We’ve got good news: A BBL scar is one of the smallest types of scars produced by any plastic surgery. This is largely because Brazilian butt lift surgery does not actually require significant incisions.
We’ll discuss this in more detail further on when we explore what BBL scars look like. But first, let’s look at how BBL surgery is performed and who is a good candidate for this transformative procedure.
How Are BBLs Performed?
Brazilian butt lift surgery is a butt augmentation procedure. The goal is not necessarily to lift the buttocks but rather to add volume to the buttocks and hips for a more attractive figure.
BBLs can be performed on both men and women, but they tend to be more popular among women. The best candidates for BBL procedures are in good health, don’t have a lot of loose skin, eat a proper diet and exercise, and have realistic expectations when it comes to their body goals.
The BBL procedure is a two-step process. First, liposuction is performed to remove unwanted fat.
Fat can be harvested (removed) from almost anywhere on the patient’s body. Commonly, patients will have a particular spot where they want excess fat removed — the abdomen or the flanks (love handles) are popular choices.
Next, the harvested fat will be processed and purified before being reinjected into the buttocks and hip area. Your plastic surgeon must have an artistic eye and experience with this process so that they can inject the fat exactly where it needs to go to achieve your desired results.
A Brazilian butt lift works with proper circulation and good flood flow. Most of the newly transferred fat cells should survive the transfer process. Over time, this will help you achieve a brand-new figure with more volume in the hips, natural lines, and graceful curves.
Will I Have a Brazilian Butt Lift Scar?
Yes. You will likely have a few scars from the Brazilian butt lift work you have done. But we are happy to report that scars from BBL surgery are typically quite minimal because they are so small.
The truth is, BBL scars only really result from the liposuction portion of your procedure. The fat transfer portion is done with injections, which leave only pinprick-sized marks, if anything.
Liposuction does require actual incisions. However, they only need to be big enough to accommodate the end of a cannula. This means most of these incisions are going to be less than one-half inch long.
Furthermore, the best plastic surgeons carefully consider where they put incision sites to ensure that the scars are as inconspicuous as possible. The liposuction incisions they do create should be well-hidden in the natural folds and creases of the body.
Scar Healing and Aftercare
While BBL incisions are generally small and discreet to begin with, if you care for them well, they should fade even more during your bbl recovery time. After six months to a year, you should notice your once bright red or pink scars have faded to a light pink color, and finally to a flesh-toned or whitish hue, depending on your natural skin tone.
While you recover, it is essential to follow the proper aftercare instructions to ensure your incisions close and heal optimally. Your plastic surgeon will provide you with specific guidelines, which will likely include:
- Keeping your incision sites clean and dry
- Wearing compression garments as directed
- Avoiding direct sunlight on your scars to prevent hyperpigmentation
- Applying the recommended scar creams or ointments to aid in scar healing (usually with the active ingredient silicone)
- Gentle massage to reduce scar tissue and improve skin texture (only if recommended by your surgeon)
During the healing process, it is essential that you avoid direct pressure on your buttocks and hips as well (try a donut shaped pillow). Even sitting normally in a chair after BBL surgery can stop the blood supply from reaching the transferred fat (prevent blood flow), and this can prevent the fat cells from adhering in their new location.
BBL Surgery FAQs
How much does a BBL cost?
Your BBL cost will vary as every patient and every surgery is different. Surgeons charge different prices for their services, as do hospitals and surgical facilities, anesthesiologists, etc. The extent of your surgery and whether you opt to undergo additional procedures will also impact the overall price.
Do BBL scars ever go away?
Technically speaking, BBL scars will not completely disappear. However, they will fade significantly with time. Many patients can no longer find their own BBL scars after several years. And to begin with, this procedure does not cause noticeable scarring.
What does a BBL look like after 10 years?
After 10 years, if you have maintained a healthy lifestyle and a stable weight, it’s likely you’ll still see the benefits of your BBL. Your scars will have faded significantly and may not even be noticeable anymore. Some patients may opt to undergo a touch up fat transfer or other procedures within 10 years’ time.
What is a BBL scar tattoo?
There is a BBL scar removal technique that does not actually remove scars, but instead camouflages them with flesh-colored tattoo ink. This is, of course, optional. Not all Brazilian butt lift scars require camouflage.
Is a Brazilian butt lift worth it?
If you would like to change your overall body shape, especially around your midsection, hips, and buttocks, then a BBL may very well be worthwhile for you as a cosmetic surgery. The Brazilian butt lift procedure can help you achieve totally different body proportions in this area, and the best news is, it’s totally natural because it uses your own body fat.
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Worrying about visible scarring after Brazilian butt lift BBL surgery is a valid concern. Fortunately, the Brazilian butt lift technique does not produce very noticeable scars unlike other procedures such as tummy tuck surgery.
Furthermore, with proper aftercare and, if necessary, scar removal techniques, nearly all fat grafting patients can achieve their dream body with minimal scarring.
If you would like to learn more about buttock augmentation and what a Brazilian butt lift involves, please contact our office today and set up an initial consultation appointment with double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Sieber.