Avoiding complications after butt augmentation with implants

Avoiding complications after butt augmentation with implants

24th Apr 2017

There are a number of potential complications that can occur after buttock augmentation with implants. While the surgery has the potential to deliver impressive results, like all surgeries, it comes with pros and cons. The risks are definitely much higher if an inexperienced and/or uncertified doctor performs the surgery

With that in mind, these are the common complications that may occur after the butt implant surgery: excessive bleeding, the risk of anesthesia, potential infections, seroma, nerve injury or damage that may affect butt sensation, implant displacement, poor and slow healing, and bad scarring. As for the long-term complications, these include fat atrophy, necrosis, buttock asymmetry, capsular contracture, emboli, etc.

How to avoid the complications

The good thing is that there are many steps a patient can take to avoid potential complications from occurring after the surgery. Listed below are just some of the precautions you can take:

Choosing an experienced, qualified plastic surgeon

This is perhaps the most important and obvious step to prevent complications. It is not just about choosing a Board-certified and skilled surgeon, you should also think about checking their experience. So, how do you determine if the surgeon is qualified? Well, it’s pretty straightforward. Board-Certified plastic surgeons certainly are knowledgeable about cosmetic surgery, which is why they are a member of the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. As a result, all you have to do is check online beforehand or simply ask to see their board certificate. In the same way, you can also do your research to see their specialties. Nowadays, you will be able to find client testimonials or reviews, as well as proof of the surgeon’s work online, so this will help you make your decision.

Board-Certified plastic surgeons know what measures to take to keep you safe from many complications. For example, he or she may use drain cannulas to prevent seroma and employ special incision techniques to avoid nerve damage or change in or loss of skin sensation. Another thing that an experienced and skilled plastic surgeon would know is how to minimize scarring and make it less visible.

In addition, complications like capsular contracture and buttock asymmetry are less likely to occur when a Board-Certified plastic surgeon performs the butt implant surgery. When the surgeon has significant experience, they usually master the technical skills to successfully complete the surgery as well as ensure that it is aesthetically pleasing. They will also take into consideration your goals, desires and expectations, and then analyze your buttock dimensions before recommending options.

Sharing your complete health history with the surgeon

It is impertinent to the success of your surgery to disclose all health conditions and medication information to your surgeon. Patients who withhold certain information from the surgeon are very likely to suffer from health complications after the butt implant surgery. So if you are suffering from serious illnesses, make sure to inform your surgeon, so that precautionary measures could be adopted during and after the procedure.

Having said that, patients suffering from serious health issues like cardiac disease, hypertension, diabetes, a blood disorder, autoimmune diseases, and respiratory issues are at higher risk of having complications during and after the butt implant surgery. For this reason, they are advised to communicate their health problems with the surgeon clearly because they can determine if the surgery is even safe for you or not. Remember, looking good is not worth risking your health, especially if it could be life threatening.

Stopping certain medications and smoking

As aforementioned, make it a point to inform your surgeon about the type of medications you are currently taking during the initial consultation. These are the type of medication that you have to stop taking weeks before the surgery: aspirin, ibuprofen, herbal medicines, and supplements.

As for smokers, you must stop smoking at least a month before and after the surgery because it can lead to complications during and after the surgery. The reason being that smoking affects your heart rate and blood oxygen levels, which could be dangerous during surgery. Moreover, smoking increases the risk of blood clot formation because it narrows your blood vessels. Thus, it is strongly recommended to stop smoking for at least 4 weeks before and after.

Precautions during the recovery period

The patient must be extremely careful immediately after the procedure because this is crucial to your recovery. Nonetheless, they need to be careful either way until they fully recover, which takes about 6-8 weeks. One of the most serious complications that can happen is developing an infection from the incision site. In order to avoid this, your surgeon will prescribe you with antibiotics to take after the surgery. Another must is to keep the surgical area clean.

Another common complication is a seroma, which is a collection of fluid in the surgical site. In order to avoid this, your surgeon will place drain cannulas in the incisions to drain fluids that may build up there from the damaged or injured blood vessels.

During the recovery period, it is highly important for the patient to take plenty of rest and avoid putting pressure or force on his or her buttocks. In other words, the patient should rest and sleep on their sides, instead of on their back during the first two weeks. This will allow the implants enough time to settle and the incisions enough time to heal. Putting pressure on the butt earlier than the advised period can lead to complications like implant shifting and bleeding from the incisions.

As for avoiding blood clots, the doctor will advise you take slow and short walks during your recuperation period. This can also help with constipation. You have to start this immediately after the surgery because it might hinder your healing. However, make sure not to strain yourself.

Lastly, your plastic surgeon may recommend you to wear compression garments for a few days or weeks after the surgery. These garments will not only expedite the healing process, but also keep you safe from potential complications. Hence, patients should follow the doctor’s advice and wear the garments until the intended period.


As you are already aware of, buttock augmentation with implants is a major surgery, which means it comes with a host of potential complications. Fortunately, there are precautionary measures to take to avoid certain complications, like infections, bleeding, seroma, implant shifting, necrosis, hematoma, etc. But the first and best way to avoid many of the complications is to choose a Board-Certified plastic surgeon to perform the surgery. Add to this, you should disclose all important information concerning your health and medication history to your surgeon so that they know what to do and avoid during the surgery.

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