Everyone’s Newest Obsession: Butt Lifts


Blame it on Kim Kardashian’s continuing pop culture dominance, or Jennifer Lopez’s resurgent American Idol exposure.

Either way, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) announced that almost 10,000 buttock augmentations were performed in the US in 2013—a 16 percent increase from 2012. (Overall, 15 million procedures were performed during this period.)

But what particular procedure had women and men flocking to plastic surgery clinics? The answer has a Latin vibe to it.

buttIntroducing…Brazilian Butt Lift
One of the most sought-after procedures was “buttock augmentation with fat grafting,” more commonly known as a Brazilian butt lift. ASPS’ stats show that the number of Brazilian butt lifts rose to a whopping 58 percent last year.

In this procedure, the surgeon does liposuction on fat-laden areas such as the thighs, flanks, and tummy. The fat is then injected, by way of micro-cannulas, into the derriere, where they would regain blood supply and assimilate in the new environment.

Many cosmetic surgeons advocate fat as grafting material because of its suppleness. Synthetic implants are less easy to manipulate, in comparison.

Patients like Brazilian butt lifts because they seem ‘natural,’ insofar as the augmenting material comes from their own bodies, not some Chinese factory. Also, fat grafting gives patients the one-two punch of losing weight in places they don’t want them to be.

After the liposuction, the surgeon either injects the fat into the gluteus muscle, a less profound layer of the buttock, or both. The volume of injection usually maxes out at 500 cc for each buttock, although the patient can negotiate for more.

Downtime is estimated to be at least a week. During this time, the patient is advised not to sit or sleep on their backs. Otherwise, restrictions are minimal, and routine activities may resume in several days. However, swelling and bruising should be expected for some weeks. Also, the patient needs to keep in touch with the surgeon for three months to optimize results.

Horror stories
Many inexperienced, unprincipled individuals are cashing in on the craze by offering bogus butt lifts. In 2011, a quack surgeon injected a woman’s posterior with cement and superglue, among other items easily bought from the local home depot.

To avoid these scams, patients must ensure that they are consulting with board-certified surgeons. The ASPS lists down a complete list of board-certified surgeons in the US. Down Under, its counterpart is the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons.


Difference with traditional butt lift
Conventionally, a butt lift does the opposite of a Brazilian butt lift. Also called Gluteoplasty, a traditional butt lift involves the drawing out of—as opposed to injecting—fat, usually through incisions under the buttock area. As a result, the area achieves a rejuvenated contour.

Patients who have shed weight are typical customers of Gluteoplasty. Weight loss may leave a person with sagging, stretched skin on the buttocks and upper thighs. Gluteoplasty can tighten these areas by not only taking out the fat but also cutting the superfluous skin away.

However, Gluteoplasty is not a dedicated form of liposuction. For long-term results, patients are advised to attain a stable weight before undergoing the procedure.

Like a Brazilian butt lift, Gluteoplasty dissuades patients from sitting down for at least a week. The incisions must also be protected from trauma. Vigorous exercise is not encouraged for at least four weeks. Such post-operative care is necessary to prevent complications as unsightly scars, hematoma, necrosis, deep vein thrombosis, and edema.

Whatever procedure you decide to perform on your posterior, you need to entrust yourself to the professionals, at least those who know how to carry out fat grafting. Otherwise, you’d be literally the butt of jokes.

  1. Avatar of Paula Boer
    Paula Boer says

    Alternatively, be happy with who you are. Eat healthy foods, exercise daily, laugh with friends. Works for me.

  2. Avatar of Branka Cubrilo
    Branka Cubrilo says

    Quite an enlightening read and very appropriate photograph, I bet lots of readers are overjoyed 🙂 and enlightened by it.

  3. Avatar of Deborah
    Deborah says

    Eating healthy and daily exercise aren’t enough, toning your butt involves lifting weights and a number of different exercises to target those muscles. For some they don’t just have the time or the patience for it hence they resort to plastic surgery, the quick fix.

  4. Avatar of Branka Cubrilo
    Branka Cubrilo says

    Irreplaceable information and stimulating conversation. Keep on mind working …

  5. Avatar of Paula Boer
    Paula Boer says

    I agree that eating healthy and daily exercise aren’t enough – hence my first comment “Be happy with who you are”.

  6. Avatar of Branka Cubrilo
    Branka Cubrilo says

    … and yet there are people in this world who do not have three meals per day because they can’t afford it. Those images in some magazines are very good example for our youth, a great choice: be self obsessed and you can earn anorexia nervosa or tone your butt and you can earn a reality show. A bit pathetic, isn’t it?

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