It’s not exactly clear when rounder bottoms became desirable, but the buttock augmentation trend remains strong. Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, and Cardi B popularized enhanced derrières, which led to an increase in the number of people getting Brazilian butt lifts. More recently, however, patients are asking about nonsurgical butt lift techniques, including using the filler Sculptra at my Boston plastic surgery practice.
Butt augmentation with fat grafting—taking unwanted fat from one area such as the stomach and adding it to the buttocks—surged 19 percent in 2018. Surgeons performed more than 24,099 Brazilian butt lifts last year, according to the annual report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. A year earlier, the number was 20,301, which was the most ever at the time.
Now, however, patients are looking for ways to get the augmented results without the downtime and risks associated with plastic surgery, and one of the most common nonsurgical butt lift procedures is the Sculptra butt lift. This is also an alternative for people who don’t have enough excess fat to transfer for buttock augmentation.
How Does Sculptra Work?
Sculptra is a collagen stimulator made using poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a synthetic compound comprised of the same lactic acid that occurs naturally in the body. It is most commonly used for patients with hollowed-out cheeks or who have deep nasolabial folds that need volumizing. Unlike fillers such as JUVÉDERM® or Restylane® that contain hyaluronic acid and produce immediate results, Sculptra creates a plumper rear by stimulating the body’s production of collagen. Even though you may notice some increase in the size of the buttocks soon after the treatment, the new collagen is produced gradually.
A Sculptra butt lift involves making multiple injections beneath the buttocks’ skin. The initial results are due to hydration provided by the sterile water used to mix with Sculptra (which is a powder.) After the body absorbs the solution in 24 to 48 hours, Sculptra particles remain to stimulate collagen production. The transformation of the butt can be seen as early as 6 weeks after treatment, with continued improvement up to about 8 months for a plumper and more toned look.
Benefits of a Nonsurgical Butt Lift
The most notable advantage of a Sculptra butt lift is that it does not have the downtime associated with a surgical procedure. Even though you may experience some mild soreness after a Sculptra treatment, you can resume most normal activities and return to work after the procedure. Another benefit is cost. A lot of patients are satisfied after one session. Even if you opt for more than one round of injections over the course of 2 to 3 months, the price is much less than a surgical procedure. The collagen stimulated by Sculptra can last for up to 2 or more years, and maintenance treatments can be performed down the road if desired.
Despite being a nonsurgical alternative to a Brazilian butt lift, a Sculptra butt lift still requires choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon who is experienced with body contouring and who understands the technique needed to inject Sculptra into the buttocks. You can see the results of a Sculptra butt lift in our gallery of before-and-after photos.
If you’re considering either surgical or nonsurgical buttock augmentation, you can contact us using the online form to request a consultation or call my Hingham practice at (781) 740-7840 to schedule an appointment.