Buttock implants results will vary depending on the underlying anatomies, and the use of simultaneous procedures such as liposuction and/or fat graft, according to the California Surgical Institute website.
Due to the inherent position of the buttock implants—they are positioned above the bone where the patient sits—they can only augment about the upper half portion of the buttocks. The lower and the later aspect (or hips), meanwhile, will experience no improvement.
Despite the “limitations” of buttock implants, they remain the best option for patients with little fat to spare for buttock augmentation via fat transfer, or more commonly referred to as Brazilian butt lift.
To achieve smoother and “sultrier” buttock implants results, they are commonly combined with liposuction, which is particularly helpful in reshaping the flanks and lower back. Its goal is to “curve out” a more feminine silhouette and to further improve the shape and projection of the buttocks.
Liposuction can also eliminate the unwanted fat in the posterior thigh to further achieve proportionate results.
Instead of throwing the collected fats during liposuction, these could be later used to further reshape the “backside,” a technique medically referred to as fat transfer or fat graft. As a stand-alone procedure, this can provide good results provided that the patient has sufficient amount of unwanted fats.
If fat transfer is incorporated into buttock implants, it must be performed separately lest the pressure from the prostheses can lead to low survival rate of the fat grafts. It is important to note that blood vessel ingrowth is critical to achieve long-term results from this procedure.
Since the implants will have very little effect on the lateral aspect of the buttocks (or hips), about a third of the fat volume is ideally injected into the area. The remaining is then used to “thicken” the soft tissue and prevent or at least minimize implant palpability.
Simply put, buttock implants results combined liposuction and/or fat grafting can be impressive provided that the surgical techniques take into account the patient’s underlying anatomies and personal preference.