Boosting the Butt, Is the Non-Surgical Butt Lift Worth it?

Feb 16

Boosting the Butt, Is the Non-Surgical Butt Lift Worth it?

Sometimes no matter how many lunges, squats, and booty bands we do, we still can’t achieve the backside we desire. With round, sculpted rears being the newest trend, a recent article reported on the increasing popularity of the non-surgical butt lift. Fillers have been used on the face, nipples, and even earlobes. It was only a matter of time until they made their way down. In fact, The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has reported an increase in syringes filled with plumpers in various parts of the body.

What are the benefits and downside of non-surgical butt lift?

Butt Lift - Is the Non-Surgical Butt Lift Worth it?

Boosting the Butt

Unlike most fillers, Sculptra (which is typically used in butt lifts) is composed of poly-L-lactic acids which activate the bodies own natural collagen production. Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, Jaime Schwartz, states “There has been a huge demand for gluteal augmentation, including fillers.” There are numerous ways to increase the size and shape of the butt which include fat-grafting, buttock implants, and building the gluteal muscles with weights – why would anyone choose injectables?


The Benefits

With Sculptra, we use less of the product since it stimulates the bodies’ collagen to grow around what has been injected. While other fillers that contain hyaluronic acid merely plump and increase volume, Sculptra triggers an inflammatory response in the body. It results in scar tissue and an increase in collagen production to that specific area. Because of this enhancement and the fact that your collagen has been added to the mix the results are subtler than an implant or added fat. The procedure is also not permanent which can be a benefit as our shapes change with age. Downtime is always an issue with plastic surgery. With minimally invasive procedures like a non-surgical butt lift, the patient can usually go back to work the same day. But heavy-duty tasks like lifting or going to the gym are not encouraged. With other methods like fat-grafting, the patient would be required to undergo liposuction in one area to add fat to the butt. For those who chose not to have implants or don’t have the fat for the required liposuction, an injectable is the only option.


The Downside

When using injectables, there is always a risk of the product creating lumps or bumps and not distributing evenly. In 5 to 10% of people lumps can develop because Sculptra does not dissolve. They either have to wait for the effects to fade (which can take years) or have to have surgery to remove the lumps-no longer making this a non-invasive procedure. Infection is also a possibility, but it is sporadic. The most common issue is soreness near the site of the injection.

Unlike surgery, Sculptra injections are not a one-time procedure. You need to visit the doctor for multiple sessions. There are typically 3 to 4 injection sessions that are spaced out over 2 to 3 per month. The cost of one vial of Sculptra averages $1000 and the typical patient uses 4 to 7 vials. When compared to the cost of a Brazilian Butt Lift (fat-grafting) or buttock implants (roughly $4500) this can be very pricey for a temporary procedure.


The Bottom Line

As with any procedure, if you are looking for a booty boost do your research. Choose a trusted expert in the field and have realistic expectations. Also, know the risks and rewards, and make sure the decision is 100% your own.



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