Until the last few years, most American women only cared about getting bigger breasts and tucking their tummies. But now, the new trend is to have a balance between breasts, waist, and…buttocks. With a copious butt jumping to the high priority list, buttock augmentation procedures have soared over the last few years. Another eason women have their buttocks augmented is due to excess amount of exercise. According to experts, women who work out hard tend to lose the natural curve and shape of their rears.
When it comes to a buttock augmentation, patients have two main choices. The buttocks can be augmented using implants (gluteoplasty) that are typically made of silicone or through fat grafting which means adding a patient’s own fat to her rear. Similar to inserting implants, fat grafting involves transferring a substance through small incisions. While artificial implants are falling from favor, more patients are considering the fat grafting technique to accentuate their figure and give it an added boost.
Make Me Heal turned to Dr. David Matlock and interviewed him about the popular Brazilian Butt Lift that he performs. A regular on the “Dr. 90210″ television show, Dr. Matlock is world renowned for performing vaginoplasties and laser rejuvenations, having pioneered these procedures over a decade ago (see related article on Dr. Matlock’s Vaginoplasty & Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation).
Make Me Heal: Please discuss the different types of buttock augmentation procedures that are available and which of these procedures is the most common?
Dr. Matlock: There are buttock implants and autologous fat transfer (AFT) to the buttocks. The only one I do is the AFT. This procedure is very safe and produces a natural result to inspection and feel. The incision is only 3 mm at the bottom of the buttocks in comparison to the implant which is about 3 to 4 inches in the crease of the buttocks. These artificial implants are hard and unnatural and I don’t recommend it.
Make Me Heal: Your signature is the “Brazilian Butt Lift”. Please describe how it is performed and other technical details.
Dr. Matlock: My signature is the Brazilian Butt Augmentation. The patient can have any anesthesia they want. The fat is harvested from areas of unwanted fatty deposits such as the butt, the stomach, and the thighs. It is processed and then injected into the fatty tissue of the buttocks trough micro fat injections to achieve a long lasting, uniform, smooth, and natural appearance to the buttocks. An additional benefit of the Brazilian butt lift is that you not only get a shapelier buttock, but the area to liposuction is now much leaner, giving your profile a more sensuous look.
Make Me Heal: When the fat grafting procedure is used, how is the shape of the buttock maintained?
Dr. Matlock: I first sculpture out the most aesthetically pleasing buttocks, then I aesthetically place the fat into the fatty tissue of the patient’s buttocks.
Make Me Heal: Why do you prefer using fat grafting for buttock augmentation instead of an implant? What are the advantages of fat grafting?
Dr. Matlock: I prefer and perform fat grafting as it provides a 100% natural look to feel and appearance.
Make Me Heal: Is there a specific age range for a woman seeking a buttock augmentation, or can a woman of any age have it?
Dr. Matlock: There are no age restrictions for this procedure although most patients are between their 20’s to 40’s. Patients must have enough donor fat from 2-3 areas of their body in order to be a candidate. All patients are evaluated based on the quality of their fat, existing volume, skin elasticity and buttock shape. Though some of these qualities change with age, these are really independent of their age, and a healthy person of any age can undergo this procedure.
Make Me Heal: How long do the results of a buttock augmentation via fat grafting last?
Dr. Matlock: We tell patients that what they have a 3 months will be there for life. My administrator had it 5 years ago and it is still there. I usually tell patients that 60% will last. We always overfill to compensate for what can be reabsorbed.
Make Me Heal: How is the recovery like from the various types of buttock augmentation procedures? What symptoms can a patient expect to have and for how long do they persist? Is there any period of time the patient should expect to be resting and not be active or at work?
Dr. Matlock: The artificial implant causes extreme pain. The AFT or Brazilian Butt Lift is no more painful then regular liposuction.
Following the butt augmentation procedure, you must not sit directly on your buttocks for two weeks. Most people can return to work in 2 weeks, provided you do only a minimum amount of sitting. You must wear a special garment (to control swelling) for two weeks. There may be a small amount of swelling for up to 6 weeks. However, you should be able to resume all normal activities at 4 weeks post op.
Make Me Heal: Are there any scars following a buttock augmentation via fat grafting? If yes, then can they be seen to the eye?
Dr. Matlock: The scars are only millimeters in length and usually fade to being miniscule.
Make Me Heal: What are the average costs of performing a buttock augmentation via fat grafting?
Dr. Matlock: For the total procedure it averages between $8, 000 to $10,000 depending on the amount of areas to be suctioned.
Make Me Heal: What recovery products can be used following a buttock augmentation via fat grafting?
Dr. Matlock: Arnica Montana is my favorite for its healing properties.
Make Me Heal: How long does a patient have to avoid having sexual intercourse after a buttock augmentation procedure?
Dr. Matlock: Intercourse can be resumed in 4 days.
Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Matlock is the founder of the Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Institute in Los Angeles and is the Medical Director of the Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Institute®, Inc., a training center for physicians. Author of the new book, SEX BY DESIGN, Dr. Matlock is the pioneer in this unique field of Boutique Cosmetic Gynecologic Laser Surgery. Dr. Matlock is the world renowned developer of Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation® (LVR®) and Designer Laser Vaginoplasty® (DLV®). LVR® is for the enhancement of sexual gratification and DLV® is for the aesthetic enhancement of the vulvar structures. Dr. Matlock is a featured cast member on E!’s smash hit “Dr. 90210.”
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