Buttock implants are artificial devices that are surgically placed in the buttocks to create volume in that area.
The operation also called buttock augmentation or gluteoplasty has become more and more popular in recent years. According to one estimate, from 2000 to 2015, the number of buttock augmentation surgeries increased by 252 percent. The most popular types of buttock surgeries include buttock lift, implant placement, and fat augmentation.
Buttock implants have one main goal: to improve the shape of the buttocks. However, there are several different approaches to achieving this goal. The two main types of procedures are fat transfer and implantation.
- Fat transfer
BBL surgery with adipose tissue grafting was the most popular aesthetic buttock surgery in 2015. It is also called the “Brazilian butt lift”. During this surgery, a plastic surgeon “lipoxes” a specific area of your body to gain fat – usually your belly, sides, or thighs – and injects it into your buttocks to increase volume. Sometimes this method is combined with silicone implants to achieve the most natural look.
- Silicone Implants
Silicone is the material from which implants are made. Solid silicone implants are surgically inserted into the buttocks through an incision between the buttocks. To achieve maximum results, this technique is sometimes combined with fat transfer. Recovery from buttock surgery takes up to four weeks.
Implants usually add volume. This is something that cannot be dealt with fat injections and transplants. Overall, silicone implants have been documented as a safe and effective reliable source for buttock enhancement. Endoprosthetics is preferable for thin people with little fat, as they may not have enough material for buttock lipofilling.
In addition to fat grafting and implantation, liposuction is sometimes used to correct the buttocks. This process removes excess fat in specific areas of the buttocks for maximum visual perfection – for example, an hourglass shape.
Who Is the Buttock Implant Suitable For?
The demand for buttock augmentation is growing, but this does not mean that the operation is suitable for everyone. You can be a good candidate for a gluteoplasty if you:
- have recently lost weight and have also lost some of the natural shape of the buttocks
- have a deformity of the buttocks due to injury, illness or accident
- feel like your natural shapes are too flat or square
- think your glutes could have more curves to balance your overall figure
- want to combat natural signs of aging, such as flabbiness
Are Gluteal Implants Safe?
For example, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has documented 95.6% satisfaction with this type of surgery based on ratings. Despite the high success rate, buttock surgery still carries some risks. Some of the more common side effects include:
- excessive bleeding after surgery
- discoloration of the skin
- accumulation of fluid or blood under the buttocks
- allergic reactions
And although this all does not sound very attractive, you need to understand that this is a list of common general surgical possible complications that can occur during any operation, not necessarily with buttock implantation.
Silicone implants can also move or slip out of the insertion site. This can make the buttocks uneven and require surgery to fix them.
Fat transfer can also lead to asymmetries due to the absorption of fat in the body. Such effects can be corrected, but any subsequent operations require additional costs and rehabilitation time.
The Effect of Augmentation of The Buttocks
Buttock implants provide permanent results and the overall operation has a high success rate. However, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, it takes three to six months for full effect. During this time, the body will fully recover, and the implants will take root in a new position.
Buttock implants are becoming more popular due to their effectiveness and overall safety. However, there are many things to consider before signing up for this type of surgery, including cost, recovery, overall health, and the desired effect.
Consult with plastic surgeons first to make sure you understand everything related to this type of body shaping. Don’t be afraid to go to consultations until you find the right surgeon – just make sure you choose an experienced and certified specialist.
Liquid silicone and other materials that are illegally introduced are unsafe and can cause life-threatening complications. They are not an alternative to gluteal implants.