Complications after buttock augmentation

Complications after buttock augmentation

18th Dec 2017

Buttock augmentation surgery offers impressive aesthetic results for women who have smaller or flatter behinds. There are two options to augment: butt implants and fat transfer. Both procedures deliver good results; however, both of them are major surgeries with a number of side effects, risks, and complications associated with them.

While the potential complications can be different for both procedures, they are likely to occur when an incompetent or inexperienced practitioner undertakes the operation. The risks, side effects, and complications associated with butt implants are greater compared to a fat transfer procedure.

Depending on who performs your surgery and what techniques and options are used, the occurrence of the complications can vary. However, there are some complications that are more common after buttock augmentation.

The likelihood of complication

Some of the complications that are likely to occur after the butt augmentation surgery include the following:

• Excessive bleeding

• Infections

• Seroma

• Hematoma

• Blood vessel, nerve, and tissue damages

• Slow or poor healing of the incisions

• Undesirable scarring

While the above-listed complications are likely to occur after both butt implant surgery and fat transfer, they are more common for buttock implants.

Other less common complications include buttock asymmetry, implant rotation or displacement, and capsular contracture. These complications are less likely if your surgery is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. However, they are more likely to occur if an inexperienced, unskilled, and untrained practitioner undertakes the surgery.

Rare complications

Rare complications associated with buttock augmentation include blood clotting and fat embolism. Your plastic surgeon may use compression devices like SCDs to reduce the risk of blood accumulating in the legs or lower body. These devices help circulate the blood in these areas after every 1 to 3 minutes. This helps prevent blood clotting and emboli.

If you are a smoker, you are more at risk of complications during and after buttock augmentation surgery. You must stop smoking before the surgery and remain a non-smoker after the procedure. Doing so can drastically reduce your risk of complications. Smoking can stop oxygen and blood flow to the incisions, slowing down the healing process and making the wounds more susceptible to potential infections.

Other complications

Your risk of suffering from potential complications after buttock augmentation also depends on how good your overall health is. If you are suffering from serious health problems like diabetes, heart disease, pulmonary problems, blood disorder, autoimmune disorders, and high blood pressure, you must bring this to the knowledge of your surgeon ahead of the surgery. Not doing so can lead to life-threatening situations. For example, if you are suffering from diabetes, you may experience excessive bleeding and even hemorrhage during or after surgery.

Furthermore, if you are taking certain medications like blood thinning drugs, anti-inflammatory medicines, herbal medicines, supplements, and the like, you must share this information with your surgeon. If you are using aspirin and withhold this information from your surgeon, you are more likely to experience excessive bleeding during and after the surgery, which can be life-threatening.

This is the reason why you should always share your complete health and medication record with your plastic surgeon during the initial consultation. Your surgeon will use this information to determine your candidacy for the butt augmentation surgery and take precautionary measures during and after the procedure.

Seriousness of the complications

The complications that may occur after buttock augmentation entail different levels of seriousness. How serious a certain complication can be for you depend on the type of procedure undertaken: butt implants or fat transfer.

For example, butt implants entail serious but less common complications like implant rotation rippling, and displacement. On the other hand, most of the complications associated with fat transfer are less serious in terms of health and aesthetics. However, when rare complications like fat embolism occur during fat transfer, it can be life-threatening.

There is also a risk that the patient may not be happy with the aesthetic outcomes of the surgery. This probability is higher and more complicated for patients who get implants, who may want to remove or replace the implants afterwards.

Whether you are going for butt implants or fat transfer surgery, it is important for you to discuss the potential complications with your surgeon ahead of the surgery. You should also make sure to ask your surgeon how likely a specific complication can occur.

It is also important to follow your surgeon instructions to the letter for safe recovery and speedy healing. There are many complications that can occur as a result of carelessness on the part of the patient after surgery. For example, if the patient engages in high endurance activities or strenuous movements right after the surgery, complications like the opening of the incisions, seroma, excessive bleeding, and infection will definitely occur.


Buttock augmentation is a major surgery, and the surgery entails a number of complications. The complications and their likelihood of occurrence can differ depending on the type of surgery. Common complications include seroma, infection, hematoma, undesirable scarring, poor and slow healing, damage to the blood vessels and nerves, and general dissatisfaction with the aesthetic results.

The less common complications after butt augmentation include the formation of blood clots, fat embolism, implant displacement or rotation, and implant rippling. Patients should make sure to discuss the potential complications with their surgeons during the initial consultation. In order to decrease the risk of these complications, you should share your complete health and medication history with the doctor and follow the instructions provided during the recovery period.

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