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Revisional Buttock Implant Surgery

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

 

Like implants placed anywhere on the body, buttock implants can also have complications. When one compares the two methods of buttock augmentation, fat injection vs implants, it is no surprise that the placement of an implant is associated with a higher rate of potential complications. But for those women and men who have inadequate fat harvest sites, buttocks implants are their only buttock augmentation option.

As overall buttock augmentation surgery has become more prevalent, the number of buttock implants being placed has also increased. As a result the number of implant complications has expectantly risen as well. Buttock implant complications include medical problems of wound dehiscence, infection, hematomas an seromas as well as aesthetic concerns of  size and shape. How well patients do with buttock implant revisions and their outcomes has not been previously studied or published.

In the February 2017 issue of the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the first paper on this topic was published entitled ‘Revision Buttock Augmentation: Indications, Procedures, and Recommendations’.  In this paper the author reviews his twelve year experience in 43 patients who had revisional buttock implant replacement. The indications for buttock implant replacment were prior loss of implant (42%), asymmetry (37%) and size change. (21%) Revision buttock implantation procedures done were implant removal (24), implant replacement (19), implant exchange (18), capsulotomy (6), size change (5) and capsulorraphy. (1) Complications after the 24 buttock implant removals included contour irregularities that required fat grafting (2) but no infections o wound dehiscences were seen. Of great interest is what happened in the 19 buttock implant replacement patients. Infections occurred in 25% of them. Complications after buttock implant exchange was hematoma. (5%)

In primary buttock implant surgery the most dreaded complication is that of infection. Once it is diagnosed the recommendation is to remove the implant immediately and wait at least 6 months until it is replaced. Trying to replace the implant too early (just months after its removal) is associated with a higher rate of recurrent infection.

Implant asymmetry was seen equally in both subfascial and intramuscular locations. Its resolution requires either capsulotomies to expand the space or implant shape change.

Aesthetic buttock implant exchange for size and shape requires a good understanding of postoperative expectations. Oval shaped implants are good when the buttocks is long and lacks lower pole fullness. Oval implant rotation is treated by a round implant replacement. The typical implant size increase was 100cc with an additional cm in implant width.

The need for revisional buttock implant surgery is always a potential sequelae of primary implant augmentation and includes management strategies for the timing of primary implant removal and secondary implant replacement due to infection and seromas. Aesthetic implant revision must be tempered with balancing the potential risks vs how much buttock size and shape change will result.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

Case Study – Intramuscular Placement of Buttock Implants

Monday, December 19th, 2016

 

Background: Buttock implants are the alternative to the more popular BBL (Brazilian Butt Lift) procedure which uses fat injections to create the augmentation effect. The use of fat for buttock augmentation is preferred and should always be the first consideration as it is a natural material and has a very low risk of complications.

But when one has inadequate fat to harvest, implants become the only other buttock augmentation option. The use of buttock implants poses very different technical and outcome options than that of fat. While the placement of an implant into the buttocka assures volume retention, there are tissue constraints as to how big the augmentation can become.

The biggest decision in buttock implants is pocket placement. The options are either subfascial (on top of the muscle) or intramuscular. (inside the muscle) Subfascial placement allows for much larger implants but is also associated with a higher rate of complications. Intramuscular placement allows for only smaller size implants but have a much lower rate of potential complications.

intramuscular-buttock-implants-incision-dr-barry-eppley-indianapolisCase Study: This 26 year-old female wanted buttock augmentation but did not have enough fat to harvest. She preferred implants but wanted them placed in an intramuscular location. Under general anesthesia and in the prone position, 330cc intramuscular soft solid silicone gel implants were placed through a double intergluteal incision. The buttock implants were of an anatomic style. (wider base with lower projection0

tb-buttock-implants-oblique-view-dr-barry-eppley-indianapolistb-buttock-implants-side-view-dr-barry-eppley-indianapolisHer four month result showed a moderate buttock augmentation result. The implants created greater roundness and a natural looking result.

