Booty call

There’s no butts about it: People notice a shapely caboose, and that goes for the male as well as the female of the species. But what if you think yours doesn’t quite measure up? In WAG’s February Voluptuaries issue, our own Dr. Michael Rosenberg discusses cosmetic procedures to sculpt the body, particularly the breast/chest area. Here’s Dr. Michael on keeping the backfield in motion, so to speak:

“For those patients with wide and full buttocks, liposuction is often the procedure of choice.  The most common approach combines tumescent anesthesia with suctioning of specific areas of fatty deposits using small cannulas to remove the fat.  Incisions are very small so scarring is usually not an issue for these patients.  More recently, SmartLipo has helped achieve better contouring through tightening of the undersurface of the skin with the laser.  In carefully selected patients, this approach can yield dramatic results, with shorter recovery periods.

“There are newer and better implants for buttock augmentation, another procedure where the numbers are on the rise.  For men and woman who have lost volume over time, or simply never had full buttocks, augmentation combined with judicious use of liposuction in the surrounding hips and thighs becomes the procedure of choice.  With more attention given to this area, augmentation with specially designed implants has become increasing popular.  Paired gluteal implants can be placed through one central incision either under the gluteus musculature, or more recently, within the substance of the muscle itself to help avoid underlying nerves.

“This is the most effective method of enhancing the buttocks in a man or woman who has little excess fat in other areas for transfer.  It can take up to six weeks until the person can resume all previous activities.  To avoid the longer recovery associated with this procedure, patients who have fat deposits in the abdomen or hips can have their own fat harvested, separated out and re-injected into the buttocks to raise and lift.  (After the fat has been removed from another body area with small syringes, the fluid is spun down in a centrifuge and the fat separated out for injection.)  Recovery is easier with this approach, but further augmentation with fat and touch-ups in the future is often necessary.  Often a combination of both approaches will yield the best results.

“In the end, it is fortunate that there are so many different approaches available to the experienced surgeon, as each patient has his or her individual concerns.”

For more, read Dr. Michael’s column in February WAG. It’s an issue we can all get, ahem, behind.

 

 

 

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