Buttock augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the U.S. right now. The procedure increases the size of the buttocks and makes them shapely by either using your own body fat or artificial implants. The results of buttock augmentation are mostly satisfying for the patients. Buttock augmentation is a major operation; therefore, you should go for it as a last resort and only if the benefits are greater than the risks for you. There are a lot of risks and potential complications associated with the surgery. Your initial consultation with the plastic surgeon is very important in determining whether you can be a good candidate for the surgery and in knowing what the procedure entails. In order to be on the safe side and get impressive results with buttock augmentation, you should do your homework and have a list of important questions to ask your plastic surgeon. This will help both you and the surgeon address your questions and concerns. Furthermore, it will help the surgeon understand your aesthetic goals and provide you with a customized treatment. Questions to ask your surgeon about buttock augmentation 1. Am I a good candidate for the buttock augmentation surgery? This is a very important question to ask. It will help you know whether you are qualified for the surgery or not. The surgeon will answer this question after assessing your health and medications history and after examining your butts and understanding your aesthetic goals and expectations. 2. What risks and complications are involved in buttock augmentation? This is yet another crucial question. You need to understand the risks involved in the surgery so you can easily make your decision. Knowing the risks will enable you to analyze whether the benefits are greater than the risks. Remember, you should only go for the surgery if the benefits are greater than the risks for you. The risks can differ from one patient to another. 3. What are my surgical options for buttock augmentation? Asking this question will enable you to know what option is best for you. Normally, there are two surgical treatments for flatter or smaller butts: fat transfer and buttock implants. You should also ask your doctor about the pros and cons of both options. Don’t forget to ask the doctor for a recommendation. 4. What results shall I expect from the surgery? This question will enable you to refine the benefits of the particular procedure that works best for you. Since you are considering going under the knife purely for aesthetic purposes, you should ask the doctor about the aesthetic improvements to expect after the surgery. 5. How is the buttock augmentation surgery performed? Your doctor will explain to you the steps involved in the surgery, starting with the type of anesthesia to be used and concluding with the suturing of the incisions and your recovery. This question will help you assess your surgeon’s approaches, techniques, and knowledge of the surgery, which can protect you from falling into the wrong hands. 6. How much pain and swelling shall I expect after the surgery? Since the intensity of pain and swelling differ from one patient to another, you should ask your doctor about his thoughts on the intensity of these side effects for you. The intensity of pain mostly depends on your pain tolerance level. The swelling can be more if you are getting buttock implants. 7. When can I resume my daily routine after the procedure? This question will help you plan and prepare for the surgery. In fact, you need to take days off from work for the procedure, and it is important for you to know how long it will take you to resume to your normal activities. Your surgeon may say that you can resume work one week after the surgery, but avoid engaging in strenuous activities. 8. When will the results of the surgery be visible? The surgery’s results can take different periods to show for different patients. Some of the results are immediately visible, but full aesthetic improvements will be prominent after your body has completely healed. This may take several months. 9. How long will the butt augmentation results last? By asking this question, you will be able to make a better decision about your surgery type. For example, results of buttock implant are long-lasting; whereas those of fat transfer are dependent on a number of factors. 10. How long will the buttock augmentation surgery take? You should know the time the surgical process will take. Normally, the procedure takes one to two hours, but the exact time depends on whether you are undergoing fat transfer or butt implants. The time also differs from one surgeon to another. Other important questions that you should ask your plastic surgeon include the following: • Where will the buttock augmentation surgery be performed? • Will I be required to do any lab tests and scans before the procedure? • What can I do to recover quickly after buttock augmentation? • Who will administer the anesthesia and who will perform the surgery? • Are you a board-certified plastic surgeon? Can you show me your certification? • How many buttock augmentation procedures have you performed so far? Can I see testimonials of your past patients? • How will the scars appear, and what can I do to reduce the scars? • How can I prevent potential infections during the recovery period? • Is capsular contracture likely to occur in my case? • What size and shape of butt implant is best for me? • How much does the buttock augmentation surgery cost? Conclusion In order to reduce the risks and increase the benefits of the buttock augmentation surgery, you should ask your plastic surgeon a lot of relevant questions. The more questions you ask, the better because doing so will help you understand the surgery, the risks, the benefits, and the surgical steps, which will, in turn, help you make decisions and prepare for the procedure. This list of questions will help you address your concerns. You should do your homework and prepare a list of important questions to ask your surgeon during the initial consultation.