Perhaps one of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions is the vow to get into better shape, whether that means to shed some serious pounds, tone up, or increase strength. If we’re talking trends, many Americans are now more aware of the appearance of their backside than ever before.
In fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons published statistics showing an increase
of 15 percent for buttock fat grafting (and a 98 percent increase in buttock augmentation with implants) in 2014 compared to 2013. While some women do desire more monumental changes, others are looking to simply shape deflated areas in order to fill out those jeans, yoga pants, or that LBD.
Broadly speaking, the size of the buttocks is increased by adding volume. Fitness expert Stephanie Mansour can attest, one may shape the buttocks through targeted gluteus maximus strengthening exercises. However, if your time in the gym isn’t giving you the results you desire, then you may want to explore other solutions. Surgically, there are a two options: fat transfers and implants.
Fat transfer, also known as the “Brazilian Butt Lift,” involves liposuction of your problem areas and then carefully placing that fat into the buttocks for increased projection or roundness. There are no foreign substances the incisions are tiny, and the recovery is much easier than with an implant.
Implants are a great alternative for women who do not have enough of their own fat to achieve their desired buttock size and shape. The incision is well-hidden “between the cheeks.”
“I prefer a technique I learned in Brazil where the implant is placed inside the buttock muscle; this location limits implant flipping and the ability to feel the implant,” explains Dr. Dan Krochmal. “I often prefer to combine the two approaches—use an implant for volume and liposuction/fat grafting to sculpt the lower back and make the buttock more rounded, thus creating a flowing, sensual silhouette.”
If you’re not quite ready to take on full-blown surgery, start by incorporating fitness expert Stephanie Mansour’s top four most effective butt exercises. These steps will help you on the path to getting the derriére of your dreams—and, if the committed efforts don’t get your tush where you want it to be, you now know your options!
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1. Lunge with a Leg Lift
Start in a lunge position. Step one foot forward and one foot back, feet as wide as the hips. Slowly bend the front knee so that the knee is just over the ankle, and lower the back knee towards the floor. Then, press down through the front foot’s heel and stand back up, while extending the back leg straight back into a leg lift. Repeat this 10 times per leg.
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2. Lunge with a Pull Through
Start in same lunge position. After completing the lunge, pull the back leg forward and bring the knee up to the chest, then step it back to the starting position. Repeat this 10 times per leg.
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3. Side Lunge with a Side Raise
Stand up with the feet together. Step the right foot to the right 3 to 4 feet, and bend the right knee, keeping the left leg straight. Lunge towards the right, and then drill the right heel into the ground to press back up to the starting position. Finally, extend the right leg out to the right side for a side raise. Repeat this 10 times per leg.
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4. Wide Leg Open Toe Squat
Open the feet a little bit wider than the hips. Turn the toes out, as if you’re in a second position in ballet. Keep the back nice and straight, and bend the knees out to the sides. Lower down so that the thighs are parallel to the floor, and then press down through the heels to stand back up, squeezing the butt cheeks at the top. Repeat 10 times.
For more details on Stephanie’s moves, they are featured on her new workout DVD, “The 30-Minute Signature Slimdown”. For more information, visit stepitupwithsteph.com.
For more information on Buttock reshaping procedures, a consultation with Dr. Krochmal can be made by visiting www.maeplasticsurgery.com or calling 847-373-1680.