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PLASTIC RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY
The buttocks region is an area of the body that is not easily enlarged, shaped by weight training or diet. Individuals that wish to enlarge, lift, and shape the buttock mounds, have a variety of different size and shape buttock implants from which to choose. The decision for the shape and size of the implants is made depending on each person's individual desires and on their general body build. Buttock implants are very soft, SOLID SILICONE implants and are completely unlike breast implants, which are soft, FLUID-FILLED sacks.
Who are the best candidates?
Generally, anyone in average physical condition or good health can be a candidate for buttock implant (augmentation) surgery.
About the procedure and recovery time
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.
Since this is an area of the body that is required for walking, sitting, and so many other movements, patients might experience greater pain during the recovery period than other common cosmetic surgery procedures and the recovery time is usually longer. Pain medications typically are prescribed to help with the discomfort, but after approximately 5-7 days the patient is able to be up and about; moving, walking, and sitting more comfortably.
There is generally very little swelling and bruising after buttock augmentation so the results may be seen very soon after surgery. Full physical activities are usually permitted within a month after surgery. Surgical risks may include: infection, bleeding, nerve and/or muscle damage, slippage and asymmetry.
What to expect?
With the patient asleep (general anesthesia) a two to three inch incision is made between the buttocks in the midline. Through this incision the buttock muscle (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. Dissolvable stitches placed in the skin incision. A bandage is placed that provides compression to the buttocks which in turn helps reduce discomfort and swelling. The person leaves the office surgical center within an hour or so after the two-hour procedure. The patient may be very uncomfortable the first several days. It is difficult to turn in any position to get comfortable and it is important that someone be with the person at least overnight and probably for the next several days just to help get out of bed, prepare meals, etc.
The taped dressing that is applied during surgery to provide compression and support is usually removed two to three days following surgery. At this time the patient can take showers and begin to move around more normally. The results can be seen immediately but the buttocks look more natural and become softer as the muscle stretches during the several months after surgery.
Full activities including gym work, bicycling, and running can usually be resumed about four weeks following surgery. It may take up to six or eight months until the results feel as if they're part of the body and the patient forgets about them even being there.