BUTTOCK AUGMENTATION AND BUTTOCK LIFT
Buttock augmentation is a procedure to improve the contour, and size of the buttocks by fat grafting from another body area after liposuction thereof. A buttock lift improves the shape of the underlying tissue that supports skin and fat in the buttock area, without the injection of fat.
Aging, and fluctuations in weight may contribute to tissue laxity that results in sagging of the buttocks. In a buttock lift excess skin and fat are excised to achieve a more pleasing contour. A buttock lift will not enlarge the buttocks, but may improve an irregular skin surface.
Buttock lifts are not intended for fat removal or addition of volume. Fat transfer or grafting can be used to add volume and this is known as a a buttock augmentation. It is sometimes referred to as a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL). Liposuction is sometimes added for better contouring.
The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and usually involves a minimum of two nights stay. A buttock lift is performed via incisions that overlie the waist line and curve towards the front of the body. When buttock augmentation or a Brazilian Butt Lift, is performed, the initial step is liposuction and is performed to improve the shape of the buttocks, and to obtain enough fat to transfer to the buttocks. In general, Dr Sofianos may liposuction up to two or three times the amount of fat than what is injected into the buttocks. The fat that is removed through liposuction is processed and then injected into the buttocks through multiple injections. Deep stitches are used to form and support the newly-shaped buttock contour. The incisions are then closed and suction drains are placed.
After body contouring the incisions are covered in bandages and loosely wrapped to reduce swelling. Recovery takes time and patients are usually off work for a minimum of 10-14 days.
In the first few days after body contouring -
Be up and mobile as soon as possible, as well as drink plenty of fluids, to prevent deep vein thrombosis (clots)
Avoid bending, straining or lifting
Take pain medication as prescribed by Dr Sofianos and use topical or oral antibiotics as directed to prevent wound infections.