Getting to the “Bottom” of Gluteal Augmentation

Kira Poletis Kira Poletis
3 minute read

Body contouring has become a popular way to achieve the physique of your dreams, and gluteal augmentation, or butt lifts, are no exception. In fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found that between 2000 and 2015, butt augmentation surgery increased by a whopping 252%. So if you’re considering this procedure, you’re certainly not alone. Let’s dive in and see if this is the best option for your bottom!

These body augmentation surgeries are not a one-size-fits-all solution, and there’s much more to this practice than meets the eye. Gluteal augmentation consists of several different methods, including butt lifts, implants, and augmentation with fat grafting.


Fat Transfer

This method, also known as the Brazilian butt lift,  consists of suctioning fat from another area of your body—generally the abdomen, flanks, or thighs—and injecting it into the buttocks to add volume. Silicone implants are also sometimes used alongside this method to achieve a more natural look.


Sculptra Butt Lift

Just like injectables used for liquid nose jobs, Sculptra is a filler injected into the soft tissue of your bum.

Sculptra adds only a small amount of volume when injected, and over a period of several weeks, your body builds off this and adds more collagen, further increasing the plumpness of the area. This method is also preferred for its lack of downtime and quick recovery.


Silicone Injections

While Silicone injections don’t involve surgery,  they also don’t  change the shape of your booty like other options on this list. Because silicone is so soft, it doesn’t stay in one place and can cause hard lumps called granulomas.

Silicone injections have also been the topic of much controversy, as they can be very dangerous if not performed correctly.

Healthline warns against improper injection of silicone into blood vessels, or not being properly sterile, which can be fatal.


Silicone Implants

As opposed to injections, solid silicone implants require surgery to be placed into the buttocks through an incision in between the butt cheeks.

Sometimes this procedure can also utilize fat grafting for optimal results and can take up to a month of recovery.

Implants can add volume in a way that injections and fat grafting alone cannot achieve, and is a preferred method for people with little fat. It is generally considered a safe method.



Typically used to reduce troublesome fat around the body, this method can also be used to sculpt your bottom to your desired shape, making it a popular choice for women who are experiencing excess fat from weight loss or aging.


The Bottom Line

Research from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has found a 95.6% satisfaction rate when it comes to butt implant surgeries. While these procedures are generally safe, it's important to research potential risks and recovery time before undergoing any surgery. Also bear in mind that the FDA has not approved injections for body contouring and gluteal augmentation, including silicone injections.

Butt implants have become a very popular and accepted method of crafting your dream body, with the right information and support, you can make an informed decision and achieve the body you’ve always wanted.

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