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Buttock augmentation, commonly known as a Brazillian butt lift, is a procedure to improve the shape and size of the buttocks. Patients may seek buttock augmentation to improve loose or drooping skin or to combat skin dimpling. Others wish to change buttock size and shape in order to improve the proportions of a patient’s figure. Dr. Kim prefers to use a patient’s own natural fat to shape and lift the buttocks, as he believes fat transfer provides the patient with a more natural look and feel.
Brazillian butt lift is a very popular procedure for Dr. Kim’s patients. Ideally, candidates for buttock augmentation desire improvements in both the size and shape of their buttocks. Patients must have areas of unwanted fat for liposuction and harvesting natural fat. Dr. Kim will evaluate the quality and volume of fat that can be removed safely. He will also determine how much fat will be needed to achieve each patient’s individual goals. Patients with better skin tone will have a smoother appearance after a buttock augmentation. Patients with severe skin dimples or loose skin may not have full correction to these problems.
Buttock augmentation is performed using local anesthesia in the areas receiving liposuction. Some patients will also require either oral sedation or intravenous sedation. Dr. Kim will begin by removing unwanted fatty tissues from areas of the abdomen, flanks, hips, thighs or arms. The removed fat is temporarily placed in a sterile container and prepared for fat grafting.The patient’s natural fat is then injected into the skin and fat of the buttocks to improve the size and shape of the buttocks.
Most patients can return to activity within a week of buttock augmentation with fat grafting. Patients should immediately see improvement in the size of their buttocks and body proportions. The injected fat grafts will heal over time, although not all the fat will “take.” Over the following three months, 20% to 40% of the fat will be absorbed by the patient’s body. Patients should massage the areas of fat injection to stimulate blood flow and to avoid deveoping bumps and flat spots. Patients must also avoid pressure on areas of fat grafts to avoid forming flat spots. Compression garments are worn to decrease swelling and improve fat healing.
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