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Why So Many Women Are Getting Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery

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Why So Many Women Are Getting Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery

Ladies Buttocks in White UnderwearIf recent trends are any indication, the days of asking, “Does this make my butt look big?” are long gone. Now, having a full and round derrière is all the rage. One of the most popular new methods of butt augmentation is the Brazilian Butt Lift, in which fat is transferred from one area of the body to the buttocks. Here is why so many women are getting Brazilian Butt Lift surgery to give them the firm and proportioned butt they want.

Enhance Your Body Shape

Women who get butt augmentation with fat transfer often want a curvier figure. A Brazilian Butt Lift can help create the hourglass figure you’ve always wanted. It can also balance out your body shape by making your butt, hips, and chest more proportional to each other. An advantage that the Brazilian Butt Lift has over other butt augmentation techniques is that it uses fat transfer, which removes unwanted fat from other areas of the body. With the Brazilian Butt Lift, you can enhance your butt and minimize your abdomen, thighs, and other areas at the same time. This technique improves your overall body shape rather than just your buttocks.

Look Better in Clothes

Clothing is only flattering when it is worn by someone with the appropriate body shape. If your buttocks can’t fill out your jeans, your bikini bottom, or your dress/skirt, you won’t look your best. This is another reason women undergo Brazilian Butt Lift surgery. This procedure allows you to boost your backside so that your butt looks great in any piece of clothing.

Before and After Brazilian Butt LiftGet Natural Results

The Brazilian Butt Lift does not use synthetic implants to enhance the buttocks. Women who are especially concerned about what they put into their bodies choose the Brazilian Butt Lift because it offers natural butt augmentation. The injected fat comes directly from your own body, meaning there is little risk of an adverse reaction. Additionally, the results tend to look more natural with the Brazilian Butt Lift. The buttocks are already filled with fat, and adding just a bit more fat can be the perfect touch. After this procedure, you will have a shapelier and fuller butt, but your butt will still look like it is naturally yours.

Boost Confidence

Yet another reason women undergo Brazilian Butt Lift surgery is to boost self-confidence. This procedure helps you look good, which can, in turn, foster a more positive body image. Knowing that you look good goes a long way in helping you feel good and confident. This confidence carries over into all areas of your life, helping you to live your life to the fullest.

These are only a few of the many reasons women are getting Brazilian Butt Lift surgery. To learn more about how you could benefit from this procedure, schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Frank Agullo. Please call (915) 590-7900 or contact us online to get in touch with us today.

Internal Spanx Surgery for the Buttock

beautiful-buttocksI was recently interviewed by NewBeauty Magazine in regards to a new procedure that is known as Internal Spanx Surgery for the buttock. It was developed in Brazil and involves using Polytetrafluoroethylene mesh to lift the butt area. Currently, the procedure is being performed in Brazil and Portugal. You can read the full article in the NewBeauty blog. Here are the questions I was asked:

1.     Is Polytetrafluoroethylene mesh safe to use in the buttock area?

There’s not enough data or long term follow up to say that the use of the mesh in the buttocks is safe. This is a new procedure. Although, there have been case reports of the use of mesh and even threads in the past to provide a less invasive buttock lift.

Mesh has been successfully used by others and myself to provide an internal silk bra (I have presented this in the past and will be presenting it in Japan next Wednesday at the ISAPS, International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Meeting) with little if any complications. It has also been used safely in the abdomen to provide a permanent internal girdle during tummy tucks.

2.     What are some risks associated with a procedure like this?

The most concerning risk is that the mesh can become infected, which would require removal. Other concerns would be technique specific: asymmetry and palpability of the mesh.

3.     Are there any limitations or drawbacks to having a procedure like this instead of a Brazilian butt lift or butt implants?

Each of the procedures you mention is indicated for different purposes. I believe each procedure may have its place for individual patients. This Internal Spanx procedure seems to provide a means to achieve a less invasive lift with mesh. It would likely be indicated in a thin patient with some buttock ptosis (drooping) but no excess skin, and no desire for increased fullness.

A more traditional buttock lift entails an incision similar to a g-string above the buttocks, which removes excess skin and even fills the buttocks using the patient’s own tissue.

