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Getting “Behind” Your Decision for a Butt Augmentation


A butt augmentation is a surgical procedure designed to enhance the appearance of the derriere. This procedure involves filling in the area with either an implant or fat tissue obtained from other areas of the body. The selected method may depend on several factors and should be discussed with a plastic surgeon.

Butt Augmentation

A butt augmentation is often performed for those who wish to have more fullness in the gluteal area. This procedure can be used to change the size, shape, fullness, firmness, symmetry, and contour of the butt for a better proportioned figure and increased self confidence. Butt augmentation is typically performed through the use of silicone butt implants or through a process called fat transfer or fat grafting.

Butt Implants

Implants for the gluteal area are made of silicone, similar to breast implants. However, unlike those typically used in breast enhancement, silicone implants used for butt augmentation procedures are not liquid, but a more solid yet softer type of silicone. There are a variety of shapes and sizes to choose from, depending on your current body shape and desired results. Incisions are made either at the top of each cheek, at the bottom of the cheek in the crease where the butt meets the thigh, or in the crack area where the two cheeks meet. A plastic surgeon can discuss the benefits and risks associated with each incision placement depending on individual circumstances.

Fat Transfer

For butt augmentation with fat transfer, fat tissue is removed from another area of the body through a liposuction procedure. This is often referred to as a Brazilian butt lift. When fat is removed from other areas of the body, it is collected in a sterile fashion, before being transferred into special syringes for injection. The processed fat is placed in and under the muscle and fat tissue in the butt area a layer at a time until the desired results are achieved.

Choosing Butt Augmentation

Implants are frequently chosen by those who have very little body fat. However, with implants there is a risk that they may shift position over time. With fat transfer, there is no way to know how much of the fat will be reabsorbed by the body and may result in the need for more than one procedure to obtain the desired results.