Buttock Shaping (Gluteoplasty)

Improving or enhancing the shape of the buttocks may involve several aesthetic techniques depending on each patient’s unique anatomy and personal goals.



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If the buttocks are deflated or lack fullness or projection, the contour can be improved with fat transfer or fat grafting.  This procedure involves harvesting excess fat from one area of the patient and then processing the fat cells for placement in the recipient site – in this case, the buttocks.  Fat grafting provides a very natural appearing and long lasting enhancement and is a technique that Dr. Barone has utilized and refined for over 20 years.  If the patient lacks excess fatty tissue, then buttock implants may be an option.
If the buttock tissues are loose and sagging, or if too large and out of proportion we would look to a combination of procedures.  Excess fat can be removed gently and effectively by ultrasonic liposuction, and then the loose tissue can be re-suspended or resected with a body lift or buttock lift.  This technique can result in a youthful and balanced contour to the buttocks that has a significant impact on an attractive body shape.

Descriptions such as the popular “Brazilian Butt Lift” are simply titles that involve the above techniques.  Dr. Barone will discuss and review these options with you during your office evaluation.  Improving buttock shape is a fundamental consideration in comprehensive body contouring.

  • Who are the best candidates for buttock enhancement or gluteoplasty?

    Anyone, female or male, who desires improved contour and shape can benefit from buttock surgery.  A customized surgical plan can be developed for you depending on your goals and preferences, and can address issues such as:

    • lack of buttock fullness or projection
    • loss of volume
    • loose or sagging buttocks
    • out of proportion – too large or too small

    Concerns of the buttocks may be addressed on their own, or in combination with larger procedures such as a body lift.

  • What should I expect after buttock surgery?

    If fat grafting or tissue lifting is done, there will be considerable swelling and several days of bedrest will be needed with elevation of the legs.  There will also be swelling at the site of the liposuction and fat harvesting.  A compression garment is usually helpful and will be provided.  Buttock surgery is typically performed under a light general anesthetic at an outpatient surgery center.  Post-operative discomfort is minimized by using long-acting nerve block medication (Exparel) and techniques that reduce swelling and bruising.

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