If you want a rounder, fuller butt, you’re hardly alone. Butt implants (more formally called gluteal implants) are one of the fastest growing cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States, with both men and women signing up for them in record numbers. For men, having a muscular-looking “bubble butt” has always been the ideal, but now women are looking for ways to enlarge their backsides, too. Curvy is in, and women are increasingly turning to buttock augmentation to achieve the contour they seek.
If you’re thinking about butt implant surgery, you probably have a lot of questions about the procedure. This article aims to answer all of them.
Butt Implants – the Basics
Butt implants are solid silicone pouches that are inserted into the buttocks through an incision made either at the crease (butt crack), or at the point where the butt meets the thigh. Though there are important differences, the procedure is very similar in concept to breast augmentation. As with breast augmentation, the best results are often achieved by inserting the implants below or within muscle – in this case, the gluteus maximus.
Surgery typically lasts one or two hours. However, quite often butt implants are done at the same time as other procedures such as butt lifts or liposuction. This will obviously extend the amount of time you spend on the operating table. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia.
While the cost of butt implants varies according to a lot of different factors, it is usually somewhere around $5000. As with any cosmetic procedure, it’s recommended that you find a board-certified plastic surgeon with a good reputation and experience performing buttock augmentations. One of the most important things you can do is ask the surgeon for before and after pictures. Not only will this give you a sense of how competent the surgeon is, but it will set realistic expectations for what you can achieve through your own procedure.
Butt implant surgery is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can go home the day of the surgery. However, this does not mean you’ll be back to your normal routine anytime soon. Simply put, you need your butt. You need it for sitting, walking, and a lot of other basic movements. That’s why you will be advised to rest for about a week after the procedure, and it could be a month or longer until you’re able to engage in all of your usual activities.
Throughout your recovery period, you could be in significant discomfort or pain, especially since it’s so difficult to avoid aggravating the effected area. Compared to breast implants – no walk in the park themselves – butt implants generally have a much more painful recovery period. Fortunately, your surgeon will provide painkillers to get you through this difficult period. However, in the days immediately after surgery, you will need to have a friend on hand to help you out.
There’s generally not a lot of swelling after butt implant surgery, unlike a lot of other cosmetic procedures. That means you should be able to see the results of the procedure within a few weeks. However, it will likely be much longer than that before the implants feel like a natural part of your body.
Buttock augmentation comes with one of the highest risks of complications of any cosmetic surgery procedure. The most common complication is the formation of seromas, which are pockets in the body that are filled with with bodily fluids. According to one study, seroma formation occurred in about one quarter of all patients.
Other complications include infection, capsular contraction, and nerve problems causing numbness or tingling. Like breast implants, butt implants can also rupture or shift position within the body. This shifting can lead to asymmetry (one buttock being larger or differently shaped than the other).