Hip augmentation refers to a selection of surgical procedures aimed at changing the shape of your hips. In most cases, the patient wants fuller, more defined hips to create the so-called hourglass figure. The procedure involves the transfer of fat or the use of implants.
Hip augmentation involves procedures aimed at improving the appearance of the hips.
The most common method employed is liposculpture, sometimes referred to as fat grafting. Fat is removed from one area of the body and injected into the hip areas.
Another option is a hip implant. Similar to the implants used in buttock augmentation, hip implants are silicone "bags" that are inserted into the hip to change its shape.
While cosmetic surgeons usually have their own approach, the basic principles of hip augmentation surgery remain the same.
The first stage of the process is a thorough consultation. Your surgeon needs to know about your reasons for wanting surgery. You'll also need to provide information about your medical history. If the surgeon doesn't think you're a suitable candidate for hip augmentation surgery, you'll be suggested other options.
During the initial consultation, you should be honest about the results you're trying to achieve. This gives your surgeon the best chance possible of delivering the results you're looking for. After a few measurements and observations have been taken, you and your surgeon can agree on a detailed plan of action.
Hip implants are advised for people without enough body fat for a transfer. They have the added advantage of delivering a permanent solution. Fat transferred from somewhere else in the body can be absorbed over time, and some surgeons believe that implants deliver more consistent results.
All hip augmentations are achieved with the use of implants or fat transfer. However, there are differences in approach depending on the surgeon and the healthcare provider. Speak at length with the clinical team, so you can fully understand all the options - and alternatives - before you go ahead.
Hip augmentation involves invasive surgery, so you should expect some pain and discomfort for several weeks after the procedure. You will also be less mobile for a while, so it might be a good idea to modify your work and domestic responsibilities for a short time.
It's also sensible to keep an open mind about the results. Particularly if you're undergoing fat transfer surgery, the effects won't always be apparent immediately. This is because there may be a lot of swelling in the area. Be patient, and speak to your surgeon if you're not happy with the eventual outcome. If you opt for implants, the effects may be more noticeable. However, your surgeon will probably err on the side of caution in terms of size. Sometimes, only a subtle change can make a huge difference.