During the last couple of decades, glutes have gained great importance to define the female physical beauty, to such an extent that there are several movie stars, singers and socialites who with their voluptuous and prominent buttocks have contributed to this paradigm of beauty.
But at the same time, the era in which the big derriere has imposed itself, a legion of underprivileged women fell into depression because they couldn’t even compare themselves to their favorite star as they could not afford to look like them.
On the other hand, the privileged community of women, have been overcrowding the Cosmetic surgeons’ offices were these women seek for solutions and the answer which is invariably either buttock implants or Brazilian Butt Lift (a.k.a. BBL).
Even though cosmetic surgeons have been praising each one of these procedures, the naked truth is actually something else: both procedures have more flaws than benefits, but the overloaded wallets have prevailed over the truth and those methods are being sold as a panacea.
Let’s look at the problems that each of these solutions entails.
Buttock implants have a structural flaw which is they can never be completely covered by the gluteus maximus muscle because the human anatomy simply does not allow it and therefore they are subjected to displacements and rotations which limits the surgeon to have to choose small and round implants, something that of course the patient doesn’t like, whose ambitions and expectations are well above a simple 200-250 cc augmentation.
In addition, buttock implant surgery is complex and involves a long, painful and uncomfortable postoperative period. Finally, the aesthetic result of buttock augmentation implant surgery leaves a lot to be desired since implants invariably can be identified distinctly that make them too evident to the eyes and when touched.
On the other hand, Brazilian Butt Lift, which is marketed as the Eighth Wonder of the World, is actually a total bluff: it is not useful for those patients who lack enough adipose tissues to be transplanted, and on the other hand, fat grafts survive not very long, being reabsorbed by the body a few months later.
However, even though the above methods for adding volume to the buttocks are barely effective, let’s say that when patients don’t have flaccidity in their buttocks, they are at least passable.
Their true inefficacy becomes evident when gluteal areas present some type of descent and/or flaccidity for which both gluteal prostheses and BBL are totally useless.
In these cases, traditionally only surgery could be of some help but with totally unacceptable aesthetic results such as a horrible horizontal scar above the buttocks as well as erasing the sub-gluteal sulcus, it gets out of the question.
Of course, there are cases of extreme flaccidity where only surgery can provide a solution but there is an intermediate range of conditions in which a minimally invasive technique known as non-surgical buttock lift is the most indicated, ie when we run into little to a moderately saggy and/or flaccid buttocks, we can avoid surgery altogether by applying the buttlift techniques from Aesthetic Medicine.
In conclusion, we can say that Aesthetic Medicine increasingly has more to offer in the world of beauty, sometimes replacing surgery altogether.