Butt Lift and Butt Implants
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Also known as Gluteoplasty, this procedure involves removing skin and fat through surgical excision and liposuction.
Dr. Date achieves buttock augmentation with two distinct techniques, often combined for optimal results: buttock implants and Brazilian butt lift.
Autologous fat transfer (using your own natural fatty tissue), also called the Brazilian butt lift.
Gluteal implant surgery with or without fat transfer for additional contouring.
Autologous fat transfer :
In his procedure, (Brazilian butt lift), your plastic surgeon takes fat from one area of your body and injects it to enhance and reshape your buttocks.
Liposuction with suction tubes (cannulas) is used to remove fatty tissue from abdomen, hips, back, or thighs.
The fat is then processed for fat transfer and re injected by another cannulas (tubes) in small quantities at the pre marked location in the buttocks.
Small sub centimetre incisions are used for fat injection and these sites are easily hidden by clothing.
The fat is grafted in multiple layers in varied planes, to ensure that a smooth, linear deposit of fatty tissue is left to reshape and augment the buttocks area.
The liposuction incisions are closed with sutures.
Some percentage of fat may be reabsorbed by the body leading to decreased size/ projection at 8-12 weeks . Hence one may have to additional 1-2 sittings.
Implants are most appropriate for treating flat or poorly defined buttocks, particularly for patients who have limited fatty tissue.
Soft silicone implant is placed through an incision hidden inside the natural buttock crease.
The implant is positioned in a pocket below the large buttock (gluteal) muscle and above the pelvic bone or within the muscle.
The incisions are closed with sutures, drains are inserted, and a compression garment is worn following surgery.
Buttock augmentation requires a level of commitment on the part of the patient not usually required with plastic surgical procedures. You won’t be allowed to sit for 2 weeks, and you should limit physical activity for another 2 to 4 weeks beyond that. Drains are usually required for 5 days or so. Showering is allowed 5 to 7 days after surgery and after the drains are removed. You will wear an elastic compression garment for 4 weeks to limit swelling and help the tissues heal in their new contours. Avoid gym activity for 6 to 8 weeks after surgery. Absolute commitment to the postoperative instructions is essential for optimal results. It is important to remember that everyone’s recovery will vary depending on an individual’s pain tolerance and healing response.
Immediately after your buttock augmentation:
There will be some discomfort and swelling in case of BBL. These symptoms can be easily managed with pain killers. In case of implants, pain may be on the higher side for the first few days.
On the first day after surgery, you may be instructed to stay in bed with the compression garment on and to periodically move your hands and feet to maintain good circulation. You will be able to get up and walk after the second postoperative day.
You will not be allowed to sleep on the back for at least 72 hours and ideally for up to a week.
Your surgeon may recommend a treatment called lymphatic massage to try to reduce swelling and facilitate better drainage of any fluid build-up.
You will wear special tight garments to keep your buttock area compressed, ideally for at least 12 weeks.
After fat grafting, you can return to work, drive, or go to the movies after ten to fourteen days (use of pillows essential). You can resume normal activities and exercise after eight weeks.
After implant surgery, you can return to work in two to three weeks, but you must use a pillow when sitting so that there is no pressure on your buttocks. At the third postoperative week, you are cleared for sitting and driving (using a pillow) and are encouraged to start stretching exercises. You can resume exercise eight to ten weeks after surgery. If there is delayed wound healing, you may have to wait three to four months before you go back to the gym.
Under normal circumstances, the results of your buttock augmentation surgery will be long-lasting.
If you have implants placed, these devices do not need to be removed unless you develop a late complication.
After a successful BBL, the fat that remains will stay there for the rest of your life. Like the rest of the tissue in your body, this fat will grow and age with you.
As with most surgery, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and aging will take a toll on the body and the results of your buttock lift.
Every procedure involves inherent risks. Although serious complications are extremely rare, Dr. Date educates every patient about potential risks.
Your specific risks will be discussed during your consultation.Some of the potential complications of all surgeries are:
Adverse reaction to anesthesia.
Hematoma or seroma (an accumulation of blood or fluid under the skin that may require removal)
Infection and bleeding.
Fat necrosis and hardening.
Fat infection and abscess formation.
Changes in sensation.
Damage to underlying structures.
Unsatisfactory results that may necessitate additional procedures.
You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions of your board-certified plastic surgeon, both before and after your buttock-lift surgery.