Limitations and risks of butt implant surgery

Limitations and risks of butt implant surgery

06th May 2017

Limitations and risks of butt implant surgery


In 2014, data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons peg butt implant surgery as the #2 fastest growing plastic surgery, which makes it an undeniable exemplification of many women’s desire to have a more voluptuous derriere. The procedure achieves its aesthetic goals by placing buttock implants to create the desired projection, size and shape. The implants are made of silicone shells filled with semi-solid, durable silicone material.

Buttocks implants can substantially increase the size of the butts and help improve your overall figure. How much projection your butts will achieve from the surgery depends on the implant size and your aesthetic goals. Your plastic surgeon can help you choose an ideal size of buttock implant after taking some measurements and examining your butt dimensions.

While the buttock implant surgery has an impressive history of safety and delivering good aesthetic results, the procedure still entails a number of risks. It must be underscored that no matter how well the surgery is performed, the results achieved with the buttock implants will never appear 100 percent natural for the simple reason that artificial implants can never perform and behave like your natural tissue. If you want to achieve a far more natural looking butt, you should instead opt for fat grafting or the Brazilian butt lift.

What are the limitations?

Despite the innumerable beneficial results promised by the buttock implant surgery, there are intrinsic weaknesses involved in the procedure. The implants are made of silicone, which means foreign objects are being placed inside of the patient’s body. This means the aesthetic improvements induced by these forms of prosthesis cannot fully imitate a natural buttock. On the other hand, when fat grafting is used for buttock augmentation, the results are more natural because surgeon uses your own body fat to enhance your butts.

Secondly, buttock implants come in different sizes and if the wrong size is selected, the outcome will not be satisfactory and it can trigger a number of health complications. You may even need another surgery to correct the condition. Also, like any other surgery, the butt implant surgery leaves behind scars. If a large implant is used, or if an inexperienced surgeon makes the incision, the resulting scars will be large and unsightly.

Another limitation of the buttock implant surgery is that there is no guarantee you will be satisfied with the results. You may not like the size or shape of the butts after the surgery. Additionally, in some patients, the implants tend to shift or move within the buttock. This usually happens if the implant has not been properly placed. Implant shift or movement can create asymmetrical buttocks, which can likewise be distressing for the patient.

In very rare cases, the buttock implant may even rupture. Aside from the injury it will cause, it can also leave the butts in an awful condition that will conceivably need corrective surgery to to remove or replace the implant.

While the buttock implants are permanent and you would normally not be required to remove or replace them, there are certain conditions when you have no option but to remove or replace the implants. When serious health complications occur as a result of the implants, you will need to undergo another surgery to remove or replace the implants. Bear in mind that factors like aging and gravity will inevitably affect the size, shape and contour of your buttocks.

What are the risks?

Like all surgeries, the buttock implant surgery entails a number of risks. The risks may vary from one patient to another, depending on where and how the implant has been placed, the patient’s medical history and aesthetic goals and the plastic surgeon’s expertise.

To cite a few, if the patient insists on getting very large buttocks, it would require the placement of overly large implant in each butt. If the butt’s dimensions and composition do not allow space for extra large implants, the tissues will have difficulty accommodating the implants and possibly cannot provide enough tissue coverage. This will heighten the risks for the patient. It is, therefore, important for patients to understand that placing very large implants inside of the butts carries higher risk and magnifies the likelihood of capsular contracture.

Another common risk in the buttock implant surgery is infection. .According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, about 5-10 percent of the butt implant patients catches some form of infection. If the infection is especially severe, surgical treatment for removal of the implant may become necessary.

Moreover, when the implant is placed on top of the gluteal muscle, the risk of implant palpability increases. This is why it is always recommended to place the butt implant under the gluteal muscle. Doing so also prevents the butts from sagging over time. Patients should make sure to ask their plastic surgeons the intended placement of the butt implants and reasons why.

Albeit rare, there are cases of hardening, a condition commonly referred to as capsular contracture. This happens when the scar tissue that has formed around the implant may contract and squeeze the implant. This will adversely affect the buttock’s aesthetic appearance and trigger health problems.

Other risks involved in the surgery include excessive bleeding, seroma, nerve injury, implant migration or displacement, injury of the sciatic nerve, and general risks of the anesthesia. In order to minimize the risks and get better results with butt implants, it is very important that you choose an implant size that best suits your anatomical structure, and you select a Board certified and well experienced surgeon to perform your surgery.


The buttock implant surgery is an effective way to enhance your buttocks. The surgery can deliver impressive aesthetic results. However, there are various limitations and risks associated with the procedure. The result achieved with the surgery will not appear 100 percent natural because foreign objects have been inserted into your butts. The risks associated with this surgery include infections, excessive bleeding, seroma and capsular contracture among others. In order to minimize the risks, be sure to only select a Board-Certified plastic surgeon to perform the surgery.

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