Indianapolis, IN — Media attention from a number of celebrities combined with recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) have placed buttock augmentation at the center of the cosmetic surgery spotlight. However, given the growing number of recent reports concerning inexperienced and unlicensed practitioners performing underground butt augmentation procedures, board-certified Indianapolis plastic surgeon Dr. Wally Zollman stresses the importance of patients conducting extensive research on their surgeon’s qualifications before undergoing a cosmetic enhancement. Dr. Zollman discusses things to look for in a plastic surgery practice and red flags patients should take heed of in their search.
According to the latest report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), buttock lifts have risen by 5% in the past year, and 143% since 2000. With over 25 years experience in plastic surgery in Indianapolis, Dr. Zollman has been performing butt augmentations for the past 12 years and says he has seen an increase in popularity of the procedure in recent months as more patients are seeking a more celebrity-like appearance. However, as popularity of the procedure begins to grow, Dr. Zollman says so do plastic surgeon impersonators and unlicensed practitioners, necessitating heightened caution from potential cosmetic surgery patients. He says patients looking for a butt augmentation or lift should verify certain aspects of their surgeon’s credentials before undergoing any procedure.
Because of recent news attention on underground cosmetic procedures that involve the injection of industrial caulk or hardware grade silicone into the buttocks, Dr. Zollman says many patients have some serious misconceptions about butt lift procedures and how they are performed. He says the only safe way to perform a butt lift is through the fat transfer method, also known as a Brazilian butt lift, in which a surgeon reshapes the buttocks using excess fat from donor sites elsewhere on the patient’s body. Another type of butt augmentation involves the placement of gluteal implants. Dr. Zollman says patients should be sure to conduct extensive research on the type of procedures available and also to consult with an experienced, board-certified surgeon before making any decisions.
Dr. Zollman says he hopes to reiterate the fact that a plastic surgeon with board-certification has undergone the proper training in cosmetic procedures, and therefore has experience in the latest and safest techniques in aesthetic enhancements from butt augmentation to breast surgery. He also adds that patients who take the time to select the proper plastic surgery practice with a passion for their work will undoubtedly reap the benefits of high quality results, comfort, and patient satisfaction. “As with any cosmetic procedure, “Experience is the Difference.” Seek a board certified surgeon who has done many of the procedures, understands the limits extent of what can be accomplished.”
About Wally Zollman, MD, FACS
Dr. Wally Zollman received his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency in plastic surgery at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. Having been in private practice in Indianapolis for 25 years, he was the first breast surgeon in Indiana to perform subpectoral breast augmentation with saline implants. Dr. Zollman has been featured in several medical publications and helped co-write two plastic surgery educational films. He is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Indiana State Medical Association, the Ohio Valley Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and several other professional organizations.
Located at 8227 Northwest Blvd. Suite #290 in Indianapolis, IN, Dr. Zollman’s practice can be reached at 1(866) 277-3613. He can also be contacted online via the website zollmansurgery.com or facebook.com/pages/Zollman-Plastic-Surgery-Wally-Zollman-MD/10150157075160331.