One of the common risks associated with buttock augmentation is an infection. The risk of infection after the surgery is higher given that the intervention is highly invasive. After the intervention, your body will be susceptible to potential infections. Because of this, it is important for patients to be extremely careful during the recovery period. Infection after the buttock augmentation happens when bacteria attacks the incisions. The incisions in the skin give the bacteria entry to your surgical site and develop an infection. There are many precautionary measures you can take to defend your body against infections after the surgery. Types of infections after the butt augmentation procedure There are many forms of infections that can happen after the intervention. Patients are at a greater risk of these in the month following the intervention. If you have a weak immune system, you are at a greater risk of catching an infection after the butt augmentation surgery. An infection that is limited to the incision or the skin is called a “superficial infection”. It is typically mild and can be treated with oral antibiotics. A deep tissue infection occurs when the infection spreads to the tissue, i.e. beyond the incision. Deep tissue infection affects different areas of the buttocks, including the gluteal muscle and the surrounding tissues. This type of infection can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. IV antibiotics administration can treat this infection; however, implant removal may be required in few cases. An infection that spreads to the butt implants is the most severe form of infection after butt augmentation. It is life-threatening, and in order to save you from the negative consequences, the implants will have to be removed, and the area must be cleaned during a revision surgery. Signs of infection after butt augmentation No matter what the type of infection is, when it occurs, the affected body area will look red and you will have a fever. Infection after butt augmentation can prolong the recovery process. If your buttocks have contracted an infection, they will appear abnormally swollen and tender. Infection after a buttock augmentation is often diagnosed by taking a look at the basic symptoms. If pus is being excreted from the incision, it is a sign of infection. In order to confirm whether you have contracted an infection, the doctor may recommend you to send a sample of pus for laboratory test. In the case of a severe infection, the surgical wound may open up. A severe infection’s symptoms include a rise in the patient’s temperature, nausea, pain and discomforts, acute exhaustion, vomiting, and swelling that goes beyond the surgery site. In some cases, an X-ray will be required to confirm whether the symptoms are caused by an infection. Who is more at risk of infection after the butt augmentation? Anyone who undergoes the buttock augmentation surgery is at risk of getting an infection; however, there are some people who are more likely to contract an infection after the procedure. If you have diabetes, your risk of infection after the surgery is relatively greater than others who don’t have that disease. By the same token, smokers are more vulnerable to potential infections. Factors like steroid intake and prolonged surgery time also increase the risk of infection. Steroids that suppress the immune system make the patient’s natural defense mechanism weaker, resulting in the patient’s vulnerability to infections after the intervention. There are also patients who got weaker immune systems as a result of genetic factors. Such patients are more susceptible in contracting infection after the buttock augmentation. Your choice of plastic surgeon can also determine the risk of infection. For example, the use of certain surgical techniques and improper use of certain tools may lead to infection after the surgery. It is also worth noting here that there are many unlicensed practitioners who perform butt augmentation illegally. They often perform the procedure in unaccredited facilities or hotel rooms. If you choose practitioners like that to undertake the operation, you are drastically increasing your chance of contracting a life threatening infection. Causes of infection The common causes of infection include the following: • Weak immune system can lead to deep tissue infection • Bacteria residing on the skin • Obesity is also associated with higher risk of infection • Smoking can catalyze infections • Bacteria that are residing inside your body • Touching the surgical wound with dirty hands • Diabetes can lead to deep tissue infection • Corticosteroids and immune suppressants • Bacteria traveling in the air • The use of infected surgical tools • Prolonged surgery time How to prevent an infection after butt augmentation There is no doubt that prevention is better than cure and the same holds true when it comes to infection after butt augmentation. There are many preventive measures you can take to reduce your risk of contracting an infection. During the consultation session, make sure to share your complete medical history with your chosen plastic surgeon. Also, ask the physician how likely you are to contract infections and what can you do to reduce your risk of getting it. For the last 3 days before the intervention, make sure to wash your body with antiseptic soap at least 2-3 times a day. Do not touch the incision or surgery site after the procedure and don’t let any unauthorized person touch it as well. If your plastic surgeon has recommended you to take certain antibiotics, be sure to take them on time and according to the doctor’s instructions. Conclusion Butt augmentation is a major surgery. There are a number of risks associated with the intervention, and one of the common risks is catching an infection. The procedure involves major incisions, which makes your body more susceptible to possible infections. Some patients are more at risk than others after the surgery. The types and causes of infection after buttock augmentation and the treatment options have been discussed above.