Gluteal Enhancement, also commonly referred to as buttock augmentation, is a type of surgical procedure involving the transferal of fat to the buttocks in an attempt to increase its size. This procedure can be successfully completed through the usage of either fat grafting or implants. There are instances where both of these will be used in combination.
Why Gluteal Enhancement?
This is a common question in regards to gluteal enhancement. Many people don’t quite understand the needs for this particular procedure. However, it can be highly beneficial for a number of reasons. For one, the person that receives the treatment will receive an increase in the roundness and fullness of their buttocks, which can make it look more natural than it may have before. Not only is this good for appearances, there’s also a high chance that the enhancement will improve your balance, which helps to ensure that your back health is always high. Most of all, your self-image and self-confidence can improve drastically after receiving a gluteal enhancement.
The surgery itself is typically very successful, though the continued results depend a lot on whether or not the patient leads a healthy lifestyle and maintains their weight, as gluteal enhancement results will change over time, especially for the first few months when the shape, implant and position all begin to settle. While aging can change the shape of the enhancement, the full enhancement will tend to last a very long time if the aforementioned acts of living healthily and maintaining a healthy weight are followed.
Gluteal Enhancement Procedure
The gluteal enhancement procedure at Gotham Plastic Surgery in New York City is a simple one. In essence, it all depends on the type of procedure you receive, as the grafting enhancement is slightly different than the implant enhancement. There are several things that will determine which procedure type is best for you, including everything from the size and shape of your buttocks to the elasticity of the skin. You will be provided with certain medications at the onset of the procedure to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible for the duration. This can be either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, depending on your preferences and the length of the procedure. When it comes to implants, the procedure begins with an incision. This incision can be made in a number of locations along the buttocks, including multiple incisions between both cheeks, incisions at the top portion of the buttocks, along the bottom of both gluteal creases, one singular incision at the crease between both buttocks or one incision down the central area of the sacrum.
Once the incision has been made, the implants are placed inside. The method of insertion typically depends on how large the implant is. Once the implants have been carefully placed into the areas where the incisions have been made, the incisions are fully closed through the usage of layered sutures for the buttocks tissue and standard sutures or skin adhesive as a means of closing the skin. After this, the procedure is completed and all that is left is to await your results. These are mostly visible immediately, though the incision lines will fade and the swelling will go down over time. The results are permanent, which is why the decision to seek this type of surgery is an important one.
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
As for the grafting procedure, this first begins with a procedure known as liposuction. Liposuction involves the creation of relatively small incisions. Anesthesia is placed into the areas where the incisions are taking place to ensure that bleeding is kept to a minimal. A small and hollow tube is then placed directly into the incisions in order to loosen all excess fat in the area. Once this is done, the fat is then taken from the body through a syringe or small tube and readied to be used within the buttocks. In order for this to work properly, around two to three times the amount of fat that is necessary for the fat injection is taken from these areas.
Once this has been completed, the actual fat and blood that has been removed is processed in order to be viable for the injection. The syringes that are storing the excess fat are connected to a small tube. These tubes are placed into small incisions around your buttocks and the fat is transferred to the area. The results are pretty much immediately noticeable. That being said, the final results don’t occur until nearly one year later, due to the fact that the fat doesn’t completely settle until this time. Gaining or losing weight can affect the fat placed into your buttocks.
There are a few risks that you should be aware of before completing either of these procedures. With implants, the risks include bleeding, infection, scarring, nerve damage, implant rupture, fluid accumulation, risks from anesthesia and pressure on sciatic nerve. In regards to grafting, the associated risks involve stretch marks, hematoma, asymmetry, anesthesia complications, liposuction complications, swelling, oil cysts, infection, numbing, bruising, blood clots, loss of blood, deep vein thrombosis and a chance that revisional surgery will be necessary. It’s important to note that these risks are relatively rare in occurrence.
Are You A Good Candidate For Gluteal Enhancement?
Gluteal enhancement isn’t a procedure that everyone will want. However, you’ll know if you’re a candidate if you have set expectations that are generally realistic, you are relatively healthy, your buttock is asymmetrical, you feel as though your buttock is too small and if you don’t like the actual shape or roundness of your buttock. If any of these are true, you’re definitely a good candidate for this procedure.
Gluteal Enhancement FAQs
The length of this procedure typically depends on the type of procedure and how much the buttocks is being expanded. Both the implant and grafting procedure should take anywhere from one to two hours total.
There’s a general recovery time that you should expect after the procedure has occurred. Immediately afterwards, your will be monitored. However, you will usually be able to head home a few hours after the conclusion of the procedure, though it will be important to provide continual treatment to your buttock per Dr. Steinbrech’s orders. A special garment will be given to you to be worn after the surgery, which you will need to do 24/7 until Dr. Steinbrech says you can stop wearing it. With implants, your results will be final after around three months, while those with grafting should anticipate swelling for a few months. With grafting, it should be noted that extensive sitting should be avoided for a period of two weeks and you should attempt to lay on your side at night.
There are risks for both enhancement types, including bleeding, infection and issues with anesthesia, among others.
Following the grafting procedure, you can return to work after two weeks. After the implant procedure, you can return to work around two to three weeks after the procedure.
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