Buttock implants give roundness to flat buttocks and sculpt the curve of the hollow under the hip. The technique for inserting buttock implants gives a very natural result.
Flat buttocks are usually of congenital origin and related to the person's morphology. They can also result from significant weight loss.
This defect affects both sexes but is more unattractive in a woman than in a man, mainly for cultural reasons. Women with very round buttocks are considered to be more feminine and attractive. There is also unfairness related to birth. A man, if he builds up muscle well, will manage to have an acceptable rounded shape, while a woman, even if she is muscular, will have well-toned, yet flat buttocks. It will therefore be necessary to make a bulge above to give volume.
More often than not, we combine liposuction of the hips with the use of buttock implants in order to better highlight the resulting curve.
How the procedure works
Buttock surgery is performed under general anaesthetic, with one to two nights in hospital and lasts about one hour.
The implants are filled with a cohesive silicone gel which makes them very durable. The surgeon chooses the size and shape of the implant by taking the original appearance of the patient's buttocks into account. Implants can be round, oval, biconvex or oblong and of any size, with an average volume of between 250 to 350 cc.
The current buttock surgery technique was developed by a Brazilian surgeon, Dr Raul Gonzalez. When inserted inside the gluteus maximus, the buttock implant is not visible under the skin and is not likely to move.
The surgeon makes a vertical incision of about six centimetres in the crease of the buttocks. The scar is therefore completely invisible. He then inserts the implants into a space arranged by peeling back the gluteus maximus, located in the upper half of the buttocks. He then sutures the deeper layers and skin with absorbable sutures. Finally, he places a modeling bandage with elastic bands.
After the procedure
There is a certain amount of intense pain for eight to ten days. The surgeon raises the gluteus maximus to insert the implant and it is this manipulation that causes pain after the buttock implants have been installed. There is also oedema and bruising for about ten days. The patient can resume their normal activities after about one month.
Particular attention is given to the pain management. In the recovery room, when the anaesthetic has worn off, painkillers of different strengths are given intravenously. When the patient returns to the bedroom, the nursing staff regularly assess the significance of the pain to decide whether to increase the dose of painkillers or not. The patient also spends two nights in the clinic to be monitored as closely as possible during the first few days, which are usually the most painful.
On returning home, the patient must avoid any pressure on the buttocks for six weeks. The patient is particularly advised not to sleep on their back, bend or lift heavy objects. The patient should preferably sit down in an upright position. It is also wise to plan for home assistance for daily activities such as going shopping, going upstairs, getting washed, etc.
Once these tricky issues have gone, the patient will be very happy with the results and will quickly forget the discomfort of the first days.
They are visible immediately but become final after 2 to 3 months, which is the time it takes for the buttocks to become more supple and for the implants to stabilise. The sensitivity of the buttocks is maintained. The implants can be worn for life.
Buttock implant prices
|Intervention||Anaesthetic||Stay||Prices including VAT*|
|Buttock implant||General||1 to 2 nights||€6,000 to €7,000|
|Other fees||Prices including VAT*|
|Consultation with the surgeon||€50|
|Consultation with the anaesthetist||€100|
* 20% VAT