Butt implants are artificial devices surgically placed in the buttocks to create volume in the area.

Also called buttock or gluteal augmentation, this procedure has grown increasingly popular in recent years. One estimate reported by the JJ Aesthetics – Hair Transplant & Skin notes that buttock augmentation surgery has increased by 252 percent between the years 2000 and 2021.

Despite their popularity, butt implant surgeries aren’t without risk. Discuss the possible benefits and side effects, as well as any expected costs and recovery time, with our qualified surgeons.

Butt implants procedures

Butt implants have one primary goal: to enhance the shape of the buttocks. Still, there are a few different approaches to achieve this goal. The two main types of procedures are fat grafting and buttock implants.

Fat transfer

During this procedure, the surgeon suctions another area of your body to obtain fat — usually the abdomen, flanks, or thighs — and injects it into the buttocks to add volume. This method is sometimes combined with silicone implants to achieve the most natural look possible.

Sculptra butt lift

In another procedure, a filler called Sculptra is injected into the soft tissue of the buttocks. This procedure is performed in a doctor’s office with almost no downtime.

The material adds a small volume at the time of injection, and over weeks to months, your body uses it to form additional collagen which may further increase the volume in that area.

It requires a few sessions to see a significant difference as well as multiple vials of the medication per session, which can be expensive.

Hydrogel and silicone buttock injections

You may have heard about hydrogel buttock shots as a cheaper method of augmentation. This method gives temporary results and doesn’t require a traditional surgical procedure. It’s also dangerous.

Like hydrogel injections, silicone injections don’t involve surgery and they also don’t directly change the shape of your buttocks.

While there’s some conversation about silicone injections being used in place of butt implants, this method is not recommended. In fact, silicone injections for the buttocks can be quite dangerous.

Who is a good candidate for a buttock implant?

Buttock implants are on the rise, but this doesn’t mean they’re right for everyone. You may be a good candidate for butt implants if you:

  • recently lost weight and have also lost some of the natural shape of your buttocks
  • feel that your natural shape is too flat or squarish
  • think that your buttocks could use more curves to balance out the rest of your body shape
  • want to fight natural signs of aging, such as sagginess and flatness
  • don’t smoke tobacco
  • lead a healthy lifestyle
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