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You Deserve it – Period

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”

These are the immortal words of Coco Chanel, and in celebration of the beauty that you deserve, it’s time to get rid of the saggy unattractiveness that disgraces your posterior. Lately, a lot of women have been desirous of a more projected buttock region and have been very happy with the results achieved. According to a study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 98 percent of women who were interviewed said that they were very satisfied with their buttock augmentation.

Do you also sometimes wish you had a more curvaceous derriere that complemented your full figure? Then perhaps it’s time for you to finally adorn that classic ‘Southwestern Texan’ buttocks. At Southwest Plastic Surgery, El Paso, Texas, this can be achieved with the El Paso Buttocks Augmentation. Your buttocks will be reshaped to give them a beautiful, rounded and shapelier appearance, and you will a be step closer to that hourglass figure that every woman yearns for.


Buttock Augmentation Techniques and Procedure

A buttock augmentation is used to shape the gluteal area and enhance its appearance. It is also sometimes referred to as a butt implant, buttock enlargement or a butt lift. A large number of women are opting to have buttock augmentations performed, as a shapely buttock is perceived as a sign of femininity and sensuality.

At Southwest Plastic Surgery, award winning, board certified Doctors Frank Agullo and Humberto Palladino, are the experts when it comes to giving you the buttock you want. According to them, you should consider buttock augmentation if you:

  • have buttocks that are too small and you want a more balanced body
  • have undergone weight loss which has left excessive loose skin around your buttock region
  • have buttocks which are out of shape and do not compliment your figure
  • have sagging and flaccid skin around your buttocks
  • have difficulty fitting into clothes, particularly swimwear
  • have cellulite in the buttocks area
  • have uneven gluteal area

Buttock augmentation can be performed mainly using three different techniques as follows:

Buttock Augmentation with Fat Injections (Brazilian Butt Lift)

This is commonly known as a ‘Brazilian Butt Lift’ or BBL, and is a very popular option among patients. In this procedure, the excess fat stores in the thighs, abdomen and waist, and hips are targeted. Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino use fat grafting, or autologous fat transfer, to move and redistribute your own fat in these regions using liposuction and position it in your buttocks to give them a healthy and rounded shape. To improve the contours of the butt, liposuction is always performed above the buttocks. After the procedure, the butt will sit higher and will look especially pleasing in swimwear and bathing suits. Multiple procedures may be necessary in this case. The Brazilian Butt Lift procedure continues to grow in popularity in the Southwest and is very often incorporated into mommy makeovers.

Buttock Augmentation with Implants

If you have minimal fat, or do not have the fat stores in your body that patients who undergo BBL normally have, then a silicone implant (sometimes known as a gluteal implant) will be used to achieve the same effect on your buttocks. This procedure achieves excellent results and is very popular among slim individuals who just want to have fuller buttocks. An incision is made at the tailbone, close to the butt ‘cheeks’ and the implant is inserted within the gluteus muscle. The intramuscular approach has been associated with the least amount of complications. Be weary of surgeons placing buttock implants above the muscle, as palpability, seromas, and extrusion are much more common. Implants are a delicate business, but rest assured, you will in the capable hands of Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino, who have both performed several surgeries of this sort and have received awards for their practice. The implants they use will be made of solid but soft silicone gel, which prevents them from bursting or leaking.

Buttock Lift with Augmentation

Patients with buttock ptosis (sagging or drooping of the buttock skin will) benefit the most by a lift. Depending on the severity of the ptosis, you may have to have either a fat injection or a silicone implant, which adds volume, or a buttock lift. In a buttock lift, skin is removed from just above the buttocks and the augmentation is performed by using your own localized fat flaps. It may also be performed using fat injections or implants. The resulting scar is concealed conveniently by your bathing suit, undergarments or swimwear.

Some patients also choose to have their buttock augmentation performed together with other procedures such as a tummy tuck, breast lift or an entire body lift. Southwest Plastic Surgery will allow you to choose the procedures which suit your needs the best; Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino encourage you to schedule an appointment and discuss your options.

