Although the scars after Brazilian Butt Left are relatively few and small, ugly scars can detract from your new, beautiful derriere. Unfortunately, scars are a necessary part of surgery and we have yet to discover a magical scar eraser. That being said, with proper care and following a few basic rules, beautiful scars can be had.
Rule #1 – Avoid the Sun
Ultraviolet rays cause scars to darken, and, often times, the damage is permanent. Furthermore, the vast majority of clothing is not enough to protect your scars; enough of the sun’s harmful rays can penetrate your clothes and still affect your scars. If you must go outside, either cover the scars with a bandage / silicone strip or use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more.
Rule #2 – Avoid hydrogen peroxide, Vitamin E and antibiotic ointments
Hydrogen peroxide is commonly used for cuts and injuries, so many patients think its good for all types of incisions. While it’s good for helping to prevent infection, hydrogen peroxide non selectively denatures all proteins in a scar, including those needed for healing and scar maturation. As such, inflammation tends to last for a longer time and the scars can look worse in appearance.
Same is true with Neosporin, bacitracin and other commonly used antibiotic ointments. Allergic contact dermatitis caused by topical antibiotics is extremely common, with most people prone to developing it after prolonged usage. Excessive use of antibiotic ointments can cause prolonged inflammation, and, as such, can lead to worse scars.
Vitamin E has long been touted as a treatment for scars, but multiple studies have shown that it actually has very little effect and one actually found that it may be harmful to the final appearance of scars.
Rule #3 – Pressure is good for your scars
Silicone sheeting and tape that puts pressure on your incision help scars mature faster. Silicone sheets actually modify the static electric field within your scar, which promotes collagen remodeling. It is the gold standard against which all other scar treatments are measured.
Rule 4 – Talk to Dr. Jejurikar if you have questions
If your scars still don’t seem to be doing well, don’t hesitate to talk to us. You may need corticosteroid injections into the scar to reduce its thickness, bleaching creams to lighten it, or a variety of new topical medications that we can recommend to improve your scar. Fractional laser treatments can also dramatically improve the appearance of your scar.