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Dr Nikko on Butt Lifts Buttock Agumentation

Speaker 1: Buttocks augmentation is all the rage. Women who don't naturally have a firm, round derriere are heading to the operating table to achieve that new look. Joining us to discuss what's behind the trend is Dr. Anthony Nikko. Good morning to you. Thanks for being here.

You have seen this procedure be popular for a very long time, haven't you? But it's really trending now.

Anthony Nikko: Right. I started doing this 15 years ago. Back then, people were doing the bottom lift, which left a scar. But that flattens people's butt. By injecting the butt with the fat, you give it a lift without the scar, and a much better look.

Over the past 15 years, it's certainly been increasing in numbers. Back then, I was doing maybe one case every other week. Now we could be doing two cases a week. Most of my mommy makeovers, we include buttock augmentation.

Speaker 1: That's part of it.

Anthony Nikko: Yeah, that's part of it.

Speaker 1: And it's not just for women, either, is it? 

Anthony Nikko: No, no.

Speaker 1: Men are doing it too.

Anthony Nikko: A few men are doing it too. But the majority are still ... our patient populations are the mom who've had a couple kids. They have the stubborn fat in the waistline, and they've lost the volume. By taking that fat and creating that very beautiful waistline, and adding it into the butt, you give them that lift that they want. We do have certain people who want that really round shape, but the majority of our patients really just enjoy that fullness and that lift that they're looking for.

Speaker 1: When you're talking about the injections, there's no knife involved with the [crosstalk 00:01:33].

Anthony Nikko: No, there's no knife involved. Basically it involves liposuction and fat grafting. You shape the waistline to give them that beautiful small waistline, maybe take a little saddle bags, and then you feel the volume, maybe at the bottom, and decide where they lack volume, and give them that perfect shape.

Speaker 1: You're just redistributing it.

Anthony Nikko: Yes.

Speaker 1: The fact that you're using your own tissue too, do you find that to be safer, as well, because it's not like your body could never reject it? Right now, we're looking at some pictures. You want to walk us through and tell us what we're seeing?

Anthony Nikko: This is typical of what we see. You can see she has the stubborn fat on her waistline. You just sculpt that waistline to come in very nicely. Then you fill in where she needs the volume on top, maybe on the bottom. If she has a little saddlebag, you take that away, and you create that nice curvature. This is typical of what people are looking for.

Speaker 1: Yeah, they're really happy with it. Let's talk about that price tag. Certainly that's a big concern for a lot of people.

Anthony Nikko: Yeah, as you can see in the photograph, what it involves is making sure the waistline is smooth, so it's liposuction and fat grafting. Typically starts, depending on how much volume you want ... You want just a little volume for a lift, they typically start about $8,000. But some people, you want to go big, go home, bootylicious, be a little bit more.

Speaker 1: OK, what about an age range? Are you concerned about that? Are you really looking at how old they are?

Anthony Nikko: Yeah, mainly there's two age groups. One younger who wants a little bit more volume in that waistline, but typically our patient population are still the moms in their late 20s, early 30s, who's working out, losing a lot of body fat. But they're also losing the volume from the butt, and the butt's sagging. They want to look good in a bathing suit. We took that stubborn fat that they can't work off, and we fill it up. Most typically still the mothers, yeah.

Speaker 1: And then quickly, what about the recovery time?

Anthony Nikko: Yeah. The recovery time is ... Back then when I was doing implants, the recovery time was much longer. But with fat grafting, you don't have hardly any pain where we inject.

Speaker 1: All right, good to know. Dr. Nikko, thank you for being here and walking us through it all.

Anthony Nikko: Thank you very much. [crosstalk 00:03:38].

Speaker 1: It's popular when I know people want to know more about it.

Anthony Nikko: Yeah, thank you.