One of the best ways to create a more shapely rear is to transfer your own body fat to your Buttocks.
Augmenting your buttocks with your own body fat can look very natural and, because fat is your own body’s substance, there is little chance for rejection. Also grafted fat takes on the characteristics of the location where it is injected. If it is injected near fat, it feels the same as the fat in that area. This procedure also has the benefit of taking fat from where you don’t want it and depositing where you do.
The results of transferring fat to the buttocks, face, lips or any other place in the body, is that some of it will be reabsorbed by the body, your doctor can’t really predict how much will be reabsorbed. However, as a general rule, what you have remaining after three months will be permanent. We monitor our patients and have recorded a 70 to 80% survival rate of fat.
Fat transfer is done by taking fat from areas such as the stomach, flanks, hips, and inner and outer thighs. The fat is removed with a very gentle liposuction that uses a fine cannula to protect live fat cells. The fat particles are then mixed with your own platelet rich plasma and injected back droplet by droplet into the layers of the buttocks through one very small incision on each side. The tiny pearl size fat droplets are deposited throughout the muscle layers so the fat cells will have a good blood supply and best chance of survival.
This layering method will create a smooth, more rounded buttock with no irregularities or dents and give a very natural look.
Your doctor can harvest fat from the flanks, abdomen, outer legs and the upper and outer buttocks. Transferring fat cells from those areas will give your buttocks a lifted and more curvaceous shape.
Every patient is different, but the usual amount of fat required for each buttock is an average of about 250 to 350 cc’s of pure fat. For both cheeks it means we need to harvest 700 cc, that equates to about 227-500 grams of fat. So this is not a procedure for very thin people, if you are very thin you may be better with implants. However, if you do have the fat, then a fat transfer can be the best option. This amount of added volume can make a big difference to the shape and look of your buttocks.
The ageing process results in loss of fat in the buttocks, which is a major contributor to the typical features of the older and flatter buttocks. By restoring fat, with fat grafting / lipofilling, we can improve the appearance and provide fuller buttocks – known as ‘The Brazilian Butt Lift’. The type of operation required to achieve the best result for you will depend on your desired outcomes, and will be discussed at the time of your Consultation.
Fat grafting can be enhanced by using your our Platelets and growth factors from your blood in the form of Platelet Rich Plasma (or PRP). This enhances fat cell healing and survival, when it is performed at the same time as Fat Grafting. Remember surgery will not change you or solve any life crises, but can boost your self-confidence and enjoyment of life.
Immediately after the procedure, the buttocks will swell and there will be some bruising, this will then subside within a week or two. There is very little discomfort from fat grafting. You may think the transferred fat has gone as the swelling subsides, but actually, it is only the swelling that goes, along with a little of the fat. It takes at least three months before you can see how much fat actually remains. The liposuction incisions are very small, just big enough to allow the suction cannula to go under the skin and take out the fat that’s needed for transfer. After the procedure, you need to wear a body garment for 4-6 weeks on the liposuctioned area. You can usually go back to work after 7-10 days.
If you want a round, lifted or apple shaped bottom, make a consultation appointment to discuss the possibilities.
You can expect to see a noticeable difference immediately after surgery. The results will look and feel natural. The lifted buttocks will settle after 6 weeks but the improvement in the tissues can continue for up to 18 months.
Frequently asked questions :
Q :What is Fat Grafting/Fat Transfer ‘Brazillian Buttock Lift’?
A : This is is an operation to restore or reshape the buttocks to provide a fuller, firmer buttocks or correct deformities and asymmetry, by grafting of your own fat into the tissues of the buttocks. Fat is harvested from areas where excess fat is of concern, commonly the love handles, abdomen and thighs. The fat is carefully handled to protect the fat cells before being injected into the buttocks through one or two very small incisions using a thin cannula. The procedure should be fairly atraumatic, reducing the incidence of complications and maximising the healing of the fat cells.
Q :What is the benefit of Fat Grafting, Fat Transfer?
A : Fat Grafting uses your own fat cells (autologous fat) to enhance your buttocks. Since the fat cells are your own, there is no risk of rejection or adverse reactions. The fat grafted buttocks will feel and behave naturally and there is no risk of implant failure or damage as with Buttock Augmentation with an Implant. Although, 1 or 2 treatments with Fat Grafting may be required to achieve the optimum shape or fullness, the results of Fat Grafting are permanent.
Q :Am I suitable for Fat Grafting, Fat Transfer?
A : If you would like to improve your buttocks using your own fat, and gain by removing fat from an area (s) which concern you, then Fat Grafting, Fat Transfer is likely to be beneficial for you. A detailed assessment to determine your goals and options can only be carried out at the time of a thorough Consultation. If you do not have sufficient fat for harvesting, Macrolane Buttock Shaping or Buttock Augmentation with implants may be a suitable option.
Q :How is the treatment performed?
A : Initial consultation will determine the goals of treatment and make note of any associated abnormalities or asymmetry and plan the optimum treatment to achieve the ideal result in each patient. Treatment is carried out under localanaesthetic as a day case. Fat grafting can be enhanced by using your our Platelets from your blood in the form of Platelet Rich Plasma PRP, to enhance fat cell healing and survival. This is performed at the same time as Fat Grafting.
Q :Will the treatment be painful / cause bruising?
A : Minimal discomfort is expected following the treatment and no bruising should occur with the careful techniques used. Any mild bruising will usually resolve after 1 to 2 weeks. The treated area(s) may feel tender – moderate discomfort for the first 3 – 5 days. Mild discomfort is expected for 2 weeks.
Q :When will results be seen?
A : Improvement in fullness and shape will be seen immediately following treatment. Any swelling will resolve in 2 weeks, but return to normal feeling from 4 – 6 weeks. It will take 3 months for the grafted fat to stabilise in the area(s) treated.
Q :How long will the result last?
A : Fat grafted into the buttocks, provides a long lasting or permanent improvement. However, anywhere from 30 – 40% of the grafted fat may fail to survive, requiring an additional treatment after approximately 3 months in order to achieve the optimum results.
Q :What are the side effects or risks?
A : Mild discomfort, swelling and bruising can occur. Some irregularity may occur at the site of fat harvest requiring additional treatment(s), such as Velashape or additional fat sculpting. Infection is rare (<0.1%) following Fat Grafting, a course of antibiotics will be given at the time of your treatment. Some altered sensation around the treatment area and the site of fat harvest is common which is expected to resolve in 6 – 8 weeks.
Q :When will I be able to return to normal activities?
A : Restricted activities are advised for 2 weeks following Fat Grafting treatment. Wearing a support garment is recommended for the first 3 weeks day and night, then during the day for a further 3 weeks.