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Understanding BBL Risks: An Essential Guide to Safety

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Quick Facts on BBL Risks:
High Mortality Rate: Compared to other cosmetic surgeries, BBL has a higher mortality rate due to risks such as fat embolism.
Botched Surgeries: Inadequate patient screening, lack of proper training, and overly aggressive fat injection can lead to serious complications.
Satisfaction Rate: 65% of patients regret their cosmetic surgery decision, highlighting the importance of choosing the right surgeon and procedure.

Did you know Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) surgeries are immensely popular but come with significant risks? At Dr. Jeneby Plastic Surgery in San Antonio, Texas, understanding these risks is a crucial first step in your cosmetic surgery journey. With the rise of BBL popularity, it’s more important than ever to be informed.

Choosing the right surgeon is not just about enhancing appearance; it’s about ensuring safety and achieving results that bring confidence without regret. Unfortunately, the allure of dramatic results can sometimes overshadow the potential dangers, with South Florida witnessing 12 deaths from BBL complications between 2019 and 2022 alone.

These staggering statistics underscore the importance of being fully informed and selecting a reputable, experienced surgeon like Dr. Jeneby, who prioritizes patient safety and satisfaction above all. Your well-being and happiness are the top concerns, and this guide aims to arm you with vital information to make informed decisions about your body.

Recognizing a Bad BBL

When it comes to Brazilian Butt Lifts (BBL), achieving a natural and appealing result depends on the skill and experience of the surgeon, as well as careful post-operative care. However, not all procedures go according to plan. Here’s how you can recognize a bad BBL:

Diaper Booty

This term is often used to describe buttocks that appear overly large and disproportionate compared to the rest of the body, giving the impression that one is wearing a diaper. This can occur when too much fat is injected or if the fat is not distributed evenly.


A telltale sign of a poorly performed BBL is asymmetry, where one buttock is noticeably larger or shaped differently than the other. This can result from uneven fat transfer or differential fat survival post-surgery.

Lumpy Contours

Smooth, natural contours are the goal of any BBL. When you notice irregular, lumpy textures on the buttocks, it’s a sign that the fat has not been evenly distributed or that it has clumped together, leading to an unnatural appearance.

Grooves and Trenches

Ideally, the transition between the buttocks and the surrounding areas should be seamless. Grooves or trenches indicate poor technique, where the fat has not been integrated well with the existing tissues, or excessive fat removal from the surrounding areas.

Recognizing these signs early is crucial. At Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas, we emphasize the importance of choosing a skilled and experienced surgeon for your BBL procedure. Our commitment to patient safety and satisfaction means we strive to avoid these complications, ensuring you achieve the results you desire with minimal risk.

If you’re concerned about any aspect of your BBL or are experiencing discomfort beyond the typical recovery period, it’s important to consult your surgeon immediately. Early intervention can prevent complications from worsening and help correct any issues promptly.

Ensuring you’re informed about potential outcomes and signs of a bad BBL is part of our dedication to your well-being. We’re here to support you through every step of your journey, providing expert care that aligns with your goals for a safer and more satisfying experience.

Common Complications and How to Avoid Them

When considering a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL), it’s important to understand not just the benefits but also the potential risks and complications. Here at the Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas, we believe in transparency and education. Let’s talk about some common complications associated with BBLs and how we work to avoid them.

Fat Embolism

A fat embolism is a serious condition where fat enters the bloodstream and blocks a blood vessel. In BBL surgery, this can happen if fat is injected too deeply. Symptoms might include shortness of breath or chest pain. To avoid this, we ensure fat is correctly and safely injected, minimizing the risk.

Fat Necrosis

Fat necrosis occurs when injected fat doesn’t survive and forms hard lumps. This can affect the appearance and feel of the buttocks. We reduce the risk by ensuring optimal fat placement and by watching your recovery process.


Infection is a risk with any surgery. We maintain the highest standards of sterilization and provide you with detailed post-operative care instructions to minimize this risk. Antibiotics may also be prescribed as a preventative measure.


As with infection, bleeding is a potential risk in any surgical procedure. Our skilled surgeons use meticulous techniques to minimize blood loss during surgery. We also monitor you closely after your procedure to catch and address any signs of bleeding early.

Chronic Pain

Some patients may experience discomfort or pain in the treated area. We use advanced pain management techniques to help ensure your comfort during recovery. Following post-operative instructions is also crucial in minimizing discomfort.