Intramuscular buttock implants are far more technically challenging to place and it is very difficult (and not advised) to try and place implants much bigger than the mid-300cc range. Recovery from implants in the intramuscular pocket also carries with it a significant recovery. These features make the intramuscular pocket less appealing than that of above the muscle but the long-term benefits of better vascularized tissue cover are worth it for many patients.

Highlights:

1) Buttock implants in the intramuscular location are smaller in size than some patients may want.

2) Manipulation of the gluteus maximus muscle creates a longer recovery than one may anticipate.

3) The intramuscular location works best with anatomic shaped buttock implants.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

Case Study – Intramuscular Buttock Implants

Monday, October 17th, 2016

 

Background: Buttock implants offer a method of buttock augmentation when one has inadequate fat to harvest. It has become more popular over the past decade than ever before as the patient demand for buttock augmentation has risen dramatically. But unlike fat transfer there are multiple considerations when buttock implants are considered. These include size, shape and implant location.

The biggest consideration in using buttock implants is whether they should be placed above (subfascial) or into the muscle. (intramuscular) Each implant location has its own advantages or disadvantages. The intramuscular location offers the lowest risk of long-term implant complications but the longest after surgery recovery. Its other ‘disadvantage’ is that the implant size  will be more limited. The intramuscular pocket does not allow for much bigger implants than about 350ccs of volume. This us unlike the subfascial location where much larger buttock implants can be placed.

Case Study: This 26 year-old female wanted a larger buttocks but knew she did not have enough fat to get a good result. She was aware of the concept of subfascial vs intramuscular pockets and wanted the implants placed inside the muscle. She had a flat but moderate-sized buttock shape and preoperative measurements indicated that a 300cc to 350cc implant could be placed.

intramuscular-buttock-implants-incision-dr-barry-eppley-indianapolisUnder general anesthesia and in the prone position, a 7 cm. intergluteal incision was made. The intramuscular pockets were created by a muscle splitting approach. Soft solid silicone 330cc anatomic buttock implants were placed on both sides. No drains were used.

tb-buttock-implant-results-back-view-dr-barry-eppley-indianapolistb-buttock-implants-oblique-view-dr-barry-eppley-indianapolisHer two month results show a fuller and more rounded buttock shape. Her buttocks were bigger in the upper pole with increased fullness. She had a rather long recovery as it took her about a month to get back to most physical activities. She developed a partial incisional dehiscence about 3 weeks after surgery of the lower half of her incision. It was treated by topical silvadene and went out to fully heal three weeks later.

tb-buttock-implants-side-view-dr-barry-eppley-indianapolisFor those patients considering intramuscular buttock implants it is important to realize that the recovery period will be significant. It is a muscular injury in an area that will need to be sat on as well as important for many other bodily movements as well.

Highlights:

1) Buttock implants offer a reliable and permanent method of buttock augmentation

2) The intramuscular placement of buttock implants offers the least complications long-term but has a significant surgical recovery.

3) Intramuscular buttock implants have size restrictions and are only indicated in patients that are not eligible for a fat transfer buttock augmentation.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

Asian Buttock Implants

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

 

Buttock augmentation today has taken on a near significance as to that of breast augmentation. It is the second most augmented body part next to that of the breasts. Debates can be had as to why this is so but it is a phenomenon that crosses many ethnic and cultural groups.

What constitutes buttock beauty is more than that of just size. The curve of the buttocks as transitions into the back and hips are features that may be as aesthetically valuable as pure size alone. A pleasing curvature from the back into the upper buttocks, increased hip volume and a rounder plumper shape are important aesthetic goals as well.

