Buttock Implant Complications
As with most cosmetic surgical procedures, complications are unlikely when performed by a skilled and competent surgeon. Complications include, but are not limited to:
- Anesthesia risks,
- Fluid accumulation under the skin (which may need to be drained),
- Nerve damage,
- Poor wound healing
- Unsatisfactory scars.
Also possible is asymmetry, displacement, hardening of scar tissue around the implant and need for revisional surgery (or even removal of the implants). Also rare, but possible, are blood clots or emboli (blood clots which dislodge and travel in the blood stream to distant sites) which can be fatal.
At Aventura Center for Cosmetic Surgery, Venodyne calf compression devices are used for every buttock (gluteal) implant surgery (as well as many other surgeries). Venodynes are pressure cuffs that fit over each lower leg, from the ankle to the knee, circulating every one to two minutes to reduce the pooling of blood in the lower extremities and further reduce the possibility of blood clots or emboli. In addition, smokers must stop smoking well in advance of surgery. Smoking seriously decreases blood circulation in the skin, which increases the risk of complications and poor healing.