For the patient looking for accentuated hips and buttock the likes of Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez or Nicki Minaj, you have to introduce volume which can only be achieved with fat transfer to the buttocks (Brazilian butt lift) or implants. The added benefit of a BBL is that the fat is removed from unwanted areas to create a small waist and transition to buttocks and hips. In thin patients without excess fatty deposits, the only option is to use implants.

4.     What are your thoughts about the safety and effectiveness of this procedure?

The use of the Polytetrafluoroethylene mesh is off-label in the United States. Since it is a new procedure, long-term data and results are necessary to comment on the safety. It is always fascinating to see new procedures and techniques developed!

5.     What would you recommend to a patient who was considering this procedure?

Seek a board certified plastic surgeon specializing in buttock procedures to consult on which procedure is ideal for you. Many surgeons discourage patients from bringing wish pictures, but for the buttocks, this is one of the best ways to convey what you want.


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What You Need to Know About Getting a Bigger Butt

shutterstock_233906878If you’ve seen the news, it won’t come as a surprise that women all over the world are investing thousands of dollars to get a tush just like Kim Kardashian’s. In Miami, one woman spent over $10,000 to have a rear that resembled that of the socialite star. Before that, she was doing 300 squats a day! Ultimately, a Brazilian Butt Lift was her only option to get the round rear she wanted – so she went the surgical route.

During the procedure, doctors took four pounds of fat from other parts of her body, and injected them into her butt to add the fullness that she couldn’t get through daily workouts.

The Surge in Butt Lifts

This woman isn’t alone. The look for perfect curves and an enlarged backside isn’t going away anytime soon. Larger butts are on the rise – the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery said that there was an 86% increase from 2013 to 2014 in women getting butt augmentation treatments. 2016 doesn’t appear to be any different.

Leaving it All Up to Exercise

If the 30-day squat challenge isn’t making a difference in the contour of your backside, you might be wondering why the hard work is even worth it. It’s perfectly safe to squat your way to the right shape, but some people’s natural anatomy just doesn’t get them where they want to.

To get your butt to really “pop,” you also need to have the right balance of food that you consume. While exercise can make your butt healthy and muscular, it won’t add volume unless you’re combining the right types of exercise and nutrient intake.

Squats, donkey kicks, and lunges are all great glute exercises that can tone and lift. But genetics can’t be left out. If you were born with a great shaped butt, you probably won’t have to work very hard to get it to where you want it to be. Everyone else can work hard to tone and lift, but the shape might not pop out the way they wish it would.

Finally Taking Action

For women that decide to get “something done about it,” a butt augmentation along with an implant is an excellent choice. We can transfer fat from other parts of the body and enhance the area with an implant to add the right shape and size to your rear right where you want it.

It’s not just about volume – it’s about the shape. Going bigger isn’t always better, that’s why I stress to my patients to bring in photos of what they want their final results to look like. This is probably one of the very best ways I can ensure that we have the same image in mind. Then, we shape and contour the buttocks for the polished, round, lifted look that they’re set on having.

Getting the Right Help

The relationship of shape to size is vital, so it’s important to find a plastic surgeon with extensive experience in butt augmentation. As with breasts, the shape and curvature are extremely important. Otherwise you can end up with results that are worse than you even started with. Only a board-certified plastic surgeon is up to the task.

Maintaining Results

Before and After Brazilian Butt LiftOnce you’ve got the butt of your dreams, the story isn’t over. It’s still important for you to maintain a healthy body with diet and exercise. If you get a Brazilian Butt Lift, about 30% of the fat we transfer will be absorbed by the body. The fat that’s left will begin functioning as if it were naturally from that area – so if you gain weight because of a sedentary lifestyle or poor diet choices, those fat cells will grow.

A healthy lifestyle, along with the right plastic surgeon can get you the exact Hollywood butt you’ve been working so hard toward. Call my El Paso office to find out how we can make it a reality!

You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Frank Agullo by calling (915) 590-7900 or by filling out our online contact form


Going Organic Isn’t Just for Your Diet

Going organic may be the new diet trend, but for many people, it’s much more than that – it’s a lifestyle. An organic lifestyle means living a lifestyle that is healthy for you and the environment. It also means ridding your life and body of harmful processed chemicals. Going organic offers positive benefits, but some may wonder, at what cost? Does going organic mean you have to stop caring about your appearance? Of course not! With natural body enhancement procedures, you can live an organic lifestyle AND undergo “organic” beauty enhancement procedures using only materials harvested from your own body.

