Scars after butt implants surgery Introduction Today, buttock augmentation via implants has become one of the most popular plastic surgical procedures among women. The use of butt implants is a highly effective way to enhance the shape of your buttocks, creating a prominent and uplifted derriere. While the fat transfer procedure delivers relatively more natural results, the use of implants is the best option for women who do not have surplus fat in their bodies to qualify for fat transfer. It is important to note that buttock implants require relatively larger incisions in order to position them correctly inside the gluteal area. Because the material is made out of a semi-solid silicone material, the surgeon would need to make a wider incision, leaving you with bigger scars. Consequently, patients should ask their surgeon about this beforehand so that they can manage their expectations and take proper precautions to minimize scarring. The incisions and resulting scars As briefly mentioned, the procedure begins by making a big enough incision that allows the surgeon to properly position the implants. Surgeons usually position them under the gluteal muscle. Considering the fact that you will be cut open, it will take about 4-8 weeks for your incisions to heal. But of course, this varies depending on the patient as some heal faster and better than others. In addition, the incisions can vary on a case-to-case basis, but it all depends on the size of the implant. The larger the buttock implants, the larger will be the incisions. So if you choose bigger implants, you can expect to have relatively larger scars. Evidently, bigger is not always better. If you really are adamant about getting large buttocks, then you should prepare yourself for the consequences. Since the incisions are larger, the scars may be visible even decades after the surgery. So it is up to you to decide if this is worth it. You should know that the incisions are made in the butt crinkle, which is actually the split region between the cheeks of your buttocks. There are two ways to do this. The first technique involves making one incision in the center, while the other requires two curved incisions on each butt cheek. Even though both types of incision is located in the crinkle and hidden when wearing undergarments, if the implant is too large, the resulting scars will be visible. Most plastic surgeons prefer to use the two-incision technique because it gives them more flexibility during the surgery. Also, the incision can be placed in a way that actually emphasizes the butt shape further, delivering sexy curves. The good thing is that even if there are two incisions, the scars are still well hidden. On the other hand, some plastic surgeons prefer to place another incision on the tailbone for additional contouring of the gluteal area. Also, tiny incisions above or below the butt cheeks may be used to take out additional fat from specific areas of the butts, so the overall profile is balanced. The good thing is that these incisions will result in smaller scars that can fade over time. Patients are advised to discuss the incision type and technique with the plastic surgeon during the initial consultation. An experienced surgeon will be able to explain to you the level of scarring you can expect based on their incisions. This will allow you to decide whether the scars are worth it. If you want to keep the scarring at a minimum, make sure to choose only a Board-Certified plastic surgeon to perform the buttock implant surgery. It is worth noting that the doctor may place drain cannulas in the incision site to drain away any fluids that may collect there. This is very important to prevent complications like a seroma, but they can leave behind more scarring. Fortunately, the cannula scarring will just appear like a tiny circle. They are mostly placed near the major incisions to ensure that they are less visible. After the surgery, you can expect to find your scars turning red. This will continue for about 5-6 months, after which the scars will gradually become white and fade. Women with fair skin are in luck, because their butt implant scars will not be noticeable. However, the scars will be quite visible in women with darker skin, and it will take them longer to fade. Treatment of butt implants scars So far, there is no treatment that can completely remove scars. However, there are some options you can use to make the scars less visible. One of the methods to treat the scars is through surgical scar revision, which makes the scars less noticeable by reconnecting ordinary skin. If your butt implant scars are wider, this method can make them thin. Also, it can make long scars shorter. Another option to make the scars less visible is the dermabrasion method. This approach uses an electrical tool to take the upper layer of the skin, which makes the skin appear smoother. Normally, dermabrasion is employed by doctors to treat acne scars, operative scars, and other unevenness in the skin. Aside from that, there is the laser revision option, which involves the use of laser light to repair the injured skin. If you are considering this option, make sure to discuss with your doctor what type of laser would be best for your scar treatment. Many patients also use soft tissue fillers to make the scars less noticeable. These fillers are basically made of collagen, fat, and other similar soft tissues. Sometimes, doctors recommend their patients the use of punch grafts for scar treatment. This involves the use of tiny pieces of your own skin to replace the scar tissue. Then there is the more simple method, which is using lotions, silicone gels, and creams. Of course, there is no guarantee that this can truly help fade scars, but this is the method most people try since it’s cheaper. Because there are many ways to manage scars, you should discuss with your surgeon before you do any of them. Conclusion While buttock augmentation with implants delivers impressive aesthetic results, you should be aware that it leaves behind scars. Keep in mind that the scars are relatively larger because butt implants are made out of semi-solid silicone. Furthermore, the extent and size of the scars also depend on the size of the implant, the type of incision and the surgeon’s experience and expertise. Nevertheless, there are some treatment options available for butt implant patients that can help make the scars less visible.