Buttock augmentationhas a growing popularity in the US and around the world. Every year, tens of thousands of women go under the knife to add projection and shape to their rear ends. There are two options when it comes to augmenting your booties via plastic surgery: buttock implants and fat transfer to the butt. Butt implants are prosthetic devices that are placed in the buttocks through incisions. On the other hand, the fat transfer procedure involves the use of your own body fat to enhance your butt.
Like all other operations, buttock augmentation entails a number of risks and complications. The complications and their intensities depend on the type of surgery, the surgeon’s skills and experience, your aesthetic goals, your health, and the aesthetic flaws in your butt. During the initial consultation, your doctor will examine your body and health to determine the possibility of complications during or after the procedure. You should also be sure to discuss the risks and complications of butt augmentation with the plastic surgeon beforehand.
Factors that increase your risk of complications
Some patients have a higher risk of experiencing complications after buttock augmentation. If you are suffering from health problems like diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, hypertension, autoimmune disease, or a blood disorder, you are more at risk of complications after your surgery. For example, if you have diabetes, you may experience poor wound healing and excessive bleeding during the recovery period.
Furthermore, if you are taking certain medications, they may expose you to complications after the procedure. For example, if you are taking blood-thinning medications like aspirin, you may experience excessive bleeding and incision healing. On the other hand, if you have a history of blood clotting, your risk of blood clotting will go up.
If you are a smoker, or if you drink alcohol regularly, you will experience poor and slow healing after buttock augmentation. Therefore, it is important to stop smoking and alcohol intake at least three weeks before the surgery and avoid them for at least one month after the surgery.
The risk of complications is greater in the case of butt implants surgery because it involves the use of artificial devices to enhance your booties. On the contrary, the complications involved in the fat transfer are lower because it uses your own body fat to achieve the desired goals.
In order to decrease your risk of complications after buttock augmentation, you should make sure to share your complete health and medications history with your plastic surgeon during the initial consultation.
The complications after butt augmentation
As stated earlier, buttock augmentation is a major operation, so there are many complications associated with the surgery. As to what complications may occur depend on the type of procedure done. Below are some examples of the possible complications associated with buttock augmentation.
Infection: The butt implants procedure involves placing of incisions on the booties and insertion of the implants into the butt. This makes your body susceptible to contracting potential infections. Your doctor may prescribe you antibiotics to prevent infections. You should also keep the surgical wound clean to avoid infections. If severe and deep infection occurs, a surgery to remove the butt implant may become necessary.
Bleeding: Carelessness after buttock augmentation may result in splitting of the incision, which may lead to bleeding. Patients who have diabetes and those taking blood-thinning medications are more at risk of bleeding after the surgery. To decrease this risk, you must share your full health and medications information with your doctor before the procedure and avoid physically demanding activities during the recovery period.
Scarring: Patients who have butt implants are more at risk of getting unwelcoming, large, and visible scars. Some patients are genetically predisposed to developing unpleasant scarring. Also, carelessness during the recovery period can increase the risk of unsightly scars on the butt.
Nerve damage: Since the procedure involves incisions and placing of implants inside the butt, there is a risk that your nerves and blood vessels may be damaged or injured during the process. If this occurs, you may experience bleeding and change in or loss of skin sensation which may be temporary or permanent.
Implant displacement or migration: Unlike breast implants, butt implants do not rupture. However, they may get displaced or migrate. When butt implants change position, a revision surgery may become necessary to fix the condition.
Blood clot: After the surgery, you will be required to rest and spend most of your time in bed. This is necessary for your body to heal; however, it exposes you to the risk of blood clotting. To decrease the risk of blood clotting, you should take slow and short walks after every 3-4 hours each day during the recovery period.
Excessive bruising: Bruising is unavoidable after buttock augmentation.However, some patients are at risk of getting severe or excessive bruising. Your doctor will provide you tips to decrease your risk of excessive bruising after your surgery.
Cardiac and respiratory problems: During the surgery, there is a risk of fat deposits entering your blood circulation system through damaged blood vessels. The fat can travel to your heart, lungs, or brain andit can be life threatening. Also, blood clots canaffect those parts as well. Fortunately, this complication is rare. You can decrease your risk of cardiac and respiratory issues after buttock augmentation by choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform the procedure.
General dissatisfaction with the outcome: There is a risk that the patient may generally be dissatisfied with the results of buttock augmentation. To decrease this risk, you should discuss your aesthetic goals with the surgeon. However, you should also keep your expectations realistic, reasonable, and achievable.
Anesthesia reaction: Butt implants surgery is performed under general anesthesia, whereas fat transfer to the butts is performed under local anesthesia. Your body may react negatively with the anesthesia, creating health complications. This is particularly true if you have a history of allergy to anesthesia. This risk is greater in butt implants surgery.
Persistent pain and discomfort: After the procedure, you will experience some degree of pain and discomfort. There are patients who have low pain tolerance so they may experience more pain. If the pain becomes intense or continues beyond the first 72 hours after the surgery, you should contact your surgeon. In most cases, the pain is normal and can be managed with pain relief medications.
Seroma: Seroma is a common issue that happens after buttock augmentation. It occurs when there is an accumulation of bloodstained fluids under the skin of the operated area. Your plastic surgeon will place drain cannulas under the skin of your butt to drain away the fluids.
Hematoma: Hematoma occurs when blood discharged from damaged blood vessels accumulates under the skin in your buttocks. The blood may clot and affect the resultof your surgery. The drain cannula will help avoid this condition.
Excessive swelling: While swelling after buttock augmentation is completely normal, there is a risk that the swelling may expand beyond the surgical area. If this occurs, you should contact your surgeon because it indicates a complication.
Asymmetrical buttocks: After butt augmentation, you may notice that your buttocks have become uneven. This aesthetic complication is more likely to occur if your doctor is not a board-certified plastic surgeon. Asymmetrical butts can create immense emotional pain for the patient. It can be corrected through a revision surgery.
Emergence of stretch marks and/or cellulite on the butt: There is a risk that stretch marks and/or cellulite may develop on your butt after the butt augmentation procedure. This will be more likely if your plastic surgeon is inexperienced, or if you are genetically predisposed to cellulite.
The buttock augmentation risks discussed above will differ from patient to patient. If you are physically healthy, you have a lower risk of suffering from the post-operative complications. One of the best ways to decrease the risk of these complications is selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform the butt augmentation surgery. Also, take your time to research and understand the risks and discuss them with your plastic surgeon during the initial consultation.
Buttock augmentation is a major plastic surgery procedure. It involves the use of butt implants or your own body fat to add projection to your rear ends. The complications that may occur after the surgery and ways to avoid them have been discussed above. Your doctor will examine your health and body during the initial consultation to determine your candidacy for the surgery. If he finds that you are more at risk of complications, he may advise you to avoid the procedure. You should only go for butt augmentation if your aesthetic problems are negatively affecting your quality of life, and only if the benefits of the procedure are greater than the risk of complications.
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