Buttock Implants: Today’s
fastest-growing cosmetic procedure?
There is just no denying that the entertainment industry has a huge influence on our culture. How many have looked at pictures of J-Lo or Kim Kardashian and wished they had a body like that? A big part of getting that look is having a voluptuously rounded caboose. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, buttock implants have been the hottest trend in cosmetic surgery. In 2015, it is reported that there was a buttock procedure every 30 minutes of every day last year.
Many believe that buttock implant surgery makes for a more shapely and feminine appearance. Plastic surgery is a personal decision and if it makes you feel better about yourself, there’s no reason not to go for it.
Implant makeovers of the stars
Go online and you will find sites that speculate as to who has had buttock implants or a Brazilian lift and who hasn’t. Certainly just about everyone in the Jenner/Kardashian household is believed to have undergone some form of cosmetic surgery. Kris Jenner as well as Kim and Khloe Kardashian are all believed to have undergone buttock implants or Brazilian butt lifts.
On the list of famous booties with more voluptuous curves are Jenna Jameson, Nicki Minaj and Chloe Sims, who literally told her plastic surgeon to give her a backside like Nicki’s. In addition to having buttock implants, many celebrities are opting to have Mommy Makeovers to get that pre-pregnancy look back.
Because of celebrity influence and our body-conscious culture, the stigma that once came with plastic surgery is quickly fading. Tummy tucks, for example, continue to be a top-requested procedure and, as noted by one tummy tuck Seattle-based practitioner in his blog, it is favored by many moms seeking to regain their post-pregnancy bodies. Some celebrities who have had a tummy tuck include Angelina Jolie, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Star Jones and Kate Hudson.
Implants or lift? How is each procedure done?
Buttock implants involve surgically either adding soft silicone or saline implants or by using excess body fat found in less desirable areas. This is most effective for very slender women who don’t have a lot of body fat to begin with and can have a uniform look.
A small incision is made in the buttock crease and the implant is positioned in a pocket below the large gluteal muscle and below the pelvic bone. Once the surgeon is satisfied with where the implants are positioned, incisions are stitched closed once again, drains are inserted and a compression garment is worn in order to aid in the healing process.
After surgery, 24 hours of bed rest are recommended with no strenuous activities. The compression garment should continue to be worn for an additional 2-3 weeks.
A Brazilian butt treatment involves an autologous fat transfer. With a Brazilian butt lift, there is less chance of rejection or migration from the enhanced areas and the incisions are smaller. For women who have little to no body fat to work with, such a procedure might not work as well as a buttock implant. Fat is transferred from one area of the body such as the belly, back or thighs to another by means of liposuction. This procedure usually takes between 2-3 hours and the patient can usually go home that day.
For either surgery, there is a bit of recovery time. After a Brazilian butt lift, a woman can return to work usually a week after having the procedure done, but they need to avoid strenuous activities for 4-6 weeks. A compression garment is worn to help keep swelling down.
Discuss your personal body aesthetic goals with your plastic surgeon and ask them to make recommendations as to what would be best for those goals and overall.
Cost: What to expect
Do your research and be honest with yourself and your doctor before undergoing any elective surgery. Generally, a buttock implant or Brazilian butt lift will vary depending on where you live and the surgeon you choose to perform the surgery. Again, always go with a surgeon who is board certified with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or ASAPS. Generally, either procedure will cost about $4,500 and $8,000. If this is combined with other surgeries, it may be higher or lower.
Article by Julie Miller