The aging process can cause many parts of the body to gain a sagging or droopy look. One of the areas of the body that can lose its shape as a person gets older is the butt. The buttocks can start to lose some of its shape and fullness because of aging as well as fluctuations in the weight of a person and the effects of gravity on the body. Patients that are worried about their butt having a saggy, flat or older look might want to consider having an injectable butt lift to fight the effects of aging. In general, an injectable butt lift is a procedure that uses dermal fillers or fat transfer into the butt to give it a look that is rounder in appearance. There are multiple options when it comes to restoring a youthful and full look to the buttocks and the type of procedure performed by the surgeon depends on the final results desired by the patient.
A Sculptra butt lift uses injectable dermal filler to stimulate the growth of collagen in the skin. Sculptra dermal filler gives the butt a greater amount of fullness and roundness and eliminates a flat appearance. This treatment is an ideal option for patients who do not have enough excess fat on the body to use during a fat transfer procedure such as a Brazilian butt lift (BBL).
The doctor will mark the area that will be treated during the procedure. Lidocaine will be used at the points on the body where the Sculptra filler will be added through a cannula. The patient will be standing up for part of the injection process and then lying on the stomach for the other part of the injection process. Once all of the Sculptra is injected using the cannula, the treated area will be massaged to ensure a smooth placement of the filler.
It can take multiple sessions to achieve the desired results. Most patients need two or three treatments that are performed every four to six weeks.
A Brazilian butt lift is when fat is transferred into the buttock in order to give it a greater size and contour. The fat is removed from another part of the body using liposuction. The fat is then processed and purified before it is placed back in the body (in the butt). While not all of the transferred fat will survive the process, the fat that does remain will give the buttocks an enhanced look and shape.
In general, a person who is an ideal candidate for an injectable butt lift is someone that wants to regain a youthful and full look to the butt. The person should be in overall good health, want to gain a fuller butt that still has a natural look and understands that the final decision about which type of procedure to have can depend on the amount of available fat available on the rest of the body.
The recovery period from a Sculptra butt lift is minimal since it involves the injection of a filler. Patients might even be able to return to work the same day.
The recovery period from a Brazilian butt lift will take longer due to the necessary recovery from the liposuction procedure and the need to avoid sitting directly on the buttocks for several days after the treatment.
It is important to remember that these butt lift options are considered to be an elective cosmetic procedure which means they are not deemed to be medically necessary. Because of this fact, they will not be covered by medical insurance. Patients will have to pay out of pocket and cover the entire cost. A Brazilian butt lift will cost more because of the additional step of harvesting fat from elsewhere on the body to inject in the buttocks.
Patients should review their options before making a final decision about their choice of procedure.
A butt lift that uses Sculptra will place polylactic-L-acid deep beneath the surface of the skin of the person. The acid stimulates collagen production as time passes to give a look that is curvier and fuller. The entire process can take around 30 minutes to perform.
A BBL injects fat into the butt and some of the results will be visible soon after the procedure. The total treatment can take over an hour to perform.
Patients should consult with a surgeon that is experienced in performing both treatments. The doctor will examine the body of the patient to determine if the person has enough excess fat to use for a Brazilian butt lift. The doctor will also discuss the desired final results in order to make a decision about the ideal butt lift procedure. The results of a Sculptra butt lift can last up to two years while a BBL can provide permanent results.