Buttock enhancement procedures like buttock augmentation have become popular and common in the US and around the world. Buttock augmentation involves the use of your own body fat or artificial objects to add projection and shape to your backside. Like all other operations, buttock augmentation entails a number of risks and complications. The complications and their intensities depend on the type of surgery, the surgeon’s skills and experience, your aesthetic goals, your health, and the aesthetic flaws in your buttocks. During the initial consultation, your doctor will examine your body and health to determine the possibility of complications during or after the procedure. You should also be sure to discuss the risks and complications of butt augmentation with the plastic surgeon beforehand. There are certain serious risks involved in plastic surgery. If any of these symptoms show up, be sure to contact your plastic surgeon. Who is more at risk during and after buttock enhancement? If you are suffering from health problems like diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, blood disorder, hypertension, or autoimmune disease, you are more at risk of experiencing complications after buttock augmentation. For example, if you have diabetes, you may experience poor wound healing and excessive bleeding during the recovery period. Furthermore, if you are taking certain medications, they may expose you to complications after the procedure. For example, if you are taking blood-thinning medications like aspirin, you may experience excessive bleeding and incision healing. On the other hand, if you have a history of blood clotting, your risk of blood clotting will go up. If you are a smoker or if you drink alcohol regularly, you will experience poor and slow healing after buttock augmentation. It is important to stop smoking and alcohol intake at least three weeks before the surgery and avoid them for at least one month after the surgery. The risk of complications is greater in the case of butt implant surgery because it involves the use of artificial devices to enhance your booties. On the contrary, the complications involved in the fat transfer are lower because it uses your own body fat to achieve the desired goals. Symptoms you should contact your plastic surgeon There are certain signs that indicate you are suffering from serious problems. Below are some of the symptoms that indicate you must contact your plastic surgeon in case any of these symptoms arise: Infection: The butt implant procedure involves placing incisions on the booties and inserting the implants into the buttocks. This makes your body susceptible to contracting potential infections. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to prevent infections. You should also keep the surgical wound clean to avoid infections. If severe and deep infection occurs, you will experience a rise in temperature, vomiting, nausea, sickness, exhaustion, and pain and discharge of pus at the incision site. Bleeding: Carelessness after buttock augmentation may result in splitting of the incision, which may lead to bleeding. Patients having diabetes and those taking blood-thinning medications are more at risk of bleeding after the surgery. After the surgery, you should avoid physically demanding activities. If you notice bleeding at the surgical site, be sure to contact your plastic surgeon. Implant displacement or migration: Unlike breast implants, butt implants do not rupture. However, they may get displaced or migrate. When butt implants get displaced or change position, a revision surgery may become necessary to fix the condition. If you notice that your buttocks are suddenly looking weird, abnormal, or poorly shaped after the surgery, you must contact your plastic surgeon. Blood clot: After the surgery, you will be required to take rest and spend most of your time in bed. This is necessary for your body to heal; however, it exposes you to the risk of blood clotting. To decrease the risk of blood clotting, you should take slow and short walks every 3-4 hours each day during the recovery period. The symptoms of blood clotting include inflammation, pain, soreness, and a pale or bluish yellowing at the site. Cardiac and respiratory problems: There is a risk that during the surgery, the fat deposits may enter your blood circulation system through damaged blood vessels. The fat can travel to your heart, lungs, or brain and can be life-threatening. Fortunately, this complication is rare. You can decrease your risk of cardiac and respiratory issues after buttock augmentation by choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform the procedure. The symptoms of cardiac problems include discomfort, heaviness, or pain in the chest, arm, or below the breastbone. Other symptoms include pain that radiates to the back, arm, or throat. The symptoms of respiratory problem include chest congestion, wheezing, difficulty breathing, and cough. Severe and prolonged pain and discomfort: After the procedure, you will experience severe and prolonged pain and discomfort. If the pain becomes intense or continues beyond the first 72 hours after the surgery, you should contact your surgeon. In most cases, the pain is normal and can be managed with pain relief medications. Seroma: Seroma is a common issue that happens after buttock augmentation. It occurs when the blood-stained fluids collect under the skin at the site of surgery. Your plastic surgeon will place drain cannulas under the skin to drain away the fluids. If you notice excessive fluid discharge or collection of fluids under the skin, be sure to contact your plastic surgeon. Hematoma: Hematoma occurs when blood discharged from damaged blood vessels accumulates under the skin. The blood may become clotted and affect the aesthetic results achieved. The drain cannula will help avoid this condition. However, if you feel blood is collecting and clotting under the skin, make sure to contact your plastic surgeon immediately. Excessive swelling: While swelling after buttock augmentation is completely natural and normal, there is a risk that the swelling may expand beyond the surgical area. If this occurs, you should contact your surgeon because it indicates a complication. Asymmetrical buttocks: After butt augmentation, you may notice that your buttocks have become uneven. This aesthetic complication is more likely to occur if your doctor is not a board-certified plastic surgeon. Asymmetrical buttocks can create immense emotional pain for the patient. It can be corrected through revision surgery. If you notice that your buttocks look asymmetrical at least two months after, be sure to contact your surgeon. Conclusion The buttock augmentation complications discussed above will differ from patient to patient. If you are physically healthy, you have a lower risk of suffering from the postoperative complications. One of the best ways to decrease the risk of these complications is selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform the butt augmentation surgery. If you notice the above symptoms after butt enhancement surgery, you must contact your plastic surgeon as soon as possible.