Will Butt Implants Give You Booty Of Your Dreams?
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If you've spent hours in the gym squatting your way to a perfect butt, you've probably wondered if there's a easier way.
It seems like butt augmentation is one of the fastest growing cosmetic surgical procedures performed in the recent years. Yet not all patients are satisfied with the results and some are even comeing back requesting reversals. So is the procedure really worth it?
Here are a few things you should know before deciding for this procedure:
FAT GRAFTING IS THE MOST POPULAR METHOD
This procedure, also known as the Brazilian butt lift, starts with liposuction—removing fat from the stomach, thighs, or upper back, where it’s not wanted, and injects it into the buttocks. The results can be immediately noticed, but the final product is visible even a year after the surgery; it’s because the body needs time to incorporate the grafted fat and to form new blood vessels.
Even though, most doctors would recommend fat grafting as the best option, there are possible complications. If fat is released into the blood stream, where it shouldn’t be, it can be a reason for fat embolism, blood clots or sensation changes. “It has a low risk of infection and, if you do gain weight down the line, it will grow with you”, says Alexes Hazen, M.D., a plastic surgeon at NYU Langone Health.
On the other side there are patients who don’t have enough fat for liposuction, and these are good candidates for implants.
Butt implants require a surgery in which a silicone implants are inserted either into or above the gluteal muscle on each side by making an incision within the vertical butt. Placement technique varies among doctors, but intramuscular implants are ideal, says Mark Mofid, M.D., a plastic surgeon in La Jolla, California.
“Most of the patients who have had implants and are unhappy with them have on-top-of-the-muscle implants,” Mofid says. “That’s just not a great place for an implant to be. Those implants sag over time and kind of look like gumdrops on the buttocks, as opposed to a much more natural look.”
THE BIGGER THE IMPLANT, THE BIGGER THE RISK
Bigger implants have higher rates of implants shifting around under the skin and of incisions that split open post-surgery.
In 2013, Mofid co-authored a study that analyzed the experience of 2 226 people who received butt implants. Among all patients, 38%—reported complications.
The most common side effect was incisional separation —“people bend and stoop and the incision can separate,” Mofid says. About 5% of patients needed an implant revision, and 4.2% experienced pain that lasted more than 12 weeks. Nearly 4% developed seromas, which means fluid builds up under the skin, and 3.6% had minor infection that didn’t require the implants to be removed. Implant removal was necessary in 3.8% of patients for reasons like major infection, chronic pain, and chronic seromas, according to the study findings.
Hazen says that plastic surgeons have mixed feelings about butt augmentation. “Just anatomically where they go—you’re sitting on it all the time,” Hazen says. “It’s hard to imagine that it would be comfortable.”
WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T GET SILICONE INJECTIONS
Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning against using silicone injections for body contouring. This came in response to an increased number of patients receiving illegal silicone injections from unlicensed medical professionals. Often called "pumping parties," these procedures are presented as a cheaper alternative to plastic surgery and are usually performed in private homes or hotels.
Silicone injections—as opposed to silicone implants—can be dangerous and even fatal; they can cause significant scarring or disfigurement. “It should be uniformly condemned,” Mofid says. “There’s no place for it in medicine—virtually 100 percent of patients over their lifetime will develop problems.”
After all, squats might actually be your best option.
source: women's health mag