Are Buttock Implants Very Painful?

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

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Buttock Implants and Pain

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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 

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Buttock augmentation

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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. 

Shahin Javaheri, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Insertion of buttock implants is uncomfortable

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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

Are Buttock Implants Very Painful?

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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

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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.


Pain post buttock implant surgery

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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
4.8 out of 5 stars 81 reviews

Pain with butt implants

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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
4.8 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Buttock Implants and Pain

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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
4.9 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Pain after Butt implants

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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.

Buttocks Implants are not very painful but activities are limited

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Most of my patients say that butt implants are not that painful. They are pretty sore for a few days, but most are off the pain medication within 3 or 4 days. However, even though it doesn't hurt, you still need to limit your activities. Doing too much can lead to complications..... wounds opening up, implant infection and build-up of fluid around the implant all of which can lead to needing to have them removed.

I usually recommend Buttocks Implants as a Second Choice operation and perform this only if you do not have enough fat or are not a good candidate for the Brazilian Buttocks Lift procedure.

I have done many buttocks implant procedures and have to tell you that the Brazilian Buttocks Lift procedure is a much safer and more natural feeling and looking procedure. Buttocks implants feel unnatural, and have a very high complication rate. If you are a candidate, I would recommend the Brazilian Buttocks Lift (fat transfer to your buttocks) It feels and looks much more natural with very minimal complications when done by experienced surgeons.

Daniel P. Markmann, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon

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