Scars after fat transfer to the buttocks

Scars after fat transfer to the buttocks

23rd Jan 2018

The fat transfer surgery for buttock augmentation is a very effective way to increase the size of your butt on a mild to moderate level, apart from making them shapely, perky, and voluptuous. The procedures involve the use of liposuction to graft the excess fat from different areas of your body, which is then purified and transferred via small needles.

One of the popular questions patients ask about the procedure is: “How will the scars look like after procedure?” The good news is that compared to buttock implant surgery, the fat transfer procedure does not involve substantial or extensive scarring.

However, the type and size of scars also depend on your aesthetic goals and desires, your surgeon’s experience and expertise, and the amount of fat grafting transferred to your butt. In order to understand the scarring after fat transfer, you must understand the incisions placed during the surgery.

The incision

The fat transfer to your butt does not involve major incisions, because the fat is simply injected through special needles. However, in order to graft for transfer, the surgeon will use liposuction to remove fat from different areas of the body, such as the abdomen, sides, flanks, upper back, and thighs. This is where the incisions are placed.

The improvement and advent of new technologies, tools, and procedures has made the liposuction procedure very smooth. The number of incisions needed to remove fat for transfer has substantially decreased without affecting the results. It is worth mentioning here that there is no exact amount of incisions required to deliver the best results with the fat transfer procedure.

Most of the time, the number of incisions needed depends on your surgeon’s preference and how much fat is available in specific areas of the body. The incisions are normally very tiny and placed in hidden areas, so the scarring can be concealed. For instance, if the goal is to graft fat from the abdomen, an incision will be placed at the pubic hairline to approach the lower and upper areas of the abdomen. This will ensure that the scar tissue is perfectly camouflaged.


Scarring will be triggered by the liposuction used to graft fat from your body. This means that the scars will likely be in your abdomen, sides, flanks, or thighs. Fortunately, the liposuction procedure requires very small incisions of up to 4 mm in length only. The scars will gradually fade and become hardly visible over time. Moreover, the incisions are placed in strategically hidden areas of the body, so you can expect the scars to be concealed.

When it comes to transferring the fat into the butt, it does not involve any incisions. Instead, a specially designed needle is used to strategically inject and place the fat so that they can be augmented and sculpted. After the procedure, your butt will be scar-free and appear perfectly toned and smooth.

The degree of liposuction-induced scarring also depends on the expertise, experience, and preferences of your surgeon. If your surgeon is inexperienced, he or she may place wrong or large scars on your body areas, which can result in prominent and visible scars. On the other hand, if your doctor is experienced and board-certified, he or she will use tested and proven techniques to ensure minimum and nearly invisible scars.

The genetic makeup and heredity of the patient are also important in determining the extent of scarring. There are some patients who are genetically predisposed to develop big and visible scars even from tiny scratches on the body.

The color of your skin is also important in determining how visible the scars will be after the procedure. Patients with darker pigmented skin will get relatively prominent scars if the surgeon uses large liposuction cannulas during the fat grafting process.

Aftercare can minimize scarring

Post-surgical care is one of the effective ways to expedite your healing process and minimize the scarring. Your plastic surgeon will provide you instructions on how to care for your incisions and butt after the surgery, so they can heal better and quicker in addition to leaving behind minimum scarring.

It is important to avoid exerting pressure and force on the incisions generated by liposuction during the recovery period. Make sure not to engage in strenuous activities like sports and heavy exercise in the first months after the surgery. Also make sure to protect your skin from the sun for four to six months after the procedure. Sun exposure can severely affect the scars, making them prominent. It is also important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, eat fruits and vegetables, and drink plenty of fluids during the recovery period. This will help supply oxygen to the incisions so that they can heal faster.


Post-surgical scarring is a common concern of many patients who are going under the Brazilian butt lift for the first time. Fortunately, the procedure does not leave behind much scarring. Some scars will be left by the liposuction conducted on different areas of the body to graft fat. There will be no scars in your butt, because the fat is transferred via special needles instead of incisions. However, some people have more tendency to get scars due to their genetics. The skills and experience of your surgeon will also determine the extent of your scars after the Brazilian butt lift.

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