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Since the appearance of a smooth backside is generally related to a lack of definition in the gluteus muscles, the best way to correct a flat butt is by activating them through exercise and movement. You can target the three muscles within the butt through exercises like brisk walking or stair climbing. A good rule is 10 minutes of activity for every hour you spend sitting. You can combine this with glute exercises, such as side-lying leg lifts and lunges, to strengthen and boost volume.
For many patients, however, this approach may not deliver the results they want, or simply does not fit into their lifestyle. If you’d rather opt for cosmetic enhancements to see a more dramatic improvement in your bottom’s shape or size, Pryor Health can help. Some of the best treatment options to increase volume and contour in the butt include:
A popular approach to enhancing the volume and appearance of the buttocks is through a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL). This is a surgical procedure that uses body fat to create volume and curves in the backside. Dr. Pryor will extract the donor fat via liposuction from areas where excess, unwanted rolls can develop, such as the stomach, hips, flanks, or thighs. It is then purified and reinjected into the target areas.
Candidates for this procedure should have body fat elsewhere to harvest and transfer. It is one of the most popular techniques thanks to the results, which can deliver an hourglass figure and enhance your entire silhouette, not just the lower half. However, it should only be performed by a licensed and experienced plastic surgery professional. Patients will need to come in for a consultation before moving forward with a BBL.
Sculptra is an injectable filler that’s FDA-approved to treat the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face. When used by licensed professionals, it can also be an effective way to add definition and volume to a flat butt subtly with no downtime. The filler is made of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) rather than hyaluronic acid (HA), which enables it to last longer. Results can be seen for up to two to three years.
The leading cause of a flat butt is typically genetics. Some people simply aren’t born with larger gluteal muscles and a predisposition to accumulating fat in this area. Those who have naturally small butts may also start to see a flat butt, which can be caused by different factors, including:
Lack of exercise.
A sedentary lifestyle can contribute to gluteal amnesia, which can cause your buttocks to forget how to activate the muscles, causing the area to flatten or sag.
Sitting for extended periods.
Being in a seated position forces the hip flexors to tighten and restricts blood flow to the muscles. This can cause them to fall asleep and lie dormant. If this occurs often, it can inflame the gluteal muscles so much that they cease to function normally. This is known as dormant butt syndrome and may lead to or occur alongside gluteal amnesia.
When one muscle is strong, it must work harder to compensate for the weaker muscle. Weak glutes can cause hamstring injuries and hip, knee, and lower back pain. This is because the smaller muscles try to take over movements that they can’t handle.
When you stand with your pelvis tucked in under your torso, it is known as the posterior pelvic tilt. This stance can eliminate the curve of your backside and lead to a flat butt appearance. It can also put the lower back under continuous strain and even lead to herniated discs.
Sleeping in the fetal position.
Curling up or sleeping on your side can force the glutes to stretch for hours, leading them to become weaker over time.
You are invited to book a treatment at Pryor Health where we offer a full range of Surgical, Medspa and Wellness services to take years off of your appearance. We are known for our results and care of our patients.
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