The buttocks are an area of the body not easily enlarged or reshaped by weight training or diet. While it might seem this is a new fad given recognition by curvaceous celebrities, it has been the secret of many beauties for decades, even as early as 1970. What has changed is the technique and variety of implants.
A Buttock Implant operation usually takes one and a half hours to complete using a general anaesthetic and normally requires an overnight stay at the hospital. In certain circumstances it can be performed as a day surgery.
The method of inserting and positioning your implant will depend on your preferences, anatomy and your surgeon’s recommendation. Placed into each buttock area through a single incision overlying the tailbone, buttock implants are positioned to look as natural as possible for the optimal cosmetic effect. A two to three inch incision is made between the buttocks in the midline.
The buttock muscle, or gluteus maximus, is lifted up and a pocket is made just large enough for the implant. The implant is inserted into its pocket. The opposite side is then completed. Both sides are carefully examined in order to assure that the results look natural and symmetric *. The incisions are then closed by using fine, dissolving sutures which will also be taped for better support.
*Whilst we aim for complete symmetry, we cannot always guarantee this.
You may feel tired and sore for a few days and could experience slight swelling and bruising. Following the operation you will have a light dressing in place which will need to be kept dry for two weeks. After 2 weeks your dressing will be removed and the wound inspected and lightly cleaned. The scars may be firm and pink for at least six weeks and may remain the same size for several months and it is important to keep in mind that they may take up to two years to fade. You will have follow-up visits in the months after surgery to check on your progress.
The majority of patients are able to return to work after a week or two. It is advisable not to do anything strenuous and minimise activity for seven to ten days. The average recovery time is between three to six weeks.
*Please note that this is an indicated recovery time and healing time are unique to each individual. Results, scarring and recovery rates vary from patient to patient and are dependent on a number of factors including: expectations, genetics, lifestyle, extent of surgery, type of surgery, medical history etc.
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