Is There Anyway You Can Die While Getting Buttock Augmentation?

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Can I die while getting a buttock augmentation?

All surgeries and medical procedures carry risk.  It is possible to die during ANY surgery.  You reduce that risk by selecting a plastic and reconstructive surgeon that is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and by having your surgery performed in an accredited surgery center or hospital.  You increase your risk of complications (including death) by having a procedure that is not FDA -approved (such as hydrogel butt shots) and by having your procedure performed by someone who lacks the proper training.  When you choose your plastic surgeon, the two of you will have a careful review of your medical history to be sure that you are a good candidate for surgery.

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Buttock Augmentation Risks

All surgeries carry risks, including death albeit extremely rare in otherwise healthy patients.  This is indeed the similar case for buttock augmentation.  

Allow me to share with you what you may not hear from others.  Currently the only two safe and effective methods for Buttock Augmentation are Autologous Fat Transfer (transfer of your own fat to the buttocks, aka "Brazilian Butt Lift") and Buttock Implants (semi-solid soft silicone rubber implants).  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.  A unique risk from autologous fat transfer is "fat embolism" where fat can get into the blood stream and travel to the heart, lungs, and/or brain causing temporary or permanent damage including death - although less than 1% of the time.  Thus buttock implants become a very good, safe, predictable, and long-term reliable option for most patients seeking buttock augmentation (at least in my practice). I personally recommend either the round or the oval shaped implants dependent upon the natural anatomic shape of the patient's buttock cheeks.  The implant is typically inserted through a 2 ½ inch long incision over the tailbone (concealed within the crevice between the top of the buttock cheeks).  The 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 technique.  Additionally, in this type of surgeons hands the often quoted "high risks" of complications especially infection are actually much lower around 5%. Hope this helps...RAS

Ryan Stanton, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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