The butt has been gaining in popularity for over a decade. Stars such as Jennifer Lopez have made the big butt “en vogue”, but the real benefit of all this media attention is that patients are beginning to understand the role that the buttocks play in their body contour. Your breasts, your abdomen and your buttocks all work together to create the shape of your torso. When one of these elements is out of proportion, it can make you look and feel heavy, dumpy and not attractive. A buttock augmentation is a surgical procedure that uses liposuction and fat grafting to alter the size and shape of your derrière. The really cool thing about this procedure is that even a small change in the buttock area can totally rejuvenate the entire shape of your torso.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bruce Van Natta is an expert in fat grafting to the buttocks. This is one of the procedures that excites him the most. He loves what fat grafting brings to the table. It allows him to sculpt your bottom by not just taking away fat from your love handles and thighs, but also adding it back in to strategically placed areas. This has been a total game changer for the patients at his Indianapolis office.
In terms of buttock implants, Dr. Van Natta does not recommend them. Fat grafting offers a natural-looking result without the need for silicone implants under the gluteus muscle which can be quite uncomfortable, and can have associated complications that nobody wants.
Are You a Candidate for a Buttock Augmentation?
If you are someone who looks in the mirror and feels that:
- your buttocks are too small
- too flat
- you want more definition or a shapelier look to the derrière
- your clothes appear baggy in the buttock area
- you don’t like the look of your torso
You may be a candidate for a buttock augmentation. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Van Natta to be assessed in person. Because the butt is intrinsically tied to the breasts and stomach as part of your torso, he is increasingly performing the buttock augmentation along with a tummy tuck or breast surgery. The right choice for you is going to depend on your individual anatomy, goals and lifestyle.
Weight loss and the normal aging process can both cause the buttocks to look flat and saggy. Buttock augmentation can create a round, firm, lifted, youthful-looking result that will be more proportional to the rest of your body. The result is a new and improved you.
Fat Grafting to the Butt
In the past, the only way that a plastic surgeon could address the tush was by taking away excess fatty stores surrounding the buttocks with liposuction or increasing the butt volume with silicone butt implants. As discussed, Dr. Van Natta does not recommend implants due to their associated complications. The revolutionary thing about fat grafting to the butt is that now, in addition to taking away unwanted fat around the buttocks, he can also fill in areas of deficiency. This 1-2 combination allows him to dramatically reshape your body contour. Fat grafting to the butt makes the buttock augmentation much more like sculpting. And the results are pretty amazing.
The procedure starts by removing fat with liposuction from other areas of the body where you have too much, typically the stomach, love handles or thighs. This fat is then transferred to your buttocks. Often referred to as a Brazilian Butt Lift, the results from this procedure can be subtle or dramatic depending on your needs. Dr. Van Natta’s goal with every butt augmentation is to create a behind that restores proper proportion to your body contour. He may also perform liposuction on the hips and thighs to create a more balanced look. All of this will be discussed with you in detail during your initial consultation.
Butt Augmentation Recovery
While every patient heals at his or her own rate, you can expect to be bruised and swollen for the first couple of weeks. Surprisingly, there really are not many restrictions following buttock augmentation with fat grafting. You will wear a compression garment for about 2-3 weeks to support any areas that underwent liposuction. In terms of activity, let comfort guide you. The great thing about a buttock augmentation with fat grafting is that you really can’t hurt your result by being active.
As with any surgical procedure, it may take anywhere from 3-6 months for your swelling to fully subside so be patient. But you should notice an improvement in your body contour immediately. And before you know it, you will strutting your stuff in a better fitting pair of jeans.
To find out more about a buttock augmentation with Dr. Bruce Van Natta at Meridian Plastic Surgeons in Indianapolis, contact us today or call (317) 575-0330 to schedule a consultation.