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My surgeon said that 3 out of 10 patients will have their butt implants open up. Is that true and how bad?

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Buttock implant wound opening rate

Your surgeon is quoting miscellaneous figures that may or may not apply to the general population of surgeons that have in the past performed or tried to perform this procedure.  However, when this procedure is done by a board certified plastic surgeon that specializes in this procedure (and there are relatively very few), and makes adjustments in his/her technique to minimize complications and maximize good results, the rate of wound opening can (and is in my current practice) < 5%.  Glad to help.  

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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My surgeon said that 3 out of 10 patients will have their butt implants open up. Is that true and how bad?

  I perform both the Brazilian buttlift and buttock implants, and, though I think that the complication rate for buttock implants is higher, I think that the rate is more like 1 out of 10 or less.'

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Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Buttock augmentation with implants

I think that buttock augmentation with implants certainly has a higher complication rate then fat injection but they are pretty safe and reliable.

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New York Plastic Surgeon
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 I do not believe that the "Implant will open" or the incision will open. The risks of infection and incision problems is the same as with any surgery. Placement of the incision is very important to decrease the risk of wound dehescence 
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