Currently injectable fat grafting offers the best method to try and achieve all of these buttock augmentation goals as the volume placement can cover a broader surface area. But not everyone is a good candidate for fat grafting due to inadequate tissue or failure of sufficient fat to survive. This leaves buttocks implants as the only other buttock augmentation option.

buttock-implants-indianapolis-dr-barry-eppleyIn the September 2016 issue of the Annals of Plastic Surgery, an article on buttock augmentation was published entitled Buttock Reshaping With Intramuscular Gluteal Augmentation in an Asian Ethnic Group: A Six-Year Experience With 130 Patients’. In this paper the authors performed an intramuscular implant technique using the well known XYZ method for pocket creation and implant positioning. The buttock implants used were of the oval-shaped smooth-surfaced silicone type. Most of the patients also had  lipsouction performed as well.The aesthetic results were determined using serial photography and by the patient’s own assessment on a 5-score scale.

The mean rating for patient satisfaction with the procedure was 4.6 of 5. (92%) The ratings of two independent plastic surgeons showed a mean score of 4.2 of 5. (84%) The authors conclude that intramuscular gluteal augmentation technique using solid silicone implants resulted in high patient satisfaction and good cosmetic reshaping of the buttocks.

asian-buttock-implants-result-back-view-dr-barry-eppley-indianapolisasian-buttock-implants-result-side-view-dr-barry-eppley-indianapolisThe unique aspect of this paper is that it describes the use of buttock implants in Asian women. What is unique in buttock augmentation about Asian women is that they often do not have enough fat to harvest for a BBL procedure and implants would be their only treatment option. Fortunately their size goals are usually more modest and a rounder shape is more important than a significant increase in size. This is the type of effect that is achievable with buttock implants and explains the high satisfaction rate for the procedure in this patient population.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

Intramuscular Buttock Implants

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

 

The most common form of buttock augmentation is by fat injections. Known worldwide as BBL surgery (Brazilian Butt Lift), it offer a natural buttock enhancement procedure with the dual benefit of reductive body contouring from the fat harvest. But despite its appeal not everyone is a good candidate for it. It requires a certain amount of body fat to create the volume needed for a visible buttock size inrcrease.

In thinner patient with low body fat, buttock augmentation can only be done with implants. Buttock implants have a very checkered history with relatively high complication rates for a variety of reasons. But today’s method of placing buttock implants in the intramuscular location offers a much lower rate of complications and the need for revision surgery or subsequent implant removal.

Intramuscular buttock implant surgery, however, has three key differences from past techniques that are very important for patients to understand. These are pocket location, size expectation and postoperative recovery.

Buttock Implants Indianapolis Dr Barry EppleyIntramuscular Buttock Implant Placement Dr Barry Eppley IndianapolisUnlike breast implants, the placement of buttock implants is inside the muscle not under it. This is not a natural tissue plane and creating the intramuscular pocket requires experience in doing it. It is a much harder technique to learn than placing the implants above the muscle. (subfascial location) Learning the technique in cadavers at a training course is really the best way to develop expertise in this form of buttock augmentation.

Female Buttock Implants intraop result left side view Dr Barry Eppley IndianapolisFemale Buttock Implants intraop result right oblique view Dr Barry Eppley IndianapolisBecause the intramuscular pocket is more confining than the subfascial pocket, the amount of buttock size increase will be less. As a general rule the largest size of intramuscular buttock implant that can be placed is in the range of 300cc to 330cc for most patients. This more ‘modest’ buttock size increase is a very important concept for patients to understand. For a permanent result that has much fewer complications a smaller buttock size must be accepted.

Separating the gluteus maximus muscle to make an implant pocket does carry a more significant recovery than any other form of buttock augmentation. While Marcaine and Exparel local anesthetic injections definitely help reduce discomfort right after surgery this is a significant muscle injury on a body part that has to be compressed (sit on) at some point after surgery. It is important that patients do not under estimate the recovery period from intramuscular buttock implants.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

Case Study – Buttock Reconstruction after Implant Removal

Monday, May 16th, 2016

 

Background: Buttock implants are the alternative option in gluteal augmentation to injectable fat grafting. (aka Brazilian Butt Lift) They are used when the patient has inadequate fat donor harvest sites due to a thin body frame. They are also used in rare cases where a BBL procedure has not produced adequate buttock augmentation and fat donor sites are exhausted.

