At a Glance
Are you unhappy with the shape or size of your buttocks? Do you want a more fuller, curvier figure, without the need for implants? Centre for Surgery offers gluteal sculpting with superficial fat transfer.
Gluteal sculpting with superficial fat transfer, or fat transfer to the buttocks, involves injecting your own body fat into the buttocks to create additional volume. This procedure will be able to create a perkier, more youthful buttocks.
This is the better option for those who do not want a foreign object implanted but want to achieve the results from their own body fat. Centre for Surgery currently does not offer buttock implants as a surgical option.
This procedure is considered to be safer than the Brazilian Butt Lift, which involves injecting fat into the muscle. To find out more, read BAAPS’ official statement on the Brazilian Butt Lift.
What are the differences between buttock implants and a fat transfer?
- The fat transfer will appear more natural than implants
- Surgeons will be able to create a larger, rounder buttocks than they can with implants
- A fat transfer is using your own fatty deposits, so you are not inserting a foreign implant into your body
- You will have a quicker and less painful recovery period than with implants
- You will have less scarring – there will be no obvious signs of the procedure when you are wearing shorter clothes
- Implants may result in post-op complications, which you are able to avoid with a fat transfer
Please note that Centre for Surgery does not currently offer buttock implants.
We do, however, offer a buttock lift, which removes excess skin from the buttocks, which is a common occurrence after major weight loss.
All patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with a fat transfer to the buttocks.
The key to being a good candidate for the fat transfer to the buttocks is to have an adequate amount of fat in other areas of your body. Liposuction will remove excess fat from areas that may include the abdomen, love handles, thighs, hips, back or arms. This fat will be purified and reinjected into the buttocks. Without available fat, the procedure cannot be performed.
We do not treat patients below the age of 18 years of age.
Healing is better if patients refrain from or quit smoking.
The procedure is performed purely for cosmetic purposes, to help improve one’s image and self-esteem.
Gluteal sculpting with superficial fat transfer is performed under a general anaesthetic. At Centre for Surgery, this is known as ClearSleep™. Unlike traditional general anaesthetic methods, ClearSleep™ does not involve the use of any breathing tubes or machines, meaning there is no risk of damage to your throat and teeth. You will also wake up with a heightened sense of wellness. You will be able to leave the clinic on the same day as the procedure, once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.
The procedure will take about five to six hours to complete.
The gluteal sculpting with superficial fat transfer involves two stages.
Using liposuction, fat will be removed from the donor area of your body. Centre for Surgery uses ClearLipo™ for all liposuction procedures. Unlike other liposuction methods, ClearLipo™ does not involve the use of heat, lowering the risk of damage to the body.
The surgeon will make several small incisions where the liposuction cannulas will be inserted. The fat is then removed, processed and purified.
Not only will the appearance of your buttocks be enhanced, but you will also have a reduction in fatty deposits from your thighs, hips or abdomen.
The fatty deposits are then injected into your buttocks. This will generally involve multiple injections. The fat will be injected above the muscle.
The surgeon will sculpt the buttocks, and it will then appear rounder and larger.
During stage two, there are several steps surgeons can take in order to prevent any complications occurring. This includes:
- Using a >4.11mm single hole injection cannula
- Injecting only when the cannula is in motion
- Using the correct angulation – avoiding any downward or deeper positions
- Stay away from gluteal veins and sciatic nerves
- Inject the fat above the muscle, rather than into the muscle
- Avoid bendable cannulas and mobile luer connections, as these can compromise the control of the cannula
- Maintain awareness of the cannula tip
After the fat transfer, it is normal to experience swelling and bruising. This will begin to subside after a few weeks. While you will be able to notice the results of the procedure immediately, the final results will only be noticeable once the swelling has completely gone down. This can take up to three months.
After the procedure, you may feel some pain and discomfort, which can be managed by taking suitable medication. However, you should be able to walk around the day after the procedure.
During your recovery period, you will have to avoid sitting and lying on your buttocks. For the first few weeks, you will have to sleep on your stomach and sides. When you have to sit down, it is important to put the weight on your thighs, rather than your buttocks.
You will be encouraged to wear a compression garment for up to six weeks following the procedure. This will help to minimise swelling and keep the buttocks in the best shape possible.
The surgeons and medical team will keep in contact with you during your recovery period in order to monitor your progress and ensure you have the best results. Aftercare is included in the initial cost, so you will be able to return and see your surgeon any time you have questions or concerns.
Brazilian butt lift before and after
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How should I prepare for the gluteal sculpting with fat transfer procedure?You should stop smoking four weeks prior to your procedure
Stop any medications that could cause bleeding
Drink a lot of water in the days leading up to your surgery
Use an antiseptic wash prior to surgery
What anaesthetic is used?A fat transfer to the buttocks is performed under ClearSleep™. You will be asleep for the duration of the procedure.
What is the recovery period like?Patients will need to avoid sitting on their buttocks for first two weeks. Normal activities can resume after this. The buttocks will appear largest at about 2-3 months following the procedure.
Will I have scars?One of the major benefits of gluteal sculpting with superficial fat transfer is that there are no major incisions. That means minimal scarring. Patients can be assured that they will be able to wear bikinis and other revealing clothing without showing scars.
Does the fat transfer carry the same risks as Macrolane injections?The gluteal sculpting with superficial fat transfer procedure uses the body’s own natural fat, with no foreign substance or objects being injected into the body.
Furthermore, the fat is transferred above the muscle, rather than into the muscle, lowering the risk of potential complications.
Are there any potential complications?The risks include bleeding, infection, and collection of fluid under the skin, swelling and deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
The surgeon takes special precautions to minimise the risk of complications developing after the fat transfer.
What is the recovery period like?After surgery, you will experience swelling and bruising which will last for two weeks. You may also experience some pain and discomfort.
You will have to avoid sitting on your buttocks for a few weeks. You will need to ensure you avoid sitting or sit with the weight in your thighs. You will have to sleep on your front or side.
Will I have to wear a compression garment?You will have to wear a compression garment for six weeks. This will help to reduce swelling and keep your buttocks in the best shape possible.
What To Expect
Find the right time
Our friendly and knowledgeable patient coordinators will speak with you to learn about your requirements, it’s all confidential and your information will be used to assess whether liposuction and fat transfer is right for you. If the procedure is right for you, we’ll organise a convenient date and time for you to visit to come and visit Marianne, our patient relationship manager at our bespoke central London clinic at 106 Crawford Street.
Crisalix 3D imaging
Marianne will take time to listen to your needs and requirements and you you will receive a complementary 3D Crisalix scan to enhance your experience. Marianne will give you a rough idea of guide prices at this stage. You can then be booked in to to see a surgeon of your choice based on their individual field of expertise.
At the surgical consultation, you will meet directly with the plastic surgeon. The surgeon will thoroughly assess you to determine your suitability and advise of the best options for you. Your surgeon will then explain how the procedure will work including our innovative ClearSleep™ anaesthesia technique for those who chose to be asleep for their procedure. You will receive your personalised quote the next working day from your patient coordinator.