Things that can go wrong after getting butt implants

Things that can go wrong after getting butt implants

10th Mar 2019



One of the most important elements of the modern woman’s physical beauty is having bigger buttocks. Prominent buttocks look beautiful, sensuous, and more feminine. If your buttocks are smaller or flatter and you desire to have a bigger and sexy booty, you may consider butt implant surgery. The procedure involves the insertion of prosthetic objects called implants inside the butt through incisions. The surgery is highly invasive and traumatic. It is performed under general anesthesia.

Even though the surgery has a good record of safety and delivering impressive aesthetic results, certain things may still go wrong. It is important for the patient to discuss with the surgeon the problems that may happen after the surgery and take measures to reduce the risk of those problems. Keep in mind that butt implant surgery is a risky procedure. You should undergo surgery only when the benefits are greater than the risks. Let’s discuss the things that can go wrong after the procedure.

Wound opening and excessive bleeding

The buttock implant procedure is performed by making incisions on the buttocks. The implants are then inserted and placed inside the butt through those incisions. The length and type of incision depend on the size of the implants and your aesthetic goals. The doctor then sutures and closes the incisions. During the recovery period, there is a risk the incisions may split open, resulting in excessive bleeding, poor and slow wound healing, infection, and poor scarring.

If you have diabetes or are taking certain medicines, your risk of excessive wound opening and bleeding during the recovery period will be higher. To reduce this risk, be sure to discuss your full medical history with the plastic surgeon in advance of the operation. During the recovery period, you must follow the surgeon’s instructions and be very careful. Do not sleep on your back for 2-3 weeks after the surgery and avoid physically strenuous activities for six weeks following the procedure. Doing so will reduce the risk of wound splitting and bleeding during the recovery period.


Implant displacement

Another serious problem that may happen after butt implant surgery is displacement of the buttock implant. Keep in mind that butt implants are artificial devices. In case the plastic surgeon has not properly placed the implant, there is a risk the implant may be dislodged. Implant displacement is more likely when the implant has been placed above the butt muscle, instead of within or below the butt muscle. During the pre-operative consultation, you must ask the surgeon about the ideal implant placement options for you.

The implant size is yet another factor that will determine the risk of implant displacement. If you are petite or thin and get huge butt implants, the risk of implant displacement will be higher. To avoid this risk, make sure the implant size is suitable for your buttock dimensions and overall body outline and definition. Carelessness during the recovery period may also result in implant displacement. For example, if you resume exercise during the recovery period or do physical activities, you may end up having your butt implants dislodged.

To fix a displaced implant, revision surgery is required that would involve opening the original incisions and removal and replacement of the butt implants with suitable and new implants, or it will simply involve changing the place of the implant.


Capsular contracture

Even though capsular contracture is a rare complication when the surgery is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, the risk cannot be eliminated. Capsular contracture occurs when the scar tissue that normally develops around the implants starts to contract and squeeze the implants. The contraction is continuous and can change the shape of the butt, making them look abnormal. The condition can also cause physical pain for the patient.

To treat capsular contracture, the patient is required to undergo a corrective surgery during which the surgeon will remove the implants along with the scar tissue. You may get new implants if you want to after some months.

Capsular contracture happens mainly due to the use of overly large implants, placing the implants over the gluteal muscle, and surgical errors. You can reduce the risk of capsular contracture by choosing only an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon to operate and by choosing a suitable size of implants and placing the implant within or below the gluteal muscle.

Implant infection

Butt implant surgery is highly invasive and traumatic. After the procedure, you will be exposed to possible infections. If you have a weak immune system, are suffering from diabetes, or are careless during the recovery period, you may contract an infection. If the infection is mild or moderate and limited to the incision, skin, or superficial tissues, it can be treated with oral or IV antibiotics. However, once the infection reaches the implants, it can cause life-threatening situations for you. In such a case, there will be no other option than to remove the implants surgically and disinfect the area.

After the surgery, if you feel a rise in your body temperature, notice pus discharge and pain in the incisions, feel sick, and experience vomiting or nausea, you should seek immediate medical help because these are the symptoms of infection. You must treat the infection as soon as possible to avoid severe complications.

Unwelcoming scars

Scarring is a normal side effect of butt implant surgery. The incisions placed during the surgery will ultimately develop into scars. The procedure is not possible without scarring. Normally, the scars fade over time and become less visible. However, there is a risk the scars may become abnormal and appear raised and more visible. This can affect your aesthetic appearance in negative ways because abnormal scars look unpleasant.

Abnormal scars develop primarily due to genetic factors. Some people have a genetic tendency to develop abnormal scars when they get cut on their body. Carelessness during the recovery, diabetes, smoking, and the use of certain medicines can also cause abnormal scars after butt implant surgery.


How to avoid problems after butt implant surgery

As a patient, you can do certain things to reduce the risk of the above-discussed problems that can happen after butt implant surgery. To start with, you must have the surgery performed by a highly experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. A board-certified plastic surgeon is fully trained and specialized in performing plastic surgery procedures. The surgeon will take all safety measures during the procedure so you can recover safely and smoothly and achieve your aesthetic goals.

Secondly, you must share your full health and medication history with the plastic surgeon. In case you don’t share your critical health information with the doctor during the pre-operative consultation, you will be exposed to higher risks of the problems discussed above.  If you have health issues like pulmonary and cardiac problems, high blood pressure, autoimmune problems, and blood disorders, you must bring it to the knowledge of your surgeon during the pre-operative consultation. Doing so will help the surgeon determine your candidacy for the surgery and take proper measures to reduce your risks.

Smoking and the use of certain medicines are linked with higher risks during the surgery and recovery period. Smoking can cause slow and poor wound healing and increase the risk of capsular contracture and abnormal scarring. If you are a smoker, you must be ready to stop smoking at least two weeks ahead of the surgery and avoid smoking throughout the recovery period. Also, you must stop taking medicines like blood-thinning drugs, ibuprofen, and certain supplements and foods before the surgery and avoid them during the recovery period.

You must be very careful during the recovery period. Be sure not to sleep on your back for two or three weeks post-surgery because it can strain the incisions and result in wound opening and bleeding. Also, you must avoid engaging in physical activities for two weeks after the surgery and avoid physically demanding activities like exercises and weightlifting for six weeks. It is also important for the patient to wear the compression garments for the period recommended by the plastic surgeon.


Butt implant surgery is a major procedure that entails many risks and complications. The things that can go wrong after the operation have been discussed above. It is important for the patient to discuss with the surgeon the risks and complications that may happen after the procedure. You should undergo the procedure only when the benefits are greater than the risks. You can reduce the risk of problems after the surgery by taking certain measures. Those measures have also been discussed above.


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