What is Skin Dimpling after BBL?
Skin and underlying tissues must recover for a few weeks after liposuction to conform to body reshaping. Subcutaneous fat tissue will settle into position and heal uniformly in most body shaping surgeries. There are a few instances where the leftover fat is unevenly distributed and could result in skin dimpling after BBL or when the cellulite present before surgery does not improve with fat transfer.
Skin dimpling is not a frequent issue but can happen the skin around the treated regions, particularly the stomach and buttocks, develops a dimpled texture that resembles the appearance of cellulite. The good news is that in most cases it can be avoided with additional skin procedures and proper prevention.
A good surgeon will educate the patient about skin dimpling before the procedure to help the patient avoid this problematic issue. Skin with cellulite or stretch marks may be less likely to look smooth even after careful sculpture of the body or buttocks but usually, it does improve significantly. Working with a cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Steven Cyr ensures that you understand the potential risks and avoid them as much as possible.
Skin Dimples After Liposuction: Treatment and Prevention
Following liposuction for body contouring, it is recommended that all patients maintain a stable weight, stay hydrated, and eat a nutritious diet low in trans fats, salt, sugar, and total calories. You may even want to investigate intermittent fasting to give your body more time to flush waste from your cells. Once your cosmetic surgeon has approved the exercise, you may gradually include it in your daily routine.
If skin dimpling or other abnormalities arise, see your cosmetic surgeon discover the best strategies for efficiently reducing their appearance.
Some techniques may include:
- Lymphatic drainage massage
- Ultrasound energy can make skin tauter
- Radiofrequency energy to combat sagging skin
- Scarless skin tightening with Renuvion radiofrequency
- Dry brush stimulation of area
A thorough cosmetic surgeon will discuss with the patient whether their body has adequate skin elasticity to avoid skin dimpling inconsistencies. They will discuss the potential likelihood of skin dimpling and whether other body sculpting treatments like the ones above might be combined to improve results. One of the most common ways skin irregularities occur is aggressive suctioning of fat cells. Since the nature of a BBL is to add fat, dimpling after BBL is not as common as with abdominal liposuction.
Cellulite may improve with high-definition OrthoSculpt techniques but there is no guarantee it will go away. There are other options to improve dimpling or cellulite if high-definition techniques or BBL is unsuccessful in achieving the contour or skin appearance you desire.
High-definition VASER ultrasound-assisted liposuction is the most sophisticated liposuction technique available today. This technology, far less aggressive than other methods, reduces the risk of skin dimpling following liposuction. Choosing the VASER method for body contouring candidates reduces the risk of complications, dimpling, and skin sagging while producing unparalleled toned results.
Proactive Patients Can Help Prevent Skin Dimpling after BBL and Liposuction
While supplementary therapies can aid in removing skin dimpling, it is better to prevent this issue in the first place. A few pointers might assist patients in avoiding dimpling and other abnormalities after liposuction. For example:
Maintain consistent body weight. As previously stated, weight reduction or growth might result in undesirable skin irregularities following liposuction. Ideally, patients who enjoy a regular workout program and consume a balanced diet before scheduling liposuction have the best results.
New medications. It is also prudent to be informed of the potential side effects of any new drugs added to a daily regimen. Oral contraceptives, for example, may have the added side effect of weight gain.
Drink plenty of water. After liposuction, the body has extra fluids introduced during the procedure. Too much retained fluid can result in puffiness or unevenness. Drinking plentiful amounts of water assists the body in flushing retained fluids and extra fat.
Follow your doctor’s post-surgical instructions to the letter. One of the most avoidable causes of dimpling after BBL surgery is not following your doctor’s detailed aftercare instructions. A surprising number of patients disregard essential parts of their post-surgical instructions. For example, a BBL with fat transfer may require:
- Minor, temporary modifications for sitting and sleeping
- Avoid sitting directly on the buttocks for 6 weeks after surgery
- A series of lymphatic massages for proper fluid drainage
- Wearing a compression garment to support your new shape while you are healing
- Making sure your liposuction compression garment is not compressing the area of the buttocks where fat was transferred
We hope this information on skin dimpling after BBL is helpful. Come see us if you are interested in a complimentary consultation.
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