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Buttock Implants (Gluteal Augmentation)
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The surgical insertion of artificial implants into the buttocks to enhance their size and shape.

Length of Surgery

2 – 3 hours




Local with sedation or general

Back to work in...

Within 1 week

Back to the gym in...

4 – 6 weeks

Treatment Frequency

Once, unless implants shift or rupture


Infection; blood clots; allergic reaction to the anesthetic; hematoma; seroma; skin necrosis; unfavorable scarring; poor wound healing; asymmetry; implants may shift or rupture

Duration of Results

Permanent, unless the implants shift or rupture

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Buttock implant Surgery Costs*

Buttock implant cost varies, though the average cost in 2007, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, was $4,788. This is only the surgeon’s fee, and other fees such as facility, anesthesia, and medication fees must be taken into account.

If you are considering having buttock implant surgery but want to explore more about the financing options available before you make your decision, PLEASE CLICK HERE. You can discuss your financial options with your surgeon, and find out if there are any loans of flexi-payment plans available to you.

Am I a candidate for buttock implant surgery?

You may be a suitable candidate for buttock implants if:

  1. You are unhappy with the size and shape of your buttocks
  2. You are physically and psychologically healthy
  3. You are over 18 years of age
  4. You are a non-smoker
  5. You have realistic expectations for what buttock implant surgery can accomplish for you
Certain medical conditions and medications may affect whether you are a suitable candidate for buttock implant surgery. Check with your buttock implant doctor.


What is a buttock implant Procedure? 

Buttock implant (buttock augmentation, gluteal augmentation) is the surgical insertion of artificial implants into the buttocks in order to enhance their size and shape.

Buttock implants are used to make the buttocks larger and shapelier, and can also provide individuals with underdeveloped buttocks with a more proportionate figure. During the buttock implant procedure, an incision is made under the buttock cheek or down the buttock crease. The buttock implant doctor then creates a “pocket”, and inserts the butt implants. Sometimes, liposuction will be performed at the same time. The buttock implant operation takes two to three hours to complete under general anesthetic, or local anesthetic with sedation.

Buttock implant Surgery Procedure Steps

Step 1 - Anesthesia 

  1. The buttock lift operation is normally carried out under a general anesthetic, or local anesthetic with sedation.
Step 2 - The incisions
  1. The buttock implant surgeon makes an incision where the cheek meets the back of the thigh, or down the buttock crease. The doctor creates a pocket into which to insert the butt implants, under or on top of the gluteus maximus muscle. Sometimes the operation is performed in combination with liposuction. After both buttocks have been operated on, the buttock implant doctor makes sure the buttocks are symmetrical and natural.
Step 3 - Closing Up
  1. The butt implant surgeon sutures the buttock incisions with dissolvable stitches. A compression bandage is placed around the buttocks to help reduce discomfort and swelling.
Step 4 - The results
  1. The results of your buttock implant can be seen immediately but the buttocks look more natural and become more soft as the muscle stretches during the several months after butt implant surgery.


Buttock implant Surgery Recovery and Healing Steps

When you wake up after butt implant surgery, you will feel tired, sore, and stiff, and have swelling and bruising around your buttock area. You may be prescribed an antibiotic, pain medication and an anti-inflammatory medication. You will wear a compression garment, which will be removed a few days after butt implant surgery.

During buttock implant recovery time, rest as much as possible, and drink plenty of fluids. You will be able to resume sedentary work within a few days to a week. Avoid physical exertion for several weeks.

The stitches will come out within a week to ten days, and swelling will gradually subside over several weeks. The results will then become apparent.

Buttock implant Side Effects and Surgery Risks

Buttock implant side effects include:

  1. Swelling
  2. Bruising
  3. Numbness
  4. Pain
Buttock implant risks and complications may include:
  1. Infection
  2. Blood clots
  3. Allergic reaction to the anesthetic
  4. Hematoma (collection of blood under the skin)
  5. Seroma (build-up of fluid)
  6. Skin necrosis (skin death)
  7. Unfavorable scarring
  8. Poor wound healing
  9. Asymmetry
  10. The implants may shift
  11. The implants may rupture


Questions to Ask a Surgeon about a buttock implant procedure

Knowledge is power so arm yourself with the facts before making any decision about buttock implant surgery. Here is an essential checklist to help you find the right Perfect Yourself Surgeon.

  1. Am I a good candidate for buttock implant surgery?
  2. Are my described expectations realistic?
  3. Where is the buttock implant surgery performed?
  4. How long will the procedure take?
  5. What kind of anesthesia is used?
  6. What is your experience in performing buttock implant surgery?
  7. Can I see your qualifications?
  8. Ask to see any buttock implant surgery before and after photographs of recent surgeries?
  9. What percentages of your buttock implant surgery patients have had significant post-surgical complications? (surgeons should disclose this information to you)
  10. Who will be assisting my surgery? Can I see their qualifications?
  11. How much will my buttock implant surgery cost?
  12. Do you offer patient financing? (Flexible payment schemes for your surgery)
  13. Will you repeat/correct procedures if the agreed goals are not met? If this is the case, will I be charged again?
  14. Ask to observe the exact procedure you are considering before you decided to have surgery if you are unsure (this could be on videotape or in real life).
  15. What is the recovery and healing period for buttock implant surgery? When can I resume full normal activity?
  16. Have you ever had your malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked, suspended?
  17. Ask for and follow up on patient references (these can be invaluable to finding out what your surgeon is really like and the level of customer satisfaction he/she has received in the past)


Surgeon Checklist

Surgeon Checklist

Knowledge is power so arm yourself with the facts before making any decision about Buttock Implants (Gluteal Augmentation) procedures; click here for an essential check list to help you find the right Perfect Yourself plastic surgeon.

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