Placed into each buttock area through a single incision overlying the tailbone, buttock implants are positioned to look as natural as possible for the optimal cosmetic effect.
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.
Surgical risks may include: infection, bleeding, nerve and/or muscle damage, slippage and asymmetry.
With the patient asleep (general anesthesia) a two to three inch incision is made between the buttocks in the midline. 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 person leaves the office surgical center within an hour or so after the two hour procedure. The patient may be very uncomfortable the first several days. It is difficult to turn in any position to get comfortable and it is important that someone be with the person at least overnight and probably for the next several days just to help get out of bed, prepare meals, etc.
The taped dressing that is applied during surgery to provide compression and support is usually removed two to three days following surgery. At this time the patient can take showers and begin to move around more normally. The results can be seen immediately but the buttocks look more natural and become more soft as the muscle stretches during the several months after surgery.
Full activities including gym work, bicycling, and running
can usually be resumed about four weeks following surgery. It may take up
to six or eight months until the results feel as if they're part of the
body and the patient forgets about them even being there.
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Before Buttocks Implants
After Buttocks Implants
Before and after patient photos courtesy Dr. Ryan Stanton.
IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE CHOOSING YOUR SURGEON:
It's EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to realize that not all surgeons perform butt implants. The fact is . . . very, very few perform this difficult procedure REGULARLY.
True, many surgeons will say they perform buttock implants. But, the key is to find someone fully qualified, that performs the procedure AT LEAST 4-5 TIMES PER MONTH. That means, the surgeon you choose, should average approximately one every week.
Why is this SO IMPORTANT?
Because buttock augmentation is a difficult operation . . . more so, than most people realize. Here's why
1) Due to the stress placed on the buttock region of the human body during sitting, walking, running, and other daily activities, any implant placed in this area will be subjected to radical and often intensive movement. One only needs to think about how many times they sit, during an average day, with the full weight of their body on the implant and surrounding tissue, to understand this. Thus, the likelihood of an implant shifting or moving after surgery, is greater than most other implant procedures.
Needless to say, having one's butt end up on their hip won't generally result in the aesthetic 'look' one usually desires.
The bottom line, is that it's critical to have the expertise gained from performing hundreds of buttock implant procedures to successfully pick the proper area of the gluteal muscle within the fascia, the implant pocket, so that the buttock implant is assured of not shifting out of place . . . and over time, it eventually becomes an integral part of the muscle. This knowledge is ONLY GAINED by performing this procedure regularly.
2) Another extremely important consideration one that every patient needs to be aware of is the primary reason WHY they're having the surgery even performed . . . the final results. How they'll look AFTER the operation is completed.
Again, you should realize that butt implants are solid, silicone prosthetic devices. So, they must usually be carved, or shaped, before insertion. So, having the expertise to properly shape the implant, a process where the surgeon artfully sculpts the solid silicone device with a scalpel before insertion, so it appears natural yet enhancing, for each individual body type...is very critical.
There's nothing more eye-catching after surgery, than a poorly sculpted buttock implant one that somehow seems oddly fit for the individual's body type.
In aesthetic medicine, most surgeons' artistic ability is evident in the surgical procedures they perform. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons in the numerous publications they print emphasizes this point. As a patient, it's important for you to understand that aesthetic style and a surgeon's ability to transmit this artistic capability-to sculpt the buttock implants for each individual's body type-is usually gained from years of expertise, only developed by having done so many of these types of procedures.
3) Perhaps the most important consideration during your selection process . . . is the issue dealing with likelihood of infection.
Simply stated, buttock implants are placed, after a moderate-sized incision, in an area of the body where there is a much higher chance of bacterial infection. It goes without saying, that no matter who you are, the proximity of any surgical procedure to the rectal area, is one where severe infection can occur.
THIS ASPECT OF THE PROCEDURE SHOULD NOT EVER BE DISCOUNTED LIGHTLY AS SOMETHING THAT WON'T OCCUR. IF A PROSPECTIVE SURGEON TELLS YOU THAT THIS IS NOT AN ISSUE, YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY DISQUALIFY THEM FROM YOUR SELECTION PROCESS.
The fact is, if the surgeon you're about to select hasn't performed buttock augmentation on a regular basis, you will more than likely subject yourself to an increased risk of severe infection. And, In some cases, infection requires that the implants be removed during an emergency procedure . . . one that can leave you in extreme pain, for a long, long time. Bear in mind, that, as was stated earlier, buttock implants are subjected to the full weight of your body, when sitting, or even walking. Multiple surgeries in this area, with the added stress of supporting body weight, can add to pain and disfigurement. ANY infection in this area will make you wish you hadn't taken a chance on a surgeon that DIDN'T HAVE THE SUCCESSFUL TRACK RECORD of performing hundreds of these procedures. Furthermore, removal of the implants due to infection, will usually leave you with scarring and complications.
HERE ARE A FEW CRITICAL QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK YOUR PROSPECTIVE SURGEON BEFORE YOU DECIDE ON HAVING BUTT AUGMENTATION:
1) How many buttock implants did the surgeon you are considering do last month? How many last week? How many in the last three months? Just remember, buttock implant procedures require that the surgeon isn't merely a 'visitor' to this type of surgery...but, someone who is a 'regular'.
2) Ask the surgeon if you can speak with his most recent few buttock implant patients. Most surgeons who perform this difficult procedure regularly won't have a problem letting you speak with their former patients.
3) Ask him if he's ever had any complications from implant shifting, or infection. A poor decision, based on cost, or lack of experience can come back to haunt you, the next time you attempt to sit down.
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