Semin Plast Surg 2020; 34(01): 038-046
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-3401038
Review Article
Thieme Medical Publishers 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001, USA.

The Role of Fat Grafting in Buttock Augmentation

Rebecca C. O'Neill
1  Division of Plastic Surgery, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
,
Amjed Abu-Ghname
1  Division of Plastic Surgery, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
,
Matthew J. Davis
1  Division of Plastic Surgery, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
,
Edward Chamata
1  Division of Plastic Surgery, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
,
Charalambos K. Rammos
2  Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria, Illinois
,
Sebastian J. Winocour
1  Division of Plastic Surgery, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
› Author Affiliations
Funding None of the authors has a financial interest in any of the drugs, devices, procedures, or companies mentioned in this article.
Further Information

Publication History

Publication Date:
15 February 2020 (online)

Abstract

Autologous fat grafting is now considered the gold standard for buttock augmentation. Although a variety of techniques are currently being used by surgeons around the world, methods of fat grafting to the buttocks remain unsystematized, poorly understood, and controversial in terms of their safety and efficacy. Nonetheless, buttock augmentation by fat grafting has a satisfaction rate of 97.1%, and its mean complication rate has been estimated to be around 7 to 10%, with serious complications occurring in less than 1% of cases. Fat emboli are one such serious complication, with several reports in the literature discussing morbidity and mortality, specifically with intramuscular injection. With the increasing popularity of fat grafting for buttock augmentation, it is more important than ever to continue researching and learning to safeguard the satisfaction and safety of our patients.