The media portrays beauty as having big breasts and a curvy round bottom. For most women, the expectations are unrealistic and difficult to achieve naturally. To get this type of look, plastic surgery is often the best option. When it comes to butt augmentation, there are generally two options: Butt implants or butt injections. The latter is becoming increasingly common, but the cost and health risks of these procedures can vary greatly.
As you may have guessed, butt injections involve the injection of either fat or a silicone substance into the buttocks. The latter procedure is sometimes referred to as a fat graph, and liposuction must be performed before the injection to obtain the fat for the procedure. Fat injections tend to be a permanent solution, whereas silicone injections are not. There are also complications that arise with silicone butt injections.
Types of Butt Injections
PMMA fillers are comprised of 20 percent PMMA microspheres, which as suspended in 80 percent collagen gel. After the injection, the collagen begins to break down and your body starts producing its own collagen to fill out the space underneath the skin.
Hydrogel Butt Injections
Hydrogel butt injections are similar to PMMA injections. Hydrogel is injected into the buttocks to enhance its appearance and add curves. Unlike PMMA, hydrogel is a bit more difficult to work with and requires a skilled surgeon to sculpt the buttocks and ensure that the results are symmetrical.
Brazilian Butt Lift
The Brazilian butt lift is still considered a butt injection, but it’s really in a category all its own. Rather than injecting artificial substances into the buttocks, this procedure removes fat from other areas of the body and injects it into the buttocks. This creates a naturally curved bottom that’s proportionate to the rest of your body.
Not all butt injection procedures are created equal and some of the ones listed above are illegal in the United States.
Other Butt Enhancement Options
Butt injections are the minimally invasive option, but butt implants are also available. During the procedure, an implant is inserted into the buttocks to enhance its shape. The procedure is similar to breast augmentation, and the results vary. Depending on your body type and the experience of the surgeon, butt implants may look just as natural as injections.
Which Buttock Augmentation Procedure is Best?
PMMA butt injections are banned in the United States as the FDA has deemed the drug to be dangerous. But this hasn’t stopped many men and women from traveling abroad to have the procedure performed. PMMA injections may be harmful to your health, so beware.
Hydrogel butt injections are also banned in the United States by the FDA for the same reasons PMMA injections were banned. The procedure is minimally invasive, but largely impractical. Much like PMMA injections, hydrogel is injected into the buttocks to enhance its appearance. However, a significant amount of hydrogel is needed to really be effective. Approximately, 200 cc’s of hydrogel would be needed for the procedure, and just 1 cc can cost anywhere between $300 and $500 (if purchased in the United States). Aside from the cost, the results will only last 18 months at most.
The Brazilian butt lift is the only safe butt injection procedure. Rather than injecting artificial materials, such as silicone, into your buttocks, your own fat is injected. This fat is removed and transferred from areas of the body that carry excess fat, such as the abdomen, thighs and lower back. Unlike other injections, the Brazilian butt lift produces permanent results.
What’s the Average Cost of Butt Injections?
The cost of butt injections largely depends on the type of procedure you elect. PMMA and hydrogel injections are banned by the FDA, so no board certified, reputable plastic surgeon will perform this procedure. It is possible to have the procedure performed outside of the United States, but the risks are very high and this option is not recommended.
Hydrogel injections cost, on average, $500 per cheek. The fat transfer to buttocks cost (Brazilian butt lift) is much higher and can range anywhere between $12,000 and $18,000.
Health Concerns and Side Effects
The health concerns associated with PMMA and hydrogel butt injections are disconcerting to say the least. They include:
- Severe allergic reactions
- Silicone embolism syndrome – Although rare, this condition affects either the lungs or the brain. The mortality rate in lungs is approximately 20 percent, but the rate in the brain is nearly 100 percent.
The silicone itself poses a risk to your health, but having the procedure performed by someone who is not a qualified professional and in a questionable environment poses an even bigger risk.
The Brazilian butt lift, on the other hand, is a relatively safe procedure and can be performed by a board certified, experienced plastic surgeon. Although rare, complications may include:
- Hardening of the injected fat
- Fluid collection
- Anesthesia complications
- Fat dissolution
Recovering from the Procedure
Recovering from a buttock augmentation can take anywhere between two and four weeks. The Brazilian butt lift typically requires four weeks of recovery during which you cannot sit directly on your bottom.
Most surgeons recommend wearing a pressure garment 24/7 (except to shower) during the recovery process. This garment reduces the pressure on the buttocks and minimizes the risk of fat dissolution. Some surgeons may also supply a compression garment that will need to be worn after the liposuction for two weeks before the injections.
It can take as little as six to eight weeks for the swelling and bruising to subside. For some patients, the process can take more than six months. Bruising and pain are common and should subside quickly. If pain persists, you should contact your surgeon or physician as soon as possible.
Physical and employment related activity can typically resume within four weeks. During recovery, you will need to sleep either on your side or your stomach.
If you are considering butt injections, it’s important to research your options and choose a surgeon that is well-qualified. The safest option for butt injections is the Brazilian butt lift.
Before Your Consider Injections, You Owe It To Yourself To Try A Less Invasive & More Affordable Option