When it comes to achieving the perfect shape for your buttocks, there are several options every patient needs to consider. Gluteal implants have seen dramatic improvements over the years and offer an alternative to fat transfer methods such as the Brazilian butt lift. Gluteal implants improve the shape, feel and perkiness of a patients’ buttocks. Not only do these clients look better after the procedure, they also radiate with more self-confidence, which inherently adds to their attractiveness and approachability, thanks in large part to their shapely new dimensions.
Opting for silicone implants can often be one of the most preferred methods of all the butt enhancement procedures available, especially for those who may not have the excess fat to redistribute into the buttocks. The primary advantage of choosing implants would be the permanent aspect of the silicon – given that a percentage of the fat transferred into the buttocks is reabsorbed into the body.
A basic buttock augmentation is typically completed in 1-2 hours and requires general anesthesia. The procedure is pretty straightforward and requires small incisions in the natural crease of the buttocks near the tail bone. Through the incision, a pocket will be created in the gluteal muscle to hold the buttock implants in place. This is a critical step considering implants have been known to shift and move out of place over time.
There are various sizes and shapes of gluteal implants to choose from that your surgeon will meticulously discuss with you during the consultation. Some of the more common shapes requested for the base of the implant are round and oval. The size of the implant is also decided on by the patient and surgeon. Once these modifiers are selected and the incision is made, the surgeon then inserts the solid silicone implants carefully in place, making sure they’re symmetrical and positioned perfectly to match the patient’s desired look.
After careful re-examination to ensure quality, dissolvable sutures are used to close the incision while a long-acting local anesthetic is instilled into the pocket with the implant to help with initial pain. The area is cleaned, and compression bandages are applied to help reduce swelling and discomfort.
More often than not, gluteal implants are an outpatient procedure. Once the surgery is complete and the patient has completely recovered from anesthesia, they’re allowed to return home as long as transportation has been arranged. Patients are not advised to drive themselves for at least 2-3 weeks following surgery.
Most patients experience some discomfort for the first several days of recovery. Since the buttock is required for walking, sitting, and so many other movements, patients may experience greater pain during the recovery period than other cosmetic procedures and the recovery time is usually longer. Prescription pain medication may be provided to help manage discomfort. For the first two weeks, patients are advised to spend as much time as possible staying off the implants.
Bruising and swelling are minimal, allowing the results of the procedure to be seen relatively quickly following surgery. Adhering to all postoperative instructions is critical for yielding optimal results while limiting any potential complications. Postoperative visits to the operating surgeon’s office will be frequent for several weeks.