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 considering nonsurgical butt lift techniques using Sculptra filler. In this post, we’ll learn how Sculptra works and the benefits of a nonsurgical butt lift and see before and after pictures.
Brazilian Butt Lift vs. Sculptra Butt Lift
Brazilian butt lifts have become especially popular over the last few years. Also known as butt augmentation with fat grafting, Brazilian butt lifts (BBL) take unwanted fat from one area such as the stomach and add it to the buttocks. Both BBL and butt implant surgeries have surged in recent years. In 2021, surgeons performed 61,387 Brazilian butt lift and butt implant procedures, according to The Aesthetic Society. A year earlier, the number was 44,725.
When Should I Choose a Brazilian Butt Lift?
A Brazilian butt lift can be an excellent option for those who have enough unwanted fat to transfer and who don’t mind going weeks without sitting directly on their rear ends. However, the procedure can be risky when performed by an unqualified practitioner.
When Is a Sculptra Butt Lift Better?
For people who are looking for ways to get those round, full results without the downtime and risks of plastic surgery, a nonsurgical butt lift with Sculptra is an option. It’s a good alternative for those who don’t have enough excess fat to transfer and who want a shorter and simpler recovery without surgery. Learn more about Sculptra in our related blog post.
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
A Sculptra butt lift offers a few notable advantages over the Brazilian butt lift—especially those who prefer not to have a surgical procedure.
Recovery Is Simpler
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.
Sculptra Butt Lift Saves on Cost
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.
If you’re considering either surgical or nonsurgical buttock augmentation, you can use the online form to request a consultation or call my Hingham practice at (781) 740-7840 to schedule an appointment.