What to expect after surgery
Pains are variable according to the patients. Generally, pains can be moderate or significant, and are well soothed by analgesics.
Ecchymosis (bruises) are classical and subside within 2 to 3 weeks after the operation. An oedema (swelling) is constant and of variable duration, gradually subsiding within a few months.
The shower with a soft soap is possible the day following the procedure. Daily care can be done by a close relative or a nurse over 15 days.
Three preventive measures against phlebitis are established after the procedure: the affected leg elevated as well as the walk, the wearing of compression stockings and the daily injection of an anticoagulant (medicines which thin the blood) over 15 days.
Patients are advised not to sit down and to lie down on their backs over fifteen days. They are advised to favour the standing position and to lie down on their stomachs.
The wearing of a panty is recommended during 1 month in order to reduce the post-operative œdema and fostering a good retraction of the skin in the treated areas.
Dr. Petit will also suggest massage sessions (lymphatic drainage) accelerating the regression of the post-operative œdema.
The resumption of daily activities is possible the day following the procedure. Discomfort during walking is common over the first week.
The resumption of professional activities is possible 15 days following the procedure.
The resumption of sports activities can be done within 6 weeks following the operation.
The complications of a buttock augmentation by implant are weak.
The final result of a buttock augmentation by implant is obtained between 3 to 6 months after the procedure, when the post-operative oedema has disappeared.
In general, the gluteal scar is discrete in the long term. This result is stable and long-lasting.
However, the implants will have to be radiologically checked 10 years post-implantation, in order to assess their integrity, and whether it is necessary to change them.