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Buttock Implant

Butt implants, or buttock implants, are intended for men and women who would like more curves and/or a well-balanced physique. This can improve an individual’s buttock contour by creating a fuller shape. Buttock implant surgery, like breast implant surgery, places artificial implants in between gluteal muscle to enhance the size and shape of the buttocks. This surgery does not aim to widen the hips.

Surgical/Procedure Name

  • Gluteal Augmentation

Common Name

  • Buttock Implant Surgery
  • Butt Implants

Surgical Procedure

During buttock augmentation, implants are placed through an incision made either where the cheek meets the back of the thigh or in the buttock crease (where scars are not as noticeable). The surgeon then creates a pocket large enough to place the implants. Your surgeon will advise you on the most suitable procedure for you. Once placed, the surgeon confirms that each cheek is symmetrical and looks natural. The incisions are closed, and a compression garment is applied.

Hospital Admission

Two to three nights

Duration of Operation

Two to Three hours


General Anaesthesia

Pre Operative Care

Before surgery please inform your surgeon of any allergies, all medical conditions, and any medication that you are taking (both prescription and non-prescription). To eliminate the chance of post operative bleeding, you should avoid Aspirin and blood thinning medication such as Brufen for two weeks prior to surgery. You should also not smoke for 4 weeks prior to surgery as smoking can affect your reaction to the anaesthetic and slow down the healing process. Patients that suffer from hypertension must inform the surgeon prior to surgery. In your consultation you should discuss your expectations of the outcome of the surgery and listen to the surgeon’s opinion. You will probably be required to send photos to the surgeon prior to the consultation. This will enable the assessment and also serve as a reference following surgery.

Post Operative Care

Buttock implants will have a moderate amount of postoperative discomfort and will feel very tight right after surgery. Take your pain medications as needed. Significant swelling will occur in the first few days making your buttocks feel even tighter. There will be a taped dressing/bandages on your lower back to cover the incision. The tapes are to be left in place to serve both as a dressing and reinforcement of the incision. You will probably be able to resume exercise and normal physical activities within a month or two, after any residual soreness has subsided. Whilst you still have butt implants please avoid puncture or injection in the buttock area.

Risks and Complications

Risks are inherent to any surgical procedure. The most common risks include bleeding, infection and scarring. Although the chances of these events happening is slim to none, they sometimes can occur. Other complications can include, capsular contracture and loss of some sensation in the region. Capsular contracture occurs if the capsule, or shell, around the implant begins to tighten and thicken. Should a problem arise, there are a number of ways to correct the issue. Sometimes removal of the capsule is required, or perhaps the implant may need to be replaced, however this is uncommon if you follow your surgeon’s directions.


Buttock augmentation patients typically can return to quiet, low-intensity work within a week. Full recovery may take several months.

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