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Butt implants or butt augmentation is a commonly requested procedure at our Raleigh, N.C. plastic surgery center. Over the past ten years, this procedure has become increasingly popular worldwide. Butt augmentation with implants can be performed on men and women who are unhappy with the appearance of their gluteal area. For some patients, the buttocks are too small for their frame and a more balanced look is desired. For others, the buttock shape may be too flat or square and a more curvy, youthful appearance is desired. Butt augmentation with implants is a procedure that reshapes and enhances the gluteal area, providing an uplifted and shapelier buttock profile. Dr. Christopher Morea has more than eighteen years of experience as a board certified plastic surgeon in Raleigh, N.C. and has performed hundreds of buttock augmentation procedures.
Butt implant surgery is performed using a shaped, silicone implant placed through an incision hidden inside the natural buttock crease. The implants are placed under the muscle fascia layer of the buttocks. Implants come in a number of shapes and sizes. Dr. Morea will evaluate you and help you choose the implant size that will give you the most attractive result. Butt implant surgery is a three hour outpatient procedure which is performed in our full accredited AAAASF certified surgery suite. Dr. Morea’s team of Registered Nurses will care for you in our recovery room prior to your discharge to home. Butt implant patients will be instructed to wear a compression garment for several weeks following surgery to obtain the most favorable results. Care should be taken to avoid direct pressure on the augmented buttock for two weeks following their surgery. Patients are instructed to lie on the abdomen or side when sleeping and to stand rather than sit for two weeks after surgery.
During your first consultation, you will meet personally with Dr. Morea to discuss your concern and goals regarding buttock implants. Following your exam, you will have the opportunity to view our library containing hundreds of before and after photos of actual butt augmentation patients from our practice. You will have the opportunity to discuss your options with regard to size and shape of buttock implants. Dr. Morea will give you a personal tour of his Raleigh plastic surgery practice and provide you with a written quote for the buttock implant procedure that is customized for you.
A small incision on the lower abdomen similar to a C Section incision is utilized to perform a mini tummy tuck. Mini tummy tuck scars are easily concealed under most clothing, lingerie and bathing suits.
Dr. Morea: I would recommend waiting four to six months before considering a breast augmentation revision. The reason for this is because it can take four to six months for breast implants to fully settle and for all swelling to be resolved.
When I see a patient for cosmetic abdominal surgery, I evaluate the three components of the abdomen which I can change. The skin, excess fatty tissue and the strength/weakness of the muscle/fascial layer. The procedures of choice will range from liposuction to full extended abdominoplasty. Depending on what is bothering the patient, their exam and physical findings will determine what procedure is best for them.
A mini tummy tuck is an operation that is designed for women who are unhappy with the appearance of their lower abdomen. Specifically, the area below the umbilicus or belly button. It is the procedure of choice for women with a small amount of excess skin or bulging that is limited to the lower abdomen. It will not address the stretch marks, excess skin or bulging above the umbilicus. It has been my experience that about 1 in 20 women who come to me for tummy tuck consultation are considered to be a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck. During your consultation, I will examine your abdomen to determine which procedure is most likely to give you the results you desire. Factors that will be considered are the amount of excess skin, amount of excess fatty tissue and condition of the underlying muscle wall.
Most patients should plan on being off of work both inside and outside of the home for 10-14 days following a tummy tuck. It will take 3-4 months for all of the swelling to resolve and you will have lifting restrictions for 6-8 weeks following a tummy tuck. I strongly advise mothers with small children to arrange help with child care for 7-10 days following their surgery.
A standard tummy tuck usually involves an incision from hip to hip. Liposuction is done through much smaller incisions frequently at the same time. Most women can still wear a two piece swimsuit following a tummy tuck procedure.
Breast implants come in a variety of shapes, sizes, widths and projections. I believe it is important to choose an implant that fits your chest dimensionally well. Breast implants can rotate when they are in the body. If a round implant rotates, there will be no change in the shape of the breast. However, rotation of a non round implant may distort the shape of the breasts. However, some patient’s are better candidates for the non round implant due to their particular anatomy. For this reason, it is important to individualize the surgery for each patient as much as possible.
There are pros and cons to each position placement. As a general rule, I believe most patients who are an A cup initially, are better off long term with submuscular placement or under the muscle. I believe saline implants should always be placed under the muscle. Any implant placed subglandularly, or on top of the muscle, has a greater risk of palpability and rippling. Any implant under the muscle has the risk of implant distortion with use of the chest muscles.
I tell all of my patients that it will be 4-5 months before all of the swelling is gone and the implants have fully settled into place. Most patients can begin a light work out within one week and have no restrictions after one month. Most patients can return to work both in and out of the home in 4-5 days.
Both implants are excellent choices. One is no better than the other. The silicone breast implant is the softer, more natural feeling implant if every other factor remains the same. I believe my job as a plastic surgeon is to review the differences between the two implants. If I feel that one implant is better for a particular patient, I will tell them and explain the reasons why I feel that way. Both saline and silicone implants work well and are FDA approved.