10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Butt Augmentation
- Last updated: 6 months ago
In our butt augmentation community, which includes many people seeking information about Brazilian butt lifts (BBLs), many look back on their experiences and say, "I wish I had known..." prior to surgery. Here, we've compiled 10 of the top tips from RealSelf members to help prepare you for butt augmentation, whether you choose butt implants or a BBL.
1. Selecting a doctor.
"A lot of people don't do their homework and end up messed up. I was very careful about everything. I checked credentials, visited the office, looked at the surgery room, spoke to the anesthesiologist. I checked until I could check no more. You must do your homework and everything should pass with an A+." -
"Ladies and gents, shop around. Bargains are for other things like shoes and stuff. This is literally your life." - susie84
2. Preparing for surgery.
"If you are considering undergoing this type of surgery, plan to do it during a time where you will not have any major obligations for the first one to two weeks post-op." - Jade2153
"At first I started to gain weight. I thought, 'I want my fat to be big and juicy for the transfer,' because my doctor would only put in 400 cc max at a time. I wanted the best results possible. When I told my doctor that I was trying to gain weight, he said, 'Why?' He said that if my cells were smaller he could collect a greater number of them in that 400 cc. He said for me to gain weight after if I wanted, and that when you gain weight your fat cells fill up more. If I then had more living fat cells in my butt area, that I would be more likely to gain weight there." - buttbutterfly
3. Local vs. general anesthesia.
"I was under for seven hours. That is one of the reasons I used the surgeon I did. I didn't want JiffyBooty done on me. I know of doctors who do the procedure in two hours. It's like when I was in school, I could do a half-assed (no pun intended) research paper in two or three hours, or do it properly and spend hours and hours on it. Yes, I was terrified of the anesthesia, but like I was told, I don't think it's how long you're under, you can have complications even if you are under only for a little while." - susie84
"I was awake for my procedure, a drug called Versed [also known as midazolam, a sedative for minor surgery] was used. Did it work? I don't want to scare anyone, but if you have the option of general anesthesia, I'd highly recommend it. I remember most of my procedure, including waking up to a giant needle stabbing me in the buttocks repeatedly, my legs kicking and flailing, but no one doing anything to relieve my discomfort. In the end, Versed did nothing to resolve my 'memory' of the procedure, so please talk to your surgeon about the type of anesthesia administered." - sputnik
4. Post-op pain.
"The first 24 hours were hell! Pain like I've never felt before, and I have two kids. If you can withstand pain for 24 hours, you will be fine." - lfrancis414
"I have to say I wasn't in that much pain. I mean yes, I was sore, but not in enough pain to take any of the pain pills. I took Tylenol Extra Strength and I was OK." - Fab09
"I could fully sit down about three weeks later. I was only out of work for two weeks, but honestly the pain lasted about six weeks. The pain wasn't in my butt, it was more in my lower back and stomach were the doctor lipoed." - ameena 1
5. Recovery tips.
"I do feel fine, considering I've been poked and prodded all over, but I still can't sit. I'm sore, not on the booty, on the lipo spots, and I feel weak, like all I want to do is nap. If you have smaller children, even eight days after this procedure, you are going to have to need help, a hubby, a girlfriend, someone, for an extra week." - by susie84
"Drink a lot of water. It will help you heal faster and diminish any surgical scars. And don't sit to keep as much of the fat as possible." - by
"The very worst part, believe it or not, is just doing everything on my stomach! Having to eat, drink, sleep, watch TV, always on my stomach. It killed my neck. That was by far the worst part for me. That and sleep deprivation." - by buttbutterfly
6. Will I have a compression garment?
"The garment that they gave me is from my breast to my knees, but it has a wide opening in the bottom and you could go to the restroom without taking it off. I wore the one my plastic surgeon gave me at first, but then I went to Kohl's and bought a more comfortable one." - by tinktink
"I wouldn't have been able to sleep without it! You have to wear it for the swelling to go down properly. Also to keep the bottom from going flat." - by
