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Buttock Lift (Buttock Augmentation)

A buttock lift, commonly referred to as buttock augmentation or gluteoplasty, is performed to improve the shape, rate of projection, and overall appearance of the buttocks. While each patient has their own reasons for pursuing the surgery, this procedure is often considered when individuals experience a flat or “deflated” buttock appearance and wish to achieve a more youthful or shapely body contour. Dr. John Ayala, our skilled plastic surgeon, offers a buttock lift at his San Antonio practice for patients who seek to enhance the volume, shape, and firmness of their backside for results that can appear natural.

What is a Buttock Lift?

A buttock lift is designed to add volume to the buttocks, while recontouring its shape, for a rounder and firmer appearance that can appear proportionately to one’s unique figure. This is achieved by employing liposuction techniques to a fat-rich region of the body, and then redistributing the extracted and purified fat to the buttocks. By increasing the volume in the gluteal region, the projection and contour of the buttocks can also be enhanced. Furthermore, because the surgery utilizes a patient’s own fatty tissue for injection into the buttocks, there is generally no risk of an allergic reaction.

What Does Buttock Augmentation Accomplish?

If you are bothered by a flattened appearance in the backside, or if you are experiencing sagging, a buttock lift may be a solution to your concerns. In general, the procedure can improve the aesthetic of the buttocks by:

  • Enhancing volume
  • Rejuvenating shape
  • Achieving a more visible rate of projection
  • Correcting asymmetry
  • Improving the overall contour

As the procedure harvests fat from another body area through liposuction, the region in which fat is extracted can be contoured in tandem to buttock augmentation. Common extraction sites include the flanks, abdomen, and thighs. After listening to your concerns and assessing your needs in a consultation, Dr. Ayala can help you determine whether a buttock lift is well-suited to achieve your aesthetic goals.

How is a Buttock Lift Performed?

Buttock augmentation is typically an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. While the exact nature of your surgery will depend on your needs and goals for the outcome, buttock enhancement is usually achieved through the Brazilian Butt Lift technique. Prior to treatment, Dr. Ayala will walk you through every step of your unique procedure to ensure you are well-informed about the various aspects of gluteoplasty.

Brazilian Butt Lift

A brazilian butt lift is a procedure in which augmentation is achieved by transferring excess fat from one body area to the buttocks. As such, surgery will take place in two general stages: liposuction from a fat-rich region of the body, and subsequent fat redistribution into the buttocks. After reviewing the amount of fat available for transfer, Dr. Ayala will help you determine the most ideal extraction site (commonly, the flanks, abdomen, or thighs). The fat is then collected, purified, and prepared for transfer. Dr. Ayala will meticulously re-inject the fat to maximize survival of the transferred fat cells and achieve the desired enhancement. Once completed, Dr. Ayala will move you to our recovery area, where our team can monitor you while the effects of the anesthesia wear off. After an adequate amount of time, you may return home with the help of a friend or family member to recover from the comfort of your own surroundings.

What is Recovery From a Buttock Lift Like?

Following buttock augmentation, Dr. Ayala will provide post-operative instructions to facilitate your recovery period. In general, you will be instructed to avoid sitting directly on the treated areas. Pressure on the augmented regions can affect the outcome of surgery, so patients should sleep on their sides or stomach. When he sees you in person, Dr. Ayala will discuss ways that you can avoid harming the transferred fat in more detail. Some degree of bruising, swelling, or tenderness after surgery is to be expected; however, these reactions should subside as your healing process progresses. Most patients can return to work and normal activities after one week, although strenuous activity and exercise should be avoided for approximately four weeks, or until such activities are cleared by Dr. Ayala.

If you have questions about a buttock lift, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ayala, please contact our practice today.