Facial Rejuvenation With Protein Rich Plasma (PRP)

Organic Plastic SurgeryAs a natural consequence of aging, our faces begin to thin out and develop fine lines and wrinkles. But with protein rich plasma (PRP) injections for facial rejuvenation, you can reduce the signs of aging with natural materials. PRP is blood plasma enriched with platelets that promote healing and growth, and it’s found in your body. PRP injections have been used for years to promote healing, and they are increasingly used for natural beauty enhancement. For the procedure, blood is drawn from a vein in your arm and then processed to separate out the protein rich plasma. A few minutes later, Dr. Agullo injects the PRP into target areas of your face to rejuvenate it. The face then naturally forms more collagen and blood vessels, effectively minimizing wrinkles and reversing volume loss. PRP injections can be combined with fat grafting for even more dramatic yet natural results.

Fat Transfer for Your Face, Breasts, and Butt

Wrinkles and volume loss are largely due to a loss of skin elasticity and lack of tissue fullness. The face, breasts, and buttocks are particularly vulnerable to skin laxity and volume loss over time. Fat injections can be used to counteract the signs of aging by filling in the tissues with fat harvested from elsewhere on the body. Dr. Frank Agullo uses liposuction to remove fat from one area of the body, and he then purifies it to eliminate imperfections before injecting it into the target area. The harvested fat includes stem cells that aid in skin rejuvenation and collagen production to tighten the skin. These techniques are used for natural facial rejuvenation, breast augmentation, and butt augmentation, and they allow you to undergo beauty enhancement procedures with an organic lifestyle.

Organic Beauty Enhancement

You don’t have to stop caring about your appearance when you go organic. While some people choose synthetic fillers and implants, you can have organic beauty enhancement using material from your own body. PRP and fat are both natural materials that can be utilized by the skilled hands of plastic surgeon Dr. Agullo to provide you with natural beauty enhancement.

Find out more about how you can have organic beauty enhancement with PRP or fat transfer procedures by calling our El Paso office at (915) 590-7900 or our Las Cruces office at (575) 520-5041. For your convenience, you may also fill out our online contact form. Schedule your personal consultation with double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Agullo today.


THREE BUTTS IN THONGSThe American Society of Plastic Surgeons has released new data today, the 2014 statistics report.  The data showed that two of the fastest growing procedures in the United States are buttock augmentations with implants and buttock lifts.  In 2014, 5,863 buttock implants were performed, and 3,505 butt lift procedures were done during the same time.   This represents a 98% and 44% increase respectively.  At the same time buttock augmentation with fat grafting, also known as Brazilian butt lift or buttock fat injections, increased 15%.  This complete  combination of procedures is only offered by a few plastic surgeons within the United States.

Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) and fat grafting have increased throughout the years mainly due to an increased interest by women for the buttock contours made popular by celebrities such as Kim Kardasian, Jennifer Lopez, and Nicki Minaj.  The popularity has also increased with the recent explosion of #belfies, or “butt selfies.”  Many women are trying to achieve and improve buttock contour, but not all are good candidates for only a Brazilian Butt Lift or fat grafting.   A Brazilian Butt Lift incorporates liposuctioning fat from areas of undesired deposits and transferring them to the buttocks.  This results in a smaller waist size, thinner thighs, and even flatter abdomen when transferring this fat to the buttocks, creating more voluptuous curves.

Frustrated by the trends, many women that are in shape and do not have a large amount of excess fatty deposits, have turned to buttock augmentation with implants.   Although buttock augmentation with implants has had a bad rap on the Internet mostly due to substandard procedures and inexperienced physicians, many have found benefits and good results from the procedure.   The main emphasis is placing the implants within the muscle thus avoiding common complications such as implant palpability, ability to move the implant and rotate it, buttock ptosis, double bubble deformity and seromas.  The implants used in buttock augmentation are solid silicone implants; therefore they never break and should last a lifetime.  Furthermore, by placing the implant within the muscle, the implant will never droop or sag.  Seromas and implant palpability with implants within the muscle are almost unheard of.  Buttock augmentation with implants is truly the only option for a thin woman in shape who desires improved buttock projection and contour.

