Morphology of the gluteal region in the female population 5 to 83 years of age

Babuccu, O., Kargı, E., Hosnuter, M., Babuccu, B. and Kıran, S. (2004) Morphology of the gluteal region in the female population 5 to 83 years of age. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 28(6), pp. 405-411. (doi: 10.1007/s00266-004-4010-9) (PMID:15870962)

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Abstract

This study evaluated the development of gluteal region morphology in the female population 5 to 83 years of age. For the study, 132 female subjects were placed into four groups: prepubertal (ages 5 to 8 years; n = 10), pubertal (ages 9 to 14 years; n = 38) postpubertal (ages 15 to 41 years; n = 34), and menopausal–postmenopausal (older than 42 years; n = 29). The age, weight, and height of the subjects were routinely recorded, and body mass index was estimated. In addition, 11 measurements were performed on the gluteal region. The data were analyzed by Pearson and Spearmen correlation analyses using SSPS 11.0 for Windows. In the prepubertal group, the intergluteal sulcus and infragluteal sulci did not actively change. Weight gain was the major factor influencing the shape of the gluteal region, whereas age had no effect. In the puberty group, the gluteal region expanded in all directions. During this period, it was difficult to determine any specific relation between measurements because of significant correlation involving all parameters. However, it should be mentioned that among the four groups, only in pubertal group did age significantly affect the shape of the gluteal region. In other three groups, weight seemed to be a major determinant. In the pospubertal and menopausal–postmenopausal groups, the buttocks sagged with weight gain, contrary to the belief that this happens with aging. This causes movement of the infragluteal sulci in downward and lateral directions as well as lengthening of intergluteal sulcus. Although the gluteal shape is open to the effects of demographic factors such as ethnicity, feeding habits, and lifestyle, according to these findings, it might be advised that in the assessment of the gluteal region morphology, it would be better to consider its dynamic nature. Reshaping its only one part, which can be devastating unless the whole gluteal region and upper limb are addressed.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kiran, Professor Sibel
Authors: Babuccu, O., Kargı, E., Hosnuter, M., Babuccu, B., and Kıran, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Public Health
Journal Name:Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0364-216X
ISSN (Online):1432-5241
Published Online:05 November 2004

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