I learned a new word recently.
adjective: Having well-shaped buttocks.
USAGE:"And it hasn't been lost on modern film directors that a nice set of tights can showcase the callipygian assets of a well-formed leading man."
Heroes in Hosiery; South China Morning Post (Hong Kong); Jul 20, 2006
I am being asked by more and more patients about buttock shaping, lifting, and even implants. The entire idea of defining a nice buttock is interesting to me. Difficult to put into words, but something "you know when you see" one. And yes, I do check out men's butts. The girls in the OR and I have been know to whisper about how nice Dr ___'s butt looks in his scrubs.
Okay, back to the topic. What defines a well-shaped buttock?
The features that are common to attractive youthful, female buttocks in all ethnic groups include (photo credit):
- A smooth inward sweep of the lumbosacral area and waist.
- A very feminine cleavage as the buttocks separate superiorly and inferiorly.
- Maximum prominence in the mid to upper buttocks.
- There should be minimal infragluteal crease, with no droop above this line.
Sacral dimples or depressions may be present or absent in attractive youthful buttocks, but are not considered a determinant of their beauty.
Even with the difference in cultural ideas of the "ideal" buttock, the above features hold. Some ethnic differences include (some good photos can be found here):
- will generally want buttocks that are full but not really large.
- fullness of the lateral thigh is considered objectionable.
- Some prefer a full rounded lateral buttocks.
- Others prefer a flat or hollow lateral buttock (considered a more "trim" or athletic look).
Hispanic or of recent Hispanic descent
- prefer buttocks that are very full.
- lateral buttocks that are very full
- a slight fullness in the lateral thigh.
- prefer buttocks that are shapely but small to moderate in size
- little or no fullness in the lateral buttocks or lateral thigh.
African-Americans and Caribbean's of African descent
- have a strong and consistent cultural ideal of very large buttocks
- often will request a "shelf" (extreme prominence of the upper buttocks)
- prefer very full lateral buttocks
- a very full, prominent trochanteric area of the lateral thighs is considered attractive by both men and women in this culture
There are multiple procedures that can be used to get to or closer to the "ideal" (must in keep in mind the patient's ideal) buttock. These include:
Combination of the Above
Dr Thomas L Roberts, III, MD, FACS Website: BetterButtocks.com (nice photos and patient information)
Body Contouring, Buttocks Surgery; eMedicine Article, Dec 19, 2006; Robert F Centeno MD and Neal R Reisman MD, JD
Body Contouring, Flankoplasty, and Thigh Lift; eMedicine Article, Feb 25, 2008; Keith M Robertson MD and Bruce G Freeman MD
Beautiful Buttocks: Characteristics and Surgical Techniques. Clin Plast Surg, July 2006;33(3):321-32; Cuenca-Guerra R, Lugo-Beltran I (abstract available here)
Buttocks Lifting: How and When to Use Medial, Lateral, Lower, and Upper Lifting Techniques; Clin Plast Surg. July 2006;33(3):467-78; Gonzalez R. (abstract available here)
Gluteoplasty; Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Vol 23, No 6, pp 441-455; Constantio G Mendieta MD (abstract available here)
Gluteal Aesthetic Unit Classification: A tool to Improve Outcomes in Body Contouring; Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Vol 26, No 2, pp 200-208; Robert F. Centeno MD (abstract available here)
Gluteal Reshaping; Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Vol 27, No 6, pp 641-655; Constantino G Mendieta MD (abstract available here)