I estimate that 75 to 80 percent of the transferred fat remains
Miami, FL (PRWEB) January 4, 2007
So many women are asking for a more desirable derrière that Constantino Mendieta, M.D., a plastic surgeon and leading provider of buttocks augmentation, has put up a special website -- http://www.buttsbymendieta.com -- to explain exactly how he, Dr. Mendieta, can give you a bangin' backyard. Lately, that includes some guys, too.
"Women have steadily been augmenting their rears into more shapely features for about five years," says Dr. Mendieta, a board-certified surgeon in Miami, Florida. "Now, more men are asking for a more rounded, firmly-shaped rear end."
Two years ago, two percent of people asking plastic surgeons about buttock augmentation were male. Now, 10 percent of inquiries are from men. The reason?
"Men are more practicable," Dr. Mendieta says. "Many of these guys have a flat rear which does not bode well for holding up one's pants."
However, women admire other shapely celebrities who have had their backsides surgically rejuvenated and consider buttock contouring a fashion statement as well as a body enhancement.
Dr. Mendieta has two ways to add shape and fullness to the buttocks -- fat grafting and implant placement.
When patients have fat to spare, Dr. Mendieta liposuctions corpulent areas and prepares the fat for re-injection. He very carefully injects drops of pearl-sized fat cells into the muscle layers through one very tiny incision. The secret of his technique is positioning the fat cells throughout the buttock so the transferred fat will develop a good blood supply and add shape. Typically, one to two pounds of fat are added to each side, requiring two to three hours in the operating room. The result is a rounder, perkier butt.
"I estimate that 75 to 80 percent of the transferred fat remains," says Dr. Mendieta.
If a patient is thin and has no fat to spare, Dr. Mendieta uses an implant made of a soft silicone, about the size of an adult hand. Available in teardrop, oval or egg-shaped sizes, the implants, which can never leak, are placed between layers of muscles in each buttock.
After healing, the patient's posterior has a firm, natural feel like he or she has been working out with weights. Patients do not actually sit on the implant which is placed higher than the bones on which one does sit.
"I learned the basic butt augmentation techniques from plastic surgery master Dr. Jorge Hidalgo," says Dr. Mendieta. "Later, I began to modify the basic technique to include sculpting the patient's waist and thighs to make the backside look even more shapely and round."
Dr. Mendieta may also harvest some fat from the sides of the patient's rear to make it narrower. That fat is also deposited on the peak of the butt to make it shapely, or, as the doctor likes to say, "More bootylicious."
After analyzing thousands of patient before-and-after pictures, Dr. Mendieta classified women's bottoms into four shapes: A, V, square or round.
He concluded the prettiest buttocks are A's that look like upside down hearts, with a wider bottom than top.
"However, 90 percent of men have square-shaped rears," says Dr. Mendieta. "After surgery, they want to have more roundness in their rears, with what weight lifters call a 'shelf,' or more projection."
Other buttocks augmentation candidates include women over 50 who have developed a flatter rear and younger patients who say they desire a larger rear to complement augmented breasts. Many 20 and 30-something women bring in photos of Jenifer Lopez or Beyonce Knowles, celebrities known for their eye-catching, curvy bottoms.
Another reason more people are having butt implants -- technically known as gluteoplasty -- is because of the exercise craze. Women who work out very hard tend to lose the natural curve and shape of their rears, experts say.
Recovery from surgery involves the patient wearing a compression garment for about two weeks, going back to work in one to two weeks and returning to the gym in about three to four weeks. In implant augmentation, the recovery is longer, requiring three to four weeks.
Depending on how the surgical wound is healing, the patient can carefully place her -- or his -- soon-to-be alluring posterior in a chair the day after the operation and may resume driving after about four weeks.
About Dr. Mendieta: With training in aesthetic surgery at Harvard, Dr. Mendieta had additional training in plastic surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons in England, Paris, Brazil and Beverly Hills. He is frequently quoted in leading publications and appeared on the Bravo Channel's television program about plastic surgery, Miami Slice.
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