Contouring the gluteal region is one of the common solutions demanded by many patients who are not satisfied with the looks of their rear ends. There are many women who are not happy with the size, shape, or proportion of their buttocks, so they seek plastic surgery to have their aesthetic problems resolved. The common methods used to contour the gluteal area include implants, liposuction, and fat transfer. What option will be best for you depends on your anatomy, nature of the gluteal problem, and aesthetic outcomes expected. Almost all of these gluteal enhancement options will deliver you firmer, fuller, and balanced butts if performed correctly. The type of gluteal contouring options best for you also depends on the reason you are seeking improvement of your gluteal area. Many patients seek treatment for cosmetic reasons while others want to treat butt deformity induced by injuries, past surgeries, illness, medications, or accidents. Patients who want to treat their problems may also require reconstruction of the gluteal region. The rise in gluteal contouring surgeries is also being associated with drastic weight loss through bariatric surgical interventions. Gluteal deformities induced by weight loss can be serious in nature, which is why many patients seek surgical treatments. Gluteal defects and complexities Gluteal defects are common, and many patients desire to overcome the aesthetic imperfections in their rear ends. Plastic surgery offers effective treatment options for gluteal defects. It is important for the treatment option to cater to the needs and concerns of the patient. The most common gluteal problems are flatter and smaller buttocks, and there are surgical interventions available to address these issues. Patients should be able to decide between long terms results and natural results. It is also important to keep reasonable goals for the surgical intervention, because there is no guarantee that you will always be 100 percent happy with the end results. For example, scarring is unavoidable in plastic surgery, which is something you should be ready to face. There are many patients who seek aesthetic improvements in the area below the infra-gluteal fold. Treating this area is technically complex, and only an experienced plastic surgeon can perform the surgery in this region. There is a risk that wrongly tampering with this area can trigger butt ptosis, which is a very difficult problem to fix. Women who plan to go for gluteal implants should keep in mind that the implants would be bearing your weight and must support your movements. The same holds true for fat transfer procedure. This makes the surgical intervention quite complex. Options for contouring the gluteal region There are three major options for women who want to contour their gluteal regions: butt implants, fat transfer, and liposuction. While in most cases one of the three options will be used to address your aesthetic concerns, in some cases your plastic surgeon may combine two or all of these options. All of these treatment options can deliver you fuller, perky, and aesthetically appealing buttocks. Whether a combination of procedures will be used to treat your condition depends on the condition of your gluteal region and your aesthetic goals and expectations. This will be determined during the initial consultation with your plastic surgeon. Your plastic surgeon will first examine your gluteal region, measure the dimensions of your buttocks, analyze your butt anatomy and imperfections or deformities, and ask you about your aesthetic goals. The surgeon will then offer you his or her expert recommendation. Gluteal implants: The use of gluteal implants to contour the gluteal region is one of the commonly performed plastic surgeries in the US. The procedure involves the use of prosthetic devices called gluteal implants. These implants, which are made of durable semi-solid silicone material, are placed either underneath the gluteal muscle or above it to give your butt the required projection. Gluteal implants come in different sizes and shapes. What size and shape will best suit you will be determined during the initial consultation. Fat transfer: The fat transfer procedure, also famously known as the Brazilian butt lift, is a very common procedure to contour the gluteal area. The procedure involves the extraction of excess, unwanted fat from different areas of your body, and injection of the fat inside the gluteal region. Your plastic surgeon will use special techniques to inject the fat into the butt so that your derriere becomes toned, perky, round, and voluptuous. If your butt has become saggy, the extra skin may also be excised during this surgery. Since the procedure uses your own body fat to enhance your butt, the result will be more natural and the post-surgical complications will be lesser. Liposuction: In some cases, liposuction alone will be enough to contour the gluteal area. However, liposuction is recommended where the patient’s goal is only to overcome small deformities or imperfections in the gluteal region. For example, if stubborn fat pockets are negatively affecting the contour of the gluteal region, your plastic surgeon will use liposuction to remove those pockets of fat. Conclusion Women who have aesthetic imperfections in the gluteal region often seek plastic surgery treatments to overcome the conditions. The most common gluteal problems are flatter and smaller buttocks. Other problems include sagging and poorly shaped gluteal areas. The most common procedures used to address these concerns include implants, fat transfer, and liposuction. Your plastic surgeon will determine the surgical option best for you during the initial consultation.