When To Replace Butt Implants? Introduction Having bigger and voluptuous buttocks is one of the most common desires of women. Bigger buttocks make women appear more feminine, fertile, beautiful, and sexy. However, not all women get bigger buttocks naturally. Most women undergo surgery to achieve bigger and sensuous behinds. Buttock implants are artificial objects that are used to augment the butt in a surgical process called buttock augmentation. Implants are placed inside the butt through incisions. Even though the implants provide durable and long-lasting outcomes, there are factors that can affect the implants and hence the results. Many women who desire to get butt implants often ask when they would be required to remove and replace their implants. In this article, we will take a look at the signs that indicate you should replace your butt implants. Butt implants To understand when you should replace your butt implants, it is important to know what butt implants are and how the surgery is performed. Butt implants are artificial devices that normally deliver permanent results. The implants are made of semi-solid silicone material. It has a robust construction, highly durable, and can withstand immense pressure. Butt implants come in various sizes and profiles. It is important to choose a suitable size and profile. The size of butt implant suitable for you will be determined during the initial consultation. The plastic surgeon will examine your buttocks, assess your health, analyze your aesthetic goals, and take certain measurements to recommend you the ideal butt implant. The patient and surgeon must work in collaboration to choose a suitably sized implant that can help the patient achieve her aesthetic goals. Ideally, the implant size should accentuate your overall body outline and buttock dimensions. Choosing a very large or small implant will not help enhance your butt. You must choose the implant size judiciously. Butt implant surgery The implants are inserted and placed inside the butt during surgery, which is a major operation and performed under general anesthesia. A board-certified anesthesiologist will administer the general anesthesia, after which you will be completely asleep. You will not remember anything about the surgery and will not feel any pain and discomfort. After the anesthesia is administered, the plastic surgeon will start the operation by making incisions on the butt. The length of the incision depends on the size of the butt implant. After making the incisions, the plastic surgeon will insert the implant inside the butt through the incision. There are three options for placing the implant inside the buttock: within the gluteal muscle, above the gluteal muscle, and over the gluteal muscle. After the implant has been placed in the intended place, the surgeon will suture and close the incisions. The incisions will gradually develop into scars over time. After the procedure, the patient will go through a complete recovery process that can extend over many weeks. The results of the surgery will gradually emerge in the next few weeks and months. When to replace butt implants The results of buttock implant surgery are permanent, and so are the implants. Butt implants are immune to ruptures and leaks. The patient is normally not required to have the implants removed and replaced. However, there are certain complications that may necessitate the removal and replacement of buttock implants. Here are the common problems that can trigger the need for butt implant removal and replacement: Capsular contracture Capsular contracture is a problem that happens when the scar tissue that normally forms at the incision sites after the surgery starts to contract. The continuous contraction squeezes the butt implants, changes the shape of the butt, and creates physical pain for the patient. Capsular contracture happens when an implant is too large for the butt dimensions or when the implant has been improperly placed. Capsular contracture can be treated surgically. The surgery will involve removal of the capsular contracture along with the implants. The patient can opt to get new implants some months or years after the surgery. The surgery to treat the capsular contracture is a major intervention like butt implant surgery and is performed under general anesthesia. The plastic surgeon will open the original incisions and carefully remove the implant along with the scar tissue. The incision is then sutured and closed. If the patient desires to have a bigger butt again, she can undergo another butt implant surgery after some months. Implant displacement Buttock implant displacement or migration is a rare condition that may happen after surgery. If your plastic surgeon is inexperienced or unskilled, this condition is more likely to happen. Butt implant displacement happens when the implants move out of their pockets. It can happen due to the use of implants that are too large for the butt dimensions. It can also occur when the implant has been placed over the butt muscles where they fail to get enough tissue coverage. If the implant has been displaced due to being overly large, the patient would be required to replace the implant. Butt implant replacement is performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon will access the implant by opening the incisions placed during the original operation and then remove the implants. In the next step, the surgeon will replace the old implants with new and suitably sized implants. The incisions are then sutured and closed. Replacing the implants will prevent future implant displacement. Implant infection After surgery, your body will be exposed to possible infection. However, the risk of infection remains for many months and even years after the surgery. Your body will be vulnerable to infections due to the incisions and surgical trauma. Three categories of infection can happen after the surgery: mild, moderate, and severe. Mild and moderate infections are limited to the incisions and skin; however, a severe infection is deep and affects the tissues and implants. Mild and moderate infections are treated with oral antibiotics and IV antibiotics. However, when the implants get infected, it is important for the patient to contact her plastic surgeon as soon as possible. The infected implants must be removed and the area disinfected so the patient can be saved from dangerous and life-threatening situations. The surgery to remove butt implants is performed under general anesthesia. The plastic surgeon will remove the implants through the original incisions and then disinfect the area. The patient can opt to get new butt implants after the surgery. However, you must wait for several months after the surgery to get new butt implants. General dissatisfaction with the results Buttock implant surgery has a good record of delivering impressive results. However, there are still chances the patient may generally be dissatisfied with the results, especially when the procedure is performed by an inexperienced plastic surgeon. After the operation, you may feel like your aesthetic goals have not been achieved. For example, you may think your buttocks are still too small or too large. In such a case, you would be required to undergo another surgery, during which the buttock implant would be replaced with a newer and suitable one. Change of aesthetic preferences over time As human beings, our preferences change over time. You may be satisfied with the results of your surgery now, but as you age, you may experience a change in your aesthetic preferences. For example, you may desire to further enhance your butt by adding more projection to it or reduce their size. Your preferences can change any time after the procedure. When your aesthetic preferences change, the plastic surgeon may recommend you to undergo another surgery. The plastic surgeon will remove and replace your existing implants with new implants are suitable for you and according to your preferences. After the surgery, you will notice that the aesthetics of your butt meet your new preferences. Conclusion Buttock implant surgery is a major operation. It involves incisions and surgical placement of prosthetic implants inside your butt. After the surgery, your butt will become bigger and aesthetically appealing. Unlike breast implants, butt implants are durable devices that are immune to ruptures and leaks. However, there are other factors that may necessitate removal and replacement of the implants after the surgery. Those factors have been discussed in detail in this article. The surgical procedures to replace those implants have also been discussed. During the pre-operative consultation, it is important for the patient to discuss with the surgeon how likely it is for them to replace the implants after the surgery.