Butt Implants and Butt Lifters - A "Well-Rounded" Relationship?
We "round" off our series of booty-themed articles with a look into the medical side of things. That's right, it's time to talk about butt implants. Recently, butt implants have become an extremely popular way of obtaining a round, shapely, prominent bottom. Although the procedure is still somewhat expensive, it is also becoming more and more accessible each year. However, the rising popularity of surgical implants has led booty enthusiasts everywhere to a number of questions.
Should implants be used instead of clothing-based butt lifters? Are they, in fact, better than butt lifters? Can they replace lifters entirely, or do the best results come from using a combination of both tactics?
Luckily, our Get Waisted staff is here to answer those questions and more! Today, we journey into the exciting world of butt implants. We'll explore just what counts as an implant, discuss the various benefits and risks, and consider whether or not they can replace butt lifters or if the two should be used together.
What Are Butt Implants?
The term butt implant refers to any cosmetic procedure which results in a bottom with rounder shape and fuller volume. There are a number of ways in which the implant process can be carried out. Some of the most common include non-surgical injections, fat grafts from other parts of your body, and more standard plastic surgery, which typically crafts the implants from artificial substances such as silicon.
The injection-style procedure is the least intensive and can even in some cases be performed without hospitalization. Typically, the patient is not fully anesthetized; only the bottom itself and the upper leg area are treated with local anesthetic (numbing agent).
Grafting and surgery usually involve at least a brief hospital stay, and both processes are carried out while the patient is "knocked out" by general anesthesia. Typically, injection is the least expensive process, with surgery involving silicon implants usually costing more than grafts which make use of your existing natural fat. However, not all individuals are eligible for grafts, as it requires sufficient fat deposits to exist elsewhere on your body that can be successfully transferred to your bottom area.
Fat graft-based implants are also typically not as large and do not produce as extreme of a "rounded" shape as artificial alternatives.
Silicon implants come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes depending on your personal preference. Typically, the available shapes are divided into the categories of "round" and "oval," with "round" having greater vertical dimensions and "oval" horizontal. Depending on the structure of your body and the shape and thickness of your muscles, the surgeon will implant the silicon either above or below the fascia and gluteus maximus.
While "implant" is the term we'll be primarily using throughout this article, there are in fact a number of ways to refer to the process of improving your booty. A few common ones which you might see include: butt enhancement, butt augmentation, and butt reshaping.
Why Get Implants?
The primary reason for getting implants is simple: you're not happy with the current shape of your booty. Maybe genetics wasn't on your side and you wound up with a flat butt with no volume to it. Maybe you're getting older and your once round, firm cheeks have started to sag. Or perhaps an illness or rapid weight loss caused you to lose definition in the butt area.
Regardless of reason, butt implants have become an extremely popular solution among those who feel that their booty simply has nothing to work with. And we totally get it - it is absolutely true that implants can completely and dramatically change the shape and size of your butt.
Despite the time and monetary commitment involved, butt implants have a surprisingly high rate of satisfaction. Many people who choose implants come away absolutely loving their new round, firm booty. Just like we've mentioned so many times in previous articles, we here at Get Waisted think that the butt is an absolutely crucial element of the ideal hourglass figure.
A round, shapely booty pairs perfectly with a prominent chest and contrasts with a narrow waist and elegant arms and legs. Butt implants can be a great way to get to your dream booty without needing an extensive diet or exercise program. Of course, we recommend keeping up with eating healthy and doing strength training exercises to maintain the shape provided by the implants.
It's also still important to choose flattering, well-coordinated outfits that will help your butt draw even more attention. (Check out our article here for some fashion tips to get you started!) However, like any other surgical procedure, butt implants also come with a number of risks and potential negative side effects.
Precaution: Avoiding Risk
In order to minimize potential negative side effects, the following precautions should always be taken before undergoing any butt implant procedure. Consult with your doctor to make sure that this procedure is right for you and that you are not at risk of any major health complications. If you have not already done so, it is recommended that you undergo an allergy test for local and general anesthesia (depending on the procedure which you have chosen).
Allergic reactions to anesthetic substances can be dangerous and even potentially fatal, and should be avoided at all costs. Do not smoke for 3 weeks prior to your procedure. It is also recommended that you avoid alcohol as much as possible. Do not take any aspirin or ibuprofen for 3 weeks prior to procedure. They can cause your body to reject the implants or potentially increase bleeding at the site of the incision.
Taking Care of Yourself Afterwards
There are a number of activities which should be performed and others which should be avoided for certain periods of time following butt implant procedures. Following these instructions will make it far less likely that you will experience any potential negative side effects.
Do not take a shower for 2-3 days after the procedure, as this may cause the sutures used to stitch up the incision to dissolve earlier than intended. Wear a bandage or dressing over the area for approximately 2 weeks after the surgery. This will help keep the incision site clean and dry and further minimize the risk of the sutures dissolving prematurely or the incision becoming re-opened due to excessive stretching or shifting of the skin.
