Summary: Bathing suit season is upon us. In some places of the country (and world), bikini season is even longer, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that, say, Clear Lake, TX, plastic surgery clinics are a popular destination for those looking to show off their rear ends in a new way. Let’s put it this way: butt augmentation is big. Well, it’s in. It’s popular in a big way. And, as with everything in plastic surgery, many people pursue these procedures in a unique way, so there are plenty of butt implant sizes out there to choose from.

butt implant size matters a great deal.

What Butt Implant Sizes Are Right for You?

Everybody is writing about butt augmentation these days (including us)—and that’s natural. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons just released data revealing that butt augmentation has become one of the most popular procedures in the nation, judging by how quickly it’s growing. That’s exciting news, and, frankly, I think plastic surgeons tend to get pretty excited when a new procedure takes off—if only because they get to try something new for a while. Maybe it’s refreshing to talk to your patients about butt implant sizes for a while instead of breast implant sizes. In any case, butt augmentation is on the rise.

Which makes some new research particularly well timed. According to data published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and research conducted by Fernando Serra MD (along with colleagues at Pedro Ernesto University Hospital), there was a small development of atrophied muscle in patients who received a silicone implant during a butt augmentation procedure. In other words, those patients who did receive silicone implants experienced a small amount of muscle atrophy in their rear ends. And, when we say small, we mean it. The study only found 6% atrophy in most cases—not enough to impact muscle use or strength.

Loss of Muscle Tissue?

The researchers theorize that the atrophy occurs due to the compression of the muscle tissue beneath the implant. Of course, your butt implant size is going to determine the amount of compression—at least, it will in combination with the rest of your anatomy. Many of these things will happen on a very individual basis. So it’s up to you to make sure you discuss these possible complications with your plastic surgeon (and your plastic surgeon should be open to these discussions, obviously). That said, the researchers also believe that the atrophy is reversible, which means that were the implants ever removed it’s likely the muscle could, metaphorically speaking, come back to life. Of course, this hasn’t been verified through research yet, and it’s something the current researchers are looking into.

Choosing the Right Butt Implant Size

Which is a long way of saying that the size of your butt implant matters quite a bit. As is the case with breast implant sizing, there are tools you can use to get a best estimate of what will work for you. There are a few things to consider:

  • Waist to hip ratio: When it comes to your new, bigger rear end, you definitely want to make sure it’s working with your waist. Some prefer a waist to buttocks ratio around .70, but ultimately, that’s up to you. Your plastic surgeon may have a thing or two to say as well.
  • Personal comfort: Your implants are going to be in your derriere, after all, so you should be prepared to wear them for quite a while. This means that you’ll want to make sure the size, volume, and weight are all comfortable. Most plastic surgeons have temporary inserts that you can try out to get a feel for how your implants will operate in daily life.
  • Curves and volume: Ideally, your at least one of the butt implant sizes available to you will work to compliment your curves. The overall shape and flow of how the implants operate with the rest of your body is key to their success. You’ll want to make sure this is happening.
  • Realistic Expectations: As with many aesthetic plastic surgery procedures, you’re going to want to hang on to some realistic expectations. Your butt augmentation procedure can only do so much—and while the vast majority of patients are thrilled with their results, there are a lot of variables at work.
  • How they feel: Silicone butt implants, no matter the size, will have a distinct look and feel. In most cases, they look natural (admittedly, not as natural as a fat graft implant, but pretty close), but there is definitely an adjustment period where sitting will feel a little bit different. You’ve got to make sure you’re ready for that—though, after a while, you probably won’t even notice it.
  • Make sure of what you want: Look, there are two basic butt implant sizes—bigger and lot bigger. You’ve got to make sure you know what you want, what you’re looking for, so you aren’t disappointed by the results.

It’s All About Your Happiness

When it comes to butt augmentation, there are a lot of options—and those options continue to increase with the popularity of the procedure. Plastic surgeons are always trying to make sure their patients are happy and satisfied. If research about the results of this procedure are any indication, butt augmentation leads to higher quality of life and overall happiness in those who want it. So make sure you know what you want, and then go get it. The butt augmentation is a popular procedure for a reason, after all.

If you’re looking for a bigger, rounder, sexier rear end—now you can get it.