Many women desire that rounded, curvy bottom – the J-Lo (Jennifer Lopez) booty. Unfortunately, a women’s body shape is predetermined by genetics. No amount of exercises or anything else can be done to change your predetermined body shape – until now. With butt implants, also known a butt lift or buttock augmentation, plastic surgeons are able to surgically insert special implants in the buttocks that will change a flat but into a bigger, rounded butt over night. Note that inserting butt implants is a different plastic surgery procedure than the Brazilian butt lift. With the Brazilian butt lift, the buttock enhancement is achieved via autologous fat transfer, or transfer of your own body fat from one area (such as the stomach, love handles, arms, thighs, etc.) to the buttocks. Butt Implants refers to use of special implants that are inserted underneath the skin or muscle (kind of like breast implants). Both aim to achieve to same goal—a sexy, curvy bottom—they just work in different ways.
The Initial Consultation
During the initial consultation you have with your plastic surgeon, he will begin discussing what results you are looking for with your butt implants. It may be helpful to bring in a picture of the kind of butt you would like to achieve, so he can get an idea of what you are looking for. You and your doctor will go over how large and rounded you want your new butt to be, and you will discuss many different options. Your doctor will let you know what you can expect, and if the results you want are realistic. Here are some questions you may want to ask your doctor:
- How many times have you performed buttock augmentation surgery in the last six months?
- What percentage of your clients are pleased with the results?
- May I see before and after photos of previous buttock augmentations?
- Are the results I want achievable/realistic?
- What will the recovery be like?
- If the there is a problem that needs a revision surgery, will you incur some of the cost?
Who are the Ideal Candidates for Butt Implants
- The ideal candidate to receive butt implants is someone who is:
- At least 18 years old or older
- Within 30 pounds of their ideal weight
- In good physical and mental health
- Has realistic expectations
- Is prepared for the recovery period
- Has thoroughly researched the procedure as well as the doctor who will be performing the surgery
How are the Butt Implants inserted?
Your doctor will begin your buttock augmentation by drawing lines where he wants to make the incisions, as well as other markings to help guide him through the procedure. The doctor will put you under either general or local anesthesia (usually general), and then make his incisions to prepare the insertion of the butt implants. The incisions are usually make in one of two places: either down the buttock crease (butt crack), or where the butt cheek meets the back of the thigh. In most cases, he will make the incision down the buttock crease because in this position the resulting scar will be very hard to notice. Once the incisions have been made, that doctor will insert an instrument that will allow him to create a large pocket for which the implants to be inserted. The implants can be placed underneath the muscle or on top of it. Discuss the pros and cons of each with your doctor. After the pockets are created, the surgeon will then insert the butt implants. The doctor will then use his hands to make sure they are positioned correctly and that they are symmetrical. Once they are in place, he will then stitch up the incisions. In some cases, he may also utilize some liposuction to further shape the buttocks. The surgery will take about two to three hours, and will generally not require you to stay overnight in the hospital.
Recovery from Butt Augmentation Surgery
As with any plastic surgery procedure, there is going to be a recovery period. After the surgery, you will experience a fair amount of bruising and swelling. It may hurt to sit down for a few days, and you should definitely take it as easy as possible while your body heals. Your doctor will probably have you wear a special compression garment to help reduce swelling and help everything heal properly during your recovery. Sometimes you will also have temporary drains to remove excess fluid while you recover. You will probably be able to resume light work within a few days, but you should not exercise. Your doctor will remove the stitches after ten days or so. Bruising and swelling will be significantly reduced after a month. You will probably be able to resume rigorous exercise around one to two months after the surgery, but the full recovery to the point when there is absolutely no soreness can take up to six months, and of course this varies from patient to patient.
Risks and Complications Associated with Getting Butt Implants
Any plastic surgery procedure will come with the risk of complications. The main risk is that the implants may shift and result in your butt looking unsymmetrical, however, this is rare. Also, most implants will be placed in a position above the sitting area, so this it is unlikely they will be disturbed. Another very rare risk is that the implants may rupture. Again though, this is extremely rare, and even if they do, you will have to get them replaced, but it will not pose a serious risk when the fluid leaks out. You should obviously contact your doctor as soon as possible, however.
Cost of Butt Implants
Butt Implants cost roughly $4,700. Of course, as with any cosmetic surgery procedure, the prices will vary a lot and be determined by a variety of factors. Some of these factors will include how difficult the plastic surgeon anticipates the surgery will be, how experienced the doctor is, if liposuction will need to be performed with the procedure or not, and the city it is performed in. However, do not let butt augmentation cost be the main factor that influences your decision about which doctor to go with. Finding cheap plastic surgery is not the main goal—finding an experienced surgeon is. When comparing different cosmetic surgery prices, always remember that it is always worth it pay extra for a really experienced doctor who are confident can provide you with the results you desire. You only have one body, and there are plenty of plastic surgery horror stories that could have been avoided if the patient had better researched their doctor. Do not become another statistic—go with a good doctor, even if it means paying a little more!