About Buttock Implants

There are various ways to improve the shape, contour, and size of the buttocks. Among the most common procedures to improve the aesthetic of the butt, are buttock implants. Buttock implants are usually silicone implants, made from a product similar but different than breast implants, which are surgically placed in the buttocks in order to create a rounded, more shapely rear end.


The surgery typically takes between two to three hours from start to finish and is performed under general anesthesia. The incision is made down the center of your buttock crease, which allows for the concealment of scarring. Each implant is then inserted directly into your glute muscles. We recommend placing the implant within the glute muscle instead of on top in order to reduce the risk of complications such as sagging, unnatural shape distortion over time, or capsular contracture. Once the implants are placed, Dr. Buchanan will close the incision with stitches and compression garments and bandages will be applied in order to reduce swelling.

What Does Recovery Look Like?

Recovery from this procedure varies from person to person, but typically we suggest that patients plan to take at least 1-2 weeks off of work post-surgery. Compression garments are usually worn for up to 6 weeks post-operation in order to reduce swelling and aid in the healing process. If you had drains placed during the surgery, make sure to follow the instructions from Dr. Buchanan on how to care for those during recovery. Final results are visible approximately 3-6 months post treatment, after the swelling has fully abated and the implants have moved into their permanent position.

Are Buttock Implants Right For Me?

You may be a good candidate for buttock implants if:

– You desire a more shapely, contoured and full rear end
– You have realistic expectations and goals for the outcome of your procedure
– Your butt is asymmetrical
– You desire gluteal augmentation but do not have enough donor fat for a fat transfer procedure (Brazilian Butt Lift or “BBL”)
– You are in good health overall and don’t smoke. This is a medical procedure that requires time to recover and heal. If you suffer from a chronic medical condition, it’s best to speak to your primary care physician to see if this procedure is right for you. If you smoke, most plastic surgeons will ask that you stop smoking entirely, or stop smoking six weeks prior to your procedure, as well as six weeks post-operation.

If you believe you are a good candidate for buttock implants based on the qualifications outlined above, we suggest you schedule a consultation with Dr. Buchanan to discuss the possibility of a butt augmentation and the added benefits it could bring to your life.

Alternatives to Buttock Implant Surgery

Rather than having implants placed, patients can opt for a procedure known as a “Brazilian Butt Lift”. This procedure involves removing fat from a different area of the body and transferring it to buttocks in order to add shape and volume. For more information, check out our Brazilian Butt Lift page listed under Procedures.

How Much Do Buttock Implants Cost?

The cost of buttock implants varies significantly depending on the complexity of your case, the type of implants you choose, and where you live. It’s also important to note that the cost of the procedure may not include additional surgery costs, including:
– Anesthesia fees
– Implants
– Operating room costs
– Blood or additional medical testing
– Compression garments for post-surgery
– Prescriptions
– Miscellaneous expenses, such as surgeon’s fees

Additionally, the cost of the procedure can be affected by the following circumstances:
– The amount of experience and overall reputation of your surgeon. You’ll find that surgeon’s with many years of experience, or that are highly regarded, will typically cost more.
– The techniques the surgeon uses for the procedure and the complexity of the case.
– Where your surgeon’s practice is located. Typically, larger cities have higher operational costs and are more expensive.

If you’ve considered buttock implants, but feel like you are limited financially, speak to Dr. Buchanan or one of the VIVIFY staff members about financing options. We do our best to work with each patient by offering financing plans to help her achieve her surgical goals.

Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon

During your search for a potential plastic surgeon, you should only consider a surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Board-certified surgeons spend a minimum of 6-8 years in training after medical school to ensure that they are well-trained in both aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.
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