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.
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WHO IS THIS FOR
Individuals who want a curvier figure.
Transgender women who want feminisation surgery.
Individuals who are self-conscious about a particularly muscular or square set of hips.
Initial swelling and pain can persist for a few days after surgery.
Dressings usually need to be worn for 2 to 3 weeks after surgery.
Patients are advised to refrain from heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for at least 3 weeks.
It may be necessary to wear protective underwear for 6 weeks after the operation.
The duration of the procedure depends on the approach and the scale of the augmentation.
Most procedures take between 1 and 3 hours to complete.
Success rates are very high.
Success is often subjective, based on the patient's perception of the final result.
POTENTIAL RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS
Tightening of the skin around the fat transfer or implants
How does it work?
What is hip augmentation?
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.
How does hip augmentation work?
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.
Most fat transfer procedures are carried out using local anaesthetics. You'll get injections in the site of removal as well as in the treatment site. However, you may be given the option of a general anaesthetic. Just be aware that this increases the likelihood of an overnight stay in the hospital or clinic.
Fat transfer surgery begins with liposuction - the surgical removal of fat cells from the abdomen and flanks. For this method to work, however, the patient must have enough fat in these areas.
To remove the fat, small incisions are made in the area, and a small tube is inserted in order to "suck" out fat for redistribution in the hip area.
Once complete, the incisions are stitched and bandages are applied.
Before the fat can be transplanted, it must first be separated from blood and other cells. This is done with the use of a centrifuge.
The final stage of hip fat transfer surgery involves injecting the fat using a syringe. Small amounts are injected gradually.
Once complete, there's usually no need for stitches or dressings as the puncture wounds are tiny.
Hip implants are made with silicone gel. They're inserted through an incision, creating a natural look and instant results. In most cases, the implants are positioned under muscle. This is an effective way of ensuring they don't slip out of place in the future.
This particular type of cosmetic implant is often less painful than those in the buttocks or breasts as there are fewer nerves in the area.
Once in place, you will probably have to wear some supportive underwear for up to six weeks.
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.
Are there different types of hip augmentation?
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.
What should I expect?
Pain and discomfort
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.