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Buttocks augmentation with implants is one of three cosmetic procedures that aim to increase the size of the buttocks. This buttocks augmentation procedure uses semi-solid silicone implants to increase the size and change the shape of the buttocks. Patients may also choose to have a buttocks augmentation procedure with fat grafting, or buttocks lifts.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were 1,863 buttocks augmentation procedures using implants in 2014 in the United States.
Buttocks Augmentation with Implants
Buttocks implants are often chosen over fat grafting augmentation procedures when patients want to change the shape and size of the buttocks. Implants achieve the best results when used specifically for increasing size. They are not be as effective at uplifting or tightening a buttocks that sag as a result of age or weight loss.
Today, buttocks implants are made of semi-solid silicone and not gel silicone that carries the risk of leaks. During the procedure doctors will make small incisions in the inner crease of the buttocks or at the point where the buttocks meets the thigh. An implant will be inserted either above or below the muscle, and the incision is closed.
Patients choose the texture and shape of the inserts. Inserts can be round or oval. They can be textured (to help keep the implant in place) or smooth. Patients can also discuss the placement of the inserts to achieve desired shapes. The procedure can be combined with fat grafting to enhance the appearance.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that the average cost of buttocks implants was $4,580 in 2014. Patients will have to pay these fees out of pocket since most insurance companies do not cover elective cosmetic procedures.
Risks of Buttocks Augmentation with Implants
Buttocks implants pose more risks to patients than augmentation procedures that use fat grafting. The two major risks associated with buttocks implants are the risk of the implant slipping or moving, and the risk of infection developing around the implant.
Other risk associated with buttocks augmentation using implants include:
- Hemorrhaging or excessive bleeding
- Nerve damage
- Blood clots
- Fluid retention and accumulation
- Hardening of buttocks
- Implant rupture (if gel silicone is used)
One study found that complication rates associated with buttocks implant procedures are as high as 30%. For this reason it is extremely important for patients to know the qualifications and hospital privileges of the surgeon before agreeing to surgery.
Buttocks Implants Malpractice
Buttocks implant surgery is associated with very serious risks that can be life threatening. If the tissue around the implants becomes infected, bacteria and infection can spread to other parts of the body, including the limbs and major organs. By comparison to other cosmetic surgeries, buttocks implant surgery has a high rate of post-surgical infections.
If your surgery has been mishandled by a health care provider, call Gilman & Bedigian to schedule a free consultation. Our attorneys are highly- skilled have the legal expertise to successfully handle your medical malpractice cases.