Butt Lift

Buttock augmentation, also called gluteal augmentation, is a popular way for men and women from Phoenix, Scottsdale, and beyond to enhance their proportions. At our practice, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Josh Olson offers our patients 2 distinct options for adding volume and shape to their buttocks: buttock implants and fat grafting. Here, learn about your candidacy and your options for achieving an attractive, proportionate gluteal contour.

Receive a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Olson to learn more about buttock augmentation. Our plastic surgery facility is conveniently located for women and men living in Tempe, Paradise Valley, and other areas of greater Phoenix.

Considering Buttock Augmentation?

Gluteal augmentation, whether through buttock implants or a Brazilian butt lift using fat grafting, is wildly popular throughout Phoenix and Scottsdale, and many people make good candidates. Although the only way to know for sure whether you’re a candidate is to visit Dr. Olson in person for a consultation, you may be a candidate if you can identify with one or more of the following statements:

  • My butt is too small for the rest of my body and doesn’t match my proportions
  • My butt is saggy or has lost volume due to age or weight loss
  • I have a hard time finding clothes that fit me properly due to the shape or size of my buttocks

In a consultation, Dr. Olson talks to you about these concerns and examines your body to determine whether buttock augmentation may be right for you.

Your Options

Dr. Olson offers 2 techniques for gluteal augmentation patients:

Fat Grafting

Known commonly as a “Brazilian butt lift,” this surgery uses your own fat, harvested from another area of your body through a gentle form of liposuction, to improve the size and shape of your buttocks.

Fat grafting begins with liposuction of your donor site — typically your abdomen, back and/or thighs, where you have excess fat you would like to remove. While you are still asleep, Dr. Olson processes your fat to separate the fat from blood and other impurities, making sure fat cells remain healthy and viable. He then injects the fat into your buttocks at different precise locations, carefully shaping it to achieve your desired look.

Buttock Implants

During this procedure, Dr. Olson uses firm but flexible silicone implants to add volume to your buttocks. This option may be appropriate for people who don’t have enough natural fat to use for grafting. Others choose implants if they don’t wish to undergo liposuction.

Dr. Olson begins by making an incision within the natural crease of the buttocks. He makes a pocket for the implant below the muscle and inserts it. Before closing the incisions with sutures, he assesses the area for symmetry. He may add surgical drains to help minimize swelling.

With both fat grafting and buttock implants, the procedure is performed while you are under general anesthesia.

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After Surgery

Gluteal augmentation is an outpatient procedure, and you’ll need a friend or family member to take you home after surgery. As you recuperate at home, it’s important to avoid putting any weight on your buttocks. This restriction is temporary and ensures an attractive, symmetrical result. You will likely need to wear a special compression garment to support your buttocks as they heal. Additionally, Dr. Olson or a member of our medical team teaches you how to care for your surgical drains, if they are necessary, well in advance of your procedure so you know exactly what to expect.

If you work in an office or other sedentary environment, you’ll likely be cleared to return to work after about 2 weeks. You may need to use a special cushion for a few more weeks to keep excessive pressure off your buttocks. By this time, a significant amount of bruising will have diminished and you’ll begin to see your ultimate results emerge. Keep in mind that postoperative swelling is completely normal and it may take several months for residual swelling to completely resolve.

Regardless of the surgical technique you chose, you can expect your results to be quite long-lasting. If you chose fat grafting, the transferred fat will change and age at a similar rate as the rest of your body. If you chose implants, you won’t likely need to replace them. In any case, it’s very important to practice healthy diet and exercise habits in order to maintain a steady weight and keep your surgical results looking their best for as long as possible.

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