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The Bigger the Bum, the Harder they Fall--The Pros and Cons of Buttocks Augmentation

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As 2010 drew to a close, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery came out with their predictions for 2011. Among them was the assertion that, “In the coming year patients will be seeking posterior body lifts, buttock lifts, and surgical and nonsurgical buttock augmentations to shape and augment their buttocks.”

A pretty safe bet it is. As the ASAPS noted, celebrities like Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez have made a shapely rear end a “must-have accessory.” Leaving aside the interesting use of the term “accessory,” there’s no denying that rail thin is no longer “in” and curves are back. Does this mean you should consider cosmetic surgery to augment your posterior?

Only you can decide if buttocks augmentation—also called buttocks lift, posterior body lift and Brazilian butt lift—is right for you. If you feel your rear is rather flat, square or skimpy and it bothers you a great deal, there’s never been a better time to consult a cosmetic surgeon. Augmentation techniques are advancing rapidly, and the chances that you’ll be pleased with your results are better than ever.

But before you consider a buttocks augmentation procedure seriously, here are some points to ponder.

Today, fat transfer to the buttocks is the preferred method for augmentation. Many plastic surgeons no longer offer butt implants due to the possibility of displacement and, consequently, asymmetry. Not only that, the surgery tends to be painful and recovery quite uncomfortable. With that in mind, if you happen to be a woman with a spare frame and little fat available for harvesting, implants may be your only option.

Maybe that’s not the case for you. Let’s say you have saddlebags or a tummy pooch you would gladly sacrifice for a fuller, rounder rear. If so, you may be a great candidate for the procedure popularly known as the Brazilian Butt Lift, or augmentation using your own fat. As compelling as that may sound, be advised that fat transfer is still an inexact, unpredictable proposition. Not all the fat cells harvested and injected into your bum will survive their journey.

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