Buttock augmentation, buttock implant or butt implants involves the surgical insertion of artificial implants into the buttocks in order to enhance their size and shape. This surgery is frequently sought by women who are unhappy with the size of their buttocks. Some feel their buttocks lack shape, while others want to have a more sensuous backside by making them larger and rounder. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of buttock augmentation surgeries have skyrocketed 158%. In the last 3 years-women are seeking to match their beautiful breasts with an equally beautiful backside.
There are two types of buttock augmentation. The lifting of the buttocks, this can improve an individual’s buttock contour by creating a fuller shape, and the surgical enlargement of the buttocksthrough the insertion of a molded synthetic implant.
The most common type of shape-modifying injections to the bottom is the "Brazilian butt lift", although the procedure is also called fat injections, fat transfer, or fat grafting. Surgical buttock augmentation is sometimes performed on transsexual and transgender women who wish to have more feminine buttocks. This type of surgery is sometimes also referred to as "hip augmentation" or “hip enlargement”. This surgery may take the place of the usage of hip and buttock padding.
Who is a candidate for a Buttocks Implants?
In general, the best candidates for buttock augmentation are:
- 18 years of age or older
- In good physical health
- Psychologically stable
- Wanting to improve their appearance
- Realistic in their expectations
- Having this surgery for the first time
The above is only a partial list of the criteria that your surgeon will consider in determining whether or not this procedure is appropriate for you. Be sure to ask your surgeon if he/she considers you an ideal candidate for buttock implants.
What happens at the consultation?
During the consultation, you and your surgeon will discuss the changes that you would like to make in your appearance. Because this is a highly personal decision, you'll want to take time to discuss all of your concerns and desires; including how large and shapely you want your buttocks to be.
Show your doctor pictures of buttock sizes you like. He/she will be able to determine which size of butt implants will achieve your preferred results. He/she will also explain the different options available to you, including incision type, location of the implant, type of implant, and whether a butt lift might also be beneficial.
Your doctor should also explain the anesthesia he/she will be using during your procedure. You should tell him/her about any medications you currently are taking, and any health conditions you have. Be sure to ask all the questions you have about the surgery, and ask to see photos of the doctor's recent patients, before and after butt implants. Also, ask for, and follow up on, patient references.
What are the risks?
All surgeries carry some risks. Listed below are the risks or potential complications:
With buttock augmentation, there is a possibility that the implants may shift and cause the buttocks to appear asymmetrical. However, the implants are placed above the sitting area, this is done to keep patients from sitting on them and thus reducing the risk of implants shifting.
Another complication is that the butt implants may rupture, or break. However, this occurrence is rare.
Many times patients will not be aware of complications until days or months after the procedure has been performed.
The risks of undergoing buttock implant surgery can include (but are not limited to) infection, unsatisfactory results, excessive bleeding, adverse reaction to anesthesia, and the need for second, or sometimes third, procedures.
What do I need to do before the surgery?
At this time, you will be given an opportunity to ask any further questions. Continuation of healthy diet and exercise is very important before the surgery. Smoking must be stopped at least two weeks before the surgery
What do I do on the day of the operation?
No eating or drinking for 8 hours before the surgery. You should wear loose fitting clothing and sneakers. Do not wear sandals or slippers. You will meet with our nurse to prepare you for surgery. The surgeon will discuss the procedure with you again and do pre-operative planning. You will meet with our anesthesia provider to discuss anesthesia. You will be given a choice of day surgery or general anesthesia which required at least one day hospital stay depend on your choice but normally if it is an extensive surgery, we required 4 days and 3 night’s hospital stay.
What kind of anesthesia will be performed?
Most likely, the anesthesia you receive will be general, although some doctors use a local anesthetic along with a sedative. Anesthesia type should be discussed with your doctor during the initial consultation.
What will happen during the surgery?
An incision may be made in any one of the following places: where the cheek meets the back of the thigh, or down the buttock crease. The incision is usually made in the buttock crease, where scars are not noticeable. However, this area does carry a high infection risk.
The doctor then creates a pocket large enough to insert the butt implants. The implants can be placed either under the gluteus maximus muscle, or on top of the muscle.
Sometimes, the doctor performs liposuction in order to further enhance the shape of the buttocks.
After performing the same procedure on the other buttock, the doctor makes sure the buttocks are symmetrical and look natural. Then he/she stitches up the incisions.
What should I expect post- operatively?
You will have a compression garment on after surgery to provide support, which should not be removed for the next few days following butt implants surgery.
It is important to take the medication prescribed to you by your doctor. Someone will need to drive you home, and you may need assistance at home over the next couple of days. Expect to be in bed for the next 24 hours following surgery.
When can I get back to normal?
It is critical that you review post-procedure care with your doctor. Following his/her instructions carefully will help ensure you have a speedy, healthy recovery. Also keep in mind that:
- Rest is important to the healing process, so do it as much as possible following your procedure. Drink plenty of fluids, and be sure to take the doctor's prescribed medications.
- Most likely, you will be able to resume calm, quiet work within a few days to weeks following butt implants surgery. You should still avoid physical exertion for several weeks, depending on the advice of your doctor.
- The stitches will come out within a week to ten days, but swelling may continue, gradually subsiding over several weeks. As the swelling subsides, the results will become more apparent.
You will probably be able to resume exercise and normal physical activities within a month or two, when the soreness has subsided. Recovery varies from patient to patient and depends upon the technique, type of implant, and site of placement that the doctor uses, as well as the level of activities in your daily routine. Ask your doctor for more specific information.
- Consultation with surgeon
- Evaluation for other medical conditions
- ECG and Blood test will be taken
- No intake of food or water 6 hrs prior to surgery
- Compression garments should be available to be used post-op
- Stop smoking and alcohol intake at least 2 weeks before surgery
Anticoagulants, vitamins, hormones (including birth control pills), anti-depressants and some other medications also to be stopped at least 2 weeks before surgery.
- You will experience some discomfort during the process of recovery
- Bruising and swelling may occur and you may even have to take medications to relieve your pain.
- You will have to follow strict post-operative instructions on how to treat the area to maximize healing.
- You can resume sedentary activity within about two weeks and it may take several months for the incision to heal and for you to completely forget the implants are there.
- Once you recover, the final result will become more apparent and you will be able to carry on your life with beautiful, attractive curves and an increased level of confidence.