William Callaghan. MD (buttock-lift Surgery)
Butt Implant Surgery
The most important step in considering gluteal (buttock) implant surgery is to find a board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience with the various buttock augmentation procedures, including butt implants, buttock lifts and Brazilian butt lift (fat grafting to the buttocks). During this initial visit, be open about what you are looking for from your butt-enhancing surgery. Discuss your goals and desires, including how large you want your buttocks-to-be to be.
Butt Implant Surgery Procedure
Buttock implantation, also called buttock augmentation, typically involves a 6-7 cm incision made at the midline of the buttocks. Your surgeon creates a pocket for the solid silicone implant and inserts it through this incision. The implant is placed in between the gluteal muscle (intra-muscular). The implant will stay in this position. Though surgeons prefer other locations for the implant placement, the intra-muscle position is the safest and least likely of poor results.
Like breast implants, buttock implants come in different sizes and shapes, and can even be customized. In general, these natural-feeling implants help round out the upper and outer parts of the buttocks, but not the lower areas.
Buttock implantation is performed under general anesthesia, typically on an outpatient basis. After placing the implants, the plastic surgeon must assure that both buttocks are symmetrical and look natural before stitching up the incisions. Buttock implantation usually takes about two or three hours to complete.
There are risks involved with any medical procedure, and buttock augmentation is no exception. For example, butt implants may shift and cause the buttocks to look asymmetrical. Other risks may include infection, unsatisfactory cosmetic results, excessive bleeding, anesthesia problems and the need for revision surgery.
Buttock augmentation stretches the tissues, which can be painful, especially if the implants are placed in the substance of the muscle (intra-muscle). Sometimes drains are placed to remove excess fluid buildup during recovery. You will wear a compression garment for support for a few days after your buttock surgery.
Details of Buttock Lift Surgery
Sometimes butt implants are paired with buttock lifts and liposuction of the lower back for more balanced results. A butt lift removes excess skin and fat that may cause sagging buttocks and adds contour to the waist, hips and back of the thighs. To perform a butt lift, an incision is placed along your lower back, spanning from hip to hip. The surgeon pulls up on the excess skin below the incision to lift your buttocks and outer thighs. The extra skin is then removed.
Postoperative pain can be very severe but can be managed with medications. Abdominal binders are generally worn for six weeks to help prevent fluid buildup and provide support during the butt lift healing process. Swelling may last for up to three months, and the full cosmetic results are visible within a year.
Butt lift risks include scarring, excessive bleeding and infection. There is also a risk that you will be dissatisfied with the cosmetic results. Risks can be minimized with a thorough consultation (including a medical examination) with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Choosing a plastic surgeon with a great deal of experience performing butt lifts can help assure your overall satisfaction with the procedure.