Celebrities and social media have brought great attention to buttock aesthetics, fueling the demand for a more generous and shapely derrière, but unfortunately efforts to change the size and shape through diet and exercise can prove difficult and frustrating.
Plastic surgery traditionally has offered three techniques to improve buttock shape and / or augment size: gluteal implants, buttock lifts, and fat grafting (colloquially referred to as a Brazilian Buttlift, BBL). For a variety of reasons, including infection, malposition, and hardening, augmentation with implants has lost popularity. Formal buttock lifts have never enjoyed great popularity, because of concerns of considerable scarring. But the number of Brazilian Buttlifts has surged, as the procedure can produce dramatic changes by harvesting and transferring fat from areas of excess to volumize and shape the buttock.
But BBL is not for everyone. It is a significant surgical procedure that requires hours under a general anesthetic and demands signifiant post operative “downtime.” Furthermore, not everyone is a candidate, as lean patients may not have sufficient fat.
Fortunately, the Sculptra Buttlift is a now an option to enhance buttock aesthetics. Note that it is not an exact substitute for BBL as it does not volumize the buttock as dramatically. But a Sculptra Buttlift may be a more effective approach for many patients to achieve their goals. By stimulating collagen growth, Sculptra produces a rounder, proportioned, and contoured buttock. The results, while gradual, are more subtle and natural.
There are many attractive features to this approach:
Sculptra can subtly lift and add volume to create a more defined butt. The product is made from poly-L-lactic acid and stimulates the body’s natural production of collagen, and it has been used for cosmetic facial enhancements for a decade. Most patients require a minimum of 2-3 sessions, at 4-6 week intervals, and some patients may require more treatments if they desire greater enhancement. Patience is encouraged as results take 2-3 months to mature, and they may last up to 2 years. It may be possible to combine treatments with the use of PRP or other energy modalities to tighten skin.