Are butt implants safe?

I'd like to undergo butt augmentation but I'm so hesitant. I know that injections aren't FDA approved nor are they safe, that being said injections are out of the question. I Don't think that I'd be a good candidate for the bbl, I'm under 5 feet tall and only weigh 90 pounds. I've always dreamed of having the perfect hour glass figure, butt implants are my last resort. How much would it cost? Is it safe? I don't want to end up like that woman from the butt implant flipping over video.

Doctor Answers 4

Safety of buttock implants

Allow me to share with you some information that you may not hear elsewhere. There are only two proven safe and relatively effective methods for Buttock Augmentation and Hip Augmentation: 1) Autologous Fat Transfer (using your own fat, transferring from one area of the body to the other) and 2) Buttock/Hip Implants (semi-solid silicone rubber implants that cannot rupture &/or leak). Both are very good options so what it comes down to, like any surgery, is proper patient selection. Indeed because at least 50+ % of the fat transferred will melt away within a year, most patients are not good candidates because they lack an adequate amount of fat to harvest. Another tip is that if you gain weight for the procedure, the fat that you lose first when you go back down to your baseline weight after surgery is in fact that fat that you originally gained and transferred into your buttocks...so don't fall victim to this recommendation.Although using your own fat is relatively safe, the one serious complication that can rarely (< 1%) happen is "fat embolism" in which some of the fat gets into the blood stream and travels up into the lungs, heart, and/or brain causing serious problems. This complication is more likely to happen with the larger amount of fat being transferred. This can also happen when using fillers like PMMA and hyaluronic acids. Also fillers, when injected in large quantities, have a relatively high tendency to migrate away from the original area they were placed and tend to stimulate a lot of inflammation and subsequent scar tissue/hardening.
Thus buttock/hip implants become a very good, safe, and long term reliable option for most patients seeking buttock augmentation (at least in my practice). I prefer to insert the buttock implants through a single 2 ½ inch long incision over the tailbone (concealed within the crevice between the buttock cheeks) and the hip implants through a ~ 1 inch incision just below the beltline above the hip region. The buttock implant should always be placed under or within the gluteus maximus muscle. In this position, the implant is less palpable, less visible, and does not sag or shift/migrate over time unlike implants placed on top of the muscle. Therefore it is extremely important to seek consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in this procedure. And in this case too, at least in my surgical practice, the infection rate is minimized to ~5%. Glad to help...RAS


Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 102 reviews

Are butt implants safe?

Butt implants placed in an intramuscular position of reasonable size is a reasonable alternative for buttock augmentation.   I perform both the Brazilian buttlift and butt implants and each is reasonable in appropriate patients.

Kenneth Hughes, MD

Los Angeles, CA

Butt Implant

Butt Implants are safe. The important part is to choose the right size implant based on the buttock measurements and place it within the muscle or under the fascia. Implants like any other implants will need maitainance

Samir Shureih MD. FACS
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Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Butt implants

Buttock implants are safe, but there are associated risks as with any device placement.  Best of luck with your decision to pursue this.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

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