Buttock implant, buttock enhancement or gluteal augmentation has been gaining popularity over the years.
Placing artificial devices in the buttocks to create volume and enhance the shape. Two main approaches include fat grafting and the use of implants.
Butt augmentation with fat grafting can be used interchangeably with a “Brazilian butt lift”. Using your own body fat from another area and transferring it to your buttocks. This surgery may also be combined with silicone implants that entail the use of silicone implants that are placed in the buttocks via an incision between the butt cheeks.
In addition to fat grafting and implants, liposuction is sometimes used to help achieve better contouring.
Note: Butt implants may not be as effective for treating sagging buttocks that may occur after significant weight loss.
To prepare for the procedure, you would need to :
– Stop smoking at least six weeks before undergoing surgery to promote better healing.
– Avoid taking aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory drugs, and some herbal medications that can cause increased bleeding.
– Regardless of the type of surgery to be performed, hydration is very important before and after surgery for safe recovery.
– Arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you at least the first night following surgery.
General anesthesia is commonly used during your buttock augmentation procedure.
Fat grafting entails the suction of fat from another area such as the abdomen, flanks, or thighs and then injected into the buttocks.
For silicone implants, they are surgically placed via an incision between the butt cheeks. Implants may be more suitable for patients who do not have enough fat.
After your procedure is completed, you will be taken into a recovery area, where you will continue to be closely monitored.
You will have drains in place for 7 days.
You will have a compression garment for six to eight weeks. Direct pressure must be kept off the buttocks for at least eight weeks, so sitting without a pillow is not allowed for that period.
You will probably be permitted to go home after a short observation period unless you and your plastic surgeon have made other plans for your immediate postoperative recovery.
When transported home or to your first post-op follow-up visit, you will be instructed to lie on your stomach in the back seat of the car to avoid pressure on your buttocks. This position should also be used to maneuver and stand for the first 3 days.
You will also be instructed to lie on your stomach or side while sleeping and while watching TV or reading for the first two weeks. You can return to work, drive, or go to the movies after ten to fourteen days, but you must use a pillow when sitting
Expect recovery to take up to a month. Buttock implants and augmentation are considered permanent and the surgery has an overall high success rate.
Full effects may take up to 6 months.
You may also require follow-up surgery several years later to maintain your results. This is especially the case if the implants shift or break.
After a successful fat transfer buttock augmentation, the fat that remains will stay there for the rest of your life. Like the rest of the tissue in your body, this fat will grow and age with you. If you have implants placed, these devices do not need to be removed unless you develop a late complication.
Although the procedure improves the shape and contour of your buttocks, you should make necessary lifestyle changes to maintain the appearance of your new shape. A healthy diet and exercise regimen can be incorporated into your daily routine to maintain your look.
Some of the most common side effects include:
• Excessive bleeding after surgery
• Skin discoloration
• Fluid or blood accumulation underneath the buttocks
• Allergic reactions
• Skin loss
• Nausea and vomiting from anesthesia