We aim for minimal scarring by making small, carefully placed incisions. Our team will provide you with guidance on scar care to ensure they heal as discreetly as possible.

How to Avoid These Complications

  1. Choose the Right Surgeon: Board-certified surgeons with experience in BBL surgeries are less likely to encounter complications. Our surgeons are not only board-certified but also have years of specialized training and experience.

  2. Follow Pre- and Post-Operative Instructions: Adhering to the guidelines provided by your surgeon can significantly reduce the risk of complications. This includes everything from pre-surgery preparations to post-surgery care.

  3. Communication: Keep an open line of communication with your surgeon. Reporting any unusual signs or symptoms early can help prevent complications from worsening.

  4. Patience with Recovery: Rushing your recovery or not following restrictions can increase the risk of complications. It’s essential to give your body time to heal properly.

At the Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas, we prioritize your safety and satisfaction above all. We understand the excitement and anxieties that come with undergoing a BBL procedure. That’s why we’re committed to guiding you through this journey with the highest standard of care, ensuring a safe procedure and a recovery process that’s as smooth as possible.

Why BBLs Go Wrong

When considering a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL), it’s crucial to understand why some procedures don’t turn out as expected. At the Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas, we believe in educating our patients about potential risks and the importance of choosing the right team for your procedure. Let’s explore the common reasons behind a bad BBL.

Aggressive Liposuction

One of the primary reasons a BBL can go wrong is due to aggressive liposuction. This happens when too much fat is removed from the surrounding areas to collect fat for the transfer. It can lead to an unnatural appearance, with the treated areas looking uneven or overly sculpted. Our approach balances fat removal and body contouring, aiming for a harmonious and natural-looking result.

Inexperienced Surgeons

Experience and skill are non-negotiable when it comes to BBLs. Inexperienced surgeons may not have the nuanced understanding of body proportions, or how to safely perform the fat transfer process. This lack of expertise can result in asymmetrical results, improper fat placement, or even more severe complications. Our team is led by board-certified surgeons with experience in performing BBLs, ensuring you’re in safe hands.

Improper Fat Placement

The art of a successful BBL lies in the precise placement of fat. Improper fat placement can lead to an unnatural appearance, such as the dreaded “diaper booty,” or a disproportionate silhouette that doesn’t match the patient’s frame. We use advanced techniques to ensure fat is distributed evenly and in a way that enhances your natural shape.

Excessive Fat Removal

Removing too much fat from the donor sites not only affects the overall aesthetic but can also lead to complications such as lumps, irregularities, and even long-term health issues. Our philosophy is to remove just the right amount of fat to achieve your desired outcome while maintaining your health and safety.

At the Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas, we understand that a successful BBL is not just about enhancing the size of your buttocks but about creating a balanced, natural, and beautiful result that complements your body. We prioritize thorough consultations, detailed planning, and personalized care to ensure your BBL journey is safe, satisfying, and meets your aesthetic goals.

Choosing the Right Surgeon for Your BBL

When considering a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL), choosing the right surgeon is crucial. A bad BBL can lead not only to dissatisfaction with the aesthetic outcome but also to serious health risks. Here at the Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas, we emphasize the importance of selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience and a strong commitment to patient safety.

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons

First and foremost, ensure your surgeon is board-certified. Board certification is a clear indicator that your surgeon has undergone rigorous training and testing. It means they are recognized by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons, which sets the standard for plastic surgery practices in the United States. This certification is your assurance that your surgeon is qualified to perform your BBL safely and effectively.

Dr. Jeneby’s Experience

Dr. Jeneby brings years of experience and a deep understanding of the aesthetics of buttock enhancement. Having performed numerous BBL procedures, Dr. Jeneby uses advanced techniques to achieve the desired outcome while minimizing risks. His expertise is not only in performing the procedure but also in assessing the most appropriate approach for each individual patient, ensuring results that are both beautiful and natural-looking.

Patient Safety Commitment

Our patient’s safety is our top priority. We understand the concerns associated with BBL procedures and have implemented stringent safety protocols to manage these risks effectively. Our team is trained to follow the highest standards of care, from the initial consultation through post-operative recovery. We use state-of-the-art technology and techniques to enhance patient safety and outcomes.

In-House Financing Options

We believe that everyone deserves access to high-quality cosmetic surgