Buttock Augmentation Fat Grafting Injection and Transfer: Risks And Side Effects

Many men and women pride themselves of their nice, curved and lifted buttocks. These people have no problems at all showing off their derriere in nice fitted jeans, low rise pants, or even in bikinis. People who don’t have this attribute often wish to have them but getting that ideal “butt” can’t be done overnight, or can it?

Buttock Augmentation Fat Grafting

  • Buttock enhancements using fat transfer has become quite popular in the United States.
  • Many people who wish to have celebrity buttocks go to their nearest surgeon to have implants done.
  • Buttock augmentation using fat transfer is a technique wherein the patient’s own fat is harvested using liposuction, processed, and then used to contour and sculpt the buttocks to the patient’s desire.
  • The most common sights for fat grafting include the flanks, hips, lower back, abdomens, and thighs.
  • The procedure is also otherwise known as the “Brazilian Butt Lift”.

Buttock Augmentation Fat Transfer:

The Brazilian butt transfer procedure involves the following steps

  • The patient is placed under general anesthesia.
  • The procedure can be done on an outpatient basis.
  • Liposuction of the buttocks is performed to help shape the buttocks initially.
  • Excess fat from the abdomen, flanks, things, and hips may also be liposuctioned.
  • The suctioned or harvested fat is processed.
  • The processed fat is injected into the Gluteal muscle and subcutaneous tissue in very fine layers.
  • Injection of the processed fat is done meticulously to increase the survival of the transferred fat cells.
  • The fat layers may be increased, adding each layer carefully, until the contour and profile as desired by the patient is achieved.
  • Injection of fat layers may be exaggerated because 30% of the fat is reabsorbed or dissolved.
  • Repeat injection of harvested fats may be needed to keep the buttock’s contour and profile.
  • The patient is advised to wear compression garments to help form the buttocks and to help reduce post-operative swelling.

Buttock Augmentation Fat Injection:

Buttock enhancement through fat injection brings with it its own risks as well as complications. Patients should be well versed with these risks and complications before consenting to surgery. Common and minor complications after a buttock enhancement may include:

  • Skin sensation changes – usually involves paresthesia or numbness at the site of liposuction.
  • Swelling – a normal side effect after the procedure.
  • Bruising – bruising can be seen in areas of liposuction.
  • Skin irregularities/skin dimpling – can occur due to skin elasticity or the extent of fat injected. Post-operative massage can help smooth these irregularities.
  • Asymmetry – slight differences between each buttock in terms of contour and size.
  • Muscle spasm – a quite common side effect which quickly resolves by itself.
  • Postoperative discomfort and pain – a manageable side effect using pain medications.
  • Emotional changes, depression, and sexual changes – usually only temporary.
  • Seroma – a pooling of serum in the buttock area. This can be drained by the surgeon.
  • Fat absorption, sclerosis – 30% of injected fat can be reabsorbed by the body which can cause dimpling and dents. Some parts of the buttocks can also exhibit scarring which makes the buttock tissue feel hard in places.