Hip Augmentation: Pros and Cons of the Procedure

by Gary K. Johnson

Hip Augmentation: Pros and Cons of the Procedure

If you’re a female who feels her hips are too narrow, there is a cosmetic procedure that may help you achieve the look you're after. Hip augmentation is a way for women to enhance and widen their hips to create that sought-after hourglass figure.

Hip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that can be done in one of two ways. A patient can opt for either hip implants or a fat transfer.

Hip implants are made from silicone. The silicone hip implant is made from is more solid and firm than the silicone used in breast augmentation. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The type of silicone used is perfectly safe for insertion into the human body. During a hip implant procedure, first the patient is given general anesthesia to prevent any pain. An incision is made by the surgeon near the hip area. The implant is then inserted into the body and positioned so that it looks natural. The implant is placed under the muscle to ensure that it stays in the same place. The same is then done on the other hip, which special care taken to ensure the hips look symmetrical.

Once the surgery is done, the results can be noticed immediately. Healing takes 4 to 6 weeks.

Risks of Hip Implants

Whenever a foreign material is inserted into the body, there is a potential for risks. Though rare, implant migration can occur. This is where the implant shifts from its original position. Although the scar tissue that forms naturally around the implant generally keeps it in place along with the muscle, this is not always assured. If this occurs, you should seek a doctor immediately.

Fat Transfer

There is less chance for these risks with the second option for hip augmentation, fat transfer. Fat transfer is when fat is taken from another part of your body and injected into the problem area, in this case the hips. Since the fat comes from the patient’s own body, fat transfer is not ideal for patients with very little body fat. A benefit to this type of procedure, along with enhanced hips, is a trimmer midsection (or whichever area of the body from which the surgeon decides to transfer fat).

The downside to this type of hip augmentation is that the transferred fat cells must get a healthy supply of blood to remain alive. This procedure also takes longer, since fat must be harvested from another area of the body. This is done with a syringe and cannula. Healing should be completed in several weeks.

Both procedures are very safe and have been conducted by surgeons for years. To avoid complications, however, it's imperative to discuss your potential hip augmentation procedure with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. To arrange a private consultation with a qualified surgeon in your part of the country, visit our Plastic Surgery Portal doctor finder and research your options today!

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