Over the past year, one of the fastest growing procedures Image Surgical Arts has been performing is the non-surgical buttock augmentation, also called Sculptra. It is followed in popularity by the surgical procedure, the Brazilian Buttock Lift. While we perform both procedures, there are benefits and disadvantages to both procedures. To understand the differences, we share with you what you can expect from both procedures. The best way to know which procedure is right for you is to schedule your in-person consultation with Dr. Brady Harris.
Read on learn more about why this technique is becoming popular for a no down-time buttock enhancement.
What Is a Non-Surgical Buttock Augmentation?
First, let’s look at what exactly is involved in a non-surgical buttock augmentation at Image Surgical Arts. This procedure involves the use of a product called Sculptra. Sculptra (poly-L-lactic acid) is a type of dermal filler that stimulates your body’s natural production of collagen. Through a series of injections, your body will stimulate itself to produce collagen that increases volume in the area where the injections are placed. Depending on each individual patient’s desired outcome, we typically suggest starting with six to ten vials of Sculptra.
Multiple treatments are generally needed to produce your desired outcome. During the procedure, our expert injectors will walk you through the entire process. A topical numbing agent will often be used to reduce discomfort from needle sticks. Image Surgical Arts also provides nitrous oxide (laughing gas) for patients who desire further relief from discomfort and anxiety, although the treatment does not usually cause enough discomfort for that to be necessary.
What a Non-Surgical Buttock Augmentation Can Do
Our non-surgical buttock augmentations at Image Surgical Arts is great at adding both width and projection to the buttocks. It can be a great option for those without enough fat to be a good candidate for a traditional BBL.
Additionally, this can be a great option for those who do not want to undergo surgery and the associated recovery. With a non-surgical buttock lift at Image Surgical Arts, you can return to work the same day with minimal restrictions!
What a Non-Surgical Buttock Augmentation Can’t Do
There are some limitations to a non-surgical buttock lift. One of which is that, generally, the amount of volume that can be added is less compared to the amount that Dr. Harris can add with a traditional surgical BBL.
Additionally, a significant amount of the result from a traditional BBL is the liposuction component. By reducing volume in the waist and lower back, the result is much more dramatic than with volume addition alone. It is a simple formula:
Best Results = Volume Reduction in Certain Places + Volume Addition in Appropriate Places
However, for those who may not have a significant amount of volume to reduce we run into two issues. 1) If there is a lack of volume (fat) to remove, then you won’t see a significant change unless you are opting for High Definition liposuction (abdominal etching). 2) If there is not much volume to remove, then there is not much volume to add. This is where a non-surgical buttock augmentation can be an excellent option!
When Should I Consider Butt Lift Surgical Options?
One of the fastest growing treatments in cosmetic surgery is still a Brazilian Buttock Lift (BBL). This involves taking fat (using liposuction) and transferring it to the buttocks. This adds volume to the buttocks and provides more projection (sticks out farther to the back) and can add width to the hips and sides of the buttocks.
Dr. Harris at Image Surgical Arts is one of the world leaders in liposuction and the BBL. He has taught his techniques all over the world to other surgeons. A BBL, however, requires surgery. While a BBL can be done with only local anesthesia (numbing the areas of liposuction and fat transfer) it is most commonly done using anesthesia. There is recovery associated with liposuction, especially when liposuction is performed to the extent as what Dr. Harris provides. While this is appropriate and ideal for many patients, some do not want to have a recovery period.
Furthermore, some patients are not great candidates for a traditional BBL because they may not have enough fat on their bodies that is accessible with liposuction to provide a significant change to their buttocks. After all, you can only transfer as much fat to the buttocks as what is able to be removed from other areas. Even then, on average about one-third of the fat that is transferred is absorbed by your body. In patients with a lack of external fat or those who do not want to undergo a surgical procedure, a non-surgical buttock augmentation can be the perfect alternative.
Is the Non-Surgical or Surgical Option Best for Me?
At Image Surgical Arts, we never take treatment options lightly. We invest in our patients through technology, training and innovation. While many practices provide only one option for their patients, we constantly seek ways to improve and expand upon what we offer. The old adage is true. When all you are is a hammer everything looks like a nail.
Image Surgical Arts prides itself on having an entire tool box to provide multiple options and the best results possible. We tailor each treatment to each individual. We do not have a one-size-fits-all approach. What is the best option for your friend may not be what is best for you. We will discuss what is best for you and your specific desires and create a customized treatment plan that best addresses your goals.
We invite you to learn more about how Image Surgical Arts can help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Just fill out the form on this page or call/text us at 615-499-4224. Our expert staff can answer your questions for both surgical and non-surgical options. We look forward to seeing you soon!