Frequent questions about butt implant surgery

Frequent questions about butt implant surgery

23rd Apr 2021


People who want to get buttock implant surgery have many questions on their minds. This is a good thing because it can help you understand the operation and prepare for the procedure and the recovery. Seeking answers to your questions can also help you set realistic expectations and goals. You can take to the Internet to get answers for your questions before consulting with a plastic surgeon. However, be sure to access reliable and trusted sources. Below, I will answer the frequent questions asked about butt implant surgery.

Are butt implants external objects?

Yes, the buttock implants are foreign objects made of semi-solid silicone material. Also called gluteal implants, butt implants are highly resilient unlike breast implants. These implants do not rupture or deflate. They can withstand immense pressure, force, and weight. The silicone used to manufacture gluteal implants is of high quality and medical grade. Butt implants have a robust construction, which makes them long-lasting. These are permanent objects, and the results are also permanent. 

Shall I get butt implants or fat transfer?

Many people are unable to decide whether they should get butt implants or undergo fat transfer to the butt, also known as the Brazilian butt lift. To make it easy for you to decide, keep in mind that butt implant surgery is recommended for patients who want to get large and voluptuous buttocks, instead of shapelier and entirely naturally augmented buttocks. On the other hand, fat transfer is best for you if you want to get shapelier buttocks with mild projection. Fat transfer uses your body fat to enhance your booty. The results are entirely natural; however, you need to have excess body fat to get fat transfer surgery.

What size of implant is suitable for me?

Buttock implants come in different sizes, which means you have access to many options. Generally, these implants are available in the ranges of 200 cc to 700 cc. The good news is that butt implant size can also be customized for the patient, according to her needs. The most common size ranges from 350 cc to 580 cc. However, what size is best for you depends on different factors, such as your butt dimensions and shape, your aesthetic goals, your height and weight, and other physical features. A board-certified plastic surgeon can examine your buttocks and body and then tell you as to what size is most suitable for you. 

What shapes of implants are available?

Buttock implants are available in two shapes: round and oval. Round implants are commonly used because they deliver better results and the risks are lower. They can make the buttocks look beautifully rounded, shapelier, and sexy. They are less likely to displace or rotate and even if they do, it does not affect butt shape considerably. On the other hand, oval implants are rarely used because they are more exposed to displacement and rotation, even though they add lower pole projection to the buttocks. The plastic surgeon can best tell you as to what shape of implant is suitable for you. 

How do I choose a plastic surgeon for butt implant surgery?

One of the most critical decisions that you have to make to undergo butt implant surgery is to select a plastic surgeon. Make sure to do your research and choose only a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform the procedure. Also, make sure the surgeon is highly experienced in buttock augmentation with implants. 

Am I a good candidate for the surgery?

While buttock implant surgery is common, it doesn’t mean that any person can qualify for the procedure. Buttock augmentation with implants is a significant and invasive procedure. As such, you have to meet specific eligibility requirements to be a good candidate. You need to have overall good health, besides having realistic goals and expectations. Also, you must be prepared for the operation and the recovery period that can take many weeks. 

If you are a smoker, you will be required to stop smoking at least two weeks before the surgery and avoid smoking during the recovery period. Make sure to share your complete health and medication information with the plastic surgeon. The surgeon will determine your candidacy during the pre-operative consultation. 

What type of anesthesia is used?

Butt implant surgery is performed under general anesthesia because it is a highly invasive and traumatic procedure. The general anesthesia will keep you comfortable and fully asleep throughout the operation. You will not feel any pain or discomforts during the procedure.

How is the surgery performed?

The plastic surgeon will start butt implant surgery by first making incisions on the buttocks. Different incision techniques can be used, but in most cases, the incisions are made in the division between the buttocks. After making the incisions, the surgeon will insert the pre-selected implants under or within the gluteal muscle. In the last step, the surgeon will suture and close the incisions. 

What are the risks of the procedure?

Buttock implant surgery involves incisions on the booty and is performed under general anesthesia. As such there are risks associated with the procedure. You must discuss the associated risks with the surgeon in advance of the procedure. The dangers of the procedure include infection, abnormal scarring, excessive bleeding, butt asymmetry, and seroma and hematoma. The rare but severe risks include capsular contracture, implant infection, and implant displacement. The risks can differ from one patient to another, depending on their overall health condition.

What are the side effects?

Like all invasive procedures, buttock implant surgery is not free of side effects. Most of the side effects are temporary while a few may be permanent. The standard and temporary side effects include pain and discomforts for two days after the surgery, swelling of the buttocks, and bruising. The permanent and unavoidable side effect of the operation is scarring. The incisions made on the buttocks will change into scars that will stay with you forever, even though they will fade and can be hidden. 

What is the compression garment?

The compression garment is a specially designed dress that the patient is required to wear for many weeks after the surgery. This garment is designed to hold your buttocks in place until they gain strength, reduce swelling, enhance the results, make the recovery process speedy, and prevent certain complications. Generally, patients are required to wear this garment for six weeks after the procedure.

How soon will I recover?

Many people are curious as to how long recovery may take. Some people assume that butt implant surgery is a simple procedure and that they can resume their routine activities right after the procedure. The fact is that butt implant surgery is a major operation. The patient must go through a complete recovery process, and there is downtime involved. You must take two weeks off work to complete the primary recovery period. You may resume non-strenuous job two weeks after the procedure, but do not engage in physically strenuous activities and anything that can apply pressure to your buttocks for six weeks after the procedure. 

Will the results be immediately visible?

Even though you may see some improvement in the size of your buttocks right after the surgery, complete results will take many weeks and even months to emerge. Your buttocks will be swollen for many weeks, and the implants need time to drop and settle in place. Also, the incisions need time to heal. The results will not fully emerge unless and until these milestones of the recovery have been met. In most cases, 80 percent of the results will be visible six weeks after the surgery. 

How will my butt look after the surgery?

As per your goal, you can expect your buttocks to appear bigger and shapelier after butt implant surgery. Depending on the size of the implant used, your buttocks will look fuller, voluptuous and sensual. If a balance is achieved between your butt size and other physical features, you can expect your overall body outline to look aesthetically welcoming. These improvements will also gradually improve your self-esteem and quality of life. The achieved results will stay with you for a lifetime if rare but severe complications like capsular contracture and implant infection don’t happen. 


If you are considering buttock implant surgery, chances are you already have many questions on your mind that want answers to. Buttock augmentation with implants is major surgery, and you should not rush to go under the knife. Instead, do your research and have your concerns addressed before deciding to undergo the procedure. There are many frequently asked questions about the surgery, and I have answered those questions in this article.

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