Buttocks implants also referred to as buttocks augmentation, gluteal augmentation, volumizes the buttocks area. A buttocks implant enlarges the buttocks area by enhancing the shape.
Patients choose to undertake a buttocks implant if they feel self-conscious, have a poorly defined buttock or their body shape is disproportionate, top heavy. Patients may also have under developed gluteal muscles, deformity or experienced trauma. The procedure creates a curvier shapely appearance, adding balance. The buttocks area can be a difficult area to develop and shape through exercise.
The procedure is performed under anaesthetic, and may take the surgeon up to two hours to perform. The surgeon makes an incision in the natural crease of the buttocks, or a location that will be inconspicuous following the procedure. The surgeon creates a pocket in the existing buttocks tissue for the implant to be placed into. The implant is positioned in the pocket which is located behind the large buttock (gluteal) muscle and above the pelvic bone. The incisions are closed with sutures, drains may be inserted to remove excess liquid.
Following the procedure, the patient will experience discomfort which will need to be managed with pain medication. The recovery process is affected by the location of the treatment area. The buttocks are a mobile part of the body affected by several physical activities including walking, standing and general movement. Patients are not able to sit on the buttocks area for the first ten days during the recovery period, except to go to the bathroom. The first forty-eight hours’ minimum requires bed rest, on the stomach and a compression garment is needed to be worn. The patient will not be mobile for the initial three days after the surgery. Bruising and swelling will appear in the buttock area during recovery which will gradually fade over the following weeks.
The results of the procedure should be evident approximately two months following the surgery depending on the patients healing process. A buttocks implant should not require any maintenance or revision, lasting the life time of the patient and aging with the patient.