Introduction The purpose of gluteal implant surgery is to increase the volume of the upper portion of the buttock with a prosthesis made out of silicone gel placed under or inside the gluteus maximus muscle. It is a complex procedure but delivers excellent aesthetic results. Butt augmentation takes place under general anesthesia in a vast majority of cases and lasts about one hour and a half. The hospitalization is short, and the patient can usually go home within hours after waking up from the anesthesia. The recovery period starts upon the return home and often lasts for about ten to fourteen days. During this time, the patient is advised to follow a certain post-operative protocol that aims to reduce the risk of developing a complication and maximize the results. In this article we will discuss five steps to follow during the recovery period after butt enhancement procedures: Step 1: Get enough rest Getting plastic surgery is certainly not like the recovery period after undergoing a major heart surgery; however, keep in mind that it is surgery after all. When this procedure is performed, the plastic surgeon will make incisions, often in the intragluteal fold and cut through the tissues of the buttocks to create a pocket either inside or under the gluteal muscles. This pocket will accommodate the implants after they are inserted. The final stage of the procedure entails the suture of the incisions, and in some cases, the plastic surgeon will also insert drain tubes to avoid blood and fluid accumulation at the incision site. As you can see, the procedure is quite complex and delicate at the same time. This means that the body will need time to heal and restore from the surgical trauma. In simple words, getting enough rest is the first step that the patient needs to take after the return home from the medical facility. Keep in mind that the recommendation is not to lie on the buttocks for at least three weeks, preferably more after the surgery. This is important as the pressure put on the buttocks before the implants have settled and the incisions have healed can lead to the implants shifting and even the rupture of the incisions, which is something that should be avoided at all costs. To rest, the patient can lie on the front or the sides of the body, and always with care. You can use large pillows to prevent you from turning on your back in your sleep, or other methods that you might think would work. Step 2: Walk around the room Even if rest is certainly mandatory after surgery, the plastic surgeon will also advise you to get off the bed and walk around the room every couple of hours. This helps you avoid the risk of developing a blood clot that can lead to deep vein thrombosis, a condition that can be very dangerous for the patient. Moreover, getting off the bed every couple of hours is also beneficial for your metabolism, and movement should help it resume normal function sooner rather than later. Always be careful when getting off the bed. For the first 24 to 48 hours, you might need someone to help you get in and out of the bed as pain and discomfort can be present. Step 3: Have a diet rich in fibers Because general anesthesia is often preferred, this means that the patient usually has a period of fasting of at least six to eight hours before the procedure, or even more if the procedure is scheduled in the morning. This means that some patients will feel hungry after the return home while others might not feel like eating at all. It is important to start eating as soon as possible after returning home, but to take things gradually. This means that you should choose light options for your first meals after the surgery. A light meal can be a clear soup with a slice of bread, yogurt with some whole grain cereals, or something similar. It is important not to eat too much soon after the procedure and also not to have foods that can make you bloated or trigger constipation. Constipation can naturally occur after surgery, but it is something we try to avoid given the nature of the procedure and the fact that the patient should avoid any type of pressure on the buttocks. Even if going to the bathroom might seem undesirable for the first few days, it is essential for the patient to eat and have a balanced and healthy diet. Keep in mind that your body needs nutrients and calories to heal and restore, so fasting for extended periods of time after surgery is not a good idea. Also, make sure to keep hydrated. Choose water, fruits and vegetable juices, as well as herbal infusions, but avoid caffeinated beverages, coffee, and alcohol as they might lead to the dehydration of the body. Step 4: Keep a positive attitude The first few days after surgery are often associated with a considerable level of discomfort, mostly because of the recommendation not to sit or lie on the back. It can take a few days for the patient to get used to the post-operative recommendations. The compressive garments that need to be worn non-stop can also contribute to the feeling of discomfort, but they are mandatory and important for the success of the procedure. Moreover, they help reduce swelling that can occur after the procedure. Keeping a positive attitude is not necessarily a step on its own; it is more like a recommendation that should be considered throughout the recovery process. It is important to remember that the recovery period will be over in a blink of an eye and it is actually just a small cost to pay for getting the buttocks of your dreams. Dealing with the normal side effects might lead you to wonder if it was actually a good idea to have the procedure in the first place. Just remember that in a few months the results will be close to the final ones and you can finally enjoy the fruits of your efforts. Keep in mind that all significant improvements in the appearance of the body come as a result of an effort. If you have concerns related to the success of your procedure, talk about them with the plastic surgeon during the follow-up consultations. Step 5: Avoid intense or physically demanding activities Pain and discomfort can become more intense if the patient makes intense or physically demanding activities shortly after the procedure. Take into consideration the fact that your body has been through a lot and it needs time to heal before being able to jog 4 or 8 km like you did before. Even if the efforts are not much, even simple tasks can be more difficult or associated with a certain level of discomfort during the recovery period. This is normal and natural and even regular, daily activities should be resumed gradually and not all at once. Keep in mind that if you overexert yourself, you are not creating the premises for a faster healing, but actually doing quite the opposite: making the recovery process more difficult and painful. If you are wondering when you can resume certain activities that imply a more intense level of effort, make sure to consult your plastic surgeon about this during the follow-up consultation. Conclusion Butt enhancement procedures are a safe, efficient and very popular method to increase the size of the buttocks and improve the overall profile of the patient. The procedure can be performed on both male and female patients, and the results can be spectacular if the patient has a good medical recommendation for the procedure and a talented, board-certified plastic surgeon to perform it. Just like any other surgery, butt implant surgery requires a recovery period that it is often no more than fourteen days. During this time, the patient is advised to take things slowly and gradually, get enough rest but still get off the bed every couple hours, keep a positive attitude, and avoid strenuous activities for at least a month after the procedure.