Restylane, Juvederm, Voluma—injectable dermal fillers are a popular treatment option to sculpt cheekbones, hydrate and volumize lips, and create chiseled jawlines. Dermal fillers are also growing in popularity in various areas of the body and are becoming more commonly used to smooth the back of thin or veiny hands and improve the skin texture of the décolletage.
In recent years, fillers have skyrocketed in popularity in the treatment of the derriere too, and as our culture is embracing curves more than ever, nonsurgical butt lifting, or the Brazilian butt lift, is becoming one of our most sought-after treatments.
While surgical butt augmentation involves liposuction of the abdomen, flanks, or thighs and the transfer of purified fat to the buttocks, nonsurgical butt lift treatment uses an injectable collagen stimulator called Sculptra or a dermal filler called Radiesse to augment or volumize the buttocks.
Sculptra works gradually to stimulate the body’s own collagen, requires 3-4 treatments, and its results last 2 or more years.
Radiesse, on the other hand, is a more immediate-result treatment and likely does not produce quite as long-lasting results as Sculptra. No filler currently has an FDA-approved indication for buttocks; however, Sculptra is expected to receive approval for this treatment in 2021.
While the results of nonsurgical butt augmentation tend to be more subtle than those of surgery, injectable filler treatments to augment the buttock can be a good option for those patients looking to avoid surgery or who do not have enough body fat for a surgical Brazilian butt lift.
Injectable treatments can also be used to address specific concerns within or around the buttocks—the so-called “hip dips,” or depressions on the side of the butt, the “banana roll” which can appear under the buttock, areas of depression from trauma or steroid injections, and cellulite, which often affects the hips and buttocks.
Recovery from nonsurgical butt augmentation tends to be pretty simple: mild tenderness and bruising are the most common side effects and resolve within a few days after treatment. We ask patients to avoid elective blood-thinning medications such as Aspirin for a week before and after treatment, along with gluteal or buttock exercises (such as squats) for 2 weeks after treatment.