Gluteoplasty and labiaplasty, two of the fastest growing plastic surgery procedures, have been examined for new insights into their use and outcomes. The findings have been presented in the March issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Fernando Serra, M.D. and colleagues of Pedro Ernesto University Hospital, Rio de Janeiro, noted change in the glutes muscle in women undergoing placement of silicone implants in the buttocks. Comparing preoperative and follow-up scans, significant muscle atrophy was apparent, although there was evidence that the muscle volume began to regenerate after three months – possibly reflecting recovery and return to exercise.

Rod J. Rohrich, M.D., who is the Editor in Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, said:

“This group plans to on continuing their researching into the gluteal augmentation’s effect on nerve sensation, quality of life, sexual function and patient satisfaction.”

For the labiaplasty research, ASPS Member Surgeon Ashit Patel, M.B., ChB of Albany Medical Centre and colleagues analysed the outcomes of seven different labiaplasty techniques. While results were good, with patient satisfaction rates ranging from 94% to 100% and acceptably low complication rates, there was difficulty in drawing conclusions in anaesthesia, wound closure and postoperative care because of the wide variation in surgery techniques.

Rohrich said of the second study:

“As this procedure continues to rise in popularity, plastic surgeons are hard at work to make sure the procedure is safe and effective and that the patient experience is the best it can be.”