Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
What are the differences between buttock implants and 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:
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.
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
A fat transfer to the buttocks is performed under ClearSleep™. You will be asleep for the duration of the procedure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.