Candidates for buttock augmentation are physically healthy. They should be realistic about the range of cosmetic outcomes that are made possible. For fat transplants, having 10-20 pounds of excess fat in other body regions is ideal.
Patients who choose to have buttock augmentation typically possess one or more of the following characteristics:
- Bothered by asymmetrical buttocks
Patients who may have adverse reactions to general or regional anesthesia are not good candidates. For those who are interested in fat transplant, petite women with insufficient amounts of body fat are likely to not be good candidates or may need to gain weight prior to the procedure. Some surgeons use fat from the upper arms or thighs in these patients as well.
Like other surgeries, buttock augmentation requires certain general surgery procedures such as preoperative blood testing, medications, and cessation of smoking or use of pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs.
Buttock augmentation is a highly successful procedure and patients are usually very pleased with the results. As with any surgery, there are risks of complications related to infection or adverse reactions to anesthesia. A proper assessment of every patient, along with complete lab work help to prevent postoperative complications. After healing, scars are handled with special treatments to minimize their appearance.
Patients may be asked to follow certain directions for self-care and avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time, in the case of the fat transplant procedure. However, the majority of patients fully recover within a few weeks, with all signs of swelling disappearing a few months later.
As with any surgery, there are risks of complications related to infection or adverse reactions to anesthesia. Scarring is also an issue, as with all surgical procedures.