10 common questions potential patients are asking about buttocks augmentation
1. What is the difference between buttock implants and fat grafting?
Butt, or gluteal implants, are instruments (made from semi-solid silicone) that are inserted into the buttocks to increase the volume and improve the shape. Fat grafting uses the fats from your own body, taken from either from the abdomen or thighs and then injected into the buttocks. Implants can be long-lasting while fat grafts need touch up sessions to maintain the desired results.
2. Should I be worried about scarring after buttocks augmentation?
What is good about this procedure is that surgeons employ certain techniques so that the incisions are created within the crease of the buttocks. This makes any scarring less obvious. However, over time this eventually fades until it becomes unnoticeable. Even so with fat grafting, the size of the incision found on the donor site will be more inconspicuous. But even with the traditional approach the location of the incisions also conceals the scars properly, so you get to wear your bikini without worrying about any marks showing.
3. Will my buttocks enhancement results still stay proportionate if ever I gain weight?
From the moment we are born, we already have a predetermined amount of fat in our body, this means fat cells do not multiply. What happens when you gain weight is that the existing fat cells only balloon in size. And that’s what will happen to those that are originally found in your buttocks area. In almost all cases of buttocks augmentation the fat will stay proportionate between each buttock, and also against your overall body form.
4. Which is better, implants or fat graft?
Both have their pros and cons, and this would be considered based on the main goal of the patient. Fat graft is created for the purpose of creating a less invasive approach to the traditional procedure. It also uses your own tissues so it prevents any possible rejection, which is an inherent risk with silicone. Fat grafts also give you a more natural result especially with how it feels upon palpation. However, you have to prepare that liposuction has to be done first before any grafting can be made. Implants are not so bad because with the right evaluation and approach this can also create a dramatic change in shape and volume which is also proportionate to the rest of the body.
5. What are the postoperative precautions I need to remember so that I can heal faster?
- Give yourself at least a full week to rest, and avoid sitting.
- It is advisable to avoid lying on your back for the first six weeks, so you should muster the patience to lie on your stomach, or in a prone position, to prevent any pressure on your buttocks.
- Keep incisions clean and dry to avoid infections and prolonged wound healing.
- Continuous use of compression garments for four to five weeks is necessary to prevent swelling and displacement of implants or fat grafts.
- It is advised to avoid driving, sex and exercises for the first six weeks after surgery.
6. Can any cosmetic surgeon perform buttocks augmentation?
Cosmetic surgery is referred to as the wild west in the world of medicine. Unfortunately, there are a lot of cosmetic surgeons who are not qualified to perform the procedures they offer, but they are able to do it because of lenient regulations.
For potential clients, it is important that you research your surgeon well to ensure that you are in good hands. It is advisable that during consultation, you need to ask if the surgeon is trained, certified, and experienced to perform this particular procedure. You may even ask for before and after photos of his past clients. Any good surgeon would be able to do this openly. Of course, he should have a good track record for you to consider him. Some surgeons would even be willing to give you a contact number of past clients so you can ask them directly about their experience.
Not every cosmetic surgeon is trained and experienced to perform buttocks augmentation, so be very careful in choosing. The doctor-patient relationship is very important in gearing for success. It is also important that a surgeon is open and ready to answer all your questions during the consultation.
7. How will I know if I am highly at risk for complications with my buttocks augmentation?
Surgeons follow certain guidelines in considering you as a good candidate for the procedure. The type of approach will also be taken into account because the two that are used have different levels of invasiveness. But generally any patient who have clotting problems will be considered high risk because these two will require incisions. There is definite box on which to place potential candidates because you will be evaluated accordingly based on your unique needs, which is why a personal consultation is necessary.
8. How much does a buttocks augmentation cost?
Since this is an elective surgery, a buttocks augmentation will be expensive. There is no definite cost because this will vary for each patient. This will depend on the type of approach the patient prefers and the amount of work that needs to be done. Yes, it is unfortunate that this type of surgery is not covered by insurance. For an estimated cost for your procedure in particular, a personal consultation would be the best way to get an actual quote.
9. How do I know which type of approach will be appropriate for my case?
This will be determined during the consultation. The surgeon will assess your case, alongside your desired outcome and with that he will develop a treatment plan.
10. How long until can see the final result?
This will depend on the type of procedure done, and on how the individual heals. Generally, there will be swelling and bruising but this will abate in a week or two. The final result will finally be appreciated in a few months time once the implants and the fat grafts has settled.
I hope these somehow answered your nagging questions. If you still have some left unanswered you may also refer here. It pays to be informed before you sign up for something invasive.