The buttocks are a difficult area of the body to shape through exercise, but the shape and size of the buttocks has significant influence on the aesthetics of the torso. Shapely, round buttocks can make the waist and thighs appear smaller, bring the upper torso into more pleasing proportion, and convey a youthful appearance in general.

The two primary procedures in use today are:

Buttock AugmentationButtock Implant Surgery. In buttock implant surgery, the surgeon makes a two to three inch incision in the buttock area, through which an implant is inserted under each gluteus maximus (butt cheek). The patient can expect at least a four-week healing process before being able to resume normal activities, and several months before the buttock muscles fully stretch to accommodate the implants for a more natural look and feel.

Buttock Augmentation with Fat Injection. In buttock enhancement by fat injection, the surgeon uses liposuction to remove fat cells from a donor site–often the thighs, abdomen, back, or hips–and injects those cells into the buttocks. The procedure involves simply moving fat from an area of the patient’s body where it’s unwanted. A patient can usually return to work within a couple of days and begin resuming full activity within two weeks.

The type of procedure you choose for buttock augmentation will depend on your individual needs and each procedure’s limitations.

Benefits of buttock enhancement by fat injection include:

  • A more natural appearance, as the newly sculpted buttocks uses fat from the patient’s own body.
  • Smaller incision area, resulting in less scarring.
  • Shorter healing time.
  • No chance of rejection.
  • Procedure includes additional body sculpting due to liposuction from areas with excessive fat stores.

Benefits of buttock augmentation by implant include:

  • Allows for buttock enhancement in patients with little or no fat deposits available as donor sites.
  • No risk of significant fat re-absorption, a side effect in a minority of fat injection enhancements.