Today’s society promotes the idea that physical appearance, its attractiveness and appeal, is a priority and accurate barometer of a person’s value. This has given rise to a lot of myths and because buttock augmentation is one of the most popular surgical procedures nowadays, let’s bust some butt myths, shall we? What is Buttock Augmentation? Buttock augmentation is a plastic surgery intervention that can offer you that famous “Brazilian butt” that many women dream of having and sends men, salivating . It can be done in many ways. There’s the butt implants procedure that involves a surgical placement of gluteal implants to create bigger, rounder and perkier buttocks. Made out of a highly cohesive silicone gel, the butt implants feels like firm, well-toned muscles. Top 5 myths about the buttock augmentation surgery: 1. Buttock implants are just for women False. The truth is both men and women can greatly benefit from this procedure if they want to have buttocks that appear rounder plus have a more proportionate and aesthetically pleasing figure. Unquestionably as of to date, more women undergo buttock enhancement procedure vis-à-vis men, but we are seeing more and more men showing interest in the procedure. It is also important to note that the buttock implants are the same for men and women. Naturally, shape and volume will vary, but the same type of solid silicone implants are used for both gender. 2. Your butt implants will show through the skin Not IF…The roots of this mythical perception can probably be traced to those highly publicized botched breast implants. There were quite a number of celebrities and even ordinary people who had horror stories to tell. Some breast implants were conspicuously visible through the skin. Many experienced the same issues mainly because of poor choices in the size of implants. Implants that are too big for the patient’s anatomy and can’t be covered by the existing breast tissues will be visible through the skin and will definitely not look good. On the other hand, when it comes to the buttock implants, things are slightly different since the butt implants are inserted in between the muscles, unlike the breast implants that can be positioned under the mammary gland. Be that as it may, there is always a possibility of implant visibility when asymmetries occur or if you did not choose an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your intervention. This is a rare occurrence and not the norm. 3. The recovery is long after buttock augmentation Not that long, considering… The intervention is performed under general anesthesia and can last up to three hours. During the procedure, an incision measuring approximately 5 cm is made at the meeting point where the buttock cheeks meet the thighs or in the hidden folds in between the buttocks. The plastic surgeon will dissect a pocket big enough to insert the butt implants. The placement of the implants is done under the big gluteal muscle or under its fascia, to add volume to the superior part of the buttocks. You don’t have to worry about the scars after the buttock augmentation as they are hidden in the natural folds of the body. After surgery, wearing compression garments or corset is a must as it helps reduce the swelling and promotes faster healing; prevents blood and fluid accumulation under the skin; improves blood circulation; and help maintain the new contours of the buttocks. The patient has to avoid lying on the back and sitting for prolonged periods for at least four weeks after the procedure. Considering the fact that this is a complex and more invasive surgical intervention, the recovery period is not at all long. The patient can resume work within the first month of the procedure. It bears pointing out that recovery period varies from patient to patient and other factors like dimensions of the implants and extent of the intervention. It is also incumbent on the patient to strictly follow post-op instructions of the surgeon. 4. There is a lot of pain after the butt augmentation False. Due to recent advancements in the fields of plastic surgery, most of the interventions are practically pain-free. It is normal that immediately following surgery, there will be a certain level of pain and discomfort and pain but there are pain medications to address those issues. It is also quite normal to feel some form of tension in the wound site and immediate vicinity but again, it can be alleviated by pain medications and these will disappear in time. Aside from this, it is always important to keep in mind that people perceive pain differently as each person has her own unique threshold. It all depends on your body’s ability to tolerate pain and discomfort. 5. Your butt will be asymmetric after the surgery On the contrary, it can actually correct butt asymmetries, if performed by a talented and experienced plastic surgeon. This is probably another myth resulting from seeing some botched interventions on TV or online. To repeat, experiencing butt asymmetries after buttock augmentation is an exception and a rare unwanted result after the procedure, and certainly not the norm. Your buttocks will not be exactly the same but similar and any major asymmetries can be corrected. More often, the plastic surgeon might combine fat transfer to the buttocks with butt augmentation to deliver optimal results and create perfectly shaped buttocks, In this combined procedure, liposuction is first performed on the abdomen or the lower back, after which the implants are inserted and then the processed fats harvested from the donor areas are reinjected into the buttocks to correct imperfections and resculpt the butt. Conclusion The results after buttock augmentation are long lasting and permanent, provided the patient will closely follow the recommendations of the plastic surgeon for post-operative care. The procedure is not painful, nor is it more difficult than the breast augmentation with implants. We can’t stress enough the importance of strictly following the instructions of your plastic surgeon. A buttock augmentation surgery is a more complex procedure and there is a higher risk of complications compared to other types of plastic surgery simply because of the specifics of the area treated. Deciding to have buttock augmentation surgery is a personal decision that requires a lot of thought and consideration. There are already a lot of myths about it. It is crucial that aside from doing due diligence, you should openly and honestly discuss all your concerns with your surgeon. Your choice of surgeon is also critical to the success of your intervention. Choose an experienced and highly trained board certified surgeon that you can trust.