Introduction If you are reading this, chances are you are already looking for a solution to augment your flatter or smaller buttocks. There is no doubt that a smaller butt looks aesthetically unwelcoming and affects your femininity and overall beauty. Many women experience lower self-esteem due to smaller buttocks. Buttock implant surgery is a plastic surgery option to augment your buttocks, making them bigger, voluptuous, and aesthetically appealing. While the procedure is common, many women are not informed as to what the surgery can treat, what happens during the operation, and what to expect during the recovery. If you want to undergo buttock implant surgery, be sure to do your research and stay informed. Doing so will help you make a wise decision and be fully prepared for the surgery and recovery. Below are five essential things you should keep in mind before getting butt implants. Buttock implant surgery is a highly invasive procedure The first thing that you must keep in mind before getting buttock implants is the fact that the surgery is extremely invasive. Any procedure that involves incisions is a major operation. Buttock implant surgery involves incisions on the buttocks, and the patient may even experience some bleeding. Due to its invasive nature, most plastic surgeons perform the procedure under general anesthesia. Many people wrongly assume that the procedure is simple and that they can get up and resume their routine activities right after. However, the fact is otherwise. During butt implant surgery, the plastic surgeon makes incisions. The incisions are often substantial. Furthermore, the surgeon will tamper with your buttock tissues, muscles, and skin. He will create pockets for the implants under or within the gluteal muscle. After creating the implant pockets, the surgeon will then insert the implants. In the last step, the plastic surgeon will suture and close the incisions. Due to its invasive nature, not all women qualify for the surgery. The patient must discuss this factor with the plastic surgeon during the pre-operative consultation and decide to undergo surgery only as a last option. Despite being invasive, buttock implant surgery delivers effective and long-lasting results. The procedure has a history of impressively augmenting the buttocks. The good news is that the operation is now safer and less traumatic, thanks to the advancements made in plastic surgery over the last two decades. Select your surgeon carefully and make sure you are a good candidate The second important thing to keep in mind before getting butt implants is that you must choose your plastic surgeon with extreme care and make sure you are a good candidate for the procedure. The success of the operation depends on your surgeon’s qualifications, credentials, and experience, and whether you are a good candidate for the surgery. To start with, you must do your research about the plastic surgeon’s background. Visit his website and check reviews about his work on online forums and review sites. One of the most critical things you must keep in mind is to check whether the doctor is a board-certified plastic surgeon. Board certification indicates that he has undergone many years of training in plastic surgery and general surgery. This is extremely important for your safety during and after the procedure because buttock implant surgery is highly invasive and entails risks. Also, you must make sure that the surgeon has experience in buttock implant surgery. Do not go to inexperienced plastic surgeons because they may not be able to deliver you the desired results and ensure your safety. The plastic surgeon will determine your candidacy for the procedure during the pre-operative consultation. If your plastic surgeon tells you that you are not a good candidate, you must avoid undergoing the procedure. To be a good candidate, you need to be in an overall good health condition, have realistic goals, and be prepared for the surgery and recovery. If you are a smoker, you will be required to quit smoking at least two weeks before the procedure and avoid smoking for at least six weeks after the surgery. The patient must share her complete medical history and health information with the plastic surgeon. If you have severe forms of diabetes, heart disease, pulmonary problems, a blood disorder, or autoimmune disease, you should avoid undergoing surgery because it will expose you to higher risks. Furthermore, bear in mind that while buttock implant surgery can effectively augment your buttocks, it will not transform you into a celebrity or make you look like another person. You must have realistic, reasonable, and achievable aesthetic goals for the operation. The surgery involves risks Buttock implant surgery is highly invasive. Like any invasive procedure, this procedure entails risks and side effects. The level and types of risks you may be exposed to during and after the surgery depends on your overall health, the surgeon’s expertise, and how careful you are during the recovery period. It is vital for the patient to analyze the risks against the benefits of the surgery. Discuss the risks with the surgeon and ask him about the benefits of the procedure. Next, do a risk/benefit analysis and decide to get butt implants only when the benefits are higher than the risks. The procedure can be riskier for people with medical issues. If you have a weaker immune system, you will be exposed to higher risks of infection. If you have diabetes, you may experience excessive bleeding. It is critical to analyze the risks in light of your health. The risks associated with butt implant surgery include infection, seroma and hematoma, excessive bleeding, wound dehiscence, abnormal scarring, buttock asymmetry and sagginess, capsular contracture, and implant displacement and rotation. Recovery can extend to many weeks Many people assume that buttock implant surgery is a straightforward procedure, and as such, they think that there is no recovery period involved. But the reality is that buttock implant surgery is an invasive and traumatic procedure and the patient has to go through a complete recovery process. Primary recovery takes about two weeks, whereas complete recovery takes six weeks. It is crucial for the patient to discuss the recovery process with the surgeon in advance of the operation and be prepared for the recovery. During the first two weeks, you must avoid work and instead stay in bed and focus on your recovery. Do not sit and sleep on your back during the first two weeks. You should avoid sitting and sleep only on your side and front during this time. Doing work can apply pressure and strain to the incisions, which can result in wound dehiscence, infection, and bleeding. After two weeks, you may gradually resume work but be extremely careful when sitting and doing physical activities. Physically strenuous activities must be avoided for six weeks after the surgery. These activities include anything that can apply pressure to the buttocks, such as doing exercises, lifting weights, doing household chores, running, jumping, etc. After six weeks, you can gradually return to your routine and do physically demanding activities. The results will not be immediately visible There is this notion that the results of buttock implant surgery will become evident immediately after the operation. But the fact is that only some improvements in the buttocks will be noticeable right after the procedure, but complete results will transpire after many weeks and even months. After the surgery, your buttocks will be swollen and bruised. Also, the incisions need time to heal. The post-op swelling will remain with you for many weeks and even months after the surgery. The results will not fully emerge unless and until the swelling has disappeared and the incisions have fully healed. The patient must wait to see the results of the surgery. Once the results transpire, you will be happy to see your bigger, shapelier, smoother, sensual, sexy, and curvaceous buttocks. The good news is that butt implants are permanent objects unlike the breast implants, meaning that the results will remain with you for a lifetime if rare problems like capsular contracture, implant infection, and implant rotation don’t happen. Conclusion Buttock implant surgery is a major operation, and there are many important things that you must discuss with your plastic surgeon if you want to undergo the procedure. A good surgeon will always answer your questions and address your concerns. He will never withhold any information from you. In this article, I have discussed the top five things to keep in mind before undergoing butt implant surgery.