FAQ’s: Buttock Augmentation Using Implants

Written by Chuma Chike-Obi, MD, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon on May 26, 2017 No Comments

buttock augmentation basics

Buttock augmentation using implants is a wonderful procedure that is growing in popularity.  The number of patients undergoing this procedure has steadily increased over the past decade in the United States.  There are two reasons for this.  First, sustained cultural trends over the course of the past fifteen or so years support the notion that buttock aesthetics is an increasingly important part of American society.  This is obvious whether you’re watching reality tv or simply walking around any mall or park in Austin.  The second reason for this uptick in popularity is that our techniques have been refined to the point where we are able to consistently deliver excellent long-term results to our patients.  Without further ado, let’s get into some of the more common questions I encounter regarding buttock augmentation

Am I a good candidate for the procedure?

You are a good candidate if you:

  1. Desire more fullness in the buttock area than you currently have.
  2. Do not have enough fat tissue in other areas that can be used for a fat transfer procedure (also known as a Brazilian Butt Lift)
  3. Do have sufficient fat tissue, but not enough to meet your desired goal.

What is involved in the procedure?

The procedure usually takes about 2.5hours under general anesthesia.  The incision is hidden in the top of the gluteal crease and is not visible when standing or sitting.  Patients are asked to totally avoid sitting for a period of three weeks.  It is OK to lie down and walk during this healing period.  There is some discomfort in the early postoperative period.  The implants ‘settle’ over the course of 2-3 months, similar to what breast augmentation patients experience.

How likely is it for the implant to move around after surgery?

Though possible, the chance of implant malposition or rotation is very low, as long as the implant is placed within the gluteus maximus muscle, as opposed to placement on top of the muscle.

Can my buttock implants rupture and leak silicone into my body?

The implants we use for buttock augmentation are solid silicone implants.  It is impossible for them to rupture so this is a nonissue.

Do I have to have a dramatic change in my derriere if I undergo this procedure?

Definitely not.  The buttock implants come in a variety of sizes, and shapes.  Similar to breast augmentation, it is very possible to maintain a petite, ‘bubble’ look after this procedure.  For those who want a more dramatic look, larger implants are considered. It is even possible to combine implants with a fat transfer for those seeking even more of a change.

Can I speak with someone who has undergone this procedure?

Of course!  Some of our happy patients have been graceful enough to offer to speak with other prospective patients such as yourself.  This information can be provided during your consultation if you desire.

 


Chuma Chike-Obi, MD

Chuma Chike-Obi, MD completed a 6 year residency with the Division of Plastic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and Affiliate hospitals in Houston, Texas. Dr. Chike-Obi specializes in cosmetic surgery, including facelift, blepharoplasty, breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, and reconstructive breast surgery.


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