplasty) is performed to enlarge, and possibly reshape, buttocks that have not responded to diet or exercise. Candidates for buttock augmentation are unhappy with the lack of fullness, roundness and projection of their buttocks, and/or with having asymmetrical buttocks; they should also have realistic expectations about the results that surgery can provide. Significantly more women than men seek to have their buttocks augmented, but in recent years, the number of men has increased.
What is BBL?
Buttock augmentation using the BBL technique is usually performed with fat transfer and results depend on the skin‘s quality and elasticity, and the amount of body fat available for transfer.
Fat Transfer for Buttock Augmentation
The fat used for buttock augmentation is usually taken from the patient‘s abdomen, hips, thighs or lower back. Fat is removed using liposuction, in which a cannula (a thin, hollow tube) is inserted through small incisions, and then moved back and forth to loosen excess fat, which is suctioned out using a vacuum or cannula-attached syringe. The fat is then purified, and injected into the buttocks at different depths for maximum absorption.
Recovery from Buttock Augmentation
After buttock augmentation with fat transfer, a compression garment must be worn for 2 to 3 weeks. For at least 2 weeks, patients should not sit directly on the buttocks; placing a pillow beneath the back of the legs to raise the buttocks and keep pressure off them is required. Sleeping facedown or on the side is also recommended. Patients typically experience pain/discomfort, bruising and swelling after the procedure. Recovery time for fat-transfer patients is slightly quicker, with most going back to work within 10 to 14 days, and resuming exercise after 8 weeks.
Risks of Buttock Augmentation
In addition to the risks associated with any surgery, those related to buttock augmentation using fat transfer include the following:
- Stretch marks
- Fat embolism
Buttock augmentation with fat transfer includes the risks related to liposuction, which include indentations in the skin, scarring and contour irregularities.