BUTT IMPLANT* Buttock augmentation via implants has become more accepted and even experienced a rise in popularity among modern women. This may also be due to the fact that Hollywood stars choose and endorse this procedure to successfully and safely enhance their derrieres. Butt implant surgery is an effective procedure to increase the size of your rear ends and make them shapely. This plastic surgery involves the insertion of silicone implants inside of the buttocks to increase the size and be more aesthetically appealing. More often than not, having small or flat buttocks can lead to a drop in your self-esteem. Fortunately, this can be resolved through the buttock implants surgery. This also helps if you want to get an hourglass body shape. The buttock implants combined with other procedures can help you achieve that. While many butt implant patients are women, men can also use the surgery to increase the size of their underdeveloped or flat derriere. Numerous studies indicate that people who have undergone the buttock implant surgery are more confident, wear their clothes more comfortably and are more productive in their daily lives. It is worth noting that the demand for buttock augmentation experienced surge in 2014, with the buttock implant procedure showing a 98 percent increase from 2013. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons even declared buttock implants as one of the most in-demand plastic surgery procedures. Butt implant candidacy The buttock implants can deliver impressive results. Unfortunately, not everyone is qualified for the procedure. In order to be a good candidate for the surgery, you must be at least 18 years of age. The surgeon will first assess your overall health to see if there are any health issues that might trigger complications during or after the procedure. You must disclose your complete health and medication records with the surgeon. If you are suffering from health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, respiratory problems or blood disorders, you may not qualify for the surgery due to safety reasons. Also, if you are a smoker, you will be required to stop smoking a few weeks before and after the surgery. If you are taking medications like aspirin and/or anti-inflammatory drugs, you will also be required to stop taking them before the surgery. Additionally, a good buttock implant candidate is someone who is in stable psychological and emotional health. Your awareness and understanding of the surgery are equally important, which is why it is encouraged for you to acquaint yourself with the surgery and know exactly what you want from it. You must also have reasonable aesthetic goals for the surgery because it is never guaranteed that every butt implant patient will be satisfied with the end results. The buttock implant procedure The surgery is usually performed under general anaesthesia on an outpatient basis. Before the procedure, the patient will be required to have some lab tests done like blood, urine and pregnancy tests and X-Ray. While the time to complete the surgery depends on the experience and skills of the surgeon as well as the patient’s health and aesthetic expectations, the procedure normally takes about 2-3 hours. It is also important to understand that the specific incision and technique used for the placement of the implants can also affect the surgery time. After the administration of the anaesthesia, the plastic surgeon will create an incision in the buttocks. The incisions are maybe 2-3 inches long. Most surgeons prefer to make incisions in the buttock crease or the area where the rear of the thigh meets the buttock cheek. Afterwards, the surgeon will form pockets in the butts to easily position the implants. The implants will then be placed either underneath the buttock muscle or over it. Most surgeons prefer the former because it provides more tissue coverage for the implants, preventing potential complications and improving the end result. After the implants have been positioned in the intended place, the incisions will be sealed with a special suture. When the anaesthesia’s effects wear off, the patient may feel some degree of pain, but it can be easily managed with pain relief medications. Swelling around the surgical area is absolutely normal and an indication that your body is healing. However, if you notice that the inflammation has expanded beyond the surgical wound, you should consult your surgeon. In order to expedite the healing process, you may be recommended to wear compression garments. Benefits of butt implants Buttock implants generate impressive results when it comes to increasing the buttock size and enhancing its shape. Sometimes diet and exercise are just not enough to get the body you desire. So if your buttock shape or size is a source of emotional pain and distress for you, the buttock implant procedure can help you regain your self-esteem. Studies have found that buttock implants are more effective than other procedures. Unlike fat grafting, buttock implant doesn’t require you to have extra fat in other parts of your body to be used as donor fat for the enhancement of your rear ends. Even better, buttock implants don’t involve the risk of fat being reabsorbed into the patient’s own body, causing it to lose shape again. Consequently, buttock implants deliver effective outcomes for both men and women and involve lesser risk of complications. Implants not only enhance your derriere but also provide impressive results when used in combination with other plastic surgery procedures, such as liposuction and tummy tuck. Risks and potential complications The buttock implant surgery comes with a host of risks and potential complications. Because it is major surgery, it comes with the general operative risks, such as excessive bleeding, infection, hyper-inflammation, poor wound healing, and nerve and muscle damage. While these risks are rare, they can still happen. The extent and intensity of the risks associated with the buttock implant surgery also depend on your surgeon’s experience, expertise and skills. If your doctor is a Board-Certified plastic surgeon, these risks may be significantly reduced. There is also a risk that your body may react negatively to the anaesthesia during the surgery, which can trigger more complications. Then there is the likelihood that you may experience extreme pain and discomfort if the tissues are stretched and damaged during the surgery. Fortunately, the pain can be managed with pain relief medications. There are other potential complications that are specific to this surgery. For example, there is a risk that the butt implants may shift or ripple, leading to butt asymmetry. This may result in one of your buttocks having a difference in size, shape or laxity than the other. In order to decrease this risk, your surgeon should avoid positioning the implants directly in the sitting area. Another potential risk is implant rupture, but the chance for that to happen is very low. Buttock implant recovery While most patients experience a smooth recovery period after the buttock augmentation with implants, your recovery also depends on your overall health, surgical techniques used, post-surgery care and your surgeon’s expertise. If the incision and surgical techniques were less invasive, you may recover quickly. Most buttock implant patients recover within 7-10 days after the surgery. You may be able to resume your work after 2 weeks. However, your surgeon will advise you to avoid performing strenuous activities like running, sports and workouts. Not to worry, you can go back to doing all of your routine activities, including sports and running, after 2 months. Your surgeon may advise you to wear compression garments for a few days after the surgery. You will be required to lay and sleep on your front or side instead of your back because pressure or force on your rear ends can be detrimental to a successful recovery. After two weeks, you should be able to sit down but must do it carefully. It is common for patients to experience intense pain when sitting for the first time after the surgery. Butt implant patients will also experience bruising and swelling in the surgical area, which will gradually fade. It should completely vanish after two weeks. The swelling may take more time to subside in some patients. While your buttock will improve in size and appearance immediately after the surgery, the final results of the procedure will only be visible after the surgical wound has completely healed and the inflammation has subsided. This may take even months for some patients. Scarring Since buttock augmentation via butt implants is major surgery, it will leave you with scars. The scars are caused by the incisions necessary to place the implants inside of the butts. This is why scarring is unavoidable, so if you detest scars, you ought to rethink your decision to get butt implants. While the scars after the butt implant procedure will gradually fade, they are still permanent. Fortunately, buttock implant scars are not very prominent and they can be easily hidden under the bikini. Conclusion Buttock implants deliver effective results for patients who have smaller, underdeveloped or flatter derrieres. The surgery involves the placement of silicone implants inside your buttocks through small incisions. Having said that, you should carefully weigh the risks and benefits of the surgery before going under the knife. Also, you must choose only a Board-Certified plastic surgeon to perform the surgery. Doing so will not only ensure good aesthetic outcomes for you but also decrease the associated risks.