Complication rate after butt implant surgery


Having bigger, shapelier, and voluptuous booties is a major trend right now. As a result, women with smaller or flatter buttocks are increasingly going under the knife to add projection and shape to their backsides. There is no doubt that the only safer option to enhance your buttocks is through fat grafting or the Brazilian butt lift procedure. However, when you don’t have enough excess fat in your body or your goal is to achieve large buttocks, you may end up getting butt implants.

While buttock implant surgery boasts a good record of patient safety and aesthetic outputs, there is never a guarantee you will remain safe after the procedure or that no complication will ever occur. There are a number of complications associated with the use of butt implants. In this article, we’ll discuss the complication rate among patients after butt implant surgery.

How likely are complications after butt implant surgery?

Butt implant surgery is a major operation. It is riskier than fat transfer to the buttocks. Butt implants are artificial objects that are inserted through incisions into the buttocks and placed below, within, or above the gluteal muscle. Whether or not you may experience complications after the procedure depends on a range of factors. If you have health complications like diabetes, heart disease, a blood disorder, autoimmune disease, hypertension or any other serious illness, you may experience some complications during the recovery period and even during the operation.

According to one study, the rate of complications after butt implant surgery is 1 to 20. This means that 1 in 20 butt implant recipients will experience some form of complication either during the recovery period or in the long term. Now, the short-term complications that may occur as a result of your health problems can be managed, and you may soon recover from it. However, there are certain serious complications that may compel you to go for implant removal or replacement.

It is also important to note that the rate of complications after butt implant surgery can differ. It is never guaranteed that 1 in 20 patients will experience a complication in any case. There is a possibility that more patients will experience complications and there is also a chance that none of the 20 patients will experience any complications.

Actually, these complications do not rely on the numbers but on other important factors like your overall health, your immune system, your plastic surgeon, your post-operative recovery and care, the implant size, and the placement of the implant. What complications may be triggered by these factors have been discussed below.

Buttock implant migration

The first complication that many patients fear is the migration of butt implants. During the surgery, artificial devices (implants) made of semi-solid silicone material are placed inside your buttocks. Even though the rate of butt implant migration is lower (1:30), there is a risk that some factors might cause the implants to move out of the implant pockets.

The buttock implant size and implant placement determine whether the implant will be displaced. If the implant is very large and not suitable for your buttock dimensions and anatomy, the risk of implant migration increases. Also, if the implant is placed above the gluteal muscle, it will get lesser tissue coverage there. This may cause the implant to migrate to a different position or location within your buttocks. Also, if you are careless during the recovery period and engage in strenuous activities before the passage of 6 weeks after the surgery, implant migration may occur.


The rate of infection is higher among patients who get butt implants. According to a survey, one in fifteen patients suffer from infection of some form after butt implant surgery. Most of the patients who get infections have a weak immune system. The butt implant surgery involves large incisions for placing the implants inside the buttocks. The incisions make your body susceptible to potential infections.

In order to stay safe from infections after the procedure, make sure to keep the surgical site clean. Never let anyone touch it and be sure to take any prescribed antibiotics on time. In case an infection occurs, you may need IV antibiotics. If the infection is severe and has spread to the implants, it would be necessary to remove the implants for your own safety.

Capsular contracture

A capsular contracture is a rare complication associated with butt implant surgery. Most surgeons agree that if the procedure is performed properly and if the incisions have been placed carefully, the risk of capsular contracture can be decreased. According to a study, one in fifty patients experience capsular contracture after butt implant surgery. The condition can occur even years after the procedure.

Capsular contracture happens when the scar tissue that develops around the implants starts to tighten. This squeezes the implants, changing the shape of the buttocks and causing physical discomfort and pain for the patient. The only treatment of capsular contracture is the removal of the implant and scar tissue during a revision surgery.

Abnormal scarring

As stated above, butt implant surgery involves major incisions. These incisions develop into scars some weeks after the procedure. If you have a history of developing poor scars, the resulting scars after butt implants may become abnormal. An abnormal scar is one that is raised on the skin, clearly visible, and looks unpleasant and unwelcoming. In order to avoid abnormal scar development, be sure to share your complete medical history with your surgeon and be more careful during the recovery period and afterward.


Butt implant surgery is an effective and reliable way to augment flatter or smaller buttocks. However, like every surgery, there are side effects, risks, and complications associated with buttock implants. The rates and types of complications that may occur after the surgery have been discussed above. There are ways to decrease the risk of these complications. You should be sure to discuss the associated risks and prevention of the risks with your plastic surgeon during the initial consultation.

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