If there was one thing you could change about your body, what would it be? For most women, a specific area jumps to mind almost immediately. It’s what you notice each time you look in the mirror, and what feature you envy the most when flipping through a magazine. The answer to this question is different for everyone, but some of the most common areas women which they could change or enhance are the tummy, breasts, and buttocks. While it is always a good idea to try to target these areas with diet and exercise, sometimes no amount of cross-fit or soul cycle can get you the result you want. In these cases, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Traci Temmen is ready to use her surgical expertise and experience to help transform your body into the one you’ve been dreaming of! This post will focus on the cosmetic surgical options available to enhance the buttocks to help every woman feel confident and empowered to rock her favorite pair of blue jeans or yoga pants, namely through the use of gluteal (butt) implants or a Skinny Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL).
Butt implants are just what they sound like – similar to breast implants, they are solid silicone implants that are inserted into the buttocks to add volume and projection. These implants are normally inserted through an incision made in the midline of the buttocks, just above the gluteal cleft. Dr. Temmen meets extensively with every patient to discuss the desired appearance, and works with the patient to choose an implant size and shape that is the right fit for each patient’s anatomy, lifestyle, and aesthetic preferences. It should be noted that unlike a BBL or skinny BBL, gluteal implants do not have any impact on the appearance of the sides of the butt, thighs, or lower back. Furthermore, once the desired implant is chosen, there is not as much personalization that can be achieved during implantation, compared to a BBL which can be sculpted and shaped to more precisely match the patient’s body and goals. In addition, butt implants are unfortunately associated with a higher degree of complications, including problems with wound healing, implant malposition, fluid collection. Dr. Traci Temmen takes every precaution to lower the risk of these complications as much as possible for her patients, but unfortunately the risks of this procedure are still elevated compared to a BBL or Skinny BBL.
For many of the reasons outlined above, the majority of patients are better suited for a BBL or Skinny BBL than butt implants. Patients who may be good candidates for gluteal implants are typically very thin, with virtually no fat available for harvest to perform a successful BBL. For these patients, a significant increase in gluteal projection may not be feasible with a BBL, and thus they may consider butt implants as an option. However, the majority of patients, (even slim ones!), still have enough fat available to get a great result from a BBL.
In the BBL procedure, the first step is to gently harvest unwanted fat from the abdomen, back and sides using precisely targeted liposuction. Dr. Traci Temmen is highly skilled and experienced at using liposuction to sculpt the body into a beautiful shape by slimming the midsection and enhancing the patient’s natural curves. After the fat has been collected, it is prepared for injection to the buttocks. Next, precise amounts of fat are transferred to different aspects of the butt to create a beautiful shape that suits the individual patient. Fat can be transferred to increase projection in the back as well as the sides of the butt to create a rounder shape and fill in “hip dips”. Dr. Traci Temmen works one-on-one with her patients to ensure that each BBL creates a beautiful, seamless shape that is tailored perfectly for their anatomy and aesthetic desires. Compared to gluteal implants, the BBL is more customizable, allows simultaneous 3D-sculpting of the body, and has lower complication rates. In addition to these benefits, many patients appreciate that the BBL takes advantage of fat harvested from your own body, creating a result that looks and feels very natural.
Oftentimes, thin patients are concerned that they may not be able to get the result they want with a BBL due to having low body fat. Dr. Traci Temmen is one of the few board-certified plastic surgeons who specializes in performing “Skinny BBLs” for her thinner patients, all while maintaining the highest standards of safety and creating beautiful results! When working with a slim patient, a small amount of expertly transferred fat – even just a few hundred cc’s – can make a huge difference! In addition, these patients typically do not desire a very large butt, but are more interested in creating a rounder, more voluptuous shape by adding a little bit of volume in just the right places. The Skinny BBL procedure is ideal for enhancing gluteal shape by decreasing sagginess, filling in “hip dips”, and increasing projection through precisely targeted fat transfer, whereas butt implants can only increase projection. As mentioned above, on the occasions that a very thin woman desires a very large butt, a BBL alone may not be able to provide this result, and other options like butt implants with or without a BBL may be explored. However, the vast majority of the time, the round and attractive shape that slim women are looking for does not require a high volume of fat to create, and is very achievable at their normal weight.
Dr. Traci Temmen frequently performs BBLs, Skinny BBLs, and butt implantation to help her patients get the beautiful derriere they are hoping for! To view real examples of patient transformations performed by Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Traci Temmen, explore the Before and After section of website. If you are interested in seeing if you are a candidate for one of these procedures or any other cosmetic procedure, call 813-771-6393 to book your one-on-one consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Traci Temmen, MD, today!