With the increase of noninvasive options available to treat almost any area of your body you’d like to tweak, there are a lot more solutions that don’t call for going under the knife, which can be a major deterrent for getting cosmetic work done. Up until now, the only options for augmenting your backside were butt implants or a Brazilian Butt Lift, both invasive surgical procedures. Now, there’s a new butt lift gaining popularity and it doesn’t involve surgery.
Nicknamed the “Sculptra Butt Lift,” this newer technique involves using a long-lasting dermal filler off-label (meaning for a purpose other than what it’s FDA-approved for) to give your backside a fuller, more lifted look without the risks or downtime associated with more invasive procedures.
Sculptra, or poly-l-lactic acid (PLLA), is a dermal filler used for skin and soft tissue augmentation. PLLA stimulates the body’s own collagen production and can be used for volume restoration and skin rejuvenation. Most studies thus far have focused on its use for fat loss in the face (currently the only FDA-approved indication for Sculptra Aesthetic is in the face). In recent years, an off-label application for use in the buttocks has been explored with good results.
What does the procedure entail?
First, topical lidocaine is applied to the area to be injected. Once the skin is numbed (usually after 30 minutes), Sculptra is injected to the upper buttock with very small needles. Depending on the desired level of augmentation, most patients require about three treatments, six weeks apart. Although results can be noticed as early as six weeks after the treatments, the optimal outcome is not noticed until about six months after the procedure.