Many of our patients are looking for much more subtle results than what they are seeing with most Brazilian Butt Lifts, and quite a few others simply aren’t comfortable with BBL surgery.
Until now there really haven’t been any good options available for patients who don’t want surgery to get the results they desire, however with the massive demand we see for the perfect backside, our practice has taken a new approach toward achieving our patient’s desires that doesn’t require surgery at all.
Our “Palm Beach Butt Lift” uses a biocompatible cosmetic filler that builds and restores volume by stimulating collagen production in order to provide the subtle butt lift many women desire.
Depending on the desired level of augmentation, most patients require about three treatments, six weeks apart, and results can be seen as early as six weeks after the treatment. However, Some patients are even seeing great results with as little as one session of injections, and the procedure is relatively pain free with no downtime.
Collagen stimulators work differently than HA fillers. Instead of a gel that provides immediate volume exact where it is desired, collagen stimulators are absorbed and then stimulate the body’s tissues to produce its own collagen over the course of several weeks. Some patients find that the collagen growth is impressive with even one treatment, and others find that multiple treatments are needed for the desired effect. This has to do with a person’s metabolism as well as the amount of collagen they had in youth as well. Results can last up to two years. Collagen stimulators can be used in the temples, along the cheek and jawbones as well as in deeper folds and wrinkles in many places, but it is not meant to be used in the eyes or lips. There are two main types that are used at the practice, which will be discussed below.
Scultpra is a pure collagen stimulator, made of a small molecules related to absorbable suture material. It is mixed with saline and injected in a series of sessions several weeks apart to stimulate collagen production. After the saline is absorbed (in about 24-48 hours), patients experience a gradual increase in the amount of volume in the areas injected over 6-8 weeks, at which time injections can be repeated if desired. The average patient has three sessions to achieve a full result. It can be used in conjunction with other fillers, although it is best to allow for the full effect before adding other fillers to the exact same areas. Sculptra is an excellent way to gradually replace a large amount of volume loss in many places over the body.
Some patients worry about the risks of fillers as well as the potential for complications or discomfort associated with their use. We do everything possible to minimize these risks, but they do sometimes still occur. The most common side effect with fillers is temporary discomfort. Many of the products contain lidocaine to help numb the skin as the product is injected, but we also use ice and a topical numbing cream to improve the experience. A dental block (numbing injections) can be used for the lips since they are the most sensitive, but this is saved as a last resort since it can distort the area slightly and affect the final result.
Another common risk is bleeding, bruising, and swelling. Usually this is minor and can be minimized by avoiding blood thinners for 7-10 days before injections. Significant bleeding is rare, but if it occurs it can take a few weeks to resolve in the worst cases. Luckily it will not affect the final result. This is critical for formal blood thinners like Plavix or Coumadin but is also important for over-the-counter medications like Ibuprofen and other NSAIDS as well as any supplements that can cause bleeding like fish oils and omega-3 fatty acids. Alcohol is also a blood thinner and should ideally be avoided for a few days before injections to minimize bruising and bleeding.
If bruising does occur, an herbal supplement called Arnica can be used both in pill form and topically to help resolve bruising and swelling. Some patients even begin taking Arnica before their injections to help prevent bruising and swelling.Uneven correction or nodule formation can occur even if both the injector and patient do everything possible to avoid it. Most of the time, this can be corrected with the addition of more product or by dissolving product (if it is an HA). Unfortunately, some nodules are scar tissue based and may not resolve even after the product dissolves completely on its own. This is a rare occurrence that is more often felt than seen, and it can be surgically addressed under local anesthesia, but it is definitely something to be carefully considered before injections are performed.
Our practice also offers multiple additional treatments to enhance the results including:
- Coolsculpting & Kybella: Used to spot treat excess fat.
- Ultherapy & Potenza RF Microneedling: Treats sagging and loose skin.
- Cellfina: Treats cellulite without surgery.