The post-operative period after buttock augmentation

The post-operative period after buttock augmentation

29th Apr 2018

The big buttock is without a doubt a mainstream trend. Long gone are the days when women asked their partners if the jeans made their butt bigger, and if it did, they would immediately take them off. Now, every woman wants a rounder, firmer, bigger rear end. Jennifer Lopez is famous all over the world for her striking behind. Did you know that she even had an insurance policy issued to cover her buttocks? Some specialists believe that behind her voluptuous shape is a plastic surgeon’s masterful, while others believe that they are completely natural.

The buttock enhancement procedure was first used approximately a decade ago in Brazil where many dancers wanted to add some oomph and vamp to the Samba hip movements. From Brazil, it spread all over the world.

About the buttock implants

The implants can have an oval or round shape and they come in various dimensions. During the initial consultation, each type of implant is considered and discussed. The final decision for the buttock implant type will be made together with the plastic surgeon and only after careful consideration of the patient’s age, the shape and size of their current buttock, her desires and expectations from the surgery as well as her medical history.

The intervention starts with a 5 to 7 cm wide incision in the coccidian area through which the plastic surgeon will create a pocket large enough to be able to accommodate the implants.

Fat transfer to the buttock

Another option to augment the butt is by injecting autologous fat. The fat necessary to enlarge the butt is extracted through liposuction from donor areas like the thighs or the abdomen. After the harvesting, the fat goes through a purifying process and is then injected into the buttocks through multiple tunnels in order to achieve a good uniformity.

Why is the buttock augmentation procedure necessary?

Specialists testify that there all women at some point will become concerned about the shape, size or the level of lifting in their buttocks. Because the butt size is especially resistant to change despite a punishing regimen of exercises or dieting, a buttock enhancement appears to be the only way to achieve effective and long lasting results.

We had patients that came to see us after spending months in the gym hoping for a change in the appearance of their buttock, but the end result was still just a small buttock albeit, a more toned one.

Even if you manage to lose weight in an effort to improve your behind, you might end up with an even smaller butt than what you had before. Along the same vein, putting on weight is not an effective method to increase your butt size as the fat will simply be deposited in many other areas on your body, and not just the buttocks.

The buttock augmentation procedure, either through silicone implants or fat transfer, is recommended for healthy, of age patients who want a more desirable buttock and appealing silhouette. The intervention also addresses people who suffer from buttock asymmetries or sagging buttocks.

Of course, just like any other plastic surgery, the patient will benefit from a professional consultation during which they can talk discuss their expectations from the surgery, while the plastic surgeon will have an opportunity to explain all the details about the surgical procedure, the different types of implants used and where they come from, the results that can be achieved, and the potential complications.

After this, the plastic surgeon will recommend a list of medical tests that need to be done as part of the pre-operation protocol.

The operative method

The patient will be put under general anesthesia, as in most cases. The placement of the incision can be either at the meeting point of the two butt cheeks or under the buttock so that the scars are less visible. The incision will allow the implant to be placed under or over the muscle, depending on the patient’s preference and the doctor’s suggestion.

Placing the implant under the muscle will lead to an enhancement of the superior part of the buttock, while the over-the-muscle placement will lead to an increase in the inferior side of the butt. The length of the surgery is highly dependent on the patient’s anatomy and the complexity of the procedure. When combining more plastic surgery procedures in one sitting (liposuction with buttock augmentation for example), the operation can be longer.

The post-operative period after buttock augmentation

The buttock augmentation is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, and the recovery period can last for 7-10 days. During this time, the patient will experience mild local pain and discomfort, but it can easily be controlled with pain relievers prescribed by the plastic surgeon.

Usually, barring any complications, the patient can resume their activities after ten days. Strenuous physical activities or intense sports are not allowed.

During the recovery period, the plastic surgeon will recommend that you wear compression garments like a girdle or elastic pants. The bandages will be removed a few days after the surgery. The patient can have a shower, 24 hours after the surgery.

The results of the buttock augmentation procedure are immediately visible after the procedure. However, the real and final results will show up about three months after the surgery when all the swelling and bruises are gone, the skin is getting back to shape, and the implants have settled to their right location.


The post-operative period after the buttock augmentation surgery is an important element that has an impact on the final results of the surgery. There must always be close consultation with your plastic surgeon, pre and post surgery, to ensure optimum results.

While the buttock enhancement procedure is a complex one, the post-operative period is no lengthier than two weeks. The patient can resume his daily activities a few days after the surgery and get back to work after ten to fourteen days.

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