Replacing buttock implants Introduction These past years, statistics show that butt implant surgery is considered one of fastest growing procedure, with 2014 being touted as “the year of the booty”. Big and curvy have become the hottest trends and demand for butt implants surgery is on the rise everywhere in the world. Buttock implant surgery to augment the buttocks has become increasingly mainstream and quite a common surgical option among women today who want to look their optimal best for the longest time possible. The procedure uses solid silicone gel that is inserted into the buttocks. It is the go-to procedure for those who want to augment their buttocks but do not have enough fat for the fat transfer augmentation procedure. Although the butt implants are made of a solid silicone gel that is more durable than the breast implants, there are instances when the implants need to be replaced. Replacements are needed for cases like infected implants, rotated implants, severely scarred implants, a change of implant size, and dissatisfaction with the previous butt implant surgery. It is also possible that the patient may decide to simply remove the implants instead of having them replaced. The removal of the butt implants is also possible and it is best if the patient has good skin elasticity so skin can easily retract and not sag when implants are removed. The Buttock Implant Surgery The specialized surgical procedure to augment size and improve shape and volume of the buttocks is called a buttock implant surgery. This procedure makes use of solid silicone gel implants that are inserted on each cheek of the buttocks. Most of the time, a pocket is created under the muscles. This helps make the buttock implant less palpable and visible. This surgical procedure is the best choice of those who want to augment their buttocks but do not have enough fat in their bodies for a fat transfer procedure. Butt implants can deliver significant results for most patients who have particular size and shape aspirations. The implants will make the buttocks larger, even if you are slim. Sometimes, for optimal effects, this procedure can also be combined with a fat transfer to the buttocks. The extra layer of fat can make the buttocks look more voluptuous and feel more natural. The Need To Replace Implants The implants used for the buttock implant surgery are different from the silicone gel implants that are used for the breasts. The ones used for the buttocks are sturdier and more durable and resistant to customary leaks or rupture. It would take severe trauma for the implant to rupture so the risk to replacing implants any time soon after surgery is lower, if not, rare. Still, even if the implants used for the buttocks are very durable and can last for a very long time, there are still instances when they need to be removed or replaced. Usually, implants will need removal and/or replacement when the following happens: Infected Implants: If infection occurs after the buttock implant surgery and conventional remedies cannot address it, there is a need for the implants to be removed. The implants will be immediately removed to prevent spread of infection through another surgical procedure. It will also be replaced with a new implant after the infection has totally cleared up. Rotated Implants: It is possible for the implants to rotate in place. Round-shaped implants will not cause any deformity. On the other hand, if anatomically shaped implants are used, it will really cause distortions in shape, which can be unsightly. Thus, there is a need to remove them and replace them with circular ones so that even if they turn, it won’t be a problem. Severely Scarred Implants: Improper placement of butt implants can cause severe reaction in your body that leads to tight scar contracture or hardening around the implant. The buttocks will feel rock hard, cause discomfort and look misshapen and so there is a need for removal of butt implants. The scarring will also be removed and a new pocket will be created for the new implants. Changing The Size Of Implants: It is possible for patients to change their mind about the implants that they had when they were younger. They can trade their older implants for newer ones that are either bigger or smaller in size. When trading in the older implants for another size, allow for at least six months interval to allow the body to heal properly before scheduling replacement surgery. Dissatisfaction With Previous Butt Implant Surgery: A patient may also be disappointed with the previous result of their butt implant surgery. The replacement of the butt implants can be done as part of the revision surgery. It is best to consult a board certified and well-experienced surgeon to preclude the necessity of revision surgery. Butt Implant Removal Sometimes, a patient can change her mind about her butt implants and decide to have them removed and not replaced. This procedure is also done surgically, and the incision will also be hidden to ensure minimal scarring. The patients who want to have their buttock implants removed should have good skin elasticity to minimize sagging and allow the skin to retract properly. If the patient has enough fat in the body, fat transfer to the buttocks can ensure the buttock retains its aesthetically pleasing shape even without the implants. Like any other surgical procedure, the butt implant removal surgery carries attendant risks and possible complications such as excessive bleeding, infection, scarring, persistent pain, tightness, and more. Recovery period varies from patient to patient because the body heals differently. Sagging after implant removal is likely if the original implants were too large, which led to excessive stretching of the skin and if skin elasticity is poor. Conclusion Diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle can help develop a nice looking buttock but for those who want immediate results and do not have enough excess fat for fat transfer, the buttock implant surgery utilizing solid silicone gel implant is the preferred procedure. After surgery, you get a shapelier, sexier and rounder butt that can last for a long time. While new gen silicone implants are manufactured for safety and durability, there are instances when it needs to be replaced. Replacement is necessary in cases such as infected implants, rotated implants, severely scarred implants, or if the patient wants to change the size of the implants or is dissatisfied with the previous implant surgery. There are some patients who may opt to remove their implants and not replace it with another. This would still require surgery to remove the implant. Sagging is likely but if the patient has good skin elasticity, it will be minimal as the skin will be able to retract properly. The likelihood of sagging and looseness will also depend on the size of the implant. Larger implant means more stretching of the skin; smaller implant means less.