Butt Augmentation

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Although they’re quite trendy, Dr. BYUN is not an advocate for buttock enhancement procedures. 

Buttock Implants are flawed in many ways. Any time something foreign is placed inside the body, one’s body is prone to reject it. Implants can come with infection, rejection, and shifting. Implants should be placed under the muscle to avoid the creation of a seroma. (A seroma is a common complication of gluteal implant procedures. Seromas are an abnormal accumulation of serous fluid inside of a capsule or space created by the body in defense of implant placement.)  Even if implants are placed under the muscle to avoid a seroma, there’s going to be a size limitation. 

Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is a procedure which involves extracting fat from an area of the patient’s body (namely the stomach, hips, or flanks) and injecting it into the buttocks to enhance its prominence and projection. This procedure has quickly become mainstream, but has even more downfalls than implants. In October 2019, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) issued a warning to British plastic surgeons regarding the safety of the Brazilian Butt Lift. Most recently, it has been discovered that post BBL procedures, patients are suffering from many complications that range from lumpiness to debilitation and even death. Over time, fat cells both grow to dominate an area and shrink/calcify. This fate of fat cells creates a lumpy, bumpy appearance in areas that are supposed to be smooth. During these procedures, surgical instruments can easily puncture through blood vessels, if fat cells are injected to the damaged area, a fat embolism could result and cause serious injury or even death. A task force made up of plastic surgeons from international societies reported that the death rate is as high as one in 3,000 procedures — the highest of any cosmetic surgery procedure. Other potential complications of a Brazilian Butt Lift include bacterial infection, tissue death, scarring, and abscesses.

The BAAPS announced they will launch a formal review of new evidence into the safety and techniques used in Brazilian Butt Lift surgery.

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As a leading Chicago plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael BYUN holds patient safety in the highest regard. He is deeply committed to delivering the most up-to-date information and education to patients so they can make sensible decisions about their care. Dr. BYUN is not an advocate for buttock implants or Brazilian Butt Lifts.

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