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Are Dermal Fillers for Buttocks Effective?

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Weight loss, pregnancy, and aging may affect the natural plumpness and pert shape of the butt. Almost everyone wants rounder and fuller buttocks, but only a few people are willing to undergo plastic surgery to achieve them. But the good news is that there’s no need to rely on surgical butt augmentation treatments anymore – certain dermal filler injections can also add volume to the buttocks and accentuate body curves.

So do dermal fillers really work for increasing volume in the buttocks? Non-surgical buttock enhancement using dermal fillers is a safe and effective way for patients to reshape their butt. Most practices use Sculptra butt lift injections to induce collagen production in the treatment area, resulting in fuller buttocks with a beautifully curved shape that looks subtle and natural.

How Do Dermal Fillers for Buttocks Augmentation Work?

Having a fuller, more proportioned backside is a standard of beauty that a lot of people hope to have – even if it means going through plastic surgery to achieve the best results. According to the 2020 ASPS Plastic Surgery Statistics Report, there were over 21,000 buttock augmentation with fat transfer treatments performed in the US alone.

But even with the success that the surgical butt augmentation procedure promises, a lot of people still look for minimally invasive ways to increase their butt size. Dermal filler treatment for the butt is generally a safe procedure, as long as it’s performed by a trained provider. But before heading to the nearest med spa and getting a non-surgical butt lift treatment, it’s important to do some research first and know what you’re getting into.

a) How Butt Injections With Dermal Filler Increase Butt Size

Non-surgical butt lift treatments using dermal fillers involve injecting the dermal filler into the buttocks to contour their shape. Butt lift injections work differently from other kinds of dermal fillers used in the face and neck, so it’s important to get the right dermal filler type to achieve optimal results and avoid unwanted complications.

Instead of instantly increasing volume in the treatment area like hyaluronic acid fillers, butt lift fillers use poly-L-lactic acid to jumpstart the body’s natural collagen production. Collagen is an essential protein that gives the skin shape and structure, so increasing their levels in the treatment area helps fill out the parts that seem a bit flat. This results in a curved shape under the butt that looks natural and perfect for the patient’s body type.

Since collagen production takes several weeks, most patients require multiple body filler injections to achieve their desired body contouring results. These dermal fillers are also effective in reducing the hip dip found between the upper thigh area and hip bone of thinner patients.

b) What to Expect During Dermal Fillers for Butts Procedure

There isn’t much preparation needed for buttock augmentation with dermal fillers, but initial consultation is required. This allows the plastic surgeon or aesthetician to evaluate if the patient is qualified for the treatment. During the consultation, it’s also important to discuss the patient’s expected results to find out which treatment areas should be injected and how many vials of body filler injections are needed.

When the patient arrives on the day of the appointment, they’re asked to change into a hospital gown and then lay on their stomach. The injection site is sterilized to reduce the risk of infection before the filler is administered into the target areas, such as the buttocks and gluteal area.

The entire procedure only takes less than an hour to complete. The injection sites are bandaged after all butt lift injections are administered. Patients may change into their usual clothes and return home to rest after some aftercare reminders by the provider.

c) Which Dermal Filler Injections for Buttocks Work Best? 

A lot of med spas and plastic surgery clinics use Sculptra Aesthetic injections for non-surgical Brazilian butt lift treatments. The Sculptra injection works better than hyaluronic acid fillers because it provides more lift and lasts longer in the treatment area.

There’s no specific dermal filler approved by the FDA for non-surgical BBL and other large-scale body contouring treatments, so Sculptra butt enhancement is considered an off-label use. This means that there isn’t enough clinical data about the results patients can expect. However, there are lots of success stories and anecdotes of people being satisfied with the results of their  Sculptra buttocks injections.

Should You Get a Dermal Filler Injection Butt Enlargement Treatment?

Since Sculptra butt injections don’t require a surgical procedure, almost anyone can benefit from this treatment. Sculptra BBL is an excellent choice for patients who:

  • Want fuller and rounder buttocks
  • Don’t want to get butt implants
  • Aren’t qualified or interested in cosmetic surgery
  • Don’t have enough fat to harvest or transfer
  • Want a safer and less expensive butt lift option
  • Want a more proportional lower body
  • Want to fill hollow areas like the hip dips

After confirming that a patient is a good candidate for this procedure, it’s also important to learn about the expected results and potential risks of Sculptra BBL. This allows them to make smart and informed decisions about enhancing their bodies.

a) Expected Results

Unlike other types of dermal fillers, Sculptra injections take a while to produce results. Most patients also need multiple treatment sessions to achieve their desired butt lift. Initial results are observed about a few weeks after the treatment session, but the final results are only noticeable after a few months.

Patients can expect firm and voluptuous buttocks a few months after completing their treatment sessions. Although Sculptra filler injections aren’t permanent, patients can enjoy a fuller backside that may last anywhere from 2 to 5 years.

d) Potentials Risks and Side Effects

The Sculptra butt lift injection is made with a safe formulation, so severe side effects from this treatment are uncommon. However, some patients may still experience mild to moderate symptoms like:

  • Redness, pain, and bruising
  • Asymmetrical results
  • Bumps that disappear over time
  • Bleeding at the treatment site
  • Temporary acne breakouts
  • Itching or rash

According to a study in 2015, about 7% to 9% of patients may notice nodules under their skin after getting Sculptra filler injections. In most cases, these nodules go away on their own. But do note that patients should still contact a doctor immediately if the symptoms worsen after their Sculptra BBL treatment.

Brazilian Butt Lift vs. Dermal Fillers for the Butt: Which Works Better?

Brazilian butt lift is a type of cosmetic surgery that transfers excess fat from one part of the body and injects it into the buttocks to increase its size. It’s a semi-permanent treatment that offers dramatic results. But since traditional BBL treatments require surgery, they’re often associated with lots of risks and a long downtime that some patients just aren’t ready for.

Sculptra butt injection treatments at Ethos Spa offer more subtle but natural-looking results that match the physique of the patient. They’re also safer and less expensive than plastic surgery, so a lot of patients prefer Sculptra injections instead. They require more treatment sessions, but the results can last for up to 2 to 5 years.

There’s no quick answer to which treatment is better, but we recommend first-time patients try dermal fillers first. If you can’t decide on a body contouring treatment, then it’s best to discuss your treatment goals with cosmetic experts – like our team at Ethos Spa.

Take the Next Step to Fuller Buttocks at Ethos Spa

Sculptra butt augmentation is a lot safer than other buttock augmentation options, but it’s still crucial to find a trustworthy provider to perform the treatment. Doing this allows patients to achieve their ideal results while minimizing the risk of side effects and serious complications.

At Ethos Spa, we have a team of providers who are licensed and trained to administer Sculptra butt lift injections. Talk to us today to discuss your expectations about the Sculptra BBL and find out how we can help you.

Dr. Hardik Soni

MD, Founder/Lead Physician

About Dr. Hardik Soni

Dr. Hardik Soni is the founder and Medical Director of Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness. His primary focus is on minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures including botulinum injection (Botox and Dysport), dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse), laser hair removal, chemical peels, and laser skin rejuvenation. Dr. Soni believes in a more conservative approach and his first goal is education. Clients are able to determine the ideal treatments after discussion with Dr. Soni regarding the expected outcomes, cost, as well as risks.

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