Who’s Behind the Uptick? continued...
Justin Yovino, MD, a plastic surgeon in private practice in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., says people have been calling his office to inquire about buttock enhancement procedures. He spent some of his time at the recent ASAPS meeting taking courses on how to perform buttock enhancement.
“South Florida has a heavy Latin flavor and is really a gateway to South America, where the culture is to have a little more junk in the trunk,” he says. “Curvy and shapely bodies are more in than the rail thin, straight-line look,” he says.
Yovino plans to begin offering fat injections to the butt. “I think it’s safe and allows us to mold better than we could using a single implant,” he says.
Junk in the Trunk?
Safety should always come first. There are some charlatans out there who will inject just about anything -- including the industrial silicone used to caulk bathtubs -- into behinds.
“It costs $3 a tube, and it’s just tragedy because these things are not tissue compatible,” Eaves says.
In general, off-the-shelf fillers such as collagen and hyaluronic acid do not have a place in butt augmentation, Eaves says. These fillers could be used off-label for butt augmentation, but it would be so expensive for the volume needed to augment the butt.
“These are surgical procedures and there is no evidence that non-invasive technology has a place in butt augmentation,” he says.
Protect yourself by choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon and asking to see and read the package of the product the surgeon is recommending, he says.
“We are seeing disasters,” says Renato Saltz, MD, immediate past president of the ASAPS and a plastic surgeon in Salt Lake City. “You need to identify somebody with experience, as this is a very specialized procedure. Look for a surgeon who does a lot of body contouring.”