contracture is a condition that can occur when fibrosis of connective tissue
forms around the capsule (the implant body), causing hardness, definitive
implant edges that can be seen or restrict movement. Capsular contracture occurs
infrequently, but in severe cases, where the capsule fiber can’t be broken
externally, can result in the removal, and/or replacement of the implant.
can occur with a buttock lift because of the location of where the incision is
and the amount of tension that is put on the actual surgical site. Post
operatively, this area has constant traction during the healing period, making
it very tight and secure. Patients who experience wound problems can have
drainage from the incision requiring constant wound dressing changes until it
heals. With time, delayed wound healing can resolve itself.
If this problem
should occur, sometimes the scars will heal as
hypertrophic or keloid.
Scar revisions are done if the scar becomes raised and unsightly. Wound
dehiscence is more commonly seen in patients who smoke
and patients who have poor wound healing.
Buttock implants can either press upon or migrate
onto the sciatic nerve. The is located in the buttock's area and if the
implants should compromise the nerve in any way, it could cause permanent injury
to the nerve. If this complication should occur, treatment could include
removal of the implants.
There is a possibility of the buttock implants to
migrate and extrude through the incision of other areas of the buttock region.
If the patient suffers from a seroma, hematoma or infection - the odds of this
occurring rises. Having excessive pressure on the implants during the
recovery could also contribute to the implants extruding.
When having a buttock augmentation with fat
injections, almost 30 percent of the fat will not survive and will get
absorbed into the body. If this should occur, there might be dimples or
dents due to the re-absorption of the fat. Injections of fat can also
cause scarring in the area it is being injected, so massaging is encouraged
during the recovery period.
Temporary muscle spasms or cramping can occur in
the buttock muscle, after a buttock lift or augmentation. This is normally
a temporary occurrence during the recovery period. Muscle spasms or
cramping respond well to heat and massage.
With a buttock lift, the biggest obstacle is the
scarring. The scars will be red for the first few months following your
procedure, but they will fade as time goes by. Scars are a permanent
situation after this procedure, and unfortunately, their final appearance is not
totally predictable. Every single patient will scar differently.
Because the buttock lift calls for a great deal
of tension to be placed at the incision line, the scars can sometimes widen.
Most plastic surgeons will keep the scars located on the body so that they will
be hidden while wearing a bikini or underwear.
Hypertrophic and keloid scarring is
possible, but if this occurs possibly a scar revision could improve the outcome.
Some patients have had tattoos placed over the scar so that it is camouflaged.
Droopiness that recurs is rare, however; it can
occur if the patient has had a sudden gain or loss of body fat after the
procedure, as it increases the laxity of the skin. Patients should be
stable in their weight for a minimum of six months before a buttock lift is
performed, to ensure the best longest lasting result. If this problem
should occur, revision surgery would be warranted.
It is important to stop smoking if you are a
smoker for at least several weeks before your buttock lift. Smoking has many
harmful side effects including decreasing blood flow to the skin which can
increase the risk of complications and delay wound healing.