How You Recover Following Buttocks Augmentation

The recovery process for buttocks augmentation can vary depending on the degree of work done.  In most cases it is done as an outpatient procedure where you can go home the same day.  It is important to discuss with your cosmetic surgeon or board-certified plastic surgeon exactly what you should expect to endure after obtaining your specific desired results.  In order to have a speedy recovery, be sure to abide by all instructions from your doctor including sleeping positions, bathing techniques, and mild exercises.

How will You Feel After the Buttock Augmentation?

With any fat transfer procedure you can expect to experience soreness and swelling of the injection site or fat removal site.  You will encounter some pain and soreness immediately following the surgery, which should subside within a few days.   Most people return to work within two weeks and can anticipate a full recovery after one to two months.  For the most part, buttock augmentation patients report the most discomfort in the fat donor sites and very minimal pain in the buttocks.

How will You Look After Buttock Augmentation?

Upon awakening from your buttock augmentation your rear will be covered with a special garment to reduce swelling.  There may be some bruising around the injection site and fat removal site at first.  Using a cold compress will help with this discomfort.  These bruises typically will not last longer than three to four weeks.  Swelling should reduce substantially after one month from your procedure. 

How will You Take Care of Yourself After Buttock Augmentation?

For the best results of the buttock augmentation surgery, you should not sit directly on your buttocks for up to three weeks.  You will be required to wear a special compression garment to control swelling for the first two weeks and the swelling should completely subside within six weeks.  Most patients are able to resume all normal activities about four weeks post operation.  To maximize comfort after surgery, you may want to invest in several weight-distribution pillows and foam contour pillows for legs, head and back so you can lie comfortably.  Depending on the invasiveness of your procedure and how much fat grafting and liposuction was done, most doctors recommend taking one to two weeks off of work to their patients.

What Kind of Pain Medication is Offered for the Buttock Augmentation?

In most cases the buttock augmentation is done under general anesthesia, however some surgeons use a local anesthetic with sedation.  Either way you can expect to feel no pain during the procedure.  Upon completion of the surgery, your cosmetic surgeon or board-certified plastic surgeon will likely prescribe a narcotic analgesic such as Vicodin and/or Percocet to alleviate discomfort after surgery.  These medications are usually taken for the first few days post operation and then may be replaced with over-the-counter pain relievers.

What are the Risks and Complications of the Buttock Augmentation?

As with any surgical procedure there are risks and complications to take into account.  Rarely, unsatisfactory results have been reported such as asymmetry of the two butt cheeks, uneven fat distribution resulting in an unsmooth look or feel, and scaring.  Other seldom side effects include bleeding and infection.