If you decide to proceed with implants, your surgeon will explain how the procedure is carried out, including:
– The preoperative tests required;
– the type of anaesthesia (general / you will be put to sleep),
– the location and length of the incision (generally up to 5 cm long, in between the buttocks),
– the intramuscular position of the implant,
– the type of silicone gel implant used (round or oval shape, smooth or rough surface implants),
– the different sizes and projections available,
– the type of stitches used,
– the drains that you will use for the first few days, and the kind of dressings required following surgery.
The operation takes 90 minutes and you will generally stay overnight.
The surgeon will explain everything about the postoperative period, including:
– The sleeping position;
– when you can start walking again,
– when you can start sitting down normally again,
– when you can go back to work or to the gym.
Then, your surgeon will explain the physical limits of the augmentation, including limitations due to:
– The limits of implant sizes available;
– the dimensions of your muscle,
– the necessity to maintain a harmonious curve of your buttock.
The surgeon will also mention the normal side effects after surgery, such as:
– Mild to moderate pain (7 to 15 days);
– swelling (up to 21 days),
– potential risks, which include: infection, wound opening, seroma, bleeding, displacement of the implant, capsule contracture, implant rupture, and the life expectancy of the implants.
For those patients who are not primarily concerned with the size of their buttocks, but rather the shape, the surgeon can explain several ways to reshape the buttocks to give a better aesthetic appearance.
Commonly women and a growing number of men are bothered by:
– Fat deposits on the love handles or on the outer thighs that can be suctioned out, in order to sculpt and enhance the contour of the buttocks,
– droopy buttocks, or a lack of tone, which can affect a part of the buttock, or all of the buttock area, (but generally the lower third),
– asymmetry of the buttocks (natural or post-traumatic, or even due to previous surgery).
In some cases, a buttock lift will be necessary; this usually requires a scar underneath the buttocks where excess skin and fat will be removed.
Patients may also request a change of buttock implants, when, for any reason, they are not suitable anymore, or the patient would like to increase the size or change the shape.
The cost of buttock implants is from £7,950 including all miscellaneous surgical expenses, excluding blood tests (£100 approx).