The placement of buttock implants is either in the subfascial or intramuscular location. There are advantages and disadvantages to either implant location. The subfascial location offers larger implant placements but with a thinner soft tissue cover and a higher risk of infection and implant contracture/malposition/asymmetry. The intramuscular location by virtue of its thicker and better vascularized implant coverage has a much lower risk of infectious and malposition issues but only permits smaller implant sizes to be placed.

When buttock implant infection occurs, the sequelae of this complication has a much higher risk of secondary buttock shape distortions. The overlying soft tissue cover is much thinner and when it shrinks down after the implant(s) are removed, there will be an outward buttock contracture deformity.

Case Study: This 26 year-old female presented with bilateral buttock deformities consisting of scars and contracture deformities. She had a history of subfascial buttock implants placed in another country which became secondarily infected and needed to be removed. There were long scars that extended from the intergluteal crease outward. Ideally she needed first stage injection fat grafting followed by a second stage scar revision but her social and financial circumstances dictated that she have a singe stage reconstruction.

Buttock Reconstruction with Dermal Fat Grafts back view Dr Barry Eppley IndianapolisButtock Reconstruction with Dermal Fat Graft Dr Barry Eppley IndianapolisUnder general anesthesia, a large dermal fat graft was harvested from a c-section scar on her lower abdomen. Then in the prone position, her scars were excised, the buttock tissues widely undermined and released, and the dermal fat graft placed into the resulting soft tissue defect. (most of the graft was placed into the deeper left buttock contracture) The fat grafts were covered by advancing the residual fat layer on the underside of the skin over them.

Loss of buttock implants, particularly from the subfascial location, will result in overlying soft contracture. Whether it requires scar revision or not, soft tissue volume restoration is the cornerstone of its treatment. Injectable fat grafting is the preferred method of thickening the soft tissue and releasing scar contractures. But the very choice of buttock implants initially may mean that little fat is available. As a result, smaller dermal-fat grafts may need to be used.

Highlights:

1) Removal of subfascial buttock implants due to infection can be associated with secondary buttock deformities.

2) Buttock scar contracture ideally needs a combination of fat grafting and scar revision.

3) While injectable fat grafting offers a broader area and volume of soft tissue augmentation, dermal fat grafting can be done as a second grafting option.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

Complication Rates in Buttock Augmentation

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

 

Buttock augmentation has become the fastest growing cosmetic body procedure over the past five years. While the us of fat injections (aka Brazilian But Lift) accounts for the majority of these buttock augmentation procedures, buttock implants also has a role for thinner patients who have inadequate fat stores for harvest.

Buttock Implants Indianapolis Dr Barry EppleyJust like fat grafting the number of buttock implant procedures has also dramatically increased compared to just a few years ago. With the rise in the number of buttock implant requests from patients has been greater scrutiny and investigation by plastic surgeons of the various techniques to perform it. By history, buttock implants have a relatively high complication rate. This contrasts relatively sharply with fat grafting which, as an autologous technique, would be expected and is known to have a fairly low number of complications.  But newer buttock implant augmentation techniques are believed to be much better than what has occurred in the past.

In the April 2016 issue of the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, an article was published entitled ‘Determining the Safety and Efficacy of Gluteal Augmentation: A Systematic Review of Outcomes and Complications’. In this paper the authors performed a literature search on published papers that reported buttock augmentation techniques and their outcomes. Forty-four (44) papers were reviewed. The most common complications of buttock implants in 2,375 patients were wound dehiscence (10%), seroma (5%), infection (2%) and temporary sciatic nerve dysfunction. (1%) The overall complication rate with buttock implants was around 22%. In 3,567 fat grafting patients the most common complications were seroma (4%), undercorrection (2%), infection (2%) and sciatic nerve pain. (2%) The overall complication rate with buttock fat grafting was 10%.

