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Buttock Implants

A buttock implant procedure involves inserting and positioning implants depending on your preferences, anatomy, and Dr Yannis’ recommendation.

The aim is usually to enhance the overall shape and size of the buttocks for the patient.This approach may be adapted if Dr Yannis Alexandrides does not believe he can achieve the results you’re looking for with a buttock fat transfer.

Buttock implants are usually opted for when the patient does not have enough fat to opt for a BBL.

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What does the procedure involve?

During your consultation, we will discuss your desired size and shape of the implants, as well as examining your anatomy and medical history. The method of inserting and positioning your implant will depend on your preferences, existing shape of your buttocks, and the surgeon’s recommendation.

The operation usually requires general anaesthesia and takes approximately 1-3 hours. Generally, an overnight stay in hospital is needed, but a day case can be performed in some circumstances.

The technique will depend on your desired shape, size and placement of the implants and preferences discussed with the surgeon. Depending on the type of implants used, they may be placed in the following ways: Sub-fascially (enveloped in fibre casing that surrounds the buttock muscles) or intramuscularly (within the buttock muscles). They may also be firmly fixed in place if the implants are custom made.

A single two to three-inch incision is usually made overlying the tailbone, though can also be made under the buttock cheeks or in between the buttock cheeks in some cases. Through this incision, a pocket is made just large enough for the implant, and one implant will be placed in each buttock. Dr Yannis Alexandrides prefers to position the implants under the gluteal muscle to look and feel as natural as possible. The surgeon will then examine both sides to assure that the results look as natural and symmetrical as possible, in line with your pre-discussed goals. The incisions will then be closed with dissolvable sutures which will also be taped for better support.

The bandages are removed after two weeks, and recovery takes between three to six weeks. The size of the buttocks may decrease slightly as the swelling subsides. There will be a small scar which will fade over the next few years.

Buttock Implant FAQ

Who is the procedure suitable for?

• Those who wish to augment the size of their buttocks
• Those who are looking for a dramatic enhancement in the appearance of the buttocks
• Those who lack volume in their buttock cheeks
• Those with one buttock cheek larger than the other
• Those who do not have enough fat for BBL

When can results be seen and are they permanent?

You will see some visual changes to the buttocks instantly, but the final results from buttock implants will develop as you recover and heal from the procedure, which is usually at around the three-month mark once the swelling and bruising have subsided. The implants should be replaced every ten years.

How long is recovery?

The average healing period is between three to six weeks.
You may feel tired and sore for the initial first few days following surgery, and you'll be advised to avoid sitting for around ten days following the procedure. Patients may experience slight swelling and minor bruising. Following the operation, you will have a light dressing in place which will need to be kept dry for two weeks.

The majority of patients can return to work after a week or two. It is advisable to minimise strenuous activity for seven to ten days. After two weeks, the dressing will be removed, and the wound will be cleaned. You should also wear a compression garment to wear for a few weeks.

The scars may be firm and pink for at least six weeks and may remain the same size for several months, and it is essential to keep in mind that they may take up to two years to fade. You will require follow-up visits in the months after surgery to check on your progress.

*Please note that this is an indicated recovery time and healing time. Results, scarring and recovery rates vary from patient to patient and are dependent on several factors including expectations, genetics, lifestyle, the extent of surgery, type of surgery, medical history etc.

How long does the procedure take?

Approximately 1-3 hours.

Side effects and risks

As with all surgeries, a buttock implant procedure does carry some risks and side effects. Implants give a higher risk rate than buttock fat transfer procedures. It's essential that you're reasonable about the size of the implants you opt for and understand that larger implants will pose a greater risk to your health and have higher long-term complications. It's possible that with larger implants, the incisions could split apart.
Ideally, your implants are placed under the muscle. Implants placed on top of the muscle are more likely to move position under the skin or rupture. They can also start to sag and drop over time, taking on a more unnatural appearance.
In the initial recovery phases, it may be difficult to partake in your normal day to day movements such as walking, bending and sitting. Avoid strenuous movement for several days as that could cause incision and wound separation.
Other reported risks include:
• infection
• bruising
• swelling
• pain
• seromas
• asymmetry
• hematoma
• anaesthesia risks
• changes in sensation
• suture irritation
• scarring
• implant rejection
• nerve damage
• wound healing problems

Will there be scarring?

The severity of scarring will depend on the extent of your tummy tuck procedure. Generally, an incision is concealed along the underwear line. It can take up to a year for the scar to begin to fade.
If you have good skin laxity and don’t require much removal of excess skin or fat, a mini tummy tuck might be the best approach. A full tummy tuck which might involve some muscle tightening, removal of excess skin and liposuction is more invasive and would leave a more signigicant scar.

Do I need liposuction or a tummy tuck?

Some patients may not be deemed suitable for a combination of surgeries.
A patient who has less elasticity within their skin and whose skin is therefore sagging will be a more suitable candidate for a tummy tuck. If you’re able to ‘pinch an inch’ of fat in the selected area, you may be a suitable candidate for liposuction. Liposuction targets excess fat, whereas a tummy tuck focuses more on the surrounding muscle and skin. A suitable candidate for liposuction would have good skin tone and elasticity.
The scarring for liposuction will be considerably less, although some patients argue that they prefer the results of a tummy tuck as the results are more dramatic.

Buttock Implants Before and After

Buttock Implant Disclaimer


BEFORE & AFTER photos are NOT guarantees that your results will be the same or even similar: your results will likely vary to some degree — because you are a unique person. Our experts take great pride in their patient care ethics, precise surgical measurements, custom planning & their advanced surgical techniques.

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