How long do butt implants last?
Buttock augmentation via implants is a plastic surgery procedure that involves the use of silicone prosthetic devices to add projection and volume to the rear ends of women. Many women have smaller or flatter buttocks, and most of them experience a drop in their self-esteem as a result. The modern definition of physical beauty calls for voluminous and fuller buttocks, and the use of butt implants makes that possible.
Unlike breast implants, buttock implants are made of solid silicone. This means they have very rare or zero risks of rupturing. When the surgery is performed properly, the patient’s body will accept and accommodate the butt implant and the patient will not experience unnecessary scarring or implant dislocation.
The butt implants can provide the patient a long-lasting solution if the surgery has been performed by a highly qualified and skilled plastic surgeon, and if proper surgical techniques have been used. The buttock implants will not need to be removed or replaced unless and until serious complications arise, which rarely occurs if the surgery is done appropriately.
Buttock implants are permanent
Since buttock implants are made of durable, semi-solid silicone material, they can serve the patient on a permanent basis. There have been very rare cases where the butt implants have ruptured because the surgeries were performed by illegal or unlicensed practitioners or inexperienced doctors.
The patient will not be required to remove or replace the butt implant if it doesn’t create any problems or complications. Unlike the breast implants, buttock implant is also not subject to leakage. Once the surgery has been successfully and appropriately performed by a Board-Certified plastic surgeon, you can expect the implants to be permanent. In my practice, no patient has complained about implant complications in the last ten years.
When is revision surgery or implant removal/replacement needed?
As stated above, your buttock implants are permanent as long as you don’t face any complications down the road. There have been many cases where inexperienced and unskilled practitioners have undertaken the butt implant surgeries. The patients experienced serious complications afterward, requiring additional surgeries to overcome the complications.
Some of the signs that indicate you need a revision surgery, or you need to remove or replace the buttock implants include:
Asymmetrical buttocks – If your buttocks become irregular or uneven after getting butt implants, you would be required to undergo a revision surgery to correct the condition. It is possible that the size, shape or contour of one of your buttocks may be different from the other after getting the implants.
Implant displacement – While implant displacement is very rare, but it may still occur if an unlicensed practitioner or inexperienced or unqualified doctor has performed the surgery. Remember, buttock augmentation with implants is a major surgery that needs special skills and techniques. Only a Board-Certified plastic surgeon can perform your butt implant surgery to the best of your satisfaction. Implant displacement can occur if the butt implant has been improperly placed inside the butts. To treat the condition, you may need a corrective surgery or an implant replacement surgery.
Scar tissue hardening – After the buttock implant procedure, a scar will form around the implants. In rare cases, this scar may contract and squeeze the implant. This will not only affect the aesthetic appearance of your butts, but also create pain and discomforts for the patient. In this case, implant removal or replacement may become necessary to provide relief to the patient.
Blood clotting and emboli – During the recovery period after getting the butt implants, there is a risk of blood clotting and/or emboli. The blood may start to clot excessively, entering the main blood stream. In order to treat the condition, it may become necessary to remove the implants.
Infection – Infection is one of the common problems after the buttock implant surgery. If the implant contracts infections, the patient may need a revision surgery or even implant removal or replacement. This is the reason some plastic surgeons prescribe antibiotics to their patient after the surgery. The risk of infection is higher because the implants are mostly placed in the gluteal cleft, which is close to the anus.
Pressure on the incisions
Aftercare is very important for the patient, especially during the first two months of getting the buttock implants. The incisions are new during this period, which means they are constantly under pressure as the patient walks, moves or sits. This means there is a risk the implant may become displaced or dislodged; therefore, patients are advised to avoid engaging in strenuous activities and exerting pressure on their buttocks during the initial two months of the surgery.
Your plastic surgeon will tell you exactly when you can start your full normal routine. Remember, when a buttock implant gets dislodged, you will need to another surgery to place the implant in its original position, or get the implant removed or replaced.
Dissatisfaction with buttock size or appearance
As explained above, buttock implants are permanent devices, and you would not need to remove or replace them until you are happy with the results, or until there are no complications. However, there are many patients who become dissatisfied with the size or aesthetic appearance of their butts a few years after getting butt implants. Many patients are initially happy with the size and appearance of their butts, but factors like aging, gravity, pregnancy and inappropriate implants size and shape soon instill dissatisfaction into them, so they insist on either removing or replacing their buttock implants.
Buttock implants are made of semi-solid silicone material, which makes them highly durable. The implants are permanent as long as they don’t create any health problems for the patient. If the surgery is not properly performed, there is a risk that potential complications will soon surface that will compel the patient to either go for a revision surgery, or get the implants removed or replaced. These complications include implant displacement, infection, buttock asymmetry, scar tissue hardening, and embolism etc.
Moreover, exerting excessive pressure on the buttocks during the recovery period can also create complications like implant dislodging, which will require a corrective surgery. General dissatisfaction with the size or aesthetic appearance of the buttocks in future may also compel patients to remove or replace their buttock implants. If a Board-Certified plastic surgeon has performed the surgery, chances are you will keep enjoying the benefits of the buttock implants for a lifetime.
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