Summary: Silicone implants have been used for gluteal augmentation for the past 40 years. Several techniques have been described for cosmetic purposes, but many plastic surgeons do not feel that performing the operation is safe. In this article, a technique is described to reduce the complication rate, improve the final results, and develop an easy way of understanding and learning this procedure. Based on surgical simulation involving 10 fresh cadavers, the authors have determined the goals for making the operation simpler and safer. One hundred three patients have undergone the operation performed by the staff or by the plastic surgery resident under supervision. There was seroma in 3.88 percent, dehiscence of the sutures in 5.8 percent, infection and removal of the implant in one case (0.97 percent), and no hematoma. The patient satisfaction rate was high. Anatomical dissections allowed the authors to gain experience and confidence regarding the plane of undermining, avoiding damage to the sciatic nerve, and the placement of the prosthesis, keeping it in place. The technique is easy to understand and learn.
CLINICAL QUESTION/LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Therapeutic, IV.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
From the Plastic Surgery Service, University of the State of Rio de Janeiro.
Received for publication January 29, 2012; accepted March 6, 2012.
Disclosure: The authors have no financial interest to declare in relation to the content of this article.
Claudio Cardoso de Castro, M.D., Rua Domingos Ferreira, 140/301, 22050010 Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, firstname.lastname@example.org