Booty Call

By: Beth Phillips, RPAC

When it comes to butts, times sure have changed. I laughingly discuss with my contemporaries how hard we tried to decrease the size of our derrières back in the 70’s and 80’s. Those were times of Jane Fonda workout tapes, hard-core aerobics classes, and thin woman with minimal curves seemed to be the ideal body type. Not anymore!

Curves are the current fashion!

Over the past several years, I have heard so much more about women (and men), wanting a little more “junk in their trunk”! Terms like “Bootylicious” have become more than just widespread slang. So much that the word was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2004.

A procedure known as the Brazilian Butt Lift has gained much popularity and the increase in numbers of that procedure are impressive. We have seen a significant increase at our office locally. This is no longer a procedure that performed only by a few surgeons in areas like Miami and LA. It has become quite commonplace throughout the country and throughout the world.

The ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) states that the number of Buttocks lifts performed in the US is up 252% since the year 2000. The ASPS statistics show that buttock implants were the fastest growing type of cosmetic surgery in 2015. They called this another “year of the rear” because when tallied, overall, there was on average, a buttock procedure every 30 minutes of everyday!

There are 3 main buttock lift procedures. Buttock implants, traditional butt lift by surgical resection, and butt augmentation using fat, aka the Brazilian Butt lift.

Buttock implants are silicone implants that are made specifically for the buttocks. A pocket is made via an incision that will likely blend with a natural crease and the implant is inserted and closed around it. The implant is either placed within the gluteal muscle or above it. The implant is permanent and will not change in size.

Traditional Butt Lift, sometimes called an upper butt lift, is where an incision is made across the top of your buttocks and skin and underlying fat is removed and/or repositioned. This is most commonly performed when there is a significant amount of excess skin. We tend to use this technique most commonly in patients that have had a significant weight loss. While this is the most effective in some patients, it also is the most invasive and has the longest healing time.

The Brazilian Butt Lift is a procedure that employs liposuction to take fat from unwanted areas on the body and reinjects it into the buttocks to make them more full and lifted. Liposuction is commonly performed from the abdomen, hips, thighs, and back (often known as the dreaded bra rolls!). By thinning these areas and augmenting the buttocks, an otherwise “squared-off” appearance of the butt can be made to look more shapely and youthful. A bonus of this procedure is that it gives a patient the added benefit of liposuction which helps to get a more balanced result. The incisions are usually very small, approximately half of a centimeter, and therefore, they tend to heal very rapidly. The downside of using fat is that there is no way to be sure how much will “take”. Most surgeons are finding that the surprising majority (on average 60-80%) of the fat remains viable.

I think many people believe that buttock surgery is for people that want excessively large buttocks. That is not always the case. Much of the time the expected results are just to improve contour by adding a modest amount of volume to create the desired effect. Not everyone interested in this procedure wants a booty like Kim Kardashian, Beyonce or J Lo.

Based on the body type of an individual, one of these options may yield the best outcome. It is always important for someone who is considering a Buttock Lift to be evaluated by a provider that has experience in all of these procedures. Together they can make a decision on which one would be the best option for them.

So, Women of Upstate NY…Bottoms Up!!

The ASPS has an animated informational video: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/buttock-augmentation/animation

For more information contact CNY Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery at 315-663-0112