Managing pain after butt implant surgery

Managing pain after butt implant surgery

20th Dec 2017

Many patients who are considering buttock implant surgery often ask how much pain they can expect after the surgery. This is one of the difficult questions patients ask plastic surgeons, because the pain and discomfort after butt augmentation can vary from one patient to another, depending on their pain tolerance level and other factors.

After the surgery, every patient experiences pain in her own way. Some patients may not experience any pain at all, whereas others may experience mild to moderate pain during the first 24 to 48 hours. Some patients may experience unbearable pain during the first 24 hours that would gradually ease over time. It is also possible that you may continuously experience intermittent pain even after the recovery period.

You should understand why your doctor is hesitant in giving you a definite answer about how much pain you may experience. The good news is that majority of patients can overcome the pain by using relief medications and therapies recommended by their surgeons.

Recent innovations

Fortunately, the number of patients experiencing severe pain has been drastically decreased, thanks to the development and use of new technologies and procedures. In the last decade, the plastic surgery sector has witnessed immense innovations and improvements in terms of technologies, tools, and techniques, which has in turn made the recovery period smooth and relatively pain-free for patients.

However, not all have the same tolerance level, so some patients may experience more pain than others. The level of pain also depends on your body’s makeup, the surgeon’s skills, the implant size, the extent of the incision, the severity of the trauma, and the damage done to the blood vessels and nerves during the surgery.

Types of pain

Pain is not always limited to the surgical area after surgery. Sometimes, the site of the pain is not where the surgery has been conducted.

• Muscle pain – After the surgery, you may experience pain in your neck, shoulders, rear, or upper body. This occurs as a result of lying on the surgical table for a longer period. This pain will subside within a few hours after the procedure.

• Throat pain – You may also experience pain and discomfort in your throat. It may feel like your throat has become sore. This happens due to your body’s reaction to the medication and anesthesia used during the surgery.

• Movement pain – After the surgery, you will experience pain in your body, especially your buttocks, during movements and while doing different activities. The pain will occur mainly on the incision sites. This type of pain will be unbearable for some patients. It will subside gradually in 48 to 60 hours.

Managing pain

While the butt implant surgery is known to cause more pain compared to other plastic surgery procedures, majority of patients experience a decrease in pain during the first 48 hours and complete disappearance in 4 to 5 days. After that, you may experience intermittent pain when moving, which can be easily managed with medication.

It is important for patients to understand that pain is an extremely subjective matter in plastic surgery. We have seen patients who had realistic expectations and acceptance for the possible pain. They were able to recover much more comfortably than patients who feared the pain and made no attempts to cope with it.

Since the butt implant surgery involves the placement of prosthetic silicone devices underneath the butt muscle or over it, your surgeon will place incisions, separate, and cut muscle and tissue. This can lead to pain during the recovery period, extending to about 3 weeks.

After the surgery, sitting and lying on your back will be painful and discomforting. Your surgeon will advise you to rest and sleep on your side or front instead of your back, so that you can experience lesser discomfort and avoid any damage to the implants and incisions.

After the surgery, your plastic surgeon will prescribe pain relief medication. In most cases, these medications are enough to control much of the pain the follows. These medications are mostly taken orally.

Patients who experience more pain during the recovery period will be recommended a multipronged approach to managing the pain and discomfort. The oral pain relief medications may be combined with narcotics and regional pain blocks. In case of unbearable pain, the plastic surgeon may inject pain management agents like Marcaine directly into the incision or introduce it to the surgical area via pain pumps.

If you experience severe pain after butt implant surgery, your doctor may also recommend the use of Exparel. In order to decrease your pain level, your doctor may ask you to get up and move around slowly. Short and slow walks after the surgery can help supply blood and oxygen to the incisions, which will help them heal and ease the pain. It also prevents blood clotting.

It is important for patients not to wait for their pain to become severe before seeing their doctors. You should ask your doctor for pain relief medications and therapies beforehand. Patients who are experiencing intermittent pain may be recommended to go for special massage therapies.


Just like all other surgeries, patients will experience varying degrees of pain after butt implant surgery. How much pain you may experience during the recovery period depends on a number of factors, including the surgical techniques, the size of the implants, your pain tolerance level, and the surgical trauma. In any case, pain management is very important to gain comfort and recovery smoothly. You should make sure to ask your plastic surgeon for pain relief medications.

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