Q. I have always had a very flat bottom. I have tried exercises but nothing has given me the shape that I want. What are my options to make my butt look more youthful?
A. We frequently hear from patients that they desire a more youthful, perky appearance to their buttocks. Having a round, firm bottom is a symbol of youth and sexiness, celebrated in hit songs like Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” and, more recently, Nikki Minaj’s “Anaconda.”
Additionally, many celebrities, such as Sofia Vergara, Pippa Middleton, and Beyonce, have popularized the look by wearing clothes that proudly show their curves. All of this media attention has contributed to some feeling dissatisfied with their natural, flatter shape. The good news is that you have options to enhance your buttock to the shape you desire.
At Smith Plastic Surgery, we perform two procedures that can transform a flat bottom into a round, perky, youthful-looking bottom. The first option is the Brazilian Butt Lift, which is the procedure by which your plastic surgeon removes unwanted fat from other areas of your body and injects it into your buttocks to create your goal shape. This process is called “fat transfer,” and is preferred by many women because it has the added benefit of re-contouring other parts of the body and is all-natural, using only the body’s own “natural resources.”
Another option is to use silicone implants, similar to those that are used in breast implants, only with a firmer consistency. This option is a good choice for very slim women who do not have enough fat to harvest to achieve the look that they desire. Patients who elect this procedure often do so because they want a dramatically rounded or larger bottom and implants are a more effective way to achieve that goal.
In this procedure, the surgeon makes incisions in the gluteal creases and places the implants between the muscles. This technique makes the implant look and feel more natural and reduces the risk of the implant dropping by anchoring the implants where the surgeon has placed them. Initially, your implants will appear to look too high, but this is intentional. The implants will eventually True settle so it is best to place them higher so their final position will create the ideal profile. While this procedure is also safe, the implants may eventually have to be replaced after many years as with breast implants.
With both the Brazilian butt lift and implant procedures, you can expect to be off work for 7-10 days as you recover, and you should refrain from exercising for around 6 weeks. Brazilian butt lift patients should also sleep on their belly for 3-4 weeks and sit as little as possible. This is because some of the transferred fat will die, and the gentler you are on the tissue, the more fat you will be able to preserve.
As always, it is vital you choose a surgeon who is experienced with the surgery you desire. This may be even more true with butt enhancement surgery, since there have been so many cases of unlicensed practitioners injecting toxic substances into unwitting patients. Unfortunately, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to “undo” this kind of damage. Please make sure you do your research: check your surgeon’s credentials, read online reviews, and ask to see his “before and after” pictures so you can examine the results of his work.
The best way to determine which procedure is right for you is to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Lane Smith in Las Vegas. Dr. Smith is a board-certified plastic surgeon who routinely performs both types of butt augmentation surgeries. He is considered to be an industry-leader in this field. To schedule your consultation appointment, please call our office at (702) 838-2455