Dr. Jeffrey Kenkel is a *Board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic surgery. He is Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery and Director of the Clinical Center for Cosmetic Laser Treatment at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is actively involved in the education of plastic surgery and teaches nationally and internationally on the topics of liposuction and excisional body contouring following major weight loss.
* Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
Buttock augmentation is a surgical procedure performed in which specially shaped gluteal implants are inserted within the muscle overlying the buttock area. The surgery is performed to improve the contour of the buttock area.
Implants are an alternative to fat grafting for augmentation of the buttock area. They allow for a reproducible augmentation, unlike fat grafting whose outcome can be a little more difficult to predict.
The implants are made of a low bleed silicone elastomer that comes in a round and tear dropped shape. The shape and size of the implant is tailored specifically to the patient's needs and dimensions of their buttock.
The surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure. The patient is asleep during the procedure, which takes approximately 2 hours. A small, single, well-concealed incision is made in the buttock cleft to allow access to place the implants within the muscle overlying the buttock area.
Most patients take a week off of work for recuperation. It is all right to lie on your buttock but most prefer to lie on their side, stomach or remain upright during the first week. Patients require some pain medicine during the first week and some may experience bruising.
During the second week, the patient is still sore but able to perform daily activities. Sutures are removed 7-10 days after the surgery and physical activities may be resumed in a graduated fashion after 3 weeks.
The final product is firm, similar to what your buttock may feel like with intense workouts.
Dr. Kenkel believes that augmentation of the buttock with implants is a good alternative to other techniques used today. "I see many patients that simply are not candidates for fat transfer or desire a simpler, more predictable procedure. This may be a better choice for them."