Buttock Implants- Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery

Synonym: Gluteal implants

Buttock implants are solid or semisolid masses inserted into, above or under the muscles of buttocks (gluteal muscles). They are made of silicone gel or other silicone-based substances.

Gluteal augmentation using implants is the most preferred way of enhancing butt contour, shape, and size. Moreover, patients using implants report higher satisfaction compared to those using other techniques.

What Happens During Buttock Implant Surgery?

Surgeons used to insert the implant under the skin of the butt. This technique, subcutaneous buttock implant, is now obsolete. Unnatural look and high risks of complications, such as migration of the implant are the major disadvantages.

Nowadays, the surgeons use any of the three techniques to insert the implant into the buttock. They are:

1. Under the muscles of the butt

The submuscular technique preserves the structures that hold the gluteal skin in its place. It reduces skin mobility and makes the butt appear natural. Women who have well-developed lower buttocks but lack volume in the upper third region are the ideal candidates for this technique.

However, this technique might cause injuries in the nerves in the lower back. Besides, some women may feel tightness in upper buttocks. Most notably, it does not allow for a large implant placement, as the implant must fit in a limited area.

2. Into the muscles of the butt

The intramuscular technique creates small pockets in the muscles of butt where the implant is placed. Most surgeons prefer this method to the submuscular technique.

It reduces the risk of nerve injury in the lower back and provides a more natural look to the butt. However, damages to muscle fibers while creating the pockets may cause long-term pain.

3.  Above the muscles of the butt

The subfascial technique is best suited to women who are thin and have an athletic build. The major disadvantage is that the implant is palpable.

All these techniques take several hours. However, they do not need an overnight hospital stay.


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Shailesh Sharma is a registered pharmacist and medical content writer from Nepal. He enjoys digging into latest findings of research and strongly believes in evidence-based health information. He graduated from Pokhara University School of Health and Allied Sciences and was engaged in clinical pharmacy and academia in various regions of Nepal for almost 9 years. Shailesh also serves as Project Manager of Graduate Pharmacists’ Association, Nepal (GPAN).