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Case Study – Buttock Implants in Asian Buttock Augmentation

 

Background: Buttock augmentation is the fastest growing body contouring procedure in the U.S. which is primarily done by fat injections. Known as the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) it is a natural procedure that has a coincidential body contouring effect from the liposuction areas. (primarily abdomen and flanks) When adequate fat is available this is the clear choice for buttock augmentation.

But not all patients that desire buttock augmentation have enough body fat to use. This is particularly true in the Asian population where many females are smaller and thinner and rarely are great candidates for the BBL procedure. This leaves buttock implants as the only buttock augmentation option in the fat deficient patient. While necessitating a longer recovery period, buttock implants offer an assured buttock augmentation result.

Buttock implants can be placed above the gluteus maximus muscle or inside the muscle. (intramuscular location) While there are advantages and disadvantages to either location, deeper placement of the implantĀ  usually offers a long-term result with fewer potential complications. This is particularly true in the Asian female who usually has little subcutaneous tissue and a subfascial location will end up with a visible implant outline show.

Case Study: This 35 year old Asian female wanted buttock augmentation to correct a very flat buttock shape. She had no visible buttock contour and was very flat across the upper and lateral buttock surface.

Kelly Buttock Implants result back viewUnder general anesthesia she had natural contour silicone gel low profile buttock implants (300cc in size) placed in an intramuscular position. This was done through a single intragluteal incision of 7 cms in length.

Kelly Buttock Implants result side viewHer six months results show an uncomplicated buttock implants augmentation result with a visible improvement in the size and shape of her buttocks. The intergluteal incision was well healed with a slight widening of the scar line

Natural Contour Silicone Buttock Implants Dr Barry Eppley IndianapolisButtock augmentation in the Asian female often requires the use of buttock implants. Because their buttock augmentation goals are often more modest and designed to improve a flat buttock contour, large buttock volumes are not needed. Buttock implants provide the most assured method when there is a thin subcutaneous fat layer. To avoid an unnatural and too round of a buttock augmentation result, the lower profile natural contour buttock implant is an excellent choice for an intramuscular implant placement.

Highlights:

  1. Buttock implants are the only option for buttock augmentation in the fat deficient patient.
  2. Buttock implants offer assured buttock volume retention albeit with a more significant and prolonged recovery.
  3. The intramuscular location of buttock implants limits the ultimate size of the buttock augmentation result.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Dr. Barry EppleyDr. Barry Eppley

Dr. Barry Eppley is an extensively trained plastic and cosmetic surgeon with more than 20 years of surgical experience. He is both a licensed physician and dentist as well as double board-certified in both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This training allows him to perform the most complex surgical procedures from cosmetic changes to the face and body to craniofacial surgery. Dr. Eppley has made extensive contributions to plastic surgery starting with the development of several advanced surgical techniques. He is a revered author, lecturer and educator in the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery.

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