Prepping for the Buttock Augmentation Surgery

Upon consultation with a surgeon, you will be informed of the various techniques used to achieve buttock augmentation, depending on what you hope to achieve through such a surgery. During your consultation, it is important that you discuss any questions you may have such a procedure. If it eases you further, you may also communicate in Spanish, since both Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino speak Spanish quite fluently.

Once you are clear about your goals, and you feel that you definitely want to go through with it, then your surgeon will schedule a date, and explain to you how you should prepare for the surgery.

  • You should discontinue smoking at least two weeks prior to and after the surgery, as tobacco can increase the chances of heart problems, strokes and blood clots
  • Anti-inflammatory medication, aspirin and certain herbal medication can cause increased bleeding, and should be avoided a week before the surgery
  • Arrange for someone, such as a friend or family member, to drive you to and from the surgery center
  • Avoid using lotions and moisturizers anywhere in the region of the buttocks
  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Do not eat anything after midnight on the night before the surgery

Buttock Augmentation Recovery

Like most augmentation and cosmetic surgeries, the results of a buttock augmentation will be clearly visible to you immediately after the surgery. Some things, however, that you should take note of are:

  • Drainage tubes, or a cannula, may be placed to drain any fluid which after the surgery.
  • When the effects of anesthesia wear off, some pain may be experienced but will subside with time. If it does not, you should immediately inform your surgeon and consult a physician. You will also be given antibiotics to reduce the chances of infection.
  • You should assume seated positions infrequently for the first one or two weeks to avoid any soreness and pain; you will spend this time mostly either lying down or standing straight.
  • You will also be given a special compression garment which will help alleviate the swelling, and keep your buttock region tight to allow it to heal properly.
  • Generally, your surgeon will tell you how long it will be before you return to your normal active self but for the first four weeks you should avoid putting any pressure on your buttocks.

Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino say that within a few months everything will be back to normal and you will want to flaunt your new posterior, which you have craved quite a while, in new bathing suits and swimwear! You will maintain your new curves as long as your weight does not fluctuate a lot. Although fat tends to grow and accumulate with age, a healthy lifestyle will keep it in check. You should also stay in touch with your plastic surgeon after you have fully recovered, in case any late complications develop, although the chances of this are slim.

Buttock Augmentation Risks

During your consultation, your surgeon will also inform you of the possible risks associated with a procedure such as this. These might include:

  • anesthesia related complications such as an adverse reaction
  • infection
  • bleeding
  • the need for a revision surgery
  • shrinkage of the injected fat causing asymmetry
  • hematoma or seroma
  • disagreeable scarring

However, you can rest easy, since the doctors at Southwest Plastic Surgery are experts when it comes to cosmetic surgeries. Both have performed numerous such surgeries and are renowned for the quality of their practice and the care they provide their patients.

Combining Buttock Augmentation With Other Surgeries

As mentioned before, buttock augmentations can be performed in conjunction with other procedures, depending on your personal preference, age, and physical and medical condition. Most often, it is combined with an abdominoplasty, i.e. a tummy tuck. Combining your surgeries could save you time, money and the healing process for all surgeries would be taking place simultaneously so the overall recovery period is reduced. Other surgeries include body lifts, liposuction and circumferential abdominoplasty, which is used to shape and contour the lower body. At Southwest Plastic Surgery, your safety is of the utmost importance, therefore our doctors will let you know if procedures can be safely combined or not.

Cost of Buttock Augmentation

The cost of a buttock augmentation can vary greatly depending on the type of procedure used, such as an augmentation with fat injection or one with a silicone implant. Another factor is the complexity of the procedure and the time taken to prepare the liposculpture and injections, and also the time taken to inject the fat into the buttocks. Combinations with other surgeries may also vary the cost, and an exact figure will only be given after you have consulted a surgeon. However, at Southwest Plastic Surgery, the cost of a Brazilian Butt Lift is usually between $5,500 – $13,000.