Also popular as fat transfer, butt lift, Brazilian butt lift, and fat injection, the fat grafting procedure for buttock augmentation is one of the trendiest plastic surgeries in the United States. Unlike breast augmentation that is witnessing a plunge in demand, fat butt augmentation via grafting surgery has been seeing a sharp rise during the last couple of years. One of the reasons why the surgery has become so popular is that it is minimally invasive. Unlike the butt implant surgery, it does not involve the placement of large incisions to insert implants inside the butt. Instead, it uses your own body fat to enhance your rear ends. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the procedure went up 36 percent between 2014 and 2015 alone. The surgery involves the removal of excess, unwanted fat from different areas of the body like the abdomen, sides, flanks, and thighs, and transfer of the fat to the buttocks. The procedure can increase the size of the buttocks on a mild to moderate level, in addition to beautifully sculpting the butt. The results of the fat grafting technique are completely natural and relatively safer, because your own body fat has been used to enhance your rear ends. Indicative factors Fat grafting is for patients who have flatter or smaller buttocks, and those who have saggy or poorly shaped butts. If the small size or flatness of your butt is decreasing your self-esteem, you need fat grafting to enhance your aesthetic appearance and boost your self-confidence as a result. Aging is one of the powerful factors that leads to buttock sagginess and change in shape. When this happens, you may feel overwhelmed and experience a drop in your self-image. In order to cope with the condition and maintain your youthfulness, you may consider undergoing the fat grafting surgery to enhance your rear ends. Pros and cons The fat grafting procedure uses your own body fat to enhance your buttocks. This radically decreases any risk of allergic or autoimmune reactions. Unlike butt implants, the fat grafting procedure delivers results that appear more natural. Your buttocks will have the look, feel, and movement of a natural butt because of the use of your own body fat. The results of the surgery are also fairly long lasting. With a few touch-up fat injections years after the original surgery, you can continue to enjoy the procedure’s aesthetic outcomes. Additionally, it is a minimally invasive procedure because it does not involve the placement of implants that require large incisions. Another advantage of the fat grafting surgery for butt augmentation is that it gets rid of the stubborn fat deposits in your body areas like the abdomen, sides, and flanks, enhancing your overall physical appearance and giving your body the hourglass look. When it comes to the disadvantages of the fat grafting procedure, the first turn-off for some patients is that it is pretty time consuming. It involves fat removal from the body, purification of the removed fat, and then injection of the fat in the butt. This can take quite some time. Moreover, fat grafting is quite costly, and unlike butt implants, the results of fat grafting are not permanent. You will need touch-up fat injections down the road to maintain the aesthetic of your behinds. Also, you need to have excess fat in your body to qualify for the surgery. If you are slim with no extra body fat, you may not be able to avail the fat grafting surgery. Patients considering the fat grafting surgery must share their desires and aesthetic goals with the plastic surgeon during the initial consultation. Make sure to ask your surgeon the pros and cons of the surgery particularly for you, because they can differ from one patient to another. What makes fat grafting minimally invasive? Fat grafting is a minimally invasive procedure because it does not involve the use of implants that would otherwise require the placement of large incisions on your rear ends. The fat grafting procedure starts with the harvesting of fat from different areas of your body, such as the abdomen, flanks, love handles, and sides. The harvested fat is then run through a sophisticated purification process to pick the best quality fat cells. The selected fat cells are then injected into the butt through specially made syringes. The injection of fat through the needles is what makes this surgery minimally invasive. The fat harvesting process is also minimally invasive, because it involves the use of liposuction to remove the excess fat from the fat donor areas. The liposuction procedure requires very tiny incisions to place a small tube called a cannula in the target area for the removal of fat cells. Scarring Since the fat grafting surgery is minimally invasive, you will get tiny and hardly visible scars only in the fat donor areas where liposuction has been used. Furthermore, the scars will appear in very hidden places in most cases. The extent of scarring also depends on what techniques your surgeon uses. You will get no scars because no incision is placed there for fat transfer. Instead, special syringes are used to inject the fat into the target areas. Conclusion Fat grafting is an effective and popular plastic surgery procedure to enhance the butt. The procedure is minimally invasive because it does not involve the placement of incisions. This procedure involves the removal of extra fat from different areas of your body and injection of the fat cells into the butt, which not only increases the size of the buttocks but also makes them shapely and sculpted.