What are butt implants?

Butt implants are artificial devices surgically placed in the buttocks to create volume in the area.

Also called buttock or gluteal augmentation, this procedure has grown increasingly popular in recent years. One estimate reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons notes that buttock augmentation surgery has increased by 252 percent between the years 2000 and 2015.

The most popular types of buttock-related surgeries include butt lifts, implants, and augmentation with fat grafting.

Butt Implants Procedures

Butt implants have one primary goal: to enhance the shape of the buttocks. Still, there are a few different approaches to achieve this goal. The two main types of procedures are fat grafting and buttock implants.

Fat transfer

Butt augmentation with fat grafting was the most popular cosmetic surgery for the buttocks in 2015. It’s also nicknamed the “Brazilian butt lift.”

During this procedure, your surgeon suctions another area of your body to obtain fat — usually the abdomen, flanks, or thighs — and injects it into the buttocks to add volume. This method is sometimes combined with silicone implants to achieve the most natural look possible.

Sculptra butt lift

In another procedure, a filler called Sculptra is injected into the soft tissue of the buttocks. This procedure is performed in a doctor’s office with almost no downtime.

The material adds a small volume at the time of injection, and over weeks to months, your body uses it to form additional collagen which may further increase the volume in that area.

It requires a few sessions to see a significant difference as well as multiple vials of the medication per session, which can be expensive.

Hydrogel and silicone buttock injections

You may have heard about hydrogel buttock shots as a cheaper method of augmentation. This method gives temporary results and doesn’t require a traditional surgical procedure. It’s also dangerous.

Like hydrogel injections, silicone injections don’t involve surgery and they also don’t directly change the shape of your buttocks.

While there’s some conversation about silicone injections being used in place of butt implants, this method is not recommended. In fact, silicone injections for the buttocks can be quite dangerous.

Silicone implants

Silicone is the material used for butt implants. Unlike injections, solid silicone implants are surgically placed into the buttocks via an incision in between the butt cheeks.

This procedure is sometimes combined with fat grafting for maximum results. It takes up to four weeks to recover from buttock surgery.

Implants typically add volume. This is something that injections and fat grafting can’t do alone. Overall, silicone implants have been documented as safe and effective trusted Sources for buttock enhancement.

Implants are preferable for people with little fat as they may not have much to inject for a Brazilian butt lift.


In addition to fat grafting and implants, liposuction is sometimes used in buttock procedures. The process removes excess fat in certain areas of the buttocks to achieve maximum contouring.

You may qualify for liposuction with butt implants if you have excess fat in the area from weight loss or aging.

Do buttock implants work?

Buttock implants and augmentation are considered permanent and the surgery has an overall high success rate.

However, it takes three to six months until you see full effects, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

You may also need follow-up surgery several years later to maintain your results. This is especially the case if the implants shift or break.

Who is a good candidate for the buttock implant?

Buttock implants are on the rise, but this doesn’t mean they’re right for everyone. You may be a good candidate for butt implants if you:

  • recently lost weight and have also lost some of the natural shapes of your buttocks
  • feel that your natural shape is too flat or squarish
  • think that your buttocks could use more curves to balance out the rest of your body shape
  • want to fight natural signs of aging, such as sagginess and flatness
  • don’t smoke tobacco
  • lead a healthy lifestyle

Talk to a cosmetic surgeon or a doctor about your concerns to see if this procedure is a good fit for you.

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