Are Injectables the Best Way to Get a Bigger Butt?
According to Allure magazine, women who are looking to boost their buttocks have a new option to get a bigger behind that does not require surgery: dermal fillers.
Dermal fillers are popular in the U.S., with 2.6 million injections performed in 2016, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
The products, which include popular brands like Juvederm and Restalyne, are commonly injected into the face, but some individuals even use them to resculpt their upper arms and fill in damaged earlobes.
Now fillers are being used to lift the buttocks.
Some cosmetic and plastic surgeons are using Sculptra, a poly-L-lactic acid filler, as a non-surgical approach to the butt-lift procedure.
Once injected, Sculptra induces the body to produce more collagen, a protein vital to the skin's ability to stretch and retract. The extra collagen causes a skin-tightening effect that in turn lifts the buttocks.
The extra collagen the body produces also develops around the Sculptra and builds up scar tissue, which also lends to a bigger bottom.
Using dermal fillers to boost the backside is gaining popularity because it requires nearly no downtime compared to other buttock procedures. But the injections still have their risks.
Sculptra cannot be dissolved like other types of dermal fillers, so if the product does not distribute smoothly or evenly, the patient may be stuck with less-than-desirable results for a while.
The results of Sculptra can last two to three years.
According to a recent study, Sculptra increases the development of granulomas by 8.5 percent. Granulomas are lumps formed by the body in response to foreign substances. These granulomas may form six months to one year after the injection procedure.
Although these lumps are not often visible, they may be felt by the patient and may make the patient feel self-conscious or physically uncomfortable when sitting.
Individuals looking to increase the size of their buttocks through fillers usually require three to four injections to get the results they want.
If the risk of uneven results or bumps on the bottom is unappealing, there are other buttock enhancement options available.
One of those options is silicone butt implants that are inserted surgically into the buttocks to add size. The surgery requires several weeks of downtime after the procedure, and as with any surgery, there is often pain and the risk of complications like infection.
Some patients may experience fluid buildup around their implants or movement of their implants over time, and some buttock implant patients complain that they feel their implants when sitting.
Another buttock-enhancement procedure is the popular Brazilian butt-lift. More than 18,000 Brazilian butt-lift procedures were performed in 2016, according to the ASPS' annual report, Plastic Surgery Statistics.
The Brazilian butt-lift is a minimally invasive procedure that takes unwanted fat from other body areas such as the inner thigh through liposuction and puts it into the patient's buttocks.
The procedure not only increases the size of the buttocks, but like Sculptra also induces the body to increase production of collagen for a skin-tightening lift effect.
"The Brazilian butt-lift is about moving the fat from where you don’t want it to be and placing it somewhere that you do," said Dr. Bill Johnson, M.D.
Johnson is a Dallas, Texas, cosmetic physician who performs the Brazilian butt-lift and other fat-transfer procedures.
"The benefits of using your fat is that with fat, unlike fillers and implants, your body will not reject it or cause the formation of granulomas," Johnson said.
Many people who choose fat transfers do not require multiple procedures to get the results they want and also do not require follow-up visits to maintain their look.
Allure. Nonsurgical Butt-Lifts Are the Latest Trend In Injectables. 15 November 2017.
American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Plastic Surgery Statistics 2016.