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Buttock Augmentation

Buttock Augmentation in Colorado, Aspen, Basalt, Glenwood Springs

Dr. Fodor provides Buttock Augmentation in Aspen and surrounding areas of Basalt.

Buttock Augmentation

Buttock Augmentation

What to know about Buttock Augmentation

Some of the more common body contouring procedures such as liposuction, breast augmentation and abdominoplasty — are performed hundreds of thousands of times annually in the United States. For example, in 2021, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there were over 491,098 liposuction procedures and nearly 364,753 breast augmentations.

In contrast, despite the significant media hoopla concerning procedures such as buttock, calf and pectoral augmentation, the actual numbers of these procedures are quite low. In fact, the 2021 numbers for all three procedures combined totaled less than 60,000 with buttock augmentation accounting for most of this figure.

Nevertheless, there is a small group of individuals for whom these less commonly performed contouring procedures fill an important need. Some people, regardless of engaging in appropriate exercise, are unable to achieve an appearance of enhanced, or sometimes even normal, muscular development of the chest and legs. In most cases, this is a matter of heredity. Certain individuals may have congenitally flat buttocks and seek correction of this perceived defect. Others may have normal buttocks but desire a fuller and more rounded buttock contour.

Buttock, calf, and pectoral (male chest) augmentation offers otherwise fit and healthy individuals the option to achieve an enhanced muscular appearance. This is often accomplished with insertion of solid silicone implants that recontour the body by augmenting muscles or skeletal structures. Alternatively, buttock augmentation may be achieved with fat injections.

Since buttock augmentations are less frequently performed by surgeons it is advantageous that you find the most qualified plastic surgeon to perform the surgery.

If you haven’t researched whether the surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, perhaps you should do so now. Dr. Peter B. Fodor, M.D., F.A.C.S. is an internationally recognized aesthetic plastic surgeon, double board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

How Buttock Augmentation is Performed

Buttock augmentation is an extremely popular aesthetic surgery procedure. When combined with liposuction of unwanted fat from various body regions such as thighs abdomen and hip rolls, which then is transferred to the buttocks for enlargement and reshaping is colloquially called Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL). Unfortunately in hands of casual surgeons BBL has been known to have a high rate and at times serious complications. Strict observance of safety guidelines is of primary importance. The use of implants, when there may not be sufficient fat available is also a reasonable approach. Over the years, in my practice, we have leaned, for best outcomes, towards combining implants with fat transfer.

Buttock augmentation with implants generally takes about two hours to perform, usually with the patient under general anesthesia. Your surgeon will make a two- to three-inch incision along the midline between the buttocks. Working through this incision, your plastic surgeon will lift the gluteus maximus, or buttock muscle, and form a pocket into which he or she will place the implant. This method is then repeated for the other buttock. Before closing the incisions, your surgeon will ensure that the implants are placed in a way that they are symmetrical and appear natural, making any necessary adjustments.

He or she will then close the incision and wrap the area with compression bandages, which will protect the wound and help to reduce swelling and discomfort.

Candidates for the procedure

Your surgeon will need to determine if you are a suitable candidate for surgery and to review your entire medical history, including any medications you are taking, information about previous surgeries or medical treatments, and any medical conditions you may have such as diabetes, high blood pressure, blood clots, or heart disease.

Your current weight and whether you plan to lose or gain weight in the future are also important factors you should discuss with your surgeon. Body implants have a variety of risks that you need to consider very carefully. These include the possibility of infection, displacement, contracture of scar tissue around the implant that can cause “hardening” at the implant site, nerve and muscle damage, and the need for corrective surgery if the implants ever need to be removed.

Peter B. Fodor, M.D., F.A.C.S. is an internationally recognized aesthetic plastic surgeon, double board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

His extensive general surgical background gives Dr. Fodor a comprehensive understanding of the limits, possibilities and applications of buttock augmentation. It is his comprehensive knowledge has led him to develop many of the innovative procedures that are now used as standard in aesthetic plastic surgery.

The Consultation

If you are considering buttock augmentation it is important that your surgeon is well experienced with body implants. Most plastic surgeons do not receive a lot of requests for this type of surgery, and many are reluctant to perform these operations due to the potential for complications. In some instances, however, the benefits to patients may outweigh the risks. This can only be determined, in each individual case, after a frank and thorough consultation with a trained and qualified plastic surgeon.

The consultation is a time for the surgeon and patient to get to know and feel comfortable with each other. The patient should feel completely confident that the surgeon is fully qualified. You should choose a doctor who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In aesthetic plastic surgery, good communication between surgeon and patient is a vital component of achieving a successful outcome. Everybody’s sense of aesthetics differs. It is extremely important that you tell your surgeon exactly how you perceive your appearance problem and how you would like to look.

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