Technical name: Buttock Implants (Gluteal Augmentation or Gluteoplasty)
Body Parts: Buttocks
Recommended Age: After adolescence
Surgery time: On average, 1-2 hours
Clinic stay: 48 hours
Scar: Almost imperceptible because the scar is located between the buttocks.
The buttocks region has proven to be an area of struggle for many people. It is not easily enlarged or shaped by weight training and diet. If enlargement of the buttock is ones goal, there are a variety of different size and shape buttock implants from which to choose for the buttock augmentation surgery.
The decision for the shape and size of the buttock implants is made depending on each person's individual desires and on their general body build. In general, anyone in average physical condition or good health can be a candidate for buttock implants, or buttock augmentation surgery.
Buttock Augmentation (buttock implants) are made of silicone as are breast implants, but they differ in consistency size and form. Breast implants are soft and fluid filled, while the buttock implants are soft but made of a solid silicone. Under general anesthesia, the silicone implants are placed into each buttock area through a single incision overlying the tailbone. The Buttock Augmentation (buttock implants) are positioned to look as natural as possible for the optimal cosmetic effect.
With the patient asleep under general anesthesia, a two to three inch incision is made between the buttocks in the midline. Through this incision the buttock muscle, or gluteus maximus, is lifted up and a pocket is made just large enough for the buttock implant.
The Buttock Augmentation (buttock implants) are 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 are used to close the incision. A compression bandage is placed around the buttocks to help reduce discomfort and swelling.
The taped dressing that is applied during the Buttock Augmentation (buttock implants) 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.
There is generally very little swelling and bruising after buttock augmentation (buttock implants) so the results may be seen very soon after surgery. Unfortunately since this is an area of the body that is required for walking, sitting, and 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. Full physical activities are usually permitted within a month after the Buttock Augmentation (buttock implants).