Introduction Some women dream of getting bigger breasts, others of a slimmer waist, and lately more and more dream of round, curvaceous, large buttocks. A common motivation why women want to undergo the butt augmentation procedure is that their buttocks are too flat and they would love to get perkiness as well as an increase in size. Butt implants are a viable solution that can deliver both a considerable augmentation and also a more impressive projection. Butt implants are similar to breast implants in such a way that they are both durable medical devices that are safe to use and are not associated with severe risks. The implants used by a board-certified plastic surgeon should be FDA approved and of high quality. However, there are also plenty of differences between breasts and butt implants. One of them is durability: breast implants are made to last for ten to fifteen years while gluteal implants are guaranteed for the entire lifespan of the patient. Moreover, the implants feel different to the touch, each resembling and trying to imitate the consistency of the tissues where they are inserted. Just like any other plastic surgery procedure, butt implant surgery is followed by a recovery period. In this article, we will discuss the post-operative period after butt implant surgery. Candidacy for butt implant surgery To have a good and fast recovery, patients need to be good candidates for the procedure before undergoing it. The ideal candidates for butt implant surgery are both men and women with a butt that lacks definition and a good size. In other words, the buttocks must be small compared to the rest of the patient’s anatomy. A good candidate for the procedure understands that she needs to have realistic goals from the procedure. Moreover, patients need to keep in mind that butt implant surgery is meant to deliver an improvement in the appearance of the buttocks and not perfection. The eligibility for butt implant surgery will be assessed during the pre-operative consultation by the plastic surgeon. This is the time when the plastic surgeon will find out more about the patient and the patient can get an idea if she has chosen the right plastic surgeon to play out her procedure. The consultation will give the plastic surgeon an opportunity to assess the medical condition of the patient, as well as the elasticity of the skin and the condition of the tissues of the buttocks. The plastic surgeon will also ask about the medical history, potential medication and allergies affecting the patient, but also lifestyle habits such as drinking and smoking. It is also during the pre-operative consultation that the patient finds all the details about the surgery from the doctor. Together with the plastic surgeon, the patient will find out which is the right size and shape for the implants that can be used during the butt augmentation procedure. To have an uneventful recovery period, it is important for the patient to be fully eligible for the surgery and aware of the risks associated with the procedure. Butt implant surgery During butt implant surgery, the plastic surgeon will make incisions and then create the pockets that will accommodate the implants. The incisions can be made in the upper part of the buttocks, where the butt meets the back in the lower part of the buttocks, where it is connected with the thighs or in the intra gluteal fold. After the incisions are performed, the plastic surgeon will cut through the tissues of the buttocks to reach inside or behind the gluteal muscles where the pockets will be created. The implants are positioned inside the pocket created to avoid the migration or shifting of the implants. At the end of the procedure, the incisions are sutured and dressings are applied on the surgical wounds. Butt implant surgery often lasts no longer than two hours and the plastic surgeon will allow you to leave the medical facility within hours after waking up from the general anesthesia that is often preferred for this procedure if no complications occur. Post-operative period and recovery All the details of the post-operative period will also be discussed with the plastic surgeon during the initial consultation for the procedure. It is important for patients to know exactly what is to be experienced and what is expected of them to have a smooth and uneventful recovery period. While there are some general guidelines for the post-operative period after butt implant surgery, you should know that each patient heals at her own pace. Generally speaking, the first few days after the procedure, the patient can experience bruising and swelling. During these first days, the bruising will be at its worst, but this is just a normal side effect of a surgical procedure, so there is nothing really to worry about. The patient might prefer to spend most of the time in bed during the first few days post-op, and there will be a certain level of pain and discomfort to be experienced. The plastic surgeon will prescribe pain medication but also antibiotics to be taken for the first five days post-op. By the end of the first week, the patient can usually sit and walk normally. However, keep in mind that sitting directly on the butt and lying on the back should be avoided for at least two to three weeks. The recommendation is to use a special pillow when sitting down and position it under the hamstrings. Compression garments are to be worn non-stop during the first few weeks after the recovery period. This means that for at least three weeks post-op, the patient should wear elastic tights that offer the right type of compression and support to the buttocks. Make sure to ask your plastic surgeon’s advice for post-operative compression clothing. A few weeks after the procedure, the natural side effects associated with a surgical procedure will start subsiding. This means that the swelling and bruising will go away and the area will start looking better and better. Six to eight weeks after, most patients will be allowed to resume physical exercise. The recommendation is to always discuss this issue with the plastic surgeon before taking on any physically demanding activities. For this to be safe for you, the surgical incisions need to be fully closed. The scars left behind after butt implant surgery will take much longer to heal and mature fully. As the cicatrization process moves on, the scars will go through different stages, some of them looking worse than immediately after the procedure. To avoid bad scarring, it is important to keep proper hygiene on the surgical incisions and follow the recommendations of the plastic surgeon. Allow at least one year to evaluate the final results of butt implant surgery. During this time, keep in mind that follow-up consultations with your plastic surgeon are important and will allow him to monitor your recovery process. The first follow-up consultation will take place within days after the procedure. The next consultation will be after a week, then after a month, three months, six months and a year. Make sure to get in touch with the plastic surgeon immediately if you notice any signs of infection. The results achieved with butt implant surgery are visible immediately after the procedure, but the recovery period is important in shaping the final results. Keep in mind that not following the recommendations of the plastic surgeon could result in an alteration of the results achieved during the surgery. Moreover, complications can be triggered, and the recovery process might be prolonged unnecessarily. Conclusion The post-operative period after butt implant surgery is an important time for the patient. This period can be associated with a certain level of pain and discomfort, especially if we are talking about the first few days of the recovery period. During this time, it is essential to keep proper hygiene in the surgical area and also take the medication as prescribed by the plastic surgeon. For the first few days, the patient is advised to rest and spend most of the time in bed. However, lying on the back is to be avoided for at least three weeks post-op as any pressure on the buttocks could cause the incisions to open or the implants to shift. Moreover, sitting directly on the buttocks is to be avoided during the recovery period. A special pillow can be used under the hamstrings when the patient wants to sit down.