Causes of butt implants asymmetry and treatment options

Causes of butt implants asymmetry and treatment options

12th Nov 2018

The buttocks are among the most important areas of the human body. Not only do they support our posture and movements, but also define our overall physical appearance and body outline. When it comes to the aesthetics of the butt, most women are extremely conscious about it. Women want to have fuller, shapelier, and more symmetrical buttocks.

In order to get the butt of their dreams, they often undergo the butt implant surgery. However, some women have experienced butt asymmetry after the procedure. While mild asymmetry is absolutely normal and common, a noticeably uneven butt can have a negative impact on a woman’s body aesthetics.

Causes of butt implants asymmetry

There are a number of factors that can make the buttocks appear asymmetrical after the implant surgery. First off, if you already have an uneven butt before the intervention, chances are they will still appear asymmetrical after. There is also a possibility that it will become worse after the procedure. This is particularly likely if the asymmetry was not taken into account during consultation for the surgery.

If your butt is asymmetrical, you must let the surgeon know during the consultation, so options to treat the condition could be explored. For example, if one of your buttocks is smaller in size than the other, implants of different sizes could be used to balance them.

Furthermore, if your surgery is undertaken by an inexperienced doctor or practitioner, there is a risk of being left with an uneven butt after. For example, the surgeon may use inappropriate incision techniques or place the implants in the wrong position, resulting in asymmetrical buttocks. There is also a chance that an inexperienced doctor may end up placing different sized implants in your buttocks, which can make them appear uneven.

Another common cause of buttock asymmetry after surgery is carelessness on the part of the patient during the recovery period. For the first six weeks after the procedure, you must avoid engaging in physically demanding activities. Also, be sure to avoid sleeping on your back and sitting, because these activities may trigger implant displacement or migration, which can cause the buttocks to become asymmetrical. Stretching and bending during the recovery period can also result in an uneven butt.

The patient’s posture after the operation triggers butt asymmetry as well. We have a natural tendency to place more pressure on one side of the body or on one hip than the other when standing and walking. This means that if your posture is not balanced, you can expect your buttocks to become asymmetrical.

Another cause of asymmetrical buttocks is postoperative swelling. Luckily, this condition is temporary and will most likely become normal again after a few weeks or months.

When to seek treatment

There are many patients who wonder whether they should seek treatment for implant induced butt asymmetry right after the procedure or after a few weeks or months. After the surgery, you need to allow the gluteal implants enough time to drop, settle, and adjust to the new atmosphere. Your body needs sufficient time to accommodate them. Furthermore, the final outcome of the intervention would transpire after the implants have settled.

Asymmetry in the butt is completely normal during the first six weeks following the procedure since they are still healing during this time. Most patients can expect the asymmetry to disappear within 6-8 weeks after the procedure. However, the temporary asymmetry may continue for three months in some patients.

In light of the aforementioned, patients should not panic if their buttocks appear asymmetrical after the intervention. They should wait for three months after the procedure to see the final result. If the asymmetry does not disappear or lessen after this period passes, you may seek treatment for the condition.

The treatment options

There are surgical and non-surgical options to correct the butt implant asymmetry. The treatment option best suitable for you depends on the extent of the condition, the cause of asymmetry, and your surgeon’s judgment and preference.

The non-surgical treatment options include massage of the implant pocket or the implant itself to improve its position and make the butt symmetrical. However, surgical interventions are required in most cases.

If the butt implant asymmetry is caused by the negligence of previously asymmetrical buttocks, the plastic surgeon may recommend fat transfer to the butt or a revision surgery to remove and replace one of the gluteal implants. For example, if one side of the butt appears smaller than the other, either fat would be transferred to that area, or a large implant would be placed to make them appear balanced.

On the other hand, if the butt asymmetry is caused by implant movement or shifting, you would be required to undergo a revision surgery. During the procedure, the original incisions are used to access and reposition the implants. This intervention is a major operation and comes with a number of risks and is performed under general anesthesia.


Buttock implant asymmetry is a common condition many patients suffer from after the operation. In most cases, the condition is temporary. The postoperative swelling and bruising often make the buttocks appear uneven. This normally goes away after a few weeks or months. However, if the condition doesn’t improve, you should seek a surgical or non-surgical treatment for the condition. If you are looking for treatment options for asymmetrical buttocks after the implant surgery, make sure to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

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