One of the classic characteristics of the female body is the S-curve of a shapely backside. So it is no surprise that many women transitioning from male to female want to change this part of their body as part of their gender reassignment therapy.
In general, men carry fat differently from women, giving them a flatter backside with little projection from the lower back. Buttocks augmentation, sometimes called a Brazilian butt lift, can reshape the area to give the buttocks a fuller, rounder, and curvier appearance.
One way to achieve this is to do a fat transfer, in which fat is removed from the waist or abdomen via liposuction and redistributed to the buttocks. This type of buttocks augmentation can give women beautiful, natural-looking results and is a very safe procedure with minimal risk of complications. However, implants might be a better option for people with insufficient excess fat to use in such a procedure.
At Del Rey Face, we specialize in affirming procedures to help you look and feel your best. Our skilled plastic surgeons will talk to you about what techniques would work for you and what kind of results you can expect.
Read on to learn more, or call 310-823-4444 to book a consultation at our Los Angeles, California practice.
What Are the Benefits of Buttocks Augmentation?
Buttocks augmentation is a popular body feminization surgery thanks to the dramatic impact it can have on your appearance. While hormone therapy can effectively shift some body fat distribution, surgical augmentation can give your silhouette an even more feminine contour.
Benefits of buttocks augmentation for transgender women include:
- There’s no need for implant replacements years later with a fat transfer procedure.
- You can ditch the uncomfortable shapewear or padding.
- Clothing tends to fit better.
- Buttocks augmentation contributes to a more feminine hip-to-waist ratio.
- The risk of rejection is lower with a natural fat grafting augmentation.
- Buttocks feminization can relieve feelings of dysphoria or discomfort.
- Fat can often be harvested from the trunk, giving you a narrower waist as well.
For the average Del Rey Face patient, the most significant benefit of buttocks augmentation is seeing the best version of herself in the mirror.
How Do You Prepare For Buttocks Augmentation In LA?
Before your procedure, you’ll have a consultation with one of our experienced plastic surgeons. We’ll be able to determine the best areas for fat harvesting and give you an estimate of how much volume to expect at this time.
During your consultation, please let us know about any existing health conditions, prescription or over-the-counter medications, and supplements you’re taking to ensure they won’t interfere with the procedure.
It’s also helpful to quit smoking before any surgery as it can increase your risk for complications and slow healing time.
We’ll also answer any questions you have about fat grafting buttocks augmentation and present all the alternatives.
What Happens During a Buttocks Augmentation?
During a fat transfer buttocks augmentation, our surgeons will administer anesthesia so you won’t feel any pain as we make small incisions and suction areas where we’re harvesting the fat. The removed fat is then purified and redistributed around the buttocks for a more feminine shape. We’ll then cleanly close the incisions so that any tiny surgical scars are discreet. Our team will monitor you as you recover, and you can generally expect to return home (with someone to help out) the same day.
How Do I Choose the Right Provider?
Brazilian butt lift (BBL) procedures have gotten a lot of bad press due to unqualified providers performing the surgery. Autologous fat transfer is a safe and common cosmetic and reconstructive technique. Still, a BBL provider needs to be highly trained. The area where fat is injected during buttocks augmentation is close to major blood vessels, making the procedure slightly more advanced.
That’s why choosing a qualified plastic surgeon is essential. At Del Rey Face, our team of plastic surgeons has a range of specialties that make them especially well-equipped to consult with each other and perform successful augmentation procedures. Additionally, our focus on gender-affirming procedures means we’re familiar with the best contouring and shaping techniques for transgender patients.
Are There Different Types of Buttocks Augmentation?
Patients can choose between buttocks implants, injectable fillers, or fat transfer. All three types of augmentation can provide appropriate contouring and shaping of the buttocks.
What Are the Risks of Buttocks Augmentation?
If you choose to have surgical augmentation, the risks are similar to those of other procedures. These include:
- Risk of bleeding.
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia.
- Undesired aesthetic effect.
With injectables, the possible risks include:
- Swelling or redness at the injection site.
- Lumpy appearance.
- Undesired cosmetic effect.
Before deciding on a procedure, it is important to discuss all of your options with your surgeon to make an informed decision. In consultation, you can discuss your concerns as well as aesthetic goals with your surgeon to ensure that you choose the right type of augmentation.
How Long Will My Results Last?
Depending on the type of augmentation, your results can last for years. For example, implants can last until you desire removal, whereas injectable fillers dissolve over time, typically between 12 to 18 months.
Is Buttocks Augmentation Reversible?
Some types of buttocks augmentation, such as implants, can be reversed. However, it will require additional surgical procedures for removal. Fat grafting and transfer will dissolve over time, however, it may take an extended period of time depending on the amount of fat that was transferred. Your surgeon can give you further details about fat transfer, its efficacy, and how long you can expect the results to last.
Schedule Your Los Angeles Buttocks Augmentation Consultation
The skilled providers at Del Rey Face are dedicated to helping our patients achieve an appearance that’s aligned with who they are.
If you’re ready to enjoy a more feminine physique than hormone therapy and exercise alone can provide, call our Los Angeles, California gender-affirming plastic surgery practice at 310-823-4444.