7. When can I sit down?
"I was afraid of the recovery, especially because not being able to sit sounds like a huge deal, but it was worth it. I was able to sit after one week, but you cannot sit with the upper part of your butt touching the chair. That is, you have to sit with your back very straight. After four weeks, I could sit normally." - by 8138anon
"It's quite pain in the ass, literally! And the part about not being able to sit is no fun either. Until someone told me to use a Boppy pillow. That was a life saver!" -- CalGal
"They show you a technique where you are able to 'sit'... just not on your butt. You have to use rolled up towels and put one under your legs and one behind your back. This way, you are 'sitting,' but your butt isn't really touching the seat. That's how I drive! I must admit it's very difficult and I can't go for very long in that position but let's just say I have been keeping the driving to a minimum since my surgery. You just really need to plan for it. I mostly lay on my stomach and when that gets too uncomfortable, I stand." - Jade2153
8. Liposuction and drainage.
"The fat was harvested from my upper/lower abs, flanks, lower hips, lateral back, and upper arms to part of the armpit area. Needless to say, having just the lipo alone would've been a lot, but adding the fat transfer to the butt has made this one tough recovery." - sputnik
"I had a lot of lipo spots, 15 total I think I counted, and I had my drains in for 24 days, so maybe that is why it took a good month for me to feel 100%." - susie84
"I had one drain that stayed in two days and then was removed. I hated it, it made an impression on my stomach a little but it's fading away. I use Vitamin E oil and cocoa butter. That's also helping my scar fade." - tinktink
9. Implants vs. injections.
"Two years ago I got implants, which made for a lovely 'shelf' in skirts. But the reality is that it was a deformity without clothes, kind of like fraud, and I am out in the dating world. Ouch." - susie84
"I had hydrogel injections back in 2007 and 2008. The lady who injected me said she was giving me 2,500 cc (not all at one time). My butt was big for a year. After a year? Back to the flatlands and out $6,000. No complications, but I regret it now because of the horror stories." - butterpecanr
"I had butt implants done. I like the look, but I don't like how hard they are. The doctor says that it takes a few months for them to get soft and natural-feeling." -
"I had silicone injected into my butt in 2006. I almost died from it. It took me over a year to heal after having a surgery to drain the silicone out of my buttocks. I regret it so much. The person was unlicensed. My butt was bigger. I got lots of compliments and men chasing me, but it almost cost me my life." - 1chloe
"The butt augmentation was a bust, but as far as butt implants go, I wouldn't do it. I've heard too many negatives about them. I'd imagine you can feel the implants when you sit down too. I say this only because I could feel my fat injection lumps for months afterward, and that was my own fat that had been relocated. I can only imagine an implant feels much firmer under the skin." - sputnik
10. Long-term results.
"A Brazilian butt lift gives you immediate results. If you can't see results now, you won't in three to four months." - lfrancis414
"I think I was lucky. I would say I retained 80 to 90 percent of the fat that was injected. I was measuring my butt the whole time, almost daily. From day one to week three, I went down an inch and a half only. It hasn't changed since then." - buttbutterfly
"I was disappointed about the results. I thought I was going to wake up with this great butt I have been wishing for, but instead I woke up to a flat, sore butt. I do see a big difference, my stomach is flat and I have a curves now, but as far as my butt I see just a little change." - treina
"At almost six weeks post-op, my bottom has shrunk considerably. Most of the fat placement has shifted downward, there is some fullness to the cheek areas, but not the upper buttocks, as was the goal. I can now say I don't feel the end result was worth the effort. Too much fat was re-absorbed." - sputnik
"While this surgery definitely requires some planning and some sacrifice, it is well worth it if you are seriously looking for a change in your overall shape. I have no regrets and having this surgery was one of the best things I could have done for myself! My waist is tiny, my stomach is flat, my back is arched and my butt is big, round and smooth. Also, all of the incisions are virtually gone after only four weeks." - Jade2153
Learn more with our Brazilian butt lift guide.