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The Sculptra Butt Lift: A Curvy, New Behind with Filler Injections

The Sculptra Butt Lift: A Curvy, New Behind with Filler Injections

It is the era to celebrate the ‘behind.’ Just look at the people who make big butts popular – Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Tyra Banks, and their thousands of followers. The good news is, there’s more than one way to get the booty of your dreams. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Doherty outlines the different ways to enhance your buttocks.

The Rear View

A well-rounded derriere wasn’t always the main attraction, but it is to die for these days. Buttock augmentation is one of the fastest growing plastic surgery procedures, according to Dr. Doherty. “The buttock lift is an extremely popular procedure,” he says. “Patients are asking for buttock augmentation, and have been for the past several years.”

He says typically fat transfer, or fat grafting, is used to reshape the buttock region, but new methods are being used. “Ideally fat would be injected to sculpt and improve the shape of a buttock, however there are some patients who don’t have fat on their body to add to their buttock, and there are some patients who don’t want to have a fat transfer.” Doherty says for those patients, he can offer something different and effective with a non-surgical butt lift using injectables. “It is appropriate and a safe alternative,” he explains. 

New Volume Options

When it comes to plumping the tush, the options are increasing. Not everyone wants to use fat transfer and that’s where plastic surgeons are seeing an increase in the use of Sculptra. “Sculptra is a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved treatment for increasing the volume of the face,” details Doherty. “It’s a poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) that plumps by stimulating our own tissue. It’s not a filler like Juvederm or Restalyne, where we inject the face and the lips, but this bio-stimulant stimulates our own tissue and increases collagen synthesis.”  

Sculptra for buttock augmentation.


Doherty says using the injectable to get a better behind is a good replacement for someone who doesn’t want a surgical butt lift, but he says don’t expect the same outcome. “When patients are considering Sculptra for a buttock augmentation, it’s important for them to know they are not getting the same results as a fat augmentation,” Doherty explains. “A fat transfer would clearly produce a more robust look and more volume to the buttocks.”

He says Sculptra is for those patients who are looking for a more subtle look. “Patients need to know that Sculptra is done in series, so they should expect between three and four treatments and those will be done once a month.”

What About Recovery?

To get a more round booty, Sculptra is one option, along with butt implants and fat transfer. Doherty says among the three, patients usually bounce back fastest from Sculptra. “The nice thing about Sculptra is there is very little down time. I would not say that the procedure is pain free, but it’s very tolerable.”

“It’s a different outcome for a patient undergoing buttock augmentation. They may be in discomfort for awhile and there is concern about sitting because you can’t disrupt the placement of the fat. Sculptra isn’t like that,” says Doherty.

Patients also feel comfortable from the first injection with Sculptra. “There is not a lifestyle or behavior modification that they have to worry about, like fat transfer,” shares Doherty. “It’s important that when a patient comes in, I talk to them about the differences between Sculptra and a buttock augmentation with fat transfer.”

He says the only downside to the injectable is that a patient must try the procedure to decide if they like it or not. “Unfortunately, a patient can’t try Sculptra and see what the treatment looks like. It’s really an investment in time and money because treatment can add up.” Even so, results are promising, with many patients – including celebrities – diving into the “newest” procedure in buttock augmentation.

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