The Most Common Butt Enhancement Procedures in Newport Beach

Dermal filler injections, fat transfers, and silicone implants are the three most common types of butt enhancement procedures. Dermal fillers and fat transfers are best for people who only need a relatively small amount of augmentation. Sculptra® is made with poly-L-lactic acid that stimulates collagen production. This butt augmentation option produces gradual changes to your buttocks. A Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is a fat transfer technique that uses your fat to enhance and shape your buttocks. It requires a small liposuction procedure to harvest the fat cells from your abdomen, legs, chest, back, or another area of your body.

For people who want a more dramatic change to their buttocks, implants are the best option. Butt implants are medical-grade silicone-filled devices that are inserted under the gluteal muscles. The implants are available in a range of sizes and shapes, and the goal is to add volume to the bottom portion of the buttocks. The procedure can be combined with Sculptra® injections or fat transfers to add shape to the upper buttocks and refine the contours.

The best butt enhancement procedure for you at Orange County Plastic Surgery depends on your cosmetic goals and individual anatomy.

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Butt Implants vs. BBL

Because butt implants and fat transfers produce immediate results, they are the preferred techniques for people who want gluteal augmentation and lift. Butt implants require small incisions in the crease under each buttock, and the silicone devices are permanent. Fat transfers are long-lasting, but not necessarily permanent. This procedure requires two steps. Fat tissue is extracted via liposuction which involves using a cannula to lose excess fat. The fat cells are then processed, purified, and loaded into a syringe. A series of injections are made in your buttocks to add volume and contours in specific areas. Not all of the cells survive the fat grafting process, and follow-up treatments may be required.

Can You Get Silicone Injections for Butt Enhancement?

People who are looking for a budget-friendly way to enhance their buttocks may learn about silicone injections. You should consider other options. Silicone is known to cause infections, scarring, permanent tissue damage, and other issues. Silicone butt implants are a much better option because the silicone is safely encased in a shell.

Reasons for Getting Butt Implants

There are many reasons why you should consider butt implants.

  • Butt implants maintain their shape and size, even when you gain or lose weight
  • Placing implants under the gluteal muscle enhances your natural contours
  • Silicone implants offer a permanent type of butt enhancement
  • Dermal fillers and BBL procedures are not ideal for people who have naturally flat buttocks
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What is the Procedure for Butt Implants?

Butt implant surgery takes two to three hours, and it requires general or intravenous sedation. An implant is placed under each of your gluteal muscles. The buttock implants procedure starts by making an incision under the butt crease. The implant is inserted through the incision and positioned to add volume and maintain a natural contour profile. The incision is closed with sutures.

Recovery After Butt Implants

Silicone implant butt recovery takes two to three weeks, and you will need to rest at home during this time. You will still have some swelling and bruising after the initial recovery. The most important part of healing is to avoid any type of pressure on the gluteal implant. This includes sitting, massaging your buttocks, and laying on your back. You should walk around your house as much as possible to maintain blood circulation that helps the tissues heal. We recommend you have a donut cushion on hand during your recovery period. About three weeks after your gluteal fold surgery, you can gradually add activities that involve placing pressure on your buttocks. If you have a job that requires sitting for long periods, we recommend that you return on a part-time basis at first.

The gluteal scar line is well-hidden in the natural crease under your buttocks, even with the implants. Initially, the scar heals with a slightly pink color. It takes about 12 months for the scar to change to a slightly darker color than your natural skin tone.

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Do Butt Implants Hurt?

Expect some pain after getting buttock implants, primarily because of how many movements and positions require pressure on your buttocks. Wearing the recommended compression garments during your butt implants recovery can reduce the swelling that contributes to discomfort. 

In rare cases, the buttock surgery process may result in infections and other issues that cause pain. Contact us right away if your pain:

  • Is moderate to severe
  • Lasts longer than expected
  • Is accompanied by other symptoms, such as redness around the incision sites or fluid oozing from the incisions

How Long Do Butt Implants Last?

Implants are a permanent type of butt enlargement, and the implants can be removed with a second surgical procedure. If you had injections of fat above your butt to refine the results of your booty implants surgery, the fat cells should last for several years. It is normal for some of the fat tissue to not survive the grafting process. We can perform a follow-up series of fat injections or dermal fillers if needed.

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Risks and Side Effects of Butt Enhancement

As with any type of surgery, there are risks associated with butt enhancement with implants. Dr. Bunkis discusses these in detail during your consultation, and he also answers any questions that you may have about the procedure.

The most common issue associated with butt implants gone wrong is a rupture in the outer shell. The silicone inside the implant leaks into the surrounding tissue. This may result in excessive scar tissue, changes to the look and feel of your buttocks, and infection.

A less common issue of butt augmentation risks has to do with the anesthesia that is needed for the procedure. We carefully review your medical history and may require lab work and diagnostic tests to ensure that you are in good general health. If you are not able to undergo procedures that require general anesthesia, Dr. Bunkis will recommend other options, such as BBL or Sculptra® injections.

Lastly, undesirable results are a sign of a butt surgery gone wrong. This may include asymmetry, dimples, sagging, significant scar lines, loss of sensation, prolonged healing, chronic pain, blood clots, bleeding at the incision site, bumps, and bulges. Many of these side effects can be reduced by entrusting your butt surgeries to Dr. Bunkis who is a qualified, experienced, double board-certified plastic surgeon.

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