Introduction For men and women who desire an enhancement in their rear end, butt implant surgery could be the optimal solution. A flat behind can trigger emotional complexes, whatever might have caused it. There are different causes for flat and small buttocks such as a genetic predisposition, excessive weight loss, the natural aging process, and so on. Most of you already know that physical exercises performed with the aim of increasing the size of the buttocks rarely (if ever) work, and it is more of a question of genetics. In some cases, exercising too much can actually lead to a reduction in the size of the butt if the patient has more fat tissue that muscles. Getting butt implants can be in many cases the only solution to get bigger buttocks. This shows in the increase in demand for this procedure that has been obvious in the last few years. In this article, we will discuss the details you need to know about butt implants and butt augmentation. When is butt implant surgery the optimal solution? Good candidates for butt implant surgery usually have a small and flat butt. The butt is too small for the rest of the patient’s anatomy and hence the desire to get a bigger butt occurs. Another reason to want to get implants can also be a lack of definition and contour in the buttocks that often occurs with the natural aging process and leads to a less attractive appearance of the body. To be an eligible candidate for any type of butt augmentation procedure, you need to be in good emotional and health condition and understand and accept the risks, potential complications and long-term implications of the procedure. It is essential for patients to be well-informed about what happens before, during, and after butt implant surgery. As we always say, an informed patient is a prepared patient. Butt implant surgery is the optimal solution for patients who want to increase the projection of their buttocks considerably and who understand that to get good results, they are not allowed to sit on the buttocks for three weeks during the recovery period. To find out if butt implant surgery is a good solution to correct your aesthetic imperfections, you need to see the plastic surgeon for a pre-operative consultation. Pre-operative consultation for butt implant surgery This would be the first consultation with the plastic surgeon to discuss the details of the procedure and whether you are a good candidate for it. The preparation for the consultation is important, so make sure you write down your questions and concerns so you don’t forget to address them during the meeting with the plastic surgeon. During this consultation, the plastic surgeon will ask about your reasons to undergo the procedure. If you don’t have valid reasons or you have unrealistic expectations from the procedure, chances are the plastic surgeon will deem you as ineligible. Keep in mind that it is important for you to be firm about wanting to undergo a butt augmentation and that you have considered all the options carefully. The surgeon will take measurements of your body, the buttocks, weight, and height, and then recommend the suitable surgical plan. The discussion about butt implants will start, and the surgeon will recommend a type and size for the butt implants to be used during your surgery. All you need to know about butt implants There are different types of butt implants, and different patients will require a different type of implant. We have round and oval implants of different volumes. Butt implants are made out of a thick silicone gel, unlike breast implants that can be filled with a saline solution. People are more used to and know more details about breast implants and tend to believe that butt implants are just the same, but this is not true. There are significant differences between the two types of implants. Butt implants are designed to emulate the tissues where they will be inserted. Since butt implants are inserted into the gluteal muscles, they are made to feel just like hard, toned muscles, and this is very different from breast implants. Breast implants are made to resemble the softer tissue of the mammary gland, so they have a completely different consistency and texture. This is the reason why unlike breast implants, butt implants can’t rupture or leak. Also, another important difference between butt and breast implants is the lifespan. Breast implants are made to last ten to fifteen years, as stated in the manufacturer’s warranty. There is no need to remove and replace butt implants, so they can be kept inside throughout the patient’s life. This is a major benefit of butt implants. Because of the differences between the implants, butt implants are associated with a lower risk of developing complications associated with the use of implants, such as capsular contracture. Butt implants are safe to use and have been FDA-approved in the United States. How is butt implant surgery performed? Butt implant surgery is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. This means that the patient will be asleep and will not remember anything or feel any pain when the procedure is performed. After the general anesthetic is administered and the patient is asleep, the plastic surgeon will start making the incisions. The incisions are placed in the intragluteal fold a few centimeters over the anus. Using these incisions, the surgeon will create a section inside the gluteal muscles where implants are inserted into pockets. The pocket needs to be a perfect fit; otherwise, the implants might shift and create complications. Once the implants are inserted and secured in their pockets, the incisions can be sutured and the procedure is considered complete. Of course, just like any other procedure, butt augmentation with implants can be performed together with other plastic surgery procedures, including fat transfer to the buttocks, fat grafting to the hips, liposuction and so on. Recovery period after butt implant surgery Just like any other procedure performed on the buttocks, there are certain discomforts associated with the recovery period after butt implant surgery. The most notable discomfort is not sitting on the buttocks for a minimum of three weeks and not sleeping on the back for the same amount of time. Because the plastic surgeon will section the muscles of the buttocks which are involved in most movements of the lower body, the recovery period might be associated with more pain when compared with plastic surgery procedures that only address skin or fat tissue. The plastic surgeon will prescribe analgesic medication to help alleviate the pain and get relief from the discomfort. Also, the plastic surgeon will prescribe antibiotics for at least five days post-op to help you avoid getting an infection. Due to the placement of the incisions, there is a high risk for developing an infection after the procedure, and this is also the reason why patients are advised to keep a strict hygiene at the incision site for the first two weeks post-op. Conclusion Butt implant surgery has seen a considerable rise in demand over the last few years due to our fascination with the big booty trend. The procedure is performed with patients under general anesthesia and can last up to two hours when performed as a stand-alone procedure. Implants are inserted into pockets inside the gluteal muscles of the buttocks. The implants are safe and have been FDA-approved in the United States. Gluteal implants are made exclusively out of a thick silicone gel, unlike breast implants that have a softer consistency and can also be filled with saline solution. There are numerous differences between butt and breast implants, including their warranty. Breast implants are guaranteed for ten to fifteen years, while butt implants can be kept inside permanently, without the need to remove or replace them unless complications occur. When it comes to complications associated with the use of implants, it is also important to know that butt implants don’t have the same risk of developing complications such as breast implants (e.g. capsular contracture). To find out all the details about the butt implants suitable for you, contact your plastic surgeon for a pre-operative consultation.