How long do butt implants last? Introduction Buttock augmentation via implants is a plastic surgery procedure that involves the use of silicone implants to add projection and volume to the gluteal area. This procedure has grown increasingly popular in the past 10 years as the standards of beauty evolved. Nowadays, the ideal female body type is the hourglass figure, which means prominent buttocks and breasts. The modern definition of physical beauty calls for voluminous and fuller buttocks, and the use of butt implants makes that possible. Because there are many women who have small and flat buttocks, more and more have sought out this procedure. Women can feel a drop in self-esteem by not meeting the standards of beauty, which is why this procedure can change their lives for the better, both physically and mentally. Unlike breast implants, buttock implants are made of solid silicone. This means it is quite rare for them to rupture. As long as the surgery is performed properly, the patient’s body will accept and comfortably adjust to the implant. The patient should not experience unnecessary scarring or implant dislocation if the surgeon has done the job well. Butt implants can be a long-term solution for patients, so long as a Board-certified surgeon performs the surgery using proper surgical techniques and materials. It all depends on whether or not complications arise, which rarely occurs if the surgery is done appropriately. Thus, there would be no need to replace or remove the implants. Buttock implants are permanent Since buttock implants are made of durable, semi-solid silicone material, they can be permanent. In rare cases where the butt implants have ruptured, it was due to the fact that unlicensed or inexperienced surgeons performed the surgeries. Another reason could be that the surgeon did not use FDA-approved implants. Unlike the breast implants, buttock implants are not subject to leakage. As long as the surgery has been successfully performed by a Board-Certified plastic surgeon, you can expect the implants to be permanent. In my practice, no patient has complained about implant complications in the last ten years. As a result, patients will never need to remove or replace their implants if they are taken care of properly. When is revision surgery or implant removal/replacement needed? As aforementioned, buttock implants do not need to be replaced after a certain number of years like breast implants. There have been many cases where inexperienced and unskilled surgeons have performed buttock surgeries, thereby causing serious complications afterward. In these cases, instead of saving money, the patients spend more because they require additional surgeries to address the complications. The following are several signs that indicate you need a revision surgery: Asymmetrical buttocks – If your buttocks seem asymmetrical or uneven after getting butt implants, you will be required to have a revision surgery to correct the condition. The reason such cases occur are because the size, shape or contour of one of your buttocks may be different from the other, which is made more obvious after getting implants. Implant displacement – While implant displacement is very rare, it may still occur if the surgery was not done successfully. Remember, buttock augmentation with implants is a major surgery that requires special skills and techniques. A Board-certified surgeon will do their best to meet your goals and expectations. Implant displacement can occur if the butt implant is improperly positioned in the gluteal area. In order to treat this condition, you may need a corrective surgery to either position it correctly or replace them altogether. Scar tissue hardening – As you recover from the surgery, you can expect scarring due to the incisions. There have also been very rare cases where the scar contracts and ends up squeezing the implant. This not only affects the appearance of your buttocks, but it can also cause a great deal amount of pain and discomfort to the patient. In this case, implant removal or replacement may be the only option to address this condition. Blood clotting and emboli – During the recovery period, there is a risk of developing blood clots and/or emboli. If the blood starts to clot excessively, this can enter the main blood stream. For cases such as this, the surgeon will have to do another surgery, and may have to remove the implants completely. Infection – Infection is one of the common problems after the buttock implant surgery. Because you are inserting a foreign object into your gluteal area, it is possible for your body to reject it. If the implant contracts infection, the patient may need a revision surgery in order to manage the infection, but in severe cases, they may need to have their implant removed or replaced. This is the reason some plastic surgeons prescribe antibiotics to their patient immediately after the surgery in order to prevent infection from setting in. Also, the risk of infection is higher for buttock augmentations because the implants are mostly placed in the gluteal cleft, which is close to the anus. Thus, surgeons have to take precautions against infection. Pressure on the incisions The recuperation period is very important because it can greatly affect the results of the surgery, especially during the first two months. The incisions are new during this period, which means they are constantly under pressure every time the patient walks, sits, and lies down. There is a high risk of the implant becoming dislodged or displaced. Consequently, patients are advised to avoid any strenuous activities and exerting pressure on their buttocks during the initial two months of the surgery. This means the patient will have to sleep on their sides. Your plastic surgeon will tell you exactly when you can resume your normal routine, so make sure to strictly follow the doctor’s instructions. Remember, when a buttock implant gets dislodged, you will another surgery to place the implant in its original position, or get the implant removed or replaced. Dissatisfaction with buttock size or appearance As you already know, buttock implants are permanent devices that do not have to be removed or replaced unless you develop complications. However, there are many patients who become dissatisfied with the size or aesthetic appearance of their butts a few years after the surgery. They start off happy with the size and appearance of their butts, but factors like aging, gravity, pregnancy and inappropriate implant size and shape soon instill dissatisfaction into them once again, so they insist on either removing or replacing their buttock implants. Of course, you are free to do so and you will just need another surgery. Conclusion Buttock implants are made of a semi-solid silicone material, which makes them highly durable. The implants are permanent as long as they don’t cause any health problems for the patient. If the surgery is not performed well, there is a higher risk of potential complications surfacing. These complications include implant displacement, infection, buttock asymmetry, scar tissue hardening, and embolism, etc. Overall, there are many reasons why buttock implants are removed. This can be caused by complications arising from exerting excessive pressure on the buttocks during the recovery period. Another reason for removing the buttock implants if the patient is unhappy with the results. Having said that, for patients who are interested in keeping the implants to last a while, you will be happy to know that they can last a lifetime. It is all a matter of choosing a Board-Certified and qualified plastic surgeon to perform the surgery in order to fully reap the benefits of the surgery.