Some women experience buttock droopiness or sagginess.  In order to address this issue a buttock lift is often the only solution.   A buttock lift is performed by making a G-string type incision above the buttocks where the skin can be tightened and lifted.   The same tissue that is usually excised for a buttock lift can be used for augmentation.   In some patients a buttock implant or even buttock fat injections can be combined for buttock lift to provide the ultimate result.    Although many women are concerned with the scarring left behind after a buttock lift, you can rest assured that the incision will lay so that it can be covered by a G-string, bikini, or underwear.

Dr. Agullo at Southwest Plastic Surgery is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.  He is Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.  Dr. Agullo is one of the few surgeons in the Southwest who offers the full array of buttock contour solutions including buttock implants, Brazilian butt lift, and buttock lift techniques.

If you are thinking of improving your buttock contour like many other women in the United States, don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule an appointment today.

#Belfies Are the Latest Social Media Rage

buttWe all know what selfies are. Those often funny images people post of themselves, particularly of their faces. But if you haven’t heard of “Belfies”, these are the latest trend to hit social media sites like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and even YouTube. As funny as it sounds, these are images of big, round buttocks posted by women of their own butts, “butt selfies”!

It is unclear exactly where this recent fad started, but it could be due to the Kardashians, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez and other celebrities who have recently undergone “butt augmentations”. Butt augmentations for the last couple of years have been rising in the plastic surgery industry, with more women wanting to jump on the bandwagon and get those round, beautiful booties like the big stars.

Is this just another passing fancy, or are butt augmentations here to stay?

Brazilian Butt Lifts Result in Surge in Belfies

There are several ways women can achieve the beautiful buttocks like the celebrity superstars. Dr. Agullo is one of the leading butt augmentation surgeons in the Southwest part of the U.S., with two practices in El Paso, TX and Las Cruces, NM. Some women choose to go through the whole shebang, with butt implants and all, while others prefer some reshaping procedures.

Here are three ways you can get that #Belfie Booty:

  • Buttock Fat Injections – This is also called “fat grafting” or “Brazilian Butt Lift” in which the plastic surgeon removes fat from other parts of your body and then reapplies the fat into your butt to achieve a rounder, more voluptuous derriere. With BBL, the fat injections must be done with precision to achieve desired results and make the butt look smooth and natural, rather than lumpy. Dr. Agullo uses a combination of fat transfer with liposuction to create a beautiful “belfie-worthy” butt.
  • Butt Implants – Much like breast implants, butt implants are actually made of a solid silicone that doesn’t break. The implant is inserted and positioned into the buttock muscle to create a more volumizing, round effect. The implants also “lift” the butt.
  • Buttock Lift – You may just want to reshape your butt, so Dr. Agullo can reposition the fatty areas that are sagging and do a cleanup with the liposuction tool, while tightening and removing excess skin. This will lift your butt and make it look perkier. This is a good technique for people who already have enough “junk in the trunk” but who are just dissatisfied with the way it looks. The butt lift makes your butt look more shapely and proportionate with your body, giving you a nice effect.

All three of these options will give you a “Belfie” Butt that you can snap photos and post to social media, if that is what you want to do. However, that is not the real reason to get something major done to your body. The best reason is because you want more self-confidence and just to feel better about your appearance or the way you look in clothes.

If this sounds like you, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Agullo to talk about a Brazilian Butt Lift, Butt Lift, or Butt Fat Grafting services in Texas! Contact us today. Take a look at the hashtag #Belfie if you are interested in seeing images of different cosmetic services women are doing to make their backside complement the front.

Wait at Least Six Months After Having a Baby to Get a Mommy Makeover

Mommy Makeover El Paso Las CrucesMore than ever women are focused on their bodies, especially after pregnancy. The comparisons not only begin with friends and family but also can be exacerbated by the media stories of the rich and famous. Of course, no one notes the private chefs, coaches, etc. that they have at their disposal.

A lot of women tend to put pressure on themselves to quickly get back to pre-pregnancy shape, often not considering all their bodies have done to prepare them for childbirth. During your pregnancy, not only do your hormones change, but your body changes shape to allow your baby to grow healthily and be delivered. Your mid-section stretches, your breasts increase in size, and certain areas may even swell due to retaining water.

Once your pregnancy is over and hormones return to normal, your skin and muscles will begin to tighten once again. How much a woman’s body will return to “normal” varies from person to person and depends on her overall health, diet, and exercise plan.

