Butt implant surgery is often performed with the patient under general anesthesia in about an hour and a half. Before the procedure, the preparation period for the surgery is about two weeks to a month, and during this time the patient needs to avoid certain things such as smoking, taking certain medication, and even natural supplements. There is a hospitalization period of no longer than a few hours, after which the patient is discharged if no complications are present. The recovery period starts at home and can take two or three weeks, depending from patient to patient. But this doesn’t mean that the final results of the procedure are visible by then. For most patients, it can take nine months to a year to see the final results of the procedure. During the first few weeks, the patient will notice that the appearance of the buttocks is impacted by different side effects that naturally occur after any type of surgery such as swelling and bruising. Seromas and hematomas can also occur, especially if the procedure performed was complex and the plastic surgeon didn’t use drain tubes to help the fluids be eliminated from the body. After three months, the patient will notice that there are little (if any) side effects left on the buttocks; however, the final results still can’t be evaluated because the incisions haven’t completely healed and matured. The incisions are often hidden in the intragluteal fold, making it difficult (if not impossible) to notice. However, just like any other plastic surgery, the patient might be confronted with abnormal scarring due to a genetic predisposition. If this is the case, the plastic surgeon will diagnose hypertrophic or keloid scars and provide suitable treatment. This is why it is important to keep seeing the plastic surgeon for the follow-up consultations, even after the procedure and the recovery period is over. This will allow him to monitor your recovery process and intervene if complications occur. The last follow-up consultation will be one year after the procedure. This is when all the side effects of the procedure are gone, the implants have settled in the buttocks, and the scars have completely healed and matured. After this consultation you don’t have to see the plastic surgeon, not unless complications occur at a later time which is in very rare cases. A year after, the buttocks should be larger, rounder and with an impressive projection. The buttocks should feel natural like toned muscles, and the implants should not be visible or palpable through the skin. Moreover, the patient should be able to move naturally and perform physical exercises or sports, just like things were before the surgery.