Introduction Athletes are among the most common patients of buttock augmentation surgery because their physical appearance and aesthetic features are crucial to their profession. A majority of athletes have extremely low body fat volume. However, there are also many athletes that have a mild or moderate amount of excess fat available in their body. Given the importance of the size and shape of the butt in the appearance of athletes, many of them wonder whether they can get buttock augmentation surgery and what are their options. The good news is that most athletes are good candidates for buttock augmentation surgery. Since most athletes lack enough body fat to qualify for fat transfer, implants are commonly recommended as the buttock augmentation option for them. In some cases where the athletes have some excess body fat, a combination of buttock implants and fat transfer is suitable. Buttock augmentation for athletes If you are an athlete, you must be putting a substantial amount of effort and time into exercising. Since the shaping of your body outline and figure is of immense importance to you, you might be exploring your options for buttock augmentation. Most athletes lose their butt after they start training their bodies because exercises and training lead to absorption of the fat in the butt and other areas of the body. But when the buttocks become smaller, athletes can experience self-esteem issues because their aesthetic appearance is the most powerful asset that helps them compete and push forth in their career. Buttock implant surgery Most athletes lack excess fat in the body. As such, they do not qualify for the Brazilian butt lift, also known as fat transfer to the butt. The BBL adds projection and shape to the butt by using the excess fat available in the patient’s body. But if this is not an option for you, the plastic surgeon may recommend buttock implant surgery. Buttock implant surgery for athletes is performed in the same way as it is performed for other patients, with the exception that the implant size is chosen very carefully and the implants are placed under the gluteal muscle. The plastic surgeon will determine your candidacy for buttock implant surgery during the pre-operative consultation. Buttock implant surgery, though invasive and traumatic, has a great history of delivering impressive outcomes. During the consultation session, the plastic surgeon will first examine your buttocks to determine whether they are smaller or flatter and decide what solution may be helpful. Secondly, the surgeon will check your body areas to identify any excess fat that can be used to augment your buttocks. Thirdly, the surgeon will ask about your aesthetic goals and expectations from the operation. The plastic surgeon will then introduce you to various buttock implant sizes. It is vital for the patient and surgeon to work in collaboration to select a suitable implant size. For athletes, large implants are not recommended because the excess size and weight may affect their performance and even trigger buttock sagging. Instead, they should go for smaller or medium size implants. Buttock implants are prosthetic devices made of highly durable, semi-solid silicone material. These implants feature a robust construction and can withstand immense pressure and strain without rupturing or deflating. In most cases, the results achieved with butt implants are permanent. Once you get the implants, they will stay in your butt for a lifetime. During the operation, the plastic surgeon will make incisions on the buttocks. The type of incision depends on the size and shape of the buttock implant. After making the incision, the plastic surgeon will carefully insert the implant inside the buttocks. Generally, there are three options for butt implant placement: under, within, or over the gluteal muscle. When it comes to athletes, most plastic surgeons prefer putting the implants under the gluteal muscle because it comes with many benefits and fewer disadvantages. When the implants are placed under the gluteal muscle, they get sufficient tissue coverage. As a result, the risk of implant palpability, rippling, displacement, rotation, and capsular contracture decreases considerably. Furthermore, since athletes are always in the spotlight, it is essential for them to have as natural-looking buttocks as possible. When smaller or medium size implants are used and placed under the gluteal muscle, the results will look natural. After placing the implants under the gluteal muscle, the surgeon will suture and close the incisions. In case you have sufficient tissue and muscles in the buttocks, you may even qualify for within the muscle implant placement. This placement option also delivers better results. Recovery after the surgery can take six weeks; however, you may be able to resume some movements and activities two weeks after the surgery. However, since your job involves many strenuous activities, you should avoid work for six weeks after the surgery. – Fat transfer to the buttocks Fat transfer is rarely used to augment the buttocks of athletes because they lack donor fat. However, there are still some athletes who still have excess fat in their body. This option is recommended if you have the required amount of donor fat in your body and want to make your buttocks shapelier and add some projection to them instead of making them bigger or fuller. The plastic surgeon will determine your candidacy during the pre-operative consultation. He will check your buttocks and overall health condition and ask you as to what improvements you want to achieve. But the most important thing that he will look for is excess fat in your body. He will check your abdomen, sides, flanks, upper back, and thighs to determine if you have the required volume of donor fat available. The plastic surgeon will first perform liposuction on the fat donor areas. During liposuction, he will make tiny incisions on the fat donor sites and then use a cannula and a suction pump or special syringe to remove the excess fat from those areas. The surgeon will then suture and close the incisions. In the second step, the surgeon will process the fat in a centrifuge so that the fat cells are purified. The surgeon will spin the fat at high speed in and remove the impurities and dead and damaged fat cells. Only the healthiest and living fat cells will be picked for transfer to the buttocks. In the last step of the surgery, the plastic surgeon will carefully choose each fat with a special needle and inject into the buttocks. The results will emerge after many weeks and months. Your body needs to vascularize the fat cells so that they can grow and expand. You will be required to go through a six-week recovery period. As time passes, you will notice the addition of shape and projection to your derriere. – Pasting fat over buttock implants The third option is to perform a combined surgery of implants and fat transfer. During this surgery, the implants are first placed into the buttocks, and then fat is injected over the implants. This buttock augmentation option is recommended for patients who have a little volume of excess fat available in their body and want to get natural-looking results. The plastic surgeon will first decide the buttock implant size for you after getting input from you about your goals and expectations. When combining fat transfer with butt implant surgery for athletes, smaller implants are preferred. During the surgery, which is performed under general anesthesia, the plastic surgeon will first create incisions on the buttocks. He will then carefully insert the implants and then place them under or within the gluteal muscle. In most cases, the implants are placed under the gluteal muscle for athletes. He will then suture and close the incisions. In the next step, the plastic surgeon will perform liposuction on the fat donor sites to collect the required amount of donor fat. Once the fat is collected, it will be processed for purification purposes. The purified fat is then injected into the buttocks, with the goal to paste it over the butt implants. As such, the results appear very close to natural. Conclusion Buttock augmentation is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures among athletes around the world. Since athletes are celebrities and remain in the spotlight all the time, their physical appearance and body aesthetics play an essential role in their career and personality. Unfortunately, due to training, sports, and exercises, the buttocks of athletes can shrink. Smaller and flatter buttocks affect their physical appearance and body outline in negative ways. The good news is that there are plastic surgery options available to augment the buttocks of athletes. In this article, I have explained the options you have as an athlete to augment your buttocks.