Buttock Implants (intramuscular) Dr Barry Eppley IndianapolisRecent advancements in surgical techniques for buttock implants, particularly the intramuscular method, has definitely lowered their complication rates. While this study shows what appears to be a ‘high’ complication rate of 22%, the reality is that it compares favorably to that of breast implants. Yet the average patient or plastic surgeon would not view breast implants as having an unacceptably high number of problems. It is just a reality that autologous tissues like fat will always have a lower complication rate than a synthetic implant for any form of body augmentation.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

Case Study – The Ultimate Buttock Makeover

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

 

Background: Aesthetic buttock deformities consist of two types of undesired structural changes. Inadequate volume is the far more recognized buttock problem which can occur from either inadequate natural development (or natural development that one sees an inadequate) or from volume loss due to aging or weight loss. The other is tissue sag over the infragluteal crease (known as banana rolls) which can also occur from aging and weight loss. An induced cause is a result of the sequelae from liposuction of the lower buttocks.

The treatment of lack of adequate buttock size is either fat injections (BBL surgery) or buttock implants. While fat and implants may seem interchangeable in buttock augmentation, they are not. Implants are reserved for those patients who simply do not have enough fat to do BBL surgery. When using buttock implants the decision is whether to go into or above the muscle. When placed in the intramuscular position, it is possible to combine fat injections with buttock implant surgery.

Lower buttock sag is occurs when the superior skin and fat ‘fall’over the fixed infragluteal fold. Buttock ptosis or sag can also occur when the infragluteal fold attachments are lost or disrupted. In either case, a lower buttock lift or tuck is done to remove the overhanging tissues and recreate a fixed infragluteal fold position.

Case Study: This 48 year-old male wanted to improve the appearance of his buttocks. He had lost some weight over the past several years and his buttocks had gone flat. He also did not like the tissue overhang on the bottom of the buttocks. (the sagging)

Ultimate Buttock Makeover intraop result one sideUnder general anesthesia in the supine position he initially had his abdomen and flanks aspirated of fat by liposuction. Once moved into the prone position his flanks was also aspirated. Total liposuction aspirate was 1,800ccs. Once processed by filtering and washing a total of 360ccs of concentrated fat was available for injection. Through an infraguteal incision, solid silicone 270cc buttock implants were placed in the intramuscular position. A lower buttock lift was done on each side removing a predetermined strip and skin and fat. Through suturing to the muscular fascia, the infragluteal fold was remade. Lastly, 180ccs of concentrated fat was injected in various locations of the buttocks that had not been previously undermined for the placement of the buttock implants.

Ultimate Buttock Makeover intraop left oblique viewUltimate Buttock Makeover intraop left side viewUltimate Buttock Makeover intraop result back view Dr Barry Eppley IndianapolisHis immediate intraoperative results showed a significant improvement in the size and shape of his buttocks. While the amount of fat that will be retained remains to be determined, the contributions of the buttock implants and the lower buttock lift will be retained.

This case of buttock augmentation demonstrates the concept of the ultimate buttock makeover. Between implants, fat grafting and a buttock lift, there is no more aesthetic changes that can be performed on the buttocks at one time.

Highlights:

1) Genetics and aging affects the buttocks like any other body area with loss of volume and sagging.

2) Intramuscular buttock implants can be combined with subcutaneous fat injection grafting for an overall buttock augmentation effect.

3) Buttock augmentation can be combined with a lower buttock lift to create the ultimate buttock makeover.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

Injection Fat Grafting after Buttock Implants

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

 

Buttock augmentation can be done by two different methods. The most popular method today is the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL), more generically known as fat injection buttock augmentation. It is popular because many people have excessive fat and this is a method of fat redistribution that creates improved body contours. Conversely buttock implants is less commonly done and with a longer recovery time.  It is reserved for those women who do not have enough fat for a BBL buttock augmentation procedure.

