Butt augmentation refers to several cosmetic procedures that improve the appearance of your butt (buttocks). Procedures may add volume, smooth wrinkled skin and lift excess sagging. The type of butt augmentation surgery you have depends on your specific procedure. Butt augmentation has some risks, and recovery can take up to a few months.
Butt augmentation, also called gluteal augmentation, creates a rounder, firmer and more youthful-looking buttocks (butt). Butt augmentation procedures can remove loose, sagging skin or enlarge a flatter surface. In some cases, your plastic surgeon may combine surgery techniques to give you the results you want.
Butt augmentation may use fat transfer, implants or lifting techniques to help shape and sculpt your butt.
Butt augmentation consists of three types:
Each butt augmentation surgery uses a different technique. So, you may qualify for one procedure but not another. Talk to your plastic surgeon about the best butt augmentation option for you.
In general, you’re a good candidate for butt augmentation if you:
People who aren’t good candidates for butt augmentation are typically in poor health or can’t quit smoking weeks before the procedure. Your goals and anatomy will also determine the type of butt augmentation surgery you have. For example, someone with a lean, slender frame may not be a candidate for BBL. And someone who has unstable weight shouldn’t have a butt lift.
Your plastic surgeon will give you instructions on how to best prepare for your surgery. You’ll need to stop:
With all three butt augmentation surgeries, you may receive general anesthesia. Most people are asleep the entire time and don’t feel any pain. Your surgeon may also give you an antibiotic to prevent infection.
Butt augmentation surgery can take two hours or longer. Each butt augmentation surgery involves a different technique:
After butt augmentation surgery, you may need to:
You may also need to start (or keep) taking medications, including:
Butt augmentation changes the appearance of your butt, creating a rounder, more youthful shape. Each procedure has different benefits. For example:
Butt augmentation risks range from mild to severe, depending on surgery type and other factors.
Working with a board-certified, experienced plastic surgeon can reduce risks. However, complications can occur with every type of butt augmentation, including:
Butt augmentation has a long recovery. You may not be able to sleep or sit directly on your butt for up to several weeks. It typically takes a few months to a year to heal completely.
You may need to wait several weeks to a month before returning to work. It may take more time before you can exercise or perform other strenuous activities.
Talk to your plastic surgeon about signs that you need immediate medical help. Typically, you should call your surgeon if you experience:
A note from Cleveland Clinic
Butt augmentation surgery involves different techniques depending on the procedure. In general, butt augmentation adds volume or removes excess sagging skin for a younger-looking, firmer butt. Each butt augmentation surgery comes with risks and requires a long recovery. Talk to a highly trained, experienced plastic surgeon about your options.
Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 06/27/2022.
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