For at least one week after you have removed the bandage or dressing, it is recommended that you continue to wear a compression garment of some sort. Butt lifters are an excellent example of the type of compression garment which can be used in this situation. Yes, that's right! It's the perfect time to break out your favorite butt lifter and rock it in combination with your curvy new booty! Avoid strenuous exercise for six weeks after the procedure.
Like several other of the risks listed above, exercising too early can potentially cause your implants to shift or the incision to tear open before it has fully healed. It is best to ask your doctor for approval before you begin exercising again. Once you do, don't immediately go all-out - start with some light cardio such as walking or jogging before gradually building back up to more intense workouts. Your doctor or surgeon may provide you with specialized tape to wear over your surgical incision. This tape is intended to help the incision heal more quickly and also to prevent permanent scars from forming. If you are told to wear tape, you should change it regularly and make sure to keep the area clean and dry. The recommended period of taping your scars is approximately 3 months or until the incision mark has disappeared completely.
Risks and Drawbacks: Medical
Fat grafts or full surgical procedures usually make an incision between the cheeks of the bottom in order to keep any possible scars as discreet as possible. If you keep the area clean and dry and wrap it properly for several weeks, it is unlikely that you will wind up with a scar. However, nothing is guaranteed, especially in the medical and surgical world.
Many people who have undergone butt implants have reported permanent scarring across their lower back and butt area. There is also the risk of the incision site becoming infected, which can be extremely painful and make sitting down uncomfortable or even impossible for quite a long period of time. The danger of infection is especially high if you do not carefully clean the incision site every day. Even if you do not experience something as severe as scarring or infection, several minor irritations may also occur. These include but are not limited to bruising, pain, itching, temporarily feeling that your butt is "too firm," and numbness or overall decreased sensation in the area. These side effects can last anywhere from several weeks to several months.
In extreme cases, you may also experience a collection of blood, pus or other fluids around the site of the implant. This is known as a seroma, and is extremely painful and uncomfortable. Seroma usually will not go away on its own and must be professionally drained, sometimes multiple times, by a doctor - yet another expensive and time-consuming procedure.
Most dangerous - although least likely - of all is the possibility that your implants may rupture. A rupture is exactly what it sounds like - the silicon implant will quite literally explode within your body, potentially causing major damage to the surrounding skin, muscle, and even bone. Ruptures can be caused by anything from sitting down too much in the first few weeks after the procedure to exercising too intensely too soon. They must be fixed immediately by a doctor, but can cause lasting damage to the area even if you are immediately rushed to the hospital after the rupture occurs.
Risks and Drawbacks: Aesthetic / Financial
There is also the slim but very present possibility that your body will simply react negatively to, or reject, the implants themselves. This is most commonly seen when the body forcibly shifts and moves the implants around, causing them to appear asymmetrical and detract severely from the aesthetic appeal of your new hourglass figure.
Shifting implants must be fixed by another trip to your surgeon, possibly even multiple trips if the shift is severe. If it occurs multiple times, you may be required to remove the implants entirely.
Seroma (fluid gathering) and rupture, both described in the previous section, are more extreme examples of your body rejecting the implants and also must be treated professionally. Some butt implants will look great at first but suddenly begin to shift, sag or otherwise lose their effectiveness between 12 and 18 months after the initial surgery. This is especially likely if you chose a less expensive option such as non-surgical injections.
In this situation, the only option is to undergo additional procedures or surgeries to replace the failing implants, which, of course, results in additional payment. Given that butt implants are far from cheap in the first place, needing to replace them can be absolutely devastating to your finances.
So, Which Should You Choose, Implants or Butt Lifters?
Sure, there are definitely some people for whom implants are the right choice. In most cases, they are long term or even permanent. They give incredibly quick results, and can be very worth the money if you have it available to spend. However, you can get a similar dramatic result from using less invasive solutions, such as butt lifters.
Butt lifters are a type of compression garment which constricts the upper thigh in order to push the butt upwards and outwards. While its effects are initially temporary, wearing a butt lifter long-term while also following a healthy diet and strength-focused exercise program can help you reach the hourglass figure of your dreams - permanently! If you think that sounds as awesome as we do, go here for more information on how to choose, wear and get the most out of a brand new butt lifter.
But wait! you might ask. Why not both? Can I combine the two?
The answer is, in most cases, yes. You can continue to wear a butt lifter after you have gotten surgical implants. However, be prepared that your old pre-surgery favorites may no longer fit as well as you remember them doing. You may need to purchase a different size or style in order to fit your newer, rounder, fuller booty! In addition, consult with your doctor to determine when is the best time to start wearing your butt lifter again following implant procedures.
In most cases, it will be recommended that you wait 2-3 weeks before doing so, in order to give the incision time to heal. Whether or not you plan to pair it with surgical implants, our Get Waisted staff definitely recommends that you check out one of our many super fabulous styles of butt lifter. Check out our catalog here to get started right away! And, as always, feel free to contact us at any time if you have any questions about our products or articles!