Plastic Surgery

Buttock augmentation with implants

What is the Buttock augmentation with implants?

Buttocks can sometimes be underdeveloped. A small or flat behind is then in disproportion with the rest of the body or there is a problem of clothes that tend to be too loose and not well fitting.

Buttocks are made of fat tissue, blood vessels, nerves and skin. Their shape is determined by the skin’s elasticity and the balance between fat tissue and skin tissue.

Young buttocks are firm but with the years they can start sagging due to the combination of gravity law combined with lessened elasticity of the skin.

Buttock augmentation with implants is the surgical procedure to increase the size and/or to enhance the shape of the buttock.

Buttock can be quite successful in making the buttock larger and shapelier. This has helped many women gain a more sensuous appearance. For those who have underdeveloped buttocks, buttock implants can now provide them with a more proportionate figure. Not only has this helped enhance their appearance, but many have also gained a boost in their self-esteem and self-confidence.

As an alternative to “Brazilian” buttock lift, implants may be recommended for patients who have very little body fat to harvest, such as body-builders and naturally thin patients.

What is the procedure?

The buttock augmentation with implants is performed under general anesthesia.

There is a wide choice of implants varying in size, surface and shape. Each implant consists of a silicone wall filled with a highly cohesive silicone gel that cannot leak.

Typically, an incision is 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. Through this incision the buttock muscle (gluteus maximus) is lifted up and a pocket is made just large enough for the implant. The implant is inserted into its pocket. The opposite side is then completed. Both sides are carefully examined in order to assure that the results look natural and symmetric. Dissolvable stitches placed in the skin incision. A bandage is placed that provides compression to the buttocks which in turn helps reduce discomfort and swelling. The taped dressing that is applied during surgery to provide compression and support is usually removed two to three days following surgery.

Buttock implant surgery usually takes about two to three hours to complete. The length of the procedure varies according to the technique used, the placement of the implants, the patient's anatomy, and whether other procedures will be performed at the same time.

What kind of result can you expect?

The results can be seen immediately but the buttocks look more natural and become softer as the muscle stretches during the several months after surgery.

Many buttock augmentation patients say that their clothes fit better, they feel more attractive, and their confidence levels have improved.

Recovery period and recommendations

All people looking to have a butt augmentation surgery need to be aware of the fact that it can be painful. The gluteal implants stretch the gluteal tissues which will cause the discomfort. This is usually most painful for the first two to three days after the butt implants surgery is performed. This pain can be lessened with medication.

Since this is an area of the body that is required for walking, sitting, and so many other movements, patients might experience greater pain during the recovery period than other common cosmetic surgery procedures and the recovery time is usually longer. Pain medications typically are prescribed to help with the discomfort, but after approximately 5-7 days the patient is able to be up and about; moving, walking, and sitting more comfortably.

There is generally very little swelling and bruising after buttock augmentation so the results may be seen very soon after surgery. Full physical activities are usually permitted within a month after surgery.

Possible side effects and complications

All surgical procedures carry some degree of risk. 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, procedure.

With buttock implant surgery, 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.

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