While often seen as an either/or approach, buttock implants and the Brazilian Butt Lift can be complementary to each other in certain patients. In women that do not have enough fat to harvest for a significant buttock augmentation effect, buttocks implants can be initially placed. Often this will be adequate for many patients. But for those buttock implants placed in the intramuscular location, the size limitations of the pocket or the lack of adequate lateral volume near the hip area may create a desire for a second stage fat injection treatment.

Fat Injections after Buttock Implants Dr Barry Eppley Indianapolis2nd Stage Fat Injections after Buttock Implants Dr Barry Eppley IndianapolisWhile the amount of fat a patient has may be inadequate for a full BBL procedure, most patients will have enough for a smaller contouring BBL procedure after buttock implants. A few hundred ccs of fat injected around the upper and outer perimeter of the buttock implants can create a fuller and more shapely buttock augmentation result. This is perfectly safe as the plane of the fat placement remains above the muscle and well away from the implant pocket.

Injecting around buttock implants that are above the muscle (subfascial plane) is a bit more treacherous. While fat injections can still be done, it is critically important the injected fat does not violate the implant capsule. If that should happen, there is a substantial risk of creating an implant infection.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

Case Study – Natural Contour Buttock Implants

Monday, December 21st, 2015

 

Background: Buttock augmentation is most commonly done by fat injections. But when not enough fat is available for transfer, buttock implants must be used. While buttock implants have an historic mixed reputation when done by surgeons experienced in doing them and with intramuscular placement, they have a good success rate with a low incidence of complications.

While improved buttock implant results are obtained by skilled intramuscular placement, this anatomic location poses some implant limitations. The intramuscular pocket is smaller and more restrictive than that of the more superior subfascial pocket. This means that smaller buttock implant volumes must be used. In addition the height of the implant needs to be lower to get a competent muscle closure over it.

Natural Contour Buttock Implant Dr Barry Eppley IndianapolisTraditional buttock implants have really been made for the subfascial plane with a very round shape and many larger size options available. The intramuscular pocket requires smaller implant sizes that has a lower implant profile. These type of solid silicone implants are known as natural contour buttock implants. They are available in sizes of 230, 285 and 330cc with implant projections of 3.2 to 3.6 cms.

Case Study: This 25 year female wanted augmentation of her upper buttocks which has become flat after an ill-conceived upper buttock lift.  The excision of upper buttock tissue may have provided a slight buttock lift but it also created a flattening effect. She did not have enough fat to harvest to do an adequate fat transfer.

Intraoperative Intramuscular Buttock Implant results 230ccUnder general anesthesia, she had intramuscular placement of 230cc natural contour buttock implants through bilateral intergluteal incisions. The intramuscular pockets were made through a muscle splitting technique. This added a nice upper pole fullness that was not too round or overly projected.

Natural Contour Buttock Implants results left side viewNatural Contour Buttock Implants results right side viewThe intramuscular placement of buttock implants fundamentally changes their long-term success rate. Like any implant in the face or body, the deeper it is placed and the more well vascularized tissue that covers it, postoperative complications are substantially decreased. But getting the implant into an intramuscular pocket and getting the muscle closed over it requires smaller volume implants with a lower projection.

Highlights:

  1. Buttocks implants are the only option for buttock augmentation in thinner patients that do not have enough fat to transfer.
  2. Natural contour silicone buttock implants provide an augmentation effect that is not abnormally round or looks like a ‘bubble.

3) Smaller buttock implants can compensate for upper buttock volume loss after a superior buttock lift.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana


Dr. Barry EppleyDr. Barry Eppley

Dr. Barry Eppley is an extensively trained plastic and cosmetic surgeon with more than 20 years of surgical experience. He is both a licensed physician and dentist as well as double board-certified in both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This training allows him to perform the most complex surgical procedures from cosmetic changes to the face and body to craniofacial surgery. Dr. Eppley has made extensive contributions to plastic surgery starting with the development of several advanced surgical techniques. He is a revered author, lecturer and educator in the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery.

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