The fat transfer to the buttocks intervention is a good solution for patients of both sexes confronted with imperfections of the buttocks such as the small buttocks, asymmetric buttocks and even flat buttocks. The procedure is completely safe when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon in an accredited medical facility. It is important to look at the plastic surgeon’s experience, and how the results look on other patients, he operated before choosing him to play out your procedure. Choosing the right plastic surgeon is an important step in achieving the best results after the fat transfer procedure. However, it is also important to show up prepared for the first consultation with the plastic surgeon. During the initial consultation for the fat transfer to the buttocks, the plastic surgeon will perform a medical examination to assess the current condition of the tissues of the buttocks and also assess your candidacy for the procedure. This is the best time to ask about the details of the intervention and other concerns you might have. The plastic surgeon should take the time to discuss the procedure in detail, including the operative plan, the preoperative period and the post-operative recommendations. In this article we will discuss a few question that you should ask the plastic surgeon before scheduling your fat transfer to the butts procedure: 1. What are the main characteristics of a good candidate for the procedure? When considering the fat transfer to the butts intervention you should know that to be eligible to undergo the procedure there are certain conditions that should be met, but the most important of them all is having adipose deposits in other areas of the body. The procedure is performed with the patient’s own fat that is collected from one or multiple areas of the body, processed and transferred to the buttocks. If the patient has a thin body frame with no adipose tissues in any areas of the body, the procedure can’t be performed. Many patients ask if they can undergo the procedure and get the fat from someone else, a friend or even a family member. It is important to understand that the procedure can’t even be performed with fat collected from your twin, it is essential for the success of the procedure and the well-being of the patient to use only the patient’s own fat tissue. If you are wondering how it is possible to transplant organs from one person to the other and not fat, you should know that for patients receiving organs it is required to take special medication for the rest of their lives to ensure that the body doesn’t start rejecting the organ. This is not possible or recommended in the case of the fat transfer to the butts procedure. However, even if you are not a suitable candidate for the procedure, you should know that there are other procedures that can help you get the butts of your dreams, for example, you can have a butt implants surgery. Your plastic surgeon will tell you which procedure is most suitable for you. Back to the fat transfer to the buttocks, aside from having deposits of subcutaneous fat in other areas of the body, the patient should also be in a good emotional and health condition and be willing to accept the risks and potential complications associated with the procedure. In many cases, the procedure is performed with the patient under general anesthesia, so not being allergic to the substances used for anesthesia is also a condition to undergo the fat transfer to the butts. 2. What are the main risks of the fat transfer to the butts? The procedure of fat transfer to the butts is so sought after nowadays exactly because it is associated with just a few and minor risks and potential complications. Like in the case of any other surgical intervention we have the risks associated with the general anesthesia. These risks can be increased for patients who are not in a good health condition or who have certain habits that could interfere with the effects of the anesthetic substances such as drinking too much alcohol before the procedure is performed, taking drugs or other medication. Even an excess of caffeine could cause the body to respond differently to the general anesthesia, so make sure to avoid these for at least a week before your procedure is scheduled. Aside from the risks associated with anesthesia, there is also the risk of developing an infection, seromas and hematomas, excessive bleeding and so on. Generally speaking, these risks are present in the case of any procedure. When it comes to the fat transfer to the buttocks, these risks are actually quite small due to the fact that this procedure involves small incisions and targets just the fat tissue. When the fat transfer to the buttocks is performed, the skin is not excised, and the muscles are not sectioned. As you can see, the risks and complications associated with the health and the well-being of the patient are not considerable when it comes to the fat transfer to the butts. However, the patient should be aware of them. Another risk that we should mention is achieving unsatisfactory results after the procedure was performed. This risk can be reduced if you choose the plastic surgeon carefully and make sure to communicate clearly what your expectations from the surgery are so he can tell you if it is doable or not. 3. What should I do in preparation for the fat transfer to the buttocks? The plastic surgeon will ask you to adopt a certain pre-operative conduct to make sure there is no complication that occurs during or immediately after the procedure is performed. In preparation for the fat transfer to the buttocks, you should quit smoking for at least three weeks before the operation’s date. The birth control treatment should also be stopped the month before the fat transfer to the buttocks. Certain anti-inflammatory pills can trigger excessive bleeding due to their anti-coagulant effect, so make sure to avoid taking them two weeks before the intervention. Before going to the hospital to have your fat transfer to the buttocks procedure you should also ask a friend to come pick you up from the medical facility where the procedure is performed and drive you home. If a significant amount of fat is estimated to be removed and then reinjected, you should ask someone to spend the first 24-48 hours with you so you wouldn’t be alone at home. 4. How is the recovery period after the fat transfer? The recovery period after the fat transfer to the buttocks procedure is not overly difficult for the patient. The main discomfort during this time is the fact that the patient is not allowed to sit directly on the buttocks or lay on the back for at least three weeks after the procedure was performed. A special pillow can be bought and used under the hamstrings for a few weeks. Putting unnecessary pressure on the buttocks immediately after the fat transfer to the buttocks can cause the fat grafts to die and hence alter the results achieved after the surgery. The recovery period after the fat transfer to the butts is of two weeks, and during this time the patient is advised to wear the compression garments and avoid intense physical activities. Pain and discomfort can occur during this time, but they can be easily alleviated with pain medication that will be prescribed by your plastic surgeon. 5. How long will the results last after the fat grafting procedure? The modern techniques used for the fat transfer to the buttocks ensure the long lasting results of the procedure. However, we need to mention once again that choosing a talented, experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon is essential for sustaining the results for longer. When it comes to maintaining the results, the patient needs to put in some work too. The fat grafted in the butts will respond to weight fluctuations just like the fat in another area of the body. This means that if the patient gains weight, the buttocks might become bigger. If the patient loses weight, the butts will lose volume too. In other words, to sustain the results of the fat transfer, it is important to keep a constant weight in the years following the procedure. Conclusion The pre-operative meeting for the fat transfer to the buttocks is your chance to ask all the questions and concerns you have related to this plastic surgery intervention. This is why it is important to think and even write down some questions that you can discuss with the surgeon during the consultation. Important questions to ask your plastic surgeon are related to your candidacy for the procedure, what risks are associated with the fat transfer to the buttocks intervention and also the sustainability of the results. Also, make sure to ask how to prepare to undergo the surgery and what to expect during the recovery period.