Butt implants are rising in popularity as a quick and easy way to look great in jeans, but are they really healthy?
There appears to be a surge in a controversial surgery involving implants in the glutes to help to help individuals look better in both bikinis and jeans. Whereas this surgery can be beneficial for those who are underweight and suffering from a protruding tailbone, are these enhancements generally safe?
What are butt implants?
Buttock augmentation involves inserting implants into the gluteal region, which are made from either silicone or water-based implants. This surgery is performed much like breast augmentation; the implant is placed under the muscle through a small incision to provide increased size and roundness.
Why get butt implants?
There are numerous reasons an individual may be considering this type of surgery. Cosmetic reasons top the list, although there are many people who choose this form of surgery as a way to give the appearance of a shapely rear-end after the muscles have been atrophied as a result of an injury. Because the buttock muscles can be the most difficult to shape through exercise, individuals who have been confined to bed rest or even wheelchairs for an extended period may find their glutes have flattened. This can cause significant pain in the tailbone region when sitting for extended periods, and implants can be a viable remedy for this type of situation.
Are butt implants and butt injections the same?
Although both of these procedures can result in a fuller, more rounded behind, they are not the same thing. Implants are exactly that: actual implants that are inserted under the gluteal muscle through an incision. Injections are performed after fat has been removed from another area of the body via liposuction, then injected into several areas of the buttocks. The final appearance can later be altered if the recipient loses weight, whereas implants are a more permanent procedure.
Are butt implants healthy/safe?
When performed by a licensed and experienced surgeon, these type of implants are generally safe; however, as with any type of surgery, there is always a risk of infection at the incision site. Because the implants are placed beneath the muscle, they are well protected from rupturing, although an implant rupture is still possible. If the chosen implant contains saline (sterile water) and leaks into the individual's body, there is no health concern as the fluid will simply be absorbed. If the implant contains silicone, there is a marked danger should a rupture occur.
Another concern regarding this procedure is the risk of the implants being rejected. When implant rejection occurs, the body views it as a dangerous foreign object that poses a threat to the person's well-being. It will then try force the implant out, with symptoms ranging from intense pain to high fever. The only solution for this is for the implant to be removed.
Overall, butt implants are considered safe, but only when performed in a clinical setting by a licensed, experienced surgeon. As with any surgery, the overall success depends not only on the physician, but also on proper surgical aftercare by the patient.