Buttocks augmentation or gluteoplasty is a body contouring method used to achieve flattering contours and dimensions for the buttocks. This is done by inserting a synthetic implant or using the patient’s own fat. Buttock implants are made of silicone gel and are placed within the natural fat stores of the buttocks. Conversely, fat grafting, or a Brazilian Butt Lift, removes the patient’s fat from targeted areas which is then injected into the buttocks. Dr. Joshua Korman is a renowned plastic surgeon in Northern California, where he and his staff have help patients achieve the ideal aesthetic and beautiful results. Interested patients can call any one of our offices for a consultation. Reach us directly at:
- 1 Before and After Photos
- 2 About Butt Augmentation
- 3 Benefits of a Butt Augmentation
- 4 Candidates
- 5 Personal Consultation with Dr. Korman
- 6 Preparation
- 7 Procedure
- 8 Recovery
- 9 Results
- 10 Corresponding & Complementary Procedures
- 11 Cost of Butt Augmentation in Northern California
- 12 References
Before and After Photos
About Butt Augmentation
Wanting a fuller bottom is nothing new. In the 1960s, surgeons got creative and round breast implants were used to enhance the buttocks.  Unfortunately, these early implants were prone to rupture, and not suited to the pressure that this part of the body endures. Thankfully, ongoing improvements in technology and knowledge of the human body led surgeons to develop improved implant placement, textures, and styles. Today’s gluteal implants are made from soft solid silicone elastomer or cohesive silicone gel and are specifically shaped to enhance the butt. 
The 1990s saw a new buttocks augmentation treatment enter the playing field. Known as a Brazilian Butt Lift, this treatment gained notoriety in South America, and later worldwide for providing rounder buttocks, an improved hip to waist ratio, and natural-looking results. A BBL is a customizable procedure that removes a patient’s own fat from designated donor areas via liposuction.  The extracted fat is processed and then injected into various areas of the buttocks to provide a more sizable and rounder appearance.
Benefits of a Butt Augmentation
Dr. Korman is pleased to offer patients two popular ways to achieve a well-rounded, perkier bottom. Inside his ultra-modern offices sprinkled throughout the Monterey Peninsula and Silicon Valley are staff dedicated to creating an exceptional experience. Patients who choose Dr. Korman as their plastic surgeon can choose to have butt implants or a Brazilian butt lift to give them a plumper posterior.
Choosing Silicone Implants for Your Buttocks Augmentation
Buttock implants are inserted under the skin and placed within the gluteus maximus muscles. The implant comes in various shapes and sizes to provide a noticeable shape and curvature. These sturdy prostheses are strong to withstand everyday wear and tear, yet soft enough to be comfortable. Patients that choose implants for a buttock augmentation may not have enough body fat to graft for a Brazilian Butt Lift or prefer a more muscular, defined appearance for their rear.
Choosing a Brazilian Butt Lift for Your Buttocks Augmentation
A BBL, or fat grafting, offers patients a way to customize accentuated curves while also eliminating fat in other areas. Because it uses the patient’s own fat, there’s little chance of the body reacting to the fat graft. And unlike silicone implants that have a limited lifespan, the transferred fat can safely stay in place for the rest of the patient’s lifetime.
Men and women wanting to add exciting contours to their bottom can benefit from buttock augmentation. It’s especially beneficial for those who haven’t seen results from hours at the gym or eating right. Before moving forward with a procedure, Dr. Korman will consult with patients to ensure they are fit for either of these surgical procedures. Those interested in a BBL should have sufficient fat to harvest from the targeted areas.
Buttock Augmentation Eligibility Includes:
- Being a healthy adult without underlying illness
- Being at or near an ideal target weight
- Being prepared to give up smoking in the weeks leading up to your surgery and until your recovery ends
- Having a desire to correct the existing contours of the buttocks
- Setting positive, realistic goals for your individualized look
Personal Consultation with Dr. Korman
Dr. Joshua Korman’s chief priority is to create results that matter. This high level of dedication is in part due to his education at Cornell University, where he graduated with top honors. Furthering his expertise, Dr. Korman completed a plastic surgery residency at Stanford University, fellowships at Canniesburn Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland, and a cosmetic surgery Fellowship in Miami. Today, he and his staff have created mesmerizing results for patients in San Jose, Mountain View, and Carmel-by-the-Sea. During your consultation, Dr. Korman will take the time to understand the look you’re going for. Then, after analyzing your medical details and examining the area, he’ll advise whether implants or a BBBL will be the best way to achieve your new curves.
To get started on your new look, make an appointment to speak with Dr. Korman during a personal consultation. Call us at (650) 254-1200 (Mountain View), (831) 656-9331 (Carmel by the Sea), or (408) 831-6229 (San Jose).
BBL patients can further prepare for their treatment by reading our blog post: “Buttock Augmentation — Brazilian Butt Lift Preparation.”
Patients will be asked to complete a few preparation items before their treatment. Dr. Korman will advise you to:
- Stop smoking as directed. Smoking constricts blood flow and may prolong your recovery.
- Hold off on medications that thin the blood or relieve pain because they may cause bleeding.
- Pick up your recovery medications from a pharmacy near you.
- Choose a friend or a family member to pick you up from the office and assist you for the first few days after surgery.
- Designate a comfortable space to recover at home and make sure medications, groceries, and other items are within easy reach.
- Plan to take 1-2 weeks off to recuperate.
We’ll get started with your surgery once you’re administered the appropriate anesthesia.
First, incisions will be made at the top or bottom of the gluteal crease, between the cheeks, or down the sacrum.  Then, depending on your treatment plan, the implant will be inserted in or above the gluteus maximus.  Once securely in place, incisions are carefully closed with sutures.
Brazilian Butt Lift
After making a small incision in the donor area, Dr. Korman will infiltrate the area with tumescent fluid to aid in fat removal. He will then insert a cannula to suction out body fat. It is then processed during a centrifugation stage to prepare the donor fat cells used for your treatment.  The fat will then be injected into the buttocks in small, consistent amounts. The surgery ends with Dr. Korman closing the incisions.
Following your surgery, you will encounter signs of soreness, swelling, and discoloration in the treated areas for several days. However, they will gradually decrease as you complete the following steps:
- Take the pain relievers and antibiotics we’ve provided. You can taper off them when your symptoms improve in a few days.
- Avoid sitting or lying on your back for two weeks
- Continue to wear your compression garment until directed to remove it.
You will feel better enough to resume light activities in about two weeks, including going back to work. Full recovery should take place within 4-8 weeks. At this time, you can resume more strenuous activities.
Regardless of the treatment, a buttocks augmentation will provide complimentary curves and enhanced symmetry once your symptoms disappear. Exciting improvements to your backside will be seen once your results settle into place., and when they do, you can expect your new curvaceous bottom to last for years. However, implant patients will need to replace their implants every 10-20 years, as recommended by the FDA.
Corresponding & Complementary Procedures
Korman Plastic Surgery offers many treatments that make a positive difference for patients.
Fat transfer or fat grafting isn’t just for BBL’s. This versatile treatment is also used in other areas, including the breasts, hands, and face. Fat can be removed with liposuction or a microcannula to fill in areas that have lost volume due to age, weight fluctations, or other life events. Those who prefer a non-surgical approach can opt for a Sculptra treatment. When injected into areas requiring additional volume, the poly-L-lactic acid stimulates collagen production and strengthens the extracellular matrix (ECM) underneath the skin.
Cost of Butt Augmentation in Northern California
The price for treatment will be personalized to address your unique concerns. Your condition and the selected procedure will be factored into your final costs. Patients interested in financing their treatment more easily should check our financing options and specials.
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