For many people, it is important to have a pleasant body appearance. In some cases this means the right proportions in between the features of the body; in others, we are talking about correcting imperfections in different areas of the body. The buttock augmentation procedure is a popular intervention performed to help both men and women get the butt of their dreams. The procedure is suitable for different types of patients and can be performed as a stand-alone intervention or in association with other procedures. What is important to keep in mind about the butt augmentation procedure is that it is a complex intervention and it should be performed at the right time. So, when to get the butt of your dreams? Here are some factors to consider before scheduling the intervention.
1. When you can take at least two weeks off from work for the recovery period
Each time we are talking about undergoing a plastic surgery intervention, it is important for the patient to keep in mind that after surgery, invariably, there will be a recovery period. When it comes to the duration of the recovery period, it can be longer if butt implants were used for the augmentation and shorter when the patient had fat transferred to the buttocks. However, the duration of the recovery period is also dependent on other factors such as the health condition of the patient, how committed he is to follow the indications of the plastic surgeon and whether complications occur or not.
It is important to schedule the procedure when and only if you can take at least two weeks off from work after the procedure is performed. And by two weeks off from work, we are not talking about working from home or doing fewer hours or anything of the sort. We are talking about an actual holiday from work responsibilities. At the beginning of the recovery period, the chances are that you will experience a certain level of pain and discomfort and you will want to spend most of the time resting and allowing the healing process to take its course. Also, keep in mind that the resting position is exclusively on the tummy as it is strictly contraindicated to lay on the back or sit on the buttocks. This means that working and even performing some daily chores might not be among the things easy to do in the first few days post-op. It is only after the first week that most patients can start resuming daily activities, slowly and gradually. The butt augmentation procedure is a complex intervention, and the results can easily be damaged in the first-month post-op if the patient doesn’t adopt the correct behavior. This is the reason why the plastic surgeon will ask you to take time off from work and ensure you use it to rest and recover from the surgical trauma.
2. When you know and understand all the potential risks and complications associated with the procedure
The butt augmentation surgery is pretty straight forward when it comes to the surgical plan. However, there are many different nuances associated with the procedure. It is without question a major operation that should be treated with care. And just like it is the case with any other complex surgery, it has risks and complications associated with it. Some of the risks are common to all types of surgical procedures, and here we can mention the risk of developing an infection, delayed wound healing, wound dehiscence, excessive bleeding and so on. The swelling and bruising that will occur immediately after the procedure was performed and last for a few weeks or months are also worth mentioning, even if they are not complications per se but just some side effects of undergoing a surgical intervention.
Other risks of the butt implants surgery are particular to the procedure such as buttock asymmetries, achieving unsatisfactory results and deep tissue infection. The buttock asymmetries can occur when the pocket created for the implants were not the right size, and the implant can shift inside them. Another cause of butt asymmetries is also the patient’s inability to follow the recommendations of the plastic surgeon in terms of post-op care. What this means is that any type of pressure applied on the buttocks in the first four weeks post-op can lead to butt imperfections and the alterations of the results achieved with the surgery. This is why it is very important for the success of your procedure to keep in mind and follow the recommendations of the plastic surgeon to the letter.
3. When you can have someone with you at home for at least the first two to three days post-op
As mentioned before, there are complications that can occur after the butt augmentation surgery was performed. Some of them can be dangerous and life-threatening, and this is why it is important to have someone with you at home for a few days post-op. This person should check for signs of infection or deep vein thrombosis and also help you get in and off the bed and help with food and drinks. During the first few days post-op, the patient can find it difficult to do certain things on his own as he is just getting used to how the implants feel inside the body and also because the discomfort and pain can be significant in some cases. Again, this is just the case of the first few days post-op. Most patients experience a decrease in the side effects of the butt implants surgery within days after the surgery was performed.
A potential infection could be detrimental to the progress of the recovery period and can also alter the results achieved with the surgery. This is why it is important to take the antibiotics medication as prescribed by the plastic surgeon, keep the incisions site clean and dry at all times and if high fever or intense pain occurs, it might be indicated to go see your plastic surgeon or go to a hospital for treatment. While superficial infections that affect the incisions can usually be easily treated, the deep tissue infections we mentioned before might be more complicated to address as it might require to take out the implants and clean their pockets. To avoid this, the plastic surgeon should wash the implants with an antibacterial solution before inserting them into the buttocks.
The person that will help you around the house for the first few days post-op should also monitor how you are feeling and contact the plastic surgeon if your condition deteriorates.
4. When you feel you can trust the plastic surgeon chosen to perform your procedure
The relationship between the plastic surgeon and the patient is very important not only for the success of the procedure but to keep the patient safe from complications. The patient undergoing the butt augmentation surgery will need to schedule follow up consultations with the plastic surgeon for the first year post-op. The first meeting is a day or two after the surgery when the plastic surgeon will want to check for signs of infection. A week from this date, another follow up consultation is required to monitor the cicatrization process. Another month from now you will see the plastic surgeon to allow him to assess the recovery process. Other follow up consultations are usually scheduled three months, six months, nine months and 1 year from the procedure. Each follows up consultation has a purpose and is important for the patient, so make sure not to miss any.
Because you will be seeing your plastic surgeon quite a lot after the surgery too, it is important to find someone you can trust, and you can be totally opened with. After the surgery, the patient can experience different symptoms and is important to be able to reach out to someone and discuss them so severe complications can be avoided.
The plastic surgeon you choose to perform the procedure should also be board-certified and play out the intervention routinely, so he knows how to keep you safe from complications and help you achieve the best results possible.
Getting the butts of your dreams can be quite a journey for some patients. And just like it is the case with any journey, it is important to start prepared. In this article, we have discussed when it is a good idea to schedule the butt augmentation procedure. Aside from the factors mentioned, there are others that you will discuss with the plastic surgeon during the pre-operative consultation. As always, it is important to choose a talented, experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon to play out your procedure to achieve the best results possible and avoid severe complications.