Buttock Augmentation with Fat Transfer
Over recent years there has been an obvious growing interest among many women for shapelier buttocks. For those unhappy with the fullness of their buttocks, our experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Eric Okamoto, performs buttock augmentation with fat transfer, sometimes referred to as a “Brazilian Butt Lift.” Fat is harvested from other areas of the body – such as flanks, hips or abdomen – and then transferred into the buttocks for a natural-looking result. By utilizing a patient’s own fat, multiple variations can be flexibly augmented to the individual’s needs and desires. This method provides more options to naturally reshape the buttocks than silicone implants, an operation that Dr. Okamoto does not offer.
The Buttock Augmentation Procedure
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Buttock augmentation requires three essential steps. First, it is important to understand that this is always a dual operation combining (a) liposuction of one or several parts of the body with (b) buttocks augmentation via fat injections. Second, instead of discarding the extracted fat as is usually done with pure liposuction procedures, it is saved and sterilely processed for reinjection. Unwanted portions of the liposuction collection are separated from the healthier, viable fat planned for augmentation. Finally, the processed fat is transferred into syringes and re-injected with small-caliber cannulas into the targeted deficient areas of the buttocks. Care is taken to spread and layer the fat during the injection phase to maximize the fat’s survivability and also to create natural contouring.
The Recovery Process
Following the augmentation procedure, patients are advised not to sit or lay on their backs for prolonged periods, as these positions will diminishes blood flow to the newly transferred fat and might have an adverse effect on cell survival. In general approximately 50-75% of the injected fat generally survives for the long term. The healing process is monitored by Dr. Okamoto for one year during which time multiple follow-up visits will be scheduled.
For more information about buttock augmentation with fat transfer, please contact us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Okamoto.