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Buttock Augmentation

Gluteal Augmentation

Buttock augmentation, sometimes referred to as a "Brazilian butt lift" when fat transfer is involved, uses butt implants, fat grafting or sometimes a combination of both to increase the size of your behind.

Buttock augmentation risks and safety

The decision to have buttock augmentation surgery is extremely personal. You will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable.

You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any buttock augmentation risks and potential complications.

Buttock augmentation with implants risks include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Opening of the incisions with implant exposed requiring removal
  • Scarring
  • Nerve damage
  • Firmness
  • Implant rupture
  • Implant migration
  • Fluid accumulation (seroma)
  • Pressure on your sciatic nerve
  • Anesthesia risks

Buttock augmentation by fat transfer risks include:

  • Excessive loss of blood
  • Blood clots
  • Bruising
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Possibility of revisional surgery
  • Numbness and pain
  • Fat embolism, injection of fat into the bloodstream that causes inflammation in the lungs
  • Infection
  • Fluid shifts and lidocaine toxicity
  • Complications of liposuction
  • Complications of anesthesia
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Asymmetry
  • Possible need for a revision surgery at a later date
  • Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Oil cyst
  • Hematoma
  • Stretch marks
  • Cellulite

These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It is important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon.



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