Buttock implant

Purpose:

To make the buttocks look rounder or fuller

The procedure:

Buttock implants involve surgery and the treatment can take up to two hours, depending on the size of the implant. Before the operation, you may be treated with a local or general anaesthetic. The surgeon makes small incisions in the buttock and then creates a cavity before inserting the implant. The incisions are then stitched. Buttock implants are usually made of silicone.

You will be required to stay in hospital overnight and to lie face down for 48 hours. You will need to take 1 week off work to rest and to avoid exercise for 6 weeks. The sutures are usually dissolvable and will not need to be removed.

The results:

Most people find that the shape of their buttock/s becomes more defined as required. The results are permanent.

The risks:

Risks can include infection, movement of the implant, collection of fluid or scarring. If the implant is infected or moves, the implant may have to be removed, which is not always a straightforward procedure. If you think the implant has ruptured you should contact your doctor immediately.

Before you start:

Most people choose to have buttock implants because they think their buttocks look small or saggy - but this may be due to the structure of your legs and waist rather than your buttocks. Before considering a buttock implant, talk to your doctor about whether there are any alternatives.

Also see:

Buttock lift
Thigh lift
Lower body lift

Procedure information is copyright Department of Health (http://www.dh.gov.uk. Reproduced under the terms of the Click-Use Licence.