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Buttock
AUGMENTATION

What is a buttock augmentation?

A buttock augmentation (Gluteal augmentation and lift) is a procedure that improves the contour, size and shape of your buttocks as well as the the tone of the underlying tissue. The surgical technique used will depend on your goals, the result you would like to achieve, how active you are, and the shape and size of your buttocks. Your skin quality is also a factor as well as how much extra skin there is in your buttock area, and how much extra fat there is on the rest of your body to use in a liposuction procedure.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?

Buttock augmentation surgery can achieve very satisfying results. Your buttocks will have a firmer, curvier, neater appearance, with the lift giving you a more attractive silhouette and improved proportions. Your improved appearance will give you greater self-confidence.

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How do I plan for my buttock augmentation surgery?
Before any surgery is performed, your first consultation with your cosmetic surgeon will be a discussion about what your expectations are, and what you would like to achieve.

Your surgeon will examine your buttocks, assess skin quality and tone and take measurements, paying attention to their shape and size, and will also take photographs. He or she will ask about your general health status as well as any pre-existing conditions.

There are several buttock augmentation procedure options: the implant procedure, the fat grafting (or Brazilian butt lift) and buttock lift procedures. Your surgeon will suggest one that is right for you, explaining the full procedure so you can make an informed decision.

What is the procedure for buttock augmentation?

The procedure usually takes about 2 hours to complete.

In a buttock implant procedure, after anaesthesia, the surgeon makes an incision
above and below the buttocks, as well as an incision or incisions between the cheeks.

The surgeon inserts a silicone implant in each buttock, either in or above the muscle on each side, then closes the incision with layered sutures in the tissue and closes the skin incisions with sutures, skin adhesive or surgical tape.

In a fat graft procedure, after anaesthesia, the surgeon will perform liposuction through small incisions, using a thin tube (cannula) which dislodges the fat and suctions it out via a surgical vacuum. The surgeon may often remove more fat than what will be used in the grafting procedure.

The fat, tissue and blood that is removed is processed and the surgeon uses the cannula to transfer the fat to the buttocks via several injections in the buttock area.

A buttock lift procedure may involve many incisions, the size depending on how much excess skin is to be removed, and where it is located. These incisions are usually made where they will be least visible when you’re wearing a swimsuit.

After anaesthesia, the surgeon makes an incision just below your waist area and may perform liposuction as part of the procedure.

Alternatively, he or she may make incisions in the crease between the legs and the buttocks, then remove excess skin and tissue. This results in a more defined crease and may also smooth the skin beneath the buttocks.

The surgeon will then use deep sutures which help to shape the new contours and will finally close the skin with sutures.

How should I prepare for a buttock augmentation?
Before your surgery you may be asked to stop smoking for two to four weeks prior to the procedure. Nicotine retards the healing process and quitting for as long as possible before surgery helps improve blood flow. You will also have to have a blood test before surgery is performed.

You should stop taking certain medication, like aspirin and some anti-inflammatory drugs. Avoid recreational drugs and disclose to your surgeon any other medication you’re taking, since you may need to adjust these.

Be sure to arrange for transport to and from the clinic, since you will not be able to drive yourself after the procedure.

Where will my buttock augmentation surgery be performed?
The surgery will be performed in one of our fully equipped operating theatres.
What anaesthetic will be used for my buttock augmentation?
Buttock augmentation is performed under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend which option is best for you.
How do I recover from buttock augmentation surgery?
For at least two weeks after your surgery, you should avoid sitting for long periods,
In order not to damage the fat or implants. When you do need to sit, you should use a cushion behind your legs. This will help to raise the buttocks and take pressure off the fat grafts or implants.

You should sleep on your side or face down, avoid squatting or stretching your buttock muscles, and be careful when bending over. You should wait about six to eight weeks before returning to your regular exercise routine.

What can I expect after my surgery?
The results of this surgery are noticeable almost immediately, but it can take three to six months until you see full effects. Scars can take up to two years to fade but some will remain. The results of a buttock augmentation are long-lasting, as long as you keep your weight stable and maintain your level of fitness. Ageing will result in some loss of firmness, and if you lose or gain weight, this may affect the size of your buttocks.

You can expect good results, but sometimes extra surgery may be needed. While you are healing, remember not to place excessive force or pressure on the sutures.

If you had a fat transfer, you may have to wait up to a year to see the final results. Because some fat will be reabsorbed by your body.

When can I return to normal activities?
The recovery process will take about up to two weeks. There will be some soreness and swelling which are normal abut that should subside within two to three weeks. After the surgery, you may need to take about two weeks off work, and you will need to avoid strenuous activities for six to eight weeks. Your surgeon will advise you on how soon you can return to your regular activities.
What are the risks involved in buttock augmentation surgery?

With buttock augmentation surgery, like all other surgery, there is a (low) risk of post-operative infection, bleeding and swelling as well as the risks associated with anaesthesia.

Some of the other risks and side effects include pain, scarring, allergic reactions, skin loss and skin discoloration. There may also be fluid or blood accumulation, and asymmetry due to fat absorption. There is also a risk of the silicone implants slipping out of place and correcting this may involve further surgery.

Your surgeon will discuss all the risks with you before the procedure.

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