Buttock Augmentation: Unraveling the Media’s Vast Obsession

In today’s society, there is much emphasis placed on one’s physical appearance. Social media has made an influential impact on the way we look and it always circles back to “we all want what we can’t have.” Different plastic surgery trends arise every day—one day women are opting for larger breasts and bigger derrières the next. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in 2013, there were 9,993 buttock augmentation procedures performed with a 16% increase since 2012.

butt augmentation atlanta gaThis increasing popularity in buttock enhancement stems from a variety of influences; mainly from popular Hollywood starlets with a large presence on social media and television such as Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, or the Kardashian sisters. This infatuation with an individual’s backside is not only seen in the tabloids, but now it’s commonly heard in lyrics and seen in music videos as well. Nowadays, most female patients desire similar, more contoured figures not just in the waist and hips but also the buttocks. In order to achieve this look, I perform buttock augmentation, also known as Brazilian butt lift, for patients wishing to enhance the size and curve of their buttocks.

Brazilian butt lift is commonly performed through a fat transfer process to enhance the shape of the buttocks. The injections consist of your own fat from other areas obtained through liposuction around the buttocks, thighs, hips, or abdomen.  The donated fat is then purified and re-injected into predetermined areas on your buttocks.  By using your own fat, it allows me to sculpt the injected fat into a more naturally prominent posterior.  I prefer using the fat transfer technique for butt augmentation as it significantly decreases the risk of complication that can be associated with the introduction of a foreign object into the body, such as butt implants.

During your consultation, I will assess the amount of donated fat needed, the desired sites where the injections will go, as well as the number and depth of the injections when determining your desired cosmetic goals.  Despite media influences, it is my responsibility as your double board-certified plastic surgeon to understand and achieve your wants and needs. I will take the time to listen to your concerns, and while each patient is different and unique, it is my obligation to provide you the most aesthetically-pleasing results.

If you are interested in buttock augmentation or any other body contouring procedure at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C., please contact us today for a consultation. Be sure to also connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for more of the latest plastic surgery trends and news.

Brazilian Butt Lifts in Atlanta: Achieving a More Natural Curve

More and more patients want to change the shape and size of their buttocks to better fit into clothes and achieve a curvier look.  There are many fitness programs and undergarments that focus on enhancing the shape and size of the butt. However, sometimes even diet and exercise can’t help patients obtain their desired look.  Buttock augmentation in Atlanta, GA has become increasingly popular.  Also known as a fat transfer or Brazilian butt lift, this cosmetic procedure harvests the fat from other areas of the body and then re-injected into the buttocks. Dr. David Whiteman uses this technique because it yields the most natural-looking results.

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During the procedure, Dr. Whiteman uses liposuction to remove fat from other areas such as the lower back, stomach, or hips. Next, the fat is purified and re-injected into the necessary sites on the buttocks. Unlike other buttock enhancement surgeries such as a butt lift or butt implants, Brazilian butt lifts solely uses fat transfer to enhance the butt without repositioning muscles. By using the patient’s own fat, there are fewer risks of complications. Also, patients can benefit from combining liposuction for other areas with buttock enhancement so they can achieve a more proportional result.

Both men and women can undergo buttock augmentation if they are unsatisfied with the appearance of their butt. However, patients must have an adequate amount of fat in other areas so it can be safely transferred to the buttocks. For patients who have lost a significant amount of weight and are left with sagging skin, Dr. Whiteman may recommend post bariatric procedures to remove sagging skin and eliminate isolated fat deposits.

Since the amount of fat needed and the number of transfer sites varies, not every patient is a candidate for Brazilian butt lift. It is very important to discuss aesthetic goals with a board certified plastic surgeon before surgery so each patient can choose the proper procedure. If you are interested in fat grafting, or in any other body contouring procedures, contact us today to schedule a consultation. If you haven’t already, be sure to find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news.

Avoid Plastic Surgery Complications with Qualified Providers

Although the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery predicted more patients would do their research when pursuing plastic surgery to avoid substandard plastic surgery results in 2012, recent news shows many patients are still searching for good deals rather than qualified surgeons. These recent stories about buttock enhancement with tire sealant, breast augmentation performed in hair salons, and illegal “pumping parties” are scary and can cause life-threatening side effects. They are also easy to avoid. Dr. David Whiteman uses his blog and social media outlets to educate patients seeking cosmetic surgery.

According to CBS News, a woman was arrested in Texas for performing illegal breast augmentation with an unidentified substance in her hair salon after one of her “patients” went into critical condition. In Philadelphia, another woman was arrested for illegal “pumping parties” after a patient who received injections for buttock augmentation was hospitalized when the injected substance traveled into her bloodstream and lungs, according to an article from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The Philadelphia woman was found with needles, Super Glue, cotton balls, paper towels, and a 20-ounce water bottle filled with an unidentified substance that was most likely used for injections. CBS News also reported that the Florida woman who was arrested last November for injecting toxic substances like glue and fix-a-flat to perform buttock enhancement is now facing charges after turning herself into the police in March. She will face charges for practicing medicine without a license and for seriously injuring patients due to unlicensed medical practice.

These stories are scary, but avoidable. The victims in these cases were more concerned with the price of plastic surgery than finding a qualified board certified plastic surgeon. Many factors determine the cost of plastic surgery, including the price of the particular procedure, hospital fees, anesthesiologist fees, etc. If the price for plastic surgery seems too deeply discounted, it probably is. Many plastic surgeons offer financing options like CareCredit® to help patients afford plastic surgery and avoid treatment by someone who is inexperienced and unlicensed.

Not only it is important for patients to choose an experienced board certified plastic surgeon, but it is also important for them to feel comfortable and be able to trust their plastic surgeon. Your plastic surgeon should listen to your needs and help you choose a procedure that will allow you to best meet those needs while keeping your desired results in mind. If you ever feel uncomfortable during a consultation, know you can walk away.

Last but not least, never let someone, even if they can prove they’re a board certified plastic surgeon, inject you with an unknown substance. Even if you are being injected with well-known substances like Botox® or Restylane®, make sure your provider is really using these FDA approved products properly. For example, Botox® and Dysport® are used to relax muscles on the forehead and between the eyes that cause wrinkles although there are many popular off-label uses. Do your research before your consultation.

Dr. Whiteman encourages plastic surgery patients to do their research before surgery and makes the research process easier through all of the information provided on his website. Visit his website to learn more about a particular procedure or schedule a consultation at Southern Plastic Surgery for even more information specific to your needs. If you haven’t already, connect with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for plastic surgery news and updates.