Who is a good candidate for buttock augmentation?

Gluteoplasty or buttock augmentation is a surgery that is performed on both men and women, normally between the ages of 25 and 45, who want to increase volume or size or improve the buttock area.

The ideal patient is someone with elastic skin and good buttock quality. Remember, therefore, that flaccid skin and a lack of muscle tone limit the results. Therefore, the older you are when you decide to have this surgery, the less noticeable the results might be. It is not recommended for patients with sagging buttocks or excess flaccidity in the gluteal region. In these cases, the main procedure is different although good results are possible.

What does buttock augmentation surgery involve?

Gluteoplasty consists of giving shape, volume and size to the buttocks by using implants, autologous fat (lipofilling) or a combination of both techniques.

WITH IMPLANTS: Where buttock implants are used, these are inserted through a small vertical incision made between the two buttocks, at the level of the coccyx so that the scar is completely hidden. The implants are similar to those used in breast augmentations, but the silicone gel is somewhat more cohesive (denser) because, given the characteristics of this part of the body, more solid implants with greater compressive strength are required.

LIPOFILLING: Lipofilling or lipotransfer is a surgical technique that consists of removing fat from one part of your body to transfer it to another. A liposculpture removes the fat from other parts of the patient’s body where it has accumulated, such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, etc. As well as providing the necessary fat for the buttocks, this also remodels and gives proportion to the rest of the body. The fat obtained is purified to remove any impurities and is enriched before being re-injected, this time into the buttocks. Because the material used to achieve greater buttock volume is autologous, i.e. it comes from the patient him or herself, there is no possibility of rejection or allergies. However, remember that there is a possibility of partial and random re-absorption of the infiltrated fat and, therefore, the process must sometimes be repeated. However, once the fat has attached, the results are permanent and are free of later complications. If this technique is selected, remember that lipofilling can improve the shape of the buttock, make it larger, make it look nicer, but it will not increase it in a prominent or voluptuous manner.

COMBINED TECHNIQUE: It is most frequent to combine both techniques: implants and lipofilling, when reshaping and greater volume is required.

Duration, anaesthesia and hospitalisation for buttock augmentation

Buttock augmentation surgery normally takes between 1.5 and 2 hours, involves general anaesthesia, and only requires one overnight stay at IM CLINIC.

Results of buttock augmentation

The results are very good, especially in patients with a nice butt but with a certain lack of size and volume.

The location of the scar in the gluteal cleft hides it very well.

Postoperative recommendations for buttock augmentation

You must wear a special girdle for three or four weeks after surgery.

And you must sleep on your front for the first two weeks after buttock augmentation surgery.

Physical exercise involving the affected area must be avoided for at least five or six weeks, as well as injections in the gluteal area.

You can return to everyday life after around 10 days, but without any strenuous activities.


You can shower normally after 2 or 3 days following surgery. Be very careful with the incisions, which must be dried with cold air (from a hair dryer).

It is important to ensure relative rest for the first 7 days. Avoid lifting heavy weights. You must sleep on your front for the first two weeks.

You must wear a body girdle for the first few weeks after buttock augmentation surgery.

You will have drainage for the first few hours after buttock augmentation surgery. The stitches will be removed 5 days after surgery.

You should follow a soft diet for the first few days.

Is buttock augmentation surgery the same for men and women?

The surgery is very similar, but the goal is different. While men seek a more muscular appearance in the buttock area, women require a more rounded, smooth appearance.

For how long do I have to sleep on my front after my buttock augmentation?

Normally between 15 days and one month before you can sleep in a position that is most comfortable for you. However, you should follow the advice of your surgeon with regard to your specific case.

Can I have the mixed technique or the augmentation with my own fat if I am very thin?

In the case of very thin men or women or those with very little body fat, the recommended technique involves buttock implants. A diagnosis must be made for people of normal weight to ascertain whether the mixed technique or buttock augmentation with their own fat is most appropriate if they have accumulated fat in some part of their body.

Will I have drainage after my buttock augmentation surgery?

This depends on each case. The use of drainage is sometimes required to improve the elimination of fluids and later recovery.

When can I start sports again?

You can start sport one month after surgery, following the indications of your surgeon.

Are the scars visible?

The scars from buttock augmentation with implants are in the gluteal cleft area and are therefore hidden and not immediately visible.

Does buttock augmentation surgery involve a greater risk of infection due to its location?

No, the infection rate is minimal if the surgery is performed by experienced plastic surgeons in an authorised operating theatre.

Do you know what IM Care is?

IM Care is the commitment of IM CLINIC to care for you for the first year after your breast reduction surgery. You will have a 24-hour hotline for your peace of mind, and our medical team will visit you regularly to ensure the results are as expected.