With the patient asleep (general anaesthesia) a 2-3 inch incision is made between the buttocks in the midline. Through this incision the buttock muscle (gluteus maximus) is lifted up and a pocket is made just large enough for the implant. The implant is inserted into its pocket. The opposite side is then completed. Both sides are carefully examined in order to assure that the results look natural and symmetrical. Dissolvable stitches are placed in the skin incision. A bandage is placed that provides compression to the buttocks which in turn helps reduce discomfort and swelling. The patient can leave the hospital within an hour or so after the procedure.




The patient may be very uncomfortable the first several days. It is difficult to turn in any position to get comfortable and it is important that someone be with the person at least overnight and probably for the next several days just to help get out of bed, prepare meals, etc. Since this is an area of the body that is required for walking, sitting, and so many other movements, patients might experience greater pain during the recovery period than other common cosmetic surgery procedures and the recovery time is usually longer.

Pain medications typically are prescribed to help with the discomfort, but after approximately 5-7 days the patient is able to be up and about; moving, walking, and sitting more comfortably.


The taped dressing that is applied during surgery to provide compression and support is usually removed two to three days following surgery. At this time the patient can take showers and begin to move around more normally. The results can be seen immediately but the buttocks look more natural and become more soft as the muscle stretches during the several months after surgery.


Full activities including gym work, bicycling, and running can usually be resumed about four weeks following surgery. It may take up to six or eight months until the results feel as if they’re part of the body and the patient forgets about them even being there.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does buttock implant surgery take?

It generally depends on the type and extent of the procedure or whether you’re having buttock implants with or without liposculpture. Each procedure usually takes between one to two hours.

If I’m visiting from out-of-town, how long should I remain after surgery before departing?

With any type of implant surgery, you should allow 1-2 days for your recovery after surgery. Dr. Viral Desai will advise you if there is a change in this waiting period.

What about the vacation packages? I’ve read about that the benefits of getting buttock implants while on vacation. Is this safe?

Absolutely not! Any advertisement that asks you to consider getting a ‘surgical vacation’, or have surgery such as butt implants while on vacation isn’t being truthful, and in fact, could put your health in jeopardy.

How soon can I get back to work?

It depends greatly on the specific procedure, and the individual. Some patients tolerate surgical procedures better than others. But, on average most patients are back to work within a week, or ten days.

Will it hurt?

This will be discussed with you in detail during the initial consultation. During the procedure, our anaesthesia staff will assure that you’re comfortable and will feel no pain. You’ll be asleep throughout the entire procedure. After surgery, any pain or discomfort you may experience will be controlled through medication and will usually subside within a matter of days.

How soon can i get back to work?

It depends greatly on the specific procedure, and the individual. Some patients tolerate surgical procedures better than others. But, on average most patients are back to work within a week, or ten days.

How long will it be before the final result?

This varies. The final optimal result can usually be appreciated a few months after surgery. At first, you may feel uncomfortable after buttock implant surgery, and you will be advised to not sit until the sutures have time to heal. In most cases, you’ll have to rest on your stomach side to let the region heal. After a week (approximately), you’ll be able to sit comfortably again, but it may seem to you at first as though you’re sitting on a wallet, or padding. This is the feeling one gets in the upper region of the buttock, although this isn’t the load-bearing region when one sits. The buttock implant is generally placed much higher in the gluteal pocket, while the upper back of the thighs are the area where most of the weight from sitting is distributed, so, it is unlikely that you’ll ever actually “sit” on the implant itself. As well, you may have to wear a compression pad (elastic wrap) if you have additional liposculpture done, in conjunction with the implant procedure. In these instances, you’ll have to wear this garment for a week or two.

Will there be scars?

Yes, but they probably won’t be noticeable. Your surgeon will make every effort to keep incisions as minimal as possible and try to hide them in the natural lines and creases of your skin. The scars will fade over time and become barely noticeable.

What are the risks and complications?

As with any operation there are certain risks. The most common risks include bleeding, infection and scarring. Although these events are usually infrequent, they sometimes can occur. These will be discussed with you during the consultation for your procedure. Other complications can include capsular contracture, or loss of some sensation in the region. Capsular contracture is a condition that can occur when fibrosis of connective tissue forms around the capsule (the implant body), causing hardness, definitive implant edges that can be seen or restrict movement. Capsular contracture occurs infrequently, but in severe cases, where the capsule fiber can’t be broken externally, can result in the removal, and/or replacement of the implant.

Will I need to travel to CPLSS for a consultation prior to my surgery, or will a picture be adequate?

Generally, a photograph of your problematic area will do, to start the evaluation process. Dr. Desai or a doctor from his team will view the area you are inquiring about, and then consult with you. Normally, you would have to visit for physical inspections and medical tests, if required, in advance of any planned surgery.


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