When it comes to buttock augmentation, you have two options to choose from: butt implants or fat transfer. Many patients find it difficult to decide which option is better for them. If you are fully aware and educated about both options, you’ll find it easy to make a decision. It is important to remember, however, that it all depends on your aesthetic goals, aesthetic flaws in the butts, and other factors, either the butt implant or fat transfer will be a better option for you. The choice that is suitable and better for you will be determined during the initial consultation. You should know the difference between the two to be able to understand why it is better for you. Fat transfer to the buttocks The fat transfer surgery is better for you if you want to improve the shape, outline, and other aesthetic quality of your booties, in addition to making them appear fuller. It involves the use of your own body fat to enhance your backside. To be a candidate for the fat transfer procedure, you have to have excess fat in your body that can be used as donor fat. If you have very little or no excess fat in your body, the fat transfer surgery is not an option for you. It is also important for the patients to know what exactly happens during the fat transfer surgery. This will help you decide the right course of action in consulting with your plastic surgeon. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia. If you don’t like general anesthesia or IV sedation, then you will be fine with the fat transfer procedure. However, if you want to stay asleep during the surgery, your doctor can give you the option of using general anesthesia and IV sedation. The surgery kicks off with the removal of fat from the fat donor sites through liposuction. The common fat donor sites include the abdomen, sides, flanks, thighs, etc. During the liposuction, a thin, hollow tube called “liposuction cannula” is inserted into the target area through a small incision. The cannula is then given continuous back and forth motions to free the fat cells from the surrounding tissues. The fat is then removed through a suction pump. The removed fat is then processed, and the best quality fat cells are transferred to the butt via special syringes. The liposuction leaves behind scars; however, the fat grafting does not involve an incision, which means that your butt will not get any scarring. If you are afraid of having scars, then the fat transfer procedure is better for you than the butt implants surgery. Also, if you want to achieve completely natural results, go for the fat transfer procedure. The use of your own body fat will make your buttocks look and feel absolutely natural. Fortunately, the risks of fat transfer are lower than the butt implants because it involves the use of your own fat cells. Buttock implants surgery The buttock implants surgery is a popular butt augmentation option. The intervention is better for you if your ultimate objective is to add projection to your butt. Unlike the fat transfer surgery that can only add mild to moderate projection to your booties, the butt implants come in a wide range of sizes, from very small to very large. This means that you will have more freedom choosing an ideal sized implant for your butt. You can go as big as you want but be sure to listen to the recommendation of your plastic surgeon. Ideally, the implant size should balance your overall body profile and buttock dimension. This kind of surgery is right for you if you lack enough excess fat in your body. Butt implants surgery involves the use of silicone implants to increase your butt size, instead of your own body fat. If you are thin and lack excess body fat to qualify for fat transfer, then the butt implants surgery is better for you. However, you should keep in mind that the results of butt implants surgery will not be as natural-looking as the results of fat transfer. If you are looking for a natural and safer result, you should go for the fat transfer surgery instead. Another benefit of butt implants is that they are permanent as long as other issues like implant movement, capsular contracture, or infection do not occur. The silicone implants are not like breast implants that can rupture or leak. It is made up of solid silicone material that is very durable. It is also important to keep in mind that butt implants are specifically for the treatment of a flat buttock. They are not as effective as the fat transfer when it comes to treating mildly saggy, uneven, or poorly shaped buttocks. If you want to treat conditions other than a flat behind, you should consider the fat transfer surgery. One disadvantage of using butt implants is that it involves the placement of incisions on your booties, which will lead to scarring. However, the surgeon may use special techniques to make sure the scars are hidden in the butt fold. Also, the scars will gradually fade and become less obvious over time. Conclusion If you want to enhance your booties, there are two plastic surgery options to choose from: butt implants and fat transfer. Your plastic surgeon will examine your buttocks and your health, in addition to evaluating and measuring your body areas and knowing your aesthetic goals to recommend you the best option. However, there are certain conditions where butt implants are better and there are others where the fat transfer is more suitable. The conditions and limitations of both procedures have been discussed above. In order to get a reliable and better recommendation from among the two options for butt enhancement, you should make sure to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon.