Over the years, there has been a significant increase in the number of Americans undergoing plastic surgery procedures. Celebrities and Hollywood stars have also contributed a lot in popularizing different plastic surgery procedures, which have led many Americans to become so fascinated with. It may come as surprising, but more and more Americans are going under the knife to enlarge and boost their buttocks. In fact, a recent study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons revealed that butt augmentation using implants and fat grafting are among the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed, and this trend is expected to continue. According to the board of certified plastic surgeons, there has been a huge increase in the number of people requesting for butt augmentation procedure. In 2015, a study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons indicated that butt augmentation procedure was performed every thirty minutes. Some plastic surgeons say that the so-called ‘Kim Kardashian’ effect may have contributed a lot to the increase in the number of people requesting for butt augmentation procedure using implants or fat grafting. But many are going under the knife to increase the size of their buttocks for the wrong reasons. Butt augmentation and any other plastic surgery procedure should only be done for aesthetic purposes but not to attain perfection. Many Americans, last year, alone underwent butt augmentation procedure for the wrong reasons. The desire for new, enhanced buttocks In 2016, it seemed that every star and celebrity were flaunting their newly acquired derrieres on different red carpets. This trend by celebrities motivated Americans to start working on their bottoms. Some did it for the right reasons, and some did it for the wrong ones. 2014 was famously known in the United States as ‘the year of the booty’ because it was a year that saw a surge in the number of Americans seeking butt augmentation procedure. This trend continued in 2015 and 2016 as many Americans have gone under the knife to increase the size of their buttocks. While many Americans request butt implants, plastic surgeons have always steered them more towards butt augmentation using Brazilian butt lift. According to plastic surgeons, patients who get implants are likely to experience infections and pains as compared to those who get Brazilian butt lift. A study recently found out that some plastic surgeons decided to cease performing butt implants due to the high rate of complications . Plastic surgeons, therefore, prefer performing buttock augmentation by extracting fats from other parts of the body and inject it into buttocks. According to them, Brazilian butt augmentation is safer and it gives long lasting results as compared to implants. Other alternatives may be used for patients who do not have enough fat deposits for extraction. Buttock Implants For patients who have limited fatty tissue, the best way to treat buttocks which are poorly defined or flat is through using implants. This procedure involves placement of a soft silicone implant through an incision in the buttock crease. Your plastic surgeon will determine the best position or area to place the implants to boost the size of the buttock. After placing the implant in a pocket below the large gluteal area, the incisions are then closed using sutures. Drains may be used but this will depend on what your plastic surgeon suggests. You’ll then be advised to wear compression garments during your recovery. What options do I have? There are usually two options when it comes to butt augmentation. These are buttock implant surgery and Brazilian butt lift (BBL). Your body shape and aesthetic objectives will be the basis of your plastic surgeon to determine the best technique to use in enlarging your buttocks. Butt enlargement using silicone injections This type of butt augmentation procedure is unacceptable and very unsafe to the patient. These are injections usually offered by uncertified and unlicensed people pretending to be plastic surgeons. It is always important to consult a board-certified plastic surgeon to help you enlarge and boost the size and shape of your buttocks. Silicone butt implants Your plastic surgeon will use a solid and flexible silicone implant to enlarge the size of your buttocks. Gel silicone implants were used in the past but due to advancements in plastic surgery they stopped using it. Compared to other implants used in the past, solid silicone implants rarely rupture, that is why plastic surgeons prefer to use such implants over traditional gel silicone implants. What are some of the advantages of silicone butt implants? • A youthful appearance is achieved. • There are no infections that may result from implant rupture • No more flat buttocks • Reduced risk of seroma or fluid accumulation in the tissue Who is a good fit for silicone butt augmentation and fat transfer to buttocks? A candidate for butt augmentation should be at least 18 years old. and healthy before undergoing this procedure. They are individuals who can fully comprehend that butt augmentation is done for aesthetic improvements. Discuss your goals and expectations with your plastic surgeon during consultation, be open and honest . Your plastic surgeon should examine you thoroughly to find out whether you are a good candidate for butt augmentation. What are the possible risks and complications? Butt augmentation also comes with risks and complications just like any other plastic surgery procedures. Butt augmentation patients may experience complications such as bleeding, pains, swelling and nerve damage. Shifting of butt implants after plastic surgery procedure may also occur and can lead to asymmetry problems after the butt augmentation procedure. This is a procedure that may stretch muscles leading to pains and swelling during recovery. Conclusion Reaction to anesthesia is also a common complication that most patients experience after undergoing butt augmentation. Your plastic surgeon should discuss with you the possible complications associated with butt augmentation procedure. The only way to avoid such complications is to follow post-operative instructions or guidelines given by your plastic surgeon. Maintain high levels of hygiene especially on the incision site to avoid complications such as infections and swelling.