Frequently Asked Questions From Prospective Patients*

It is quite normal for individuals to feel anxious or apprehensive about undergoing surgery. It is also quite normal to have a lengthy list of questions to ask a plastic surgeon. My goal is to ensure a safe and rewarding experience for patients who desire cosmetic enhancements, while providing beautiful, natural-looking results.

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from prospective patients during the consultation regarding butt augmentation – my specialty. My responses follow:

How do I know which type of butt augmentation method will meet my goals?

Before you come in for consultation, it is important that you evaluate your needs and why you want surgery in the first place. If you are not having luck building muscle and shape in your buttocks through exercise, then buttocks augmentation (“augmentation mammaplasty” or “gluteal recontouring“) may provide you with your desired shape and size.*

During the consultation, I will assess your body and learn about your butt enhancement goals. Usually, if a patient wears an eight to 12 dress size or is overweight, she is probably best suited for the fat transfer method and possibly liposuction.* Those who are a size two to four are typically not good candidates for this technique because there is very little fat that exists, which would not allow for transferring.* Therefore, it is typically recommended that those are who slim receive butt implants because there are no target areas where the fat can be extracted.* I offer the “Highlight Liposculpting and Lipo Fat Transfer 3-D” approach to individuals seeking a refined and aesthetically driven technique should they qualify for this procedure.* Because every patient has unique goals and fat storage, I will determine which method is right for the individual during the consultation. Buttocks augmentation, like any type of cosmetic surgery, is procedure-specific.

Am I at risk for high complications?

Because the patient is using a natural substance, butt enhancement via fat transfer allows no room for risks, such as infection.* Butt implants, on the other hand, pose more complications due to the fact that implants may shift over time, causing an asymmetrical look to the buttocks region.* This means that one cheek will not resemble the other. Although it is rare, there is a chance that butt implants (made of semi-solid silicone) can break or rupture, which means that butt enhancement revision may be necessary.*

Why is plastic surgery so expensive?

There are various factors to consider in regards to butt augmentation. Typically, butt enhancement with implants cost more than butt enhancement via fat transfer.* Upon consultation, my patient coordinator can discuss the type of plastic surgery fees you will encounter, which includes the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia fee, operating room fee, and extent of procedure.

How do I choose a plastic surgeon?

Whether with the use of semi-silicone implants or fat, butt augmentation is not a casual procedure and should not be performed by just any plastic surgeon. No two individuals are the same; therefore, no single technique is suited to all cases – and shouldn’t be.

I am a Miami plastic surgeon, with board certification from the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). I am also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). My qualifications provide patients the security they need to go forward with their cosmetic enhancement.*

The relationship with the surgeon is extremely important. Not only does my work speak in volumes, I make sure that my patients are well-informed throughout the consultation, so that all of their questions are answered and the concerns are addressed.* A prospective patient will gain great insight to my ability and aesthetic approach by viewing before and after photos.* These can be found on my website and can be requested during the consultation. I stand out because of my vision and artistry.*

If I undergo butt enhancement via fat transfer, will I stay proportionate if I gain weight? What happens if I lose weight?

From birth, we all have a genetically predetermined amount of fat on our bodies. So when butt enhancement via fat transfer is performed, fat cells are literally being transferred to another area. If a post-op patient gains weight, the fat cells will not multiply in the same place where fat was removed.* Rather, the cells that do exist in a different area may enlarge. This is relevant to weight reduction as well; the fat cells will never leave the body. Instead, they will reduce in size where they exist on the body.* There is an high percent fat survival rate during the transfer method, and in nearly all cases, the fat will remain proportionate among both buttocks.* There is equal distribution.

It is very important to uphold a healthy regimen of diet and exercise, as it will help maintain your beautiful results.*

When can I return to work?

Every patient carries unique circumstance, but in general, a patient may return to work following fat transfer in 10 days or less, while the butt implants procedure may require up to two months off from work.*

Do you have a question that was not answered? Please feel free to contact my office and schedule a consultation. You can reach my practice by calling (305) 860-0717.

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