Buttock implants is an established method of permanently increasing the size of one’s buttocks. Implants are placed either into the gluteal muscles or on top of the gluteal muscle through an intergluteal incision. It is a buttock augmentation procedure that takes more recovery than the more commonly performed buttock augmentation method. Here is a list of the most important buttock implant after surgery recovery instructions.
1. Buttock implants are associated with a significant amount of pain in the first few days after surgery. Take your pain medications (narcotics) as needed. That would be 2 to 3 tablets every 3 to 4 hours as needed.
2. You will have an above the knee compression girdle placed on right after the surgery that you will wear home. The garment is there for comfort so wear it afterwards every day if it feels better on. You may remove the garment and shower the next day after surgery.
3. The incision between your buttocks will be covered with glued on tapes. There is no care needed for it. It is ok to get it wet and it will likely get loose in the first week after surgery.
4. The tapes on your incisions will be removed by Dr. Eppley at your first follow-up visit. Most of the sutures will be dissolvable and underneath the skin. There will be several support sutures on the outside which will be removed two or three weeks after surgery.
5. Sitting on your buttocks will be uncomfortable and should be avoided for the first few days after surgery. It will likely be more comfortable initially to lay on your stomach or back. While you can’t hurt the implants by sitting on them, it will be a few days until that feels more comfortable.
6. Wear whatever clothes feel comfortable. Initially loose clothing like sweatpants is best.
7. Numbness of the skin around the buttocks is normal after this kind of surgery. Normal feeling will return in a few weeks after surgery.
8. Avoid exercise of any kind for four weeks after surgery so breakdown (opening) of the incisions can be prevented. Too much activity too soon is the main reason why problems with healing of the incisions occurs.
9. You may drive when you feel comfortable and can react normally and are off pain medication. It is all about how comfortable sitting on your buttocks is before you can drive.
10. If any redness, tenderness, or drainage develops after the first week of surgery, call Dr. Eppley and have your pharmacy number ready