Gluteal (Buttock) Augmentation is for the person who has not developed proportionate gluteal muscles, lacks adequate buttock fat or simply wishes to enlarge, lift and shape the buttock mounds. The buttocks are augmented with the use of either fat harvested from one part of the body and transferred to the buttocks or implants designed to achieve an individual’s desired effect and match their general body build. These implants are made out of soft, solid implantable grade silicone polymers and are significantly different from breast implants. Gluteal implants or fat injections are for anyone who is in good health, average physical condition, and desires more curve or proportion to their body.
|Procedure:||Buttock augmentation/ implants/ fat Injection to buttocks|
|Anesthesia:||General or Local with Sedation|
|Risks:||Bleeding, Infection, Hematoma, Seroma, Nerve damage, or Muscle damage leading to reduced strength. Implant movement/ displacement/ asymmetry. Implant dislocation most frequently due to patient non compliance with post op instructions.|
|Recovery:||2-8 weeks before full normal activity resumed|
Gluteal implants are soft, solid silicone. The implants are placed above the sitting area for maximum cosmetic effect; therefore, you never actually sit on them.
The implant may be placed into each buttock area between the fascia (thick connective tissue covering the muscle) and the muscle itself, or intra-muscularly (inside the muscle structure), or below the muscle through a single incision where the cheek meets the back of the thigh, or just above the “crack” of the buttocks cheeks. A pocket just large enough for the implant will be created and the implant will be inserted into this pocket. Your physician will check both sides to ensure they are symmetrical. Stitches are placed to close the incision and a bandage that provides compression to the buttocks is applied to help reduce pain and swelling.
For fatty augmentation of the buttocks, liposuction is performed from one part of the body. This fat is then purified and transferred to the buttock area for augmentation. This has the added advantage of removing fat from unwanted areas.
Anesthesia may be general or light sleep sedation. You may leave the office surgical center soon after you have recovered from the anesthesia and you have been examined one last time for potential complications.
You may be very uncomfortable for the first few days, and it is important that someone stay with you at least overnight on your first night home to assist in getting in and out of bed, preparing meals, etc. Due to the possibility of complications, it is necessary for you to stay in contact with your physician for the first three to four days.
The taped dressing on your incisions to provide compression is usually removed within two to three days. After this, you can take showers and move around more normally. There will be swelling and bruising which you can treat with your prescribed pain medication and ice packs. The sutures are removed in about ten days. It is very important that you do not move around too quickly as this can cause the incision to open.
You may return to your normal lifestyle, like gym work, bicycling and running, about eight weeks after surgery. It may take six or eight months before everything feels “normal”.