There are a large number of women who find no matter what they do physically and with their diets, they simply can’t get back to their pre-pregnancy shape. There may be loose skin around the midsection and potentially sagging breasts once milk production has ceased.

What Is A Mommy Makeover?

Usually a “Mommy Makeover” includes a tummy tuck, liposuction in the mid-section and hips, and either a breast lift, reduction, or augmentation, depending on the woman’s specific needs. In Dr. Agullo’s practice, mommy makeovers often include buttock enhancement via a Brazilian Butt Lift with fat injections or a buttock implant. It’s important to note that the procedures are not intended to speed weight loss, they are to help with areas that diet and exercise simply cannot alter.

How Long Should You Wait?

From birth, this can be several months to a couple years, depending on your family, feeding, diet, and exercise plan. However, it’s never recommended to have a tummy tuck before you are done with childbearing. This is to prevent you from having to redo surgeries in the future.

The most important thing to remember is that your body is different from everyone else’s. Your body will heal and return at a different rate and shape than others. Discussing your body goals with your physician can help create a plan with attainable goals that can then be further defined with surgery if desired.

When you are ready, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Agullo of Southwest Plastic Surgery in El Paso and Las Cruces can help you prepare for a Mommy Makeover. Call our office in El Paso (915) 590-7900 or our office in Las Cruces at (575) 520-5041 to schedule your consultation. We encourage you to come in and see our before and after pictures even before you make a decision.

Plastic Surgery Is On the Rise, “Butt” With a New Emphasis

butt liftThe results are in, and last year in 2014 has seen an increase in plastic surgery in the U.S. by as much as 3%. New results released last week revealed 15.6 Americans receiving plastic surgical procedures, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Part of it is attributed to the advancements in medical technologies, making it faster, easier and more convenient for people to go in for a nip here and a tuck there.

Most of the people that fell within that extra 3% growth rate were recipients of the minimally invasive procedures. For example, the use of fat redistribution was among those procedures, with a 2% increase in patients receiving Brazilian Butt Lifts by drawing from fat stores within their own bodies.

Another surprising trend revealed that fewer women were getting breast augmentations, while there was a significant rise in breast reconstruction surgeries for women who had gone through mastectomies. While not all breast cancer patients opt for breast reconstruction, those who do have been encouraged more by their doctors, which means there have been great strides made between physicians and plastic surgeons.

Frank Agullo of Southwest Plastic Surgery is one of the few doctors in the Southwest who offer the Butt Implants, so patients near El Paso, TX or Las Cruces, NM have been able to go to their clinic to get the butt lift surgeries. His office has also experienced an uncanny increase in the number of butt lifts performed within 2014, with nearly twice as many patients opting for the surgery over 2013. Like many doctors around the country, he guesses that the media fancy and stars like JLo or Kim Kardashian have a lot to do with the new trend.

Minimally invasive surgeries for the face, such as fillers, chemical peels and laser services were also more popular in 2014. In particular, chemical peels saw the most growth, with over 1.2 million services rendered. There were 2.3 million soft tissue fillers and just over a million laser hair removals, among many other types of non-invasive procedures.

These trends show that people want subtle changes, rather than going through major surgeries, so now with more availability of new technologies, people are becoming braver about going in to get services done. It also makes getting procedures more affordable for people, both in time and monetary investments.

If you have been interested in getting plastic surgery, but are not sure about what to do, contact board-certified Dr. Agullo at Southwest Plastic Surgery of El Paso. He shows his patients before and after images, using a remarkable 3D Vectra Imaging system. This eliminates any concerns and also gives patients the confidence they need to undergo many types of plastic surgery. Call 915-590-7900 to ask about butt augmentation/implants, Brazilian Butt Lifts or Labiaplasty in El Paso, Texas.

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Which Two Plastic Surgery Procedures Made the Top News for 2014? The Answer May Surprise You!

top listThe results are in, and NBC recently released the results of a poll taken from 953 doctors across the United States. It seems that breast augmentations, while still wildly popular, have taken a “backseat” to these two other plastic surgery procedures as the most asked for. Southwest Plastic Surgery of El Paso, TX is one of the few places to offer the services, which have both doubled nationwide.

What are they?

