Ask a doctor

Are Buttock Implants Very Painful?

What's the usual amount of pain associated with having butt implants?

Doctor Answers 13

Buttock augmentation

YES. They are very painful.  There will be pain for up to a month, but most of the pain will be during the first week. 

San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

Pain post buttock implant surgery

Buttock augmentation using implants is known to be painful and uncomfortable the first few days following surgery. Be patient and follow the directions advised by your surgeon for best results. Remember, beauty is pain.

Jaime Perez, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 51 reviews

Buttock Implants and Pain

Although buttock implants are one of the more painful operations in the field of plastic surgery, much of the pain subsides after 4-5 days and the rest resolves over the ensuing 2-3 weeks.  Pain is very a subjective thing and it is proven that those who have a reasonable expectation of the pain and acceptance of the pain fair much better after surgery than those  who drastically fear the pain and don't try to cope with the pain...RAS 

Ryan Stanton, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

Pain after Butt implants

Butt implants can be performed successfully to create a beautiful augmentation and re-contouring. However, this is not a simple procedure. After a Butt implant surgery, busy central that they did not put pressure on to the areas of the Butt or put tension on the incision that was used. In our practice, we commonly tell our patients that after this surgery they should not lie on their part or in a seated position for up to two weeks. Patients return to the office every 2-3 days so that we can check their wounds to make sure that they are healing well and do not have an infection and to assist them with cleaning. Patients tell us that they had a tight sensation but that this discomfort can be controlled with Tylenol and pain medications such as Darvocet or Vicodin.

Pat Pazmino, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 68 reviews

Buttock implants are painful

Buttock implants are painful and should only be done in patients who fully understand this. It takes quit  a lot of time to recover from this type of surgery , patients cannot sit on the implants and have to sit on the ishium or rest on the thigh area . Early on it is uncomfortable to walk but this gets better with time.

As far as the amount of pain, this is always subjective and each person deals with pain differently.

Walter D. Gracia, MD
Fort Worth Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

Insertion of buttock implants is uncomfortable

The procedure for buttock implants involves putting the implants into the gluteus maximus (Glutes) muscle or under the fascia (the covering of the muscle). This is quite uncomfortable for the first three weeks. The implants are made of a soft silicone and feel very normal after that early recovery time.

Kenneth L. Stein, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
3.5 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Are Buttock Implants Very Painful?

One of the most common questions that patients ask me is if buttock augmentation with implants will be painful. The short answer is that it depends on the type of butt augmentation surgery a person has done.

Like breast augmentations the implant can be placed above or below the muscle. When the implant is placed below the muscle or in the middle of the muscle patients can have a significant amount of pain after their surgery, as the muscle is being stretched and pulled.

My personal technique is what is called sub-fascial. The implant is placed above the muscle but under the fascia. The fascia is the strong covering around the muscle. The benefit of this technique is that the fascia still holds the implant in place and decrease the chance of scar tissue like it would beneath the muscle. However since it is above the muscle patients have less pain and less likely hood of complications that are associated with sub-muscular placement of butt implants.

Please discuss your butt augmentation with board certified plastic surgeon.

Are Buttock Implants Painful

Buttock Implants - are they painful?

During the first few days, there will be discomfort associated with the procedure, but it normally begins to die down after a week or two. The main issue with buttock implants is that you will not be able to sit down until there is adequate healing. Patients need to understand that following buttock implants, they will not be able to sit down for at least 2 weeks and will not be able to resume most normal activities for up to 6 weeks or more if there are any problems with healing.  More rigorous activities will not be able to be enjoyed for about two months after the buttock implants. Patient may also need to wear a compression garment offering support to the area.


Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 76 reviews

Pain with butt implants

Butt implant surgery can be painful for the first few days, but then improves significantly as long as the patient does not try to be up and about too much too soon.  You need to let the it heal.

Joshua Korman, MD
Mountain View Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Buttock Implants and Pain

Buttock implants have as much pain and discomfort as a breast augmentation (which is not much). Different individuals have different threshholds for pain and have different experiences. In general they are not very uncomfortable. the Discomfort comes in the form of not being able to sit on them for the first week or so and spending your time on your tummy which can become annoying. Once that phase is gone most patients agree that is is not very painful.

Sepehr Egrari, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.