Buttock implants and hardening

Buttock implants and hardening

26th Apr 2017

There are innumerable reasons why many are undergoing buttock augmentation with implants procedure. Primary would be the desire to have curves in the right places, specifically a rounder, shapelier, perkier butt. It is the preferred surgery among those who want a significant increase in the size or a significant change in the shape of the buttocks. It is also the surgery of choice by those who are too thin for a fat transfer procedure. GenX implants today are considerably better and safer because it is made of solid silicone gel that feels soft and natural but strong and durable. It comes in different shapes and sizes.

Just like any surgery though, it comes with attendant risks and possible complications. One of the complications that can arise is the hardening of the buttocks. This is totally different from just having firmer buttocks. The hardening of the buttocks is known as capsular contracture, which happens when there is contraction of the scar tissue that surrounds the implant. Since the capsule containing your implants is attached to the muscles, you will feel the tightness, hardness and discomfort. This can also lead to deformation of the implants, which make the buttocks look misshapen.

To treat and minimize this condition, patient can take oral Vitamin E, have regular massages to prevent and ease the hardening of the scar tissue, and if you are up to it, squats and similar gluteal exercises. Your surgeon will recommend and decide your treatment protocol. For stubborn contractures or severe cases, you may need to undergo corrective surgery to remove the scar tissue and replace the implants.

Buttock Augmentation With Implants

Buttock augmentation procedure with implants is a popular procedure among many women who may be too thin to qualify for fat transfer procedure or desire more augmentation than what the fat transfer can provide. Bottom line, women have this because they want dramatic improvements to their buttocks. The surgery makes use of solid silicone gel implants that come in assorted shapes and sizes. The doctor can even manually sculpt some implants to achieve the shape that they want for the buttocks. Although there are other types of implants that can be used, the silicone ones are more common and favored because of its safety component, durability and ability to shape the buttocks.

In contrast to the Brazilian butt lift, the implants are responsible for making the buttocks look bigger. The Brazilian butt lift, augments the buttocks using the body’s own natural fat so it appears more natural but will not have the volume or size that only an implant can give.

Hardening Of The Buttocks

The buttock implant surgery also comes with its own set of risks and complications. Although the likelihood of developing complications is relatively low under the hands of a board certified, highly skilled and experienced surgeon, you need to know the risk as well as the remedies. One of the complications that could present itself would be hardening of the buttocks, otherwise known as capsular contracture.

The hardening of the buttocks is a complication and altogether different from buttocks that just feel firm and tight. It is normal for the buttocks to feel firmer because of the presence of the implants. The difference is when a scar tissue forms or start to form around the implants and it contracts and pulls the muscles surrounding it, the patient can immediately feel tightness and stiffness in the buttocks area. This complication is known as a capsular contracture and is not unique to buttock augmentation with implants because it also happens to those who have breast implants. The tightening of the scar tissues also causes deformity of the shape of the buttocks. This may or may not also be accompanied by pain.

Please note that the formation of a scar tissue is the body’s normal response to a foreign body inside the body. It doesn’t recognize the implants as part of the body so it automatically tries to protect the body by forming a scar around it. A thin layer of scar tissue that forms over the implant wouldn’t lead to a significant hardening of the buttocks. Some may not even realize that their body had already formed scar tissues until it becomes very thick, tightens, and constrict movement of the implant.

The Remedy To Capsular Contracture

When a capsular contracture is just starting, there is a greater chance to reverse it and treat it because it will still be small. Truth to tell, there are very few non-surgical treatments for this condition. Among the stopgap treatments would be taking vitamin E and regular massage treatments. With regular massage and adequate vitamin E, the scar could break up and wouldn’t tighten on the implants. To date, the beneficial effects of these measures are anecdotal. Some experience relief but more often than not, one cannot simply reverse the capsular contracture through these methods.

The most effective treatment would still be surgical. During the corrective surgery, the surgeons can release the scar tissues so it would not cause hardening or shape deformities. It is also possible to remove the scar tissues along with the implants to prevent any more scar tissues from developing. After the scar tissue has been removed, there is still a possibility that the body will develop capsular contracture as long as there are implants present.

After removal of implants, know that you can also have your implants replaced if you still want to have implants in your buttocks. If the implants are placed above the muscles, there is high chance of scar tissue formation. This is the reason why the surgeons will choose to move the position of the implants under the muscles. Once positioned properly, your body will accept the implants and there is very minimal likelihood of excess scarring or displacements.


The buttock augmentation with silicone implants is a highly effective surgical procedure that can deliver exceptional results especially for patients who want enhanced buttocks but do not have enough fats in their body to qualify for fat transfer augmentation.

However, just like any surgery, it comes with its own possible complication such as hardening of the buttocks. This can happen when scar tissues form around the implants as the body’s natural defense against a foreign object. For some, the scar tissue may be minimal so that it does not cause any damaging change. Others form thicker scar tissue that can tighten and cause implant deformities. Some remedial treatments recommend taking Vitamin E and having regular massages to soften and break down scar tissues. If the scarring is severe, corrective surgery would be required to remove the scar tissues. It must be pointed out that there is still a chance that it can recur for as long as the implants are present.

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