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My Buttock Implants Look Asymmetrical. How Can This Be Corrected?

I had a buttock augmentation surgery, implants to be precise, done about three months ago. I'm pretty much healed, but have noticed slight asymmetry between the right and left cheek. One side looks larger and rounder than the other. My doctor wants me to wait other three months before discussing corrective surgery. Since I'm not really keen on going under the knife again, what other options do I have? My doctor and I discussed the fat transfer procedure, but I'm a little apprehensive. Can an injectable filler be used instead? I just want my butt to look symmetrical.

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Asymmetric butock implants

Thanks for the question - Your doctor is correct to advise you to wait for a total of 6 months before considering corrective action. It can take this much time for swelling and scar tissue to settle down. Things that can be done to improve the situation if the asymmetry continues include changing the implants, changing the pockets around the implants. In our San Francisco office we actually prefer to use autologous fat transfer (the Brazilian Butt Lift) to correct asymmetry or sagging buttocks. Dr. Seinkovitch provides a good top level description but we would consider this a surgical intervention (meaning that you'd have to "go under the knife" even though the incisions involved with this procedure are very small.) Non-surgical techniques like massage after 6 months are unlikely to provide large improvements. Injectables for this problem are not a great solution. The first reason is injectables are temporary meaning that you'd have to have them done over and over again. In addition, buttock asymmetry typically requires significant amounts of volume which most of the time can't be done in a cost effective or safe manner. In addition - in your case injections of dermal fillers put your implants at risk for infection - so be particularly cautious.

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