There are different shapes and sizes. The type of implant is determined by the surgeon and depends on the patients body type. If a patient is shorter he or she may need a round implant. If a patient has a longer torso he or she may need an oval implant to fill up the space.
Currently there are three companies that manufacture buttocks implants; the size of your implant is determined by the implant diameter; in general, the larger the implant diameter the larger the implant size; The answer to your question is that your buttocks cheek diameter and not your height determines the largest diameter of implant that will fit on your buttocks; this diameter limit then sets your implant size limit.
Dear Suncandy, Back and side view pictures of your butt would have been very helpful to recommend to you the optimal implants' size for you. Height is only one component of the appropriate implants' size selection. Butt size measurements of the length and width are very important as well as personal desire that depends on ethnic back ground, occupation and body self image. I have had patients with similar height and butt measurement who chose totally different size. Your best mode of action is to check photo galleries of experienced board certified plastic surgeons who do lots of butt implants surgery in accredited surgery center for your safety. When you select the surgeon with the most attractive butts, from your stand point, set up a consultation and discuss together what is the optimal implants' size for you. Remember that not all result are the same because there are different implants and different techniques. Additionally, experience, skills and aesthetic eye are critical for good outcome. So, do your due diligence carefully and choose your surgeon wisely. Also, check the reviews on 'RealSelf' for ratings and positive experience reports. Best of luck, Dr Widder
In short, a combination of sculpting your waistline with liposuction and augmenting your buttock with implants provides the best chance for a long lasting "hour-glass" figure. Please read on for more surgical details:
Regarding buttock augmentation, let me start off by saying that I currently see at least 2 - 3 patients per week, from around the world, that failed "brazilian buttock lift" (i.e. the fat melted away after 10 - 12 months) and are now seeking a more reliable and permanent option (i.e. buttock implants).
One of the most important factors in creating the perfect derriere with implants is indeed selecting the right size AND shape. I have found the best way to assure this is to simply measure the actual dimensions of the patient’s buttock cheeks. With these anatomical measurements, I can select an implant that not only significantly augments the buttock but also supplies the correct 3-dimensional enhancement to look as real as possible...even in the most petite patients. Traditionally, teardrop oval implants have a 30+% risk of rotation and thus unnaturally change the buttock shape/appearance when doing so. However i have recently created and patented a new "Stanton Anatomic" shaped implant that avoids this issue. The benefit of this is the fact that ~80% of women patients have more of an oval shaped buttock cheek than round, thus creating a much more natural and harmonious buttock contour. Thus, the only way for you to know what implant works best is to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon specializing in this procedure and have him/her take your measurements before selecting an implant and proceeding with surgery.
The largest stock buttock implant currently available in the USA is a 690cc round implant. For the implant brand i prefer and my Stanton Anatomic Oval implants, the largest is 600cc. Indeed custom implants can be ordered larger, not only at a premium price but at a premium risk for most patients'. Unlike breast implants which are placed under the very expandable tissue of the breast and half of the pectoral major muscle, buttock implants should only be placed under or at least within the largest strongest muscle of the body, the gluteus maximus muscle, which is not nearly as expandable or forgiving. Thus most patients simply do not have a large enough native buttock muscle to fit an implant much over 500 ccs', without leading to significant complication such as wound breakdown/opening &/or implant exposure...necessitating removal. If a patient wants larger implants, 9-12 months after the initial implants have settled in to place and the muscle relaxed/stretched, then a second operation can be performed to replace them (similar to the process of going bigger with breast implants).
Be aware, the "subfascial" space that is sometimes talked about is not a real potential space to place a buttock implant. It is essentially the same as a subcutaneous pocket (ie on top of the muscle/under the skin and fat layer only) and therefore should be avoided at all costs.
Some of those sought after video-vixen and celeb-types (without mentioning names) with cartoonish bottoms could have either gotten extremely lucky with a huge oversized implant (very unlikely if properly placed under the muscle), had a very large volume of filler injected such as silicone, PMMA, Sculptra, or hydrogel - all NOT recommended because of high risk of severe infections, migration and/or hardening over time, and even deadly consequences in rare but significant instances (if mistakenly injected into the blood stream); and/or have been genetically "blessed" - although quite unlikely.
I generally do not recommend fat grafting at the same time as placing buttock implants because of a significantly increased risk of infection. For fat to survive it must be grafted into muscle, however that is also where the implant sits. Thus, if fat it injected into the implant or implant pocket then it will die and almost assuredly get infected - necessitating removal of the implant as well. Fat transfer later on must be done very carefully and cautiously, preferably by the original surgeon, for the very same reasons as above. In both instances, the risk/reward ratio is very high (meaning high risk to very low potential reward) because over 80% of the fat is likely to melt away yielding very small gains in augmentation.
Nonetheless, buttock implants are a proven safe and effective method of buttock augmentation as long as the recommendations of a board certified plastic surgeon specialist are adhered to.
Glad to help.
Everyone's body shape is different and we try to maximize each persons shape to fit their body frame. There is the concept of Divine Proportions which started as an mathematical understanding of beauty in nature and we now apply the same principles to our surgeries. A study was recently done which looked at classical art from the various ages where beauty was defined differently and it was found that the divine proportion principle was universal!. So beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.
Hello suncandy - It is best to side the implant to the patient's anatomy. If both women use the same size implant, it might look fine on the smaller patient but be undersized on the larger patient. Or, vice versa if you fit the implant to the larger patient, the implant will be too big for the smaller patient. But implants have dimension related to shape (if oval), projection, and radius (if round). A buttocks enhancement specialist will be able to size you appropriately to achieve the best result possible to match your aesthetic goals. Good luck,Dr. Shah