A round shapely buttock is a sign of youth and beauty. As we age, the buttocks get smaller, more flat, and begin to droop. A flat buttock even in a young patient, makes a person look older, and less sexually attractive. Conversely: a round full buttock even in a older patient, makes the patient look younger and more sexually attractive. How a buttock looks is highly dependent on the fat distribution and genetics of a patient. Unfortunately many people simply genetically do not place their fat in their buttocks and/or have smaller buttock muscle mass. While African-Americans tend to have larger buttocks; Hispanics, Asians and Phillipinos tend to have flat, smaller buttocks. Increasingly women and men are desiring larger buttocks and buttock enhancement. Fortunately there are several ways to enhance buttock appearance, and make them more round, and/or larger. Las Vegas plastic surgeon, Dr. Lane Smith is one of the busiest buttock augmentation specialists in the United States. Tru Entertainment T.V. (the people who bring you Housewives of Atlanta and many other T.V. shows,) were looking to film a special on buttock augmentation and buttock implants. After searching the entire United States, they came up with the top five surgeons in the area of buttock enhancement. They eventually chose Dr. Lane Smith as the surgeon to film.
There are many benefits to buttock augmentation and buttock enhancement. Larger buttocks can help balance other areas of the figure, for example large breasts or wide shoulders or hips. Larger buttocks look sexier, and make a patients look younger. Buttock augmentation can help lift buttocks that are sagging. Most importantly patients look and feel more attractive. Often this leads to more confidence, and improved self-esteem.* In general it leads to an improved quality of life.* Patients often feel this is one of the best investments they have ever made.*
Buttocks can be enlarged with a butt implant or by fat transfer to the butt. Fat transfer to the buttocks is performed by taking fat from one area and moving it to the buttocks. People often call this a Brazilian Butt Lift. For more information on Brazilian Butt Lift (fat transfer to the butt,) see the section on Brazilian Butt Lift located on this website. Silicone implants can also be used to enlarge the buttocks, in a fashion similar to breast augmentation. In this case, silicone butt implants are placed under gluteal muscle in the buttock area.
Silicone implants can be placed in the buttocks to enlarge and change the shape of the buttocks. This is similar to using silicone implants to enlarge the breasts. The buttock implants have a different shape than breast implants. Both breast and buttock implants are made out of silicone, however; the buttock implants are more firm than the breast implants. This is actually a good thing as a buttock should be more firm than a breast. The silicone buttock implants are placed through a small incision in the gluteal crease (“butt crack”). The incisions are easily hidden in this area. The implants are placed in between the gluteal muscles so that there is muscle above and below the implant. This helps to hide the buttock implant, make the butt implant feel more natural and prevent the buttock implant from drooping. The main advantage of buttock implants is the fact they will always produce a very strong change in the buttocks, and definitely will make the buttocks more round, shapely and firm. The main disadvantage is the same disadvantage that silicone breast implants have; that is there is an implant present and that implants will not last forever. Someday it will be likely that other surgeries will be needed, either to remove them or replace them. The implants are made of the exact same silicone as silicone breast implants, but they are not technically FDA approved as buttock implants. Hence they are allowed to be used as “off label” use.
The patient is taken to the operating room and placed under general anesthesia and turned in the prone position (with the butt up.) Then small incisions are made inside the gluteal crease (“butt crack,”) Dr. Smith then dissects between the muscles and creates a pocket for the butt implant. The size and position of the pocket is determined by the size of the implant and the patient’s buttock dimensions. Basically, there are currently only 5 sizes of silicone buttock implants: small, medium, medium large, large and extra large. The small butt implant is always too small and Dr. Smith never places this butt implant as patients always complain the change has not been big enough. The most common buttock implants placed are the medium-large, large and extra large. The size of the butt implant placed is determined partly by the patient’s wishes, and partly by the patient’s current buttock width. If the natural buttock width is not large enough to hold the large butt implant or extra large butt implant, these cannot be used even if the patient wants that size. After the incision, a pocket is created in the gluteal muscle. The buttock implant is placed inside this pocket and is covered above and below by muscle. This helps hold the implant in place and prevents it from dropping. Also the implant feels more natural under the muscle. After the buttock implant is placed, the pocket is closed with several layers of dissolvable sutures, beginning from the deepest layer working up to the skin. Often we will place a small drain on each side and the patient will be placed in a compression garment, which is similar to spandex biker shorts. This garment helps hold the butt implants in position until they heal. Initially the buttock implants will be slightly too high. Just as breast implants drop, the buttock implants drop for about 2 to 3 months so it is important that they are too high at first. The entire operation takes about one hour to perform. The patient recovers in the recovery room and goes home. Most patients can go back to work in ten days to two weeks. However, patients cannot exercise for six weeks after buttock enhancement surgery.*
Buttock enhancement is becoming more popular every day. Buttock Augmentation using either fat transfer or butt implants is now one of the most common surgeries Dr. Smith performs. Plastic Surgery is a big commitment and results vary tremendously depending on the surgeon you choose. It is nice to know that Las Vegas has one of the best plastic surgeons for buttock augmentation in the country. Dr. Smith is considered an expert in this surgery and his results and extensive experience speak for themselves.* Patients come from all over Las Vegas, Henderson, Nevada, California and the world to have Dr. Smith perform buttock augmentation on them. If you are considering a buttock enhancement, the best thing to do is to schedule an appointment to see Dr. Lane Smith, a board-certified surgeon.
Appointments can be scheduled by calling (702) 838-2455 or by email. For patients who live far from Las Vegas, online or phone consultations are available.