Buttocks augmentation with fat grafting, also called a Brazilian butt lift, is one of three cosmetic procedures that aim to increase the size of the buttocks. The buttocks augmentation with fat grafting procedure uses fat obtained through liposuction from another part of the body, and redistributes it into the buttocks. Buttocks implants or gluteal implant surgery is another option for patients choosing elective cosmetic buttocks surgery. Patients may also choose buttocks lifts although these often occur in conjunction with liposuction and fat grafting.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were 11,505 buttocks augmentation with fat grafting procedures done in 2014 in the United States.
Buttocks Augmentation with Fat Grafting Procedure
Men and women may choose to have buttocks augmentation surgery to:
- Change the curves and silhouette of their body
- Improve self-esteem and self-confidence
- Appear more youthful
- Obtain a more proportional body
Fat grafting, or fat transfer, is a procedure where fat from the stomach, lower back, thighs, or hips is redistributed into muscle layers in the buttocks to increase the size and enhance the shape of the buttocks. During the procedure, the doctor will perform liposuction through multiple small incisions to remove fat from another part of the body. Surgeons will remove two or three times the amount of fat needed for the procedure because fat will be lost both in the processing procedure and after redistribution into the buttocks.
Once removed, the fat will be “processed” in a procedure where it will be centrifuged (spun quickly) and separated out. The fat will be put in syringes and will be injected into various levels of tissue in the buttocks through a few small incisions.
Not all of the fat injected will survive. The average percentage of fat survival after injection is between 50% and 70%. About six months after surgery patients can expect that whatever level of fat remains will be permanent. Like other fat deposits around the body, the size of the buttocks after surgery will increase and decrease with weight gain and weight loss.
Risks of Buttocks Augmentation Surgery with Fat Grafting
Risks of buttocks augmentation surgery with fat grafting include:
- Loss of redistributed fat
- Hemorrhaging or excessing blood loss
- Blood clots
- Complications from surgery anesthesia or liposuction
- Fluid retention or shifts
- Numbness and pain
It is important for doctors to discuss all material complications with patients before the surgery.
Is Buttocks Augmentation with Fat Grafting Right for Me?
Buttocks augmentation with fat grafting has certain advantages over buttocks augmentation with implants. Fat grafting offers a lower chance of infection, lesser chance of unevenness or slippage, and results in a more natural look and feel.
Patients usually need about three weeks of recovery time. After three weeks patients can begin to resume normal activities (not heavy exercise). During these first few weeks, patients will be required to wear a special compression garment to allow the fat graft to survive.
Buttocks augmentation with fat grafting is an expensive procedure that, like most elective cosmetic surgeries, will not be covered under insurance plans. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of buttocks augmentation with fat grafting in 2014 was $4,077. Fees can increase with additional liposuction, and some doctors report fees of up to $10,000.
Patients may also choose to have a buttocks lift procedure where skin is removed and lifted to tighten and lift the buttocks. Patients may choose this procedure to reduce the effects of age or weight loss. Most patients who choose buttocks lifts also opt for some level of liposuction and fat grafting.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2014 there were 3,505 buttocks lifts in the United States, and the average cost of the procedure was $4,509. Buttocks lifts have many of the same risk factors as buttocks augmentations with fat grafting, especially if liposuction is used.
Medical Malpractice and Buttocks Augmentation with Fat Grafting and Lift Procedures
Negligence in buttocks augmentation with fat grafting and lift procedures can turn an elective cosmetic surgery into a disaster. Patients who suffered serious injuries during or as a result of these procedures should seek legal representation.
If you were seriously harmed by medical negligence during your cosmetic procedure, call Gilman & Bedigian today to schedule a free consultation. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping you and your family obtain the compensation you deserve.