Buttock augmentation is a major surgery; therefore, you should make sure to have all of your concerns and questions addressed by the plastic surgeon during the first meeting. Many women are unaware as to what questions to ask their surgeon, so we’ve put together a list of the most important questions to ask your plastic surgeon before going under the knife. Questions to ask your plastic surgeon 1. Do I qualify for the buttock augmentation surgery? This is the first question you should be asking your plastic surgeon. The doctor will assess your butts (and your health) and will ask you about your aesthetic goals before answering your questions and explaining other associated details. 2. How do I prepare for the surgery day? If you are a good candidate for the surgery, and the doctor has given you a surgery date, you need to be fully prepared for that day. Ask your surgeon what you need to do in order to be fully prepared for the procedure. Your doctor may ask you to have certain lab tests and scans performed before the surgery. 3. What type of anesthesia will be used? The buttock augmentation is performed under anesthesia, and you should clarify with your surgeon whether he or she would be using general anesthesia or IV sedation. Remember that you would remain asleep throughout the surgical process. 4. What steps are involved in the surgery? You should ask your surgeon details about the surgical process, especially the major steps involved in it. Your doctor’s answer will help you understand the procedure more clearly, which will further help you prepare for the surgery and recovery period. 5. Will I experience pain after the surgery? Getting the answer to this question is important, and many patients never forget to ask this. The intensity of pain can vary from one patient to another. Normally, pain and discomforts are experienced during the first twenty-four hours after the surgery. 6. Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery? Plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery are highly qualified, trained, skilled, and experienced in plastic surgery procedures, including buttock augmentation. You should make sure to select only a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your surgery. Also, cross-check the surgeon’s credential on the website of ABPS to confirm whether he or she is really certified by the board. There are many practitioners who are operating without board certifications. 7. How many years of experience do you have in plastic surgery, and how many buttock augmentation procedures have you performed so far? This is a very critical question that will help you in selecting your plastic surgeon. There are many surgeons and doctors out there who are either new to the field or are not experienced in specific plastic surgery procedures. You can even ask your surgeon to show you testimonials of his/her past patients. Normally, it is safe to choose a plastic surgeon who has performed at least 30 to 50 buttock augmentation procedures. 8. Which one is the best for me: fat transfer or butt implant? Buttock augmentation is performed in two ways: fat transfer and butt implants. Which procedure will be indicated will depend on the amount of fat in your body. If you have enough fat, the fat transfer is ideal for you. If you don’t have enough fat, then butt implants. The surgeon will answer your question after asking you about your goals and examining your body for surplus fat. 9. How many hours will the procedure take? The time required to perform the butt augmentation surgery differs from one surgeon to another; therefore, you should make sure to ask your doctor this question. Normally, the surgery can be completed within one to two hours, but it also depends on your buttock augmentation surgery type. 10. What results shall I expect after the surgery? This is a very important question because you will get to know the improvements that you should expect as a result of the intervention. If you are satisfied by the doctor’s answer, you may decide to go under the knife. 11. Where will the surgery be performed? The butt augmentation surgery is normally performed in a hospital, a surgical facility, or the surgeon’s fully equipped office. In any case, you should ask your doctor for the location and visit the location before the surgery to see the staff and environment, so you’re not met by surprise on the surgery day. 12. What can I do to recover properly after the surgery? This question will prompt your doctor to talk about the recovery period. You would be given tips to heal properly and quickly after the procedure. 13. What risks and complications are associated with the buttock augmentation procedure? This is yet another critical question to ask your plastic surgeon. The procedure entails a number of side effects, risks, and potential complications. Getting your concerns addressed by the doctor will not only satisfy you, but will also help you prepare for what to expect. The information will also help you properly care for your health during the recovery period. Other important questions to ask your surgeon include the following: • How do you manage the risks and potential complications during and after the surgery? • Will I be able to see the aesthetic improvements in my butts immediately after the surgery? • How will my butts change over time? • Will I be required to undergo a revision surgery in the future? • What do I do if I don’t like the final results of the surgery? • Can you show me before-and-after pictures of your past patients who had buttock augmentation? Conclusion It is important to be completely ready for the buttock augmentation surgery beforehand. Your first meeting with the plastic surgeon is very crucial in deciding whether you should go under the knife or not and in knowing what to expect afterward. You should make it certain to go armed with a lot of questions to ask your surgeon. Doing so will help both you and the surgeon in addressing the problem you are facing and providing the solution you are seeking. It will also help remove any misunderstandings about the surgery you might have, in addition to delivering better results in a safer way.