Buttock Lift

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Buttock Enhancement, Buttock Enlargement in Orlando, Florida

Buttock size and contour is important for overall body proportions. Patients may want smaller or larger buttocks to improve their total body contour. With massive weight loss, buttock volume can be lost causing the buttock to droop.

Dr. Ovalle can perform successful buttock enlargements with fat grafting for many patients. Contact Hillcrest Plastic Surgery for a consultation today or browse our Before and After Buttock Enhancement photos.

Technique of Buttock Enlargement

To create a larger buttock usually requires both liposuction and fat grafting. It is important to contour the waistline and the thighs to give a rounded more projected appearance to the buttock. Narrowing the waistline offers significant improvements in buttock contouring. The fat removed from the waistline or other area is then injected into the buttock. Usually the minimum volume of fat injected is 200 cc in each buttock. Fat is grafted into the upper two thirds of the buttock because injecting into the lower one third often leads to drooping on the buttock. Fat grafting is variable. In most instances more fat than is necessary is injected because some of the fat will be re-absorbed.

Recovery from Buttock Enlargement

The main aspect of your recovery is to let the fat cells remain undisturbed so they can successfully acquire a blood supply. This is how they will take for the long haul. Dr. Ovalle will give you detailed instructions on what you can and cannot do. Sitting directly on your buttocks must be avoided, as will lying on your back, for three weeks following your surgery. This isn’t a painful recovery, but the restrictions on sitting can be somewhat of a burden. Patients can usually return to work after two weeks, with normal activities basically OK after a month. If you’re diligent about not placing pressure on your augmented bottom during your recovery, your results will be better.

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Buttock Lift Questions Answered by Dr. Ovalle

Prior to developing this procedure, some people opted to have silicone implants placed in the buttocks to add shape, but that procedure was problematic as the implants could shift, creating all sorts of problems. Dr. Ovalle never placed butt implants. In contrast, a butt lift simply uses your own fat and moves it from where you don’t want it to where you do. Dr. Ovalle can perform a butt lift to add volume and roundness to a flat or small butt, or he can add size, giving the patient a more prominent butt. Dr. Ovalle believes fat injections create a more natural result, have a lower risk of infection, and have no risk of allergic reaction or rejection. Plus, liposuction to harvest the fat can be used to contour the areas around the buttocks to further enhance the changes.

Butt lifts are performed with the patient under either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, so there isn’t any pain.

That is true for your recovery, as well. For the liposuction portion where your fat is harvested, Dr. Ovalle uses the tumescent approach. He injects a tumescent solution consisting of saline, Lidocaine, and epinephrine prior to starting the liposuction. This provides space under the skin, delivers local anesthetic to the area, and the epinephrine constricts the blood vessels and the fat cells for easier removal. All of this creates much less tissue trauma leading to less pain and bruising afterwards.

When Dr. Ovalle injects the purified fat into the targeted locations the areas are locally anesthetized first (if you’re not under general anesthesia). There is some soreness at the injection sites, but this is easily managed and passes in a few days.

Recovery is not overly painful. Patients equate the pain to more of an aching feeling that acute pain. Over-the-counter pain medications are usually sufficient.

Demand for this procedure is high and that leads to charlatans getting into the game. People who either don’t have the necessary training or experience with this process have led to some serious complications in patients. Dr. Ovalle is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, ensuring the level of expertise necessary to perform all of the procedures we offer. He has over 22 years of surgical experience.

Still, there are risks with a butt lift. As mentioned above, however, it’s critical that patients do their research when it comes to the level of training of the surgeon. This is not a procedure to trust to a med spa.

There are the same risks involved with this procedure as with any surgery: infection, reaction to anesthesia, excessive bleeding, fluid accumulation, and the like.

Specific to this procedure are these risks:

  • Numbness or changes in skin sensation
  • Fat necrosis
  • Asymmetry between buttocks
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Skin discoloration
  • Prolonged swelling
  • Enduring pain
  • Need for revision procedure

Your results are immediate, but they keep improving with time because it takes a little while for the fat “to take.” In fact, your final results may take a full year to show themselves. Over time, some of the initial volume will diminish — patients retain 60 to 80% of the transferred fat, as the body absorbs the rest.

Modern liposuction requires such small incisions they typically don’t even require sutures to close them; a Steri-strip is usually sufficient. Any scars will be so small they will be virtually invisible, and they will continue to fade with time.

As for the injection of fat across your buttocks, these injections won’t create any scarring.

A butt lift with fat transfer provides long-term results lasting years. As mentioned above, not all of the fat Dr. Ovalle injects will take, meaning acquire a blood supply. Anywhere from 60 to 80 percent of the injected fat will take. Some of this success depends on how you treat your recovery. If you don’t sit on your bottom for 3 weeks after surgery, this vastly improves the odds of the most fat “taking” successfully.

Once the fat has acquired its blood supply, it then is like any fat on your body. It endures. Does this mean your butt will stay the same forever? No. Fat across our bodies changes as we age.

Still, these procedures should provide many years of satisfaction in your rounder, shapelier backside.

Schedule Your Consultation Today!

To schedule a buttock lift consultation with Dr. Ovalle at Hillcrest Plastic Surgery call 407-999-2585 or request a consultation online. Our practice serves Orlando, FL and the surrounding areas.

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