Introduction Buttock implant surgery is a major and invasive plastic surgery procedure, which is why it is not free of risks. It is vital for the patient to do her research and get the procedure only as a last resort. Even though the procedure has a history of safety when performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, the risks cannot be entirely ruled out. Butt implant surgery is an elective procedure, and you must ensure it is safe for you before deciding to go under the knife. Buttock implant surgery involves the placement of artificial implants inside the butt through incisions. The operation is performed under general anesthesia because it is traumatic. You should get the surgery only when the benefits are higher than the risks. Make sure to discuss the risks with the surgeon during the pre-operative consultation. Keep in mind that not all plastic surgeons are made equal. Your safety during and after the surgery is in the hands of your plastic surgeon to a greater extent. Choose a board-certified plastic surgeon The first and most important thing you can do to ensure your safety during and after buttock implant surgery is to choose your plastic surgeon carefully. Make sure he is board-certified and has extensive experience in performing the operation. With a wide variety of medical practices across the US, you can now easily narrow down your search to plastic surgeons certified by the ABPS. You probably don’t want to have the procedure performed by an occasional doctor or surgeon. Since the surgery is invasive, you must go the extra mile to research the credentials of the plastic surgeon. A board-certified plastic surgeon undergoes extensive training, gets rigorous credentials, and has extensive experience in different plastic surgery procedures, including butt implant surgery. Get trusted references It is not wise to go about choosing any physician for butt implant surgery. Instead, you must ask the trusted people in your network like your friends and contacts in the healthcare field to refer you to plastic surgeons they know or whom they trust. You can even ask people who have gotten butt implants about their experience and their plastic surgeon. Furthermore, you can also access online review sites to check what people are saying about their plastic surgeons. However, be wary that the reviews on the Internet are not scrutinized, meaning that some of them may not be genuine. Make sure to check the ratings of the surgeon and ask patients for feedback on the results they achieved with butt implant surgery. Check the plastic surgeon’s website You can find details about the plastic surgeon’s credentials, training, experience, etc., on his website. Make sure to check the biography section on the site on your first visit. A trusted plastic surgeon will always put up his biography on the site and hide nothing. Make sure to look at the content and design of the website because it speaks a lot about the surgeon’s professionalism. Also, take a look at the gallery for the before and after pictures of patients that the surgeon has treated for buttock augmentation with implants. The results in the after photos will tell you a lot about his experience. Hospital privileges The next thing you should look for to ensure your safety during and after buttock implant surgery is the hospital privileges of the plastic surgeon. Hospital privilege refers to the right of the plastic surgeon to use the surgical facility, tools, and equipment at a hospital. No matter whether the surgeon plans to perform the procedure in his office or ambulatory facility, it is essential to make sure he has hospital privileges. It shows that his peers and the hospital committee have scrutinized his experience, credentials, and qualification. Ask the surgeon about his experience When you go to the plastic surgeon for the pre-operative consultation, you must ask him questions about his background, specifically in buttock implant surgery. A trusted plastic surgeon will not feel hesitant sharing his experience with you. You can ask him as to how many patients he has treated for butt augmentation with implants. Also, ask him to show you before and after pictures of patients that he has treated for the procedure. If the doctor specializes in buttock implant surgery and you are satisfied with the outcomes of the pre-operative consultation, then it is safe for you to get the surgery done by him. Share your complete medical information Another critical factor that can ensure that you are safe during and after butt implant surgery is sharing your complete medical information with the plastic surgeon. If you have any medical issues, you must bring it to the knowledge of the plastic surgeon because medical problems can trigger complications during and after the procedure. For example, if you have a weak immune system or have diabetes, you must tell this to the surgeon. Other health issues that can lead to complications during and after the procedure include autoimmune disease, heart problems, respiratory issues, and blood disorder. Patients having severe medical problems will be advised to avoid the procedure because your health is more important than your aesthetic appearance. Discuss the risks with the surgeon Next, the pre-operative consultation provides you with the opportunity to discuss the dangers of butt implant surgery with the plastic surgeon. The operation is invasive and traumatic, which means it entails risks. The common risks of the surgery include infection, excessive bleeding, blood clotting, butt asymmetry, wound dehiscence, abnormal scarring, implant displacement, capsular contracture, and seroma and hematoma. A trusted plastic surgeon will always assess your overall health and then tell what risks you might be exposed to during or after the surgery. If the surgeon tells you that everything will be fine and the operation doesn’t involve any risks, consider it as a red flag. Keep in mind that no matter how well your health is, the risks cannot be entirely ruled out. Also, makes sure to ask the surgeon to help you do a risk/benefit analysis and undergo the procedure only when the benefits are higher than the risks. Surgical facility accreditation Buttock implant surgery must be performed only in an accredited facility to ensure your safety. Accredited surgical facilities are continuously monitored and inspected by an accreditation agency. They are required to meet strict safety standards and maintenance. An accredited facility maintains everything needed for coping with emergencies. Also, the staff is highly trained and certified. Board-certified anesthesiologist Buttock augmentation with implants is performed typically under general anesthesia. It means you will remain fully asleep throughout the operation. However, keep in mind that the use of general anesthesia entails risks if not administered and appropriately monitored. For your safety, you must ask the plastic surgeon as to who will administer the anesthesia. A board-certified anesthesiologist must administer the anesthesia. Also, if you have a history of allergic reactions to general anesthesia, you must bring this information to the knowledge of the surgeon during the pre-operative consultation. Ask the surgeon about the recovery After buttock implant surgery, you will be required to go through a complete recovery period, which plays a vital role in your safety and recovery. You should ask the surgeon as to how the recovery will be like and what you should expect week by week after the procedure. Keep in mind that usually the primary recovery period comprises the first two weeks, whereas complete recovery can take six weeks. During the first two weeks, you must be extremely careful, avoid work, focus on your recovery, not sleep on your back or sit, and follow the surgeon’s instructions. Also, you will be required to wear compression garments for many weeks because it ensures your safety and helps you recover quickly and safely. Avoid strenuous activities for six weeks after the surgery Complete recovery after buttock implant surgery can take six weeks. You must avoid physical movements for two weeks after the procedure and strenuous activities for six weeks post-op. Physical activities during this period can apply pressure to the surgical wounds and trigger wound dehiscence that can lead to bleeding, infection, and abnormal scarring. Also, make sure to wear the compression garments for the recommended period. Conclusion Buttock augmentation with implants involves incisions on the butt and surgical trauma. Like all invasive procedures, there are risks linked with butt implant surgery. As a result, not all women qualify for the procedure. The risks can be higher for some patients than others. You must discuss the risks with the surgeon and ask for ways to decrease those risks and ensure your safety during and after the procedure. Keep in mind to avoid the procedure if the risks are more than the benefits for you. In this article, I have explained the important things you can do to ensure that your buttock implant surgery is safe.