Oddly, enough, America has moved its interest in the chest to the backside, with butt implants nearly doubling in requests over the tally in 2013. Brazilian Buttlifts were also very popular, with a 15% surge in patients receiving them over the prior year. NBC News did an interview with the president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, who explained that “butts are in”, perhaps in part because of the huge infatuation with Kim Kardashian and the media craze.

Their findings were also in line with the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, whose survey of 901 doctors found an even greater increase of both the silicone butt implants and the Brazilian Butt Lift, in which fat injections remove the fat from one area of the body and reposition it to the derriere. The president of that organization cited social media as one of the instigators behind this, which affirmed the findings of the ASPS.

Another surprising trend that may surprise you

Along with the popularity of the Brazilian Butt Lift and the silicone implants, now more women are asking for another highly personal cosmetic procedure. Labiaplasty has also grown in popularity, making it the second fastest growing procedure in 2014 after the butt surgeries. Although the trade associations do not keep track of the numbers, of women, they are much more common now than they have ever been.

In case you are new to the term, a labiaplasty is a technique that trims the inner lips of a woman’s genitalia, with the intent of making her “tighter” down there. The purpose is to improve the cosmetic appearance as well as improving the feeling during intercourse. Most of the women who opt for labiaplasty are women who have given childbirth and who may feel a bit more insecure about their genitalia thereafter.

Dr. Agullo is one of the few plastic surgeons in the Southwest region offering both the buttock augmentation and labiaplasty surgeries. These require a lot of skill and precision to get the results you want. Dr. Agullo shows his patients the before and after examples by using a 3D Vectra Imaging system. Call 915-590-7900 to ask about butt augmentation/implants, Brazilian Butt Lifts or Labiaplasty in El Paso, Texas.

Everything You Need to Know About Buttock Augmentation

Fuller, rounder, perkier…

People who have a flat, saggy or unappealing derriere may wish they had more projection in the buttocks region. This can be done with El Paso Buttocks Augmentation! The buttocks augmentation is designed for a patient who wants to reshape and redistribute the look of their buttocks to appear fuller, rounder and perkier!buttock augmentation

Do you…

  • Wish your butt was rounder, fuller and shapelier?
  • Long for an hourglass figure or more voluptuous curves?
  • Look in the mirror and think your butt looks too flat, small or just disproportionate compared to the rest of your figure?

Then maybe a good “Southwestern Texan” buttock augmentation is right for you!

Buttocks augmentation procedures work in three different ways to achieve similar endpoints. It can be achieved through fat injections in combination with liposuction, with gluteal implants, or with your own tissue if you need a lift at the same time.

The “Brazilian Butt Lift”, is achieved by removing fat from a patient through liposuction and then injecting or “repositioning” the fat into the buttocks for reshaping. By taking a person’s own fat, this relatively simple cosmetic enhancement can have dramatically pleasing results by transforming a flat butt into a wonderfully shaped, round butt that sits higher and looks more appealing in bathing suits or form-fitting apparel.

Dr. Agullo also performs buttock augmentation with silicone implants. The use of implants can generate more dramatic results and is a good option in thin patients that have little fat for injections.

Buttock Augmentation Techniques

Buttock augmentation has a few different terms associated with the procedure, aside from the “Brazilian Butt Lift”. It can also be termed butt implant, gluteal implant, buttock enlargement or just a ‘butt lift’. These all refer to procedures used to improve the buttock contour, although the techniques may differ.

During buttocks augmentation surgery, you will be under general anesthesia or IV sedation:

  • Buttock Augmentation with Fat injections. This is one of the most common methods of buttock augmentation also termed “Brazilian Buttock Lift” or BBL. It works best for patients who have excess fat stored in other areas of the body, such as the thighs, abdominal (midsection), hips and waistline. Dr. Agullo uses a process called fat grafting or fat transplantation, in which he will gently remove the fatty accumulation from these areas with liposuction and then reposition them strategically within your butt to achieve a naturally fuller, rounder shape. Liposuction is always performed above the buttocks, which improves the overall contour.
  • Buttock Augmentation with Implants. Patients who have only minimal body fat and who want the buttocks augmentation enhancement will most likely need implants to achieve their goal of a round or more projected butt, which involves the plastic surgeon placing a strategic incision just below the tailbone. The incision is not visible when standing, as it hides in the fold. Dr. Agullo’s preferred implant placement is intramuscular, which avoids many of the complications previously associated with buttock implants. Buttock implants are made of solid silicone gel, so they do not pose a risk of rupture or leakage.
  • Buttock lift with augmentation. If you have buttock ptosis, then a lift may be necessary to achieve the best gluteal contour possible. In mild cases of ptosis adding volume with fat injections or an implant may be enough. In more pronounced cases a buttock lift would be necessary. A buttock lift is achieved by removing skin just above the buttocks, resulting in a thong type of incision. The scar is easily hidden with underwear, bathing suit, or even thong type undergarments. Augmentation of the buttocks is achieved at the same time with a local flap from your own fatty tissue. In certain cases augmentation can also be achieved with fat injections or implants.

No matter what you call it, buttocks augmentation can be done as part of other cosmetic procedures like a tummy tuck and breast lift or with an entire body lift experience. Your buttocks augmentation will be done in Dr. Agullo’s state-of-the art facility most likely as part of an outpatient procedure, which dependent upon whether the butt lift is combined with other cosmetic applications can take about 2 hours.

Getting ready for butt lift surgery

Get ready to have your buttocks lifted, contoured and protruding just the right way with Southwestern Texas buttock augmentation surgery! Here are some readiness strategies to apply before your buttock enlargement procedure:

  • Quit smoking any tobacco products for at least two weeks before surgery and two weeks afterwards to decrease potential risks from blood clots or slower.
  • Line up relative or friend to take you to and from the procedure. You won’t be able to drive after having anesthesia for at least a few days afterward.
  • Plan to get help with childcare, errands, etc. since you won’t be able to lift or do heavy chores.
  • Make sure you don’t eat or drink anything after midnight on the evening before your buttock augmentation procedure.
  • Avoid using cream or lotions on your skin in the derriere because it will block pores.
  • Wear something comfortable that can be easily slipped on and off. Avoid anything with buttons, zippers or that is too tight. Sweatpants, leggings, skirts or shorts will be best.

Combining buttock augmentation with other procedures

Sometimes buttock augmentation surgery can be combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as part of a body-sculpting package or in conjunction with anabdominoplasty (tummy tuck). If you want to combine procedures to save time, money and to heal all at once instead of in intervals, this might be a good option for you. Some other surgeries you can consider are:

You must discuss with Dr. Frank Agullo to see if it is feasible to combine other procedures for your body shape, size, budget and other considerations. Combining procedures often results in an overall improved body contour, decreased cost when compared to doing the procedures separately, and the advantage of only having one recovery period.

Recovery from buttock augmentation

After the buttock augmentation, you will need to wear a special compression garment that is designed to keep everything “tight” and help it heal properly. A partial absorption of fat that was transferred will settle after about three weeks. You should wait at least three months to decide whether future grafting is needed or if you are satisfied with the full effects. Try to sit as infrequently as possible for the first few weeks to reduce absorption and soreness to your buttocks.

Other things to know about recovering from butt augmentation:

  • Recovering from buttock augmentation requires mostly laying down or standing for at least a couple of weeks after the surgery. You won’t be able to sit down right away and may feel sore or tender when you do.
  • After two weeks you should be able to resume work and normal activities.
  • You should walk around some to avoid blood clots; however you should avoid major exercise for at least a month.
  • Tell your doctor about any chest pain, abnormalities in heart rate, pain, or shortness of breath.
  • Don’t take any aspirin.

Rest assured, after a couple of months, you’ll be feeling better and wanting to go out to buy a new bathing suit and clothes that show off that rounder, fuller backside you’ve been longing to have for so long!

Are there risks with a butt lift?

Buttock augmentation procedures have a relatively low risk for complications.

Risks of buttock augmentation surgery may be:

  • Painful sitting
  • Infection
  • Bleeding or general anesthesia risks
  • Having to revise the buttock augmentation

Cost of buttock augmentation in El Paso

Some buttock augmentations can be done with fat injections from one’s own liposuction procedure, but in slimmer patients they may need butt implants. Therefore, the cost can greatly vary. Other considerations are the time it takes to achieve the liposculpture, prepare the injections and then inject the fat into the buttocks. At Dr. Frank Agullo’s plastic surgery facility, the average cost for a Brazilian Butt Lift is about $5,000 – $8,000 depending on the areas of liposuction. The cost may vary if other procedures are necessary or with different combinations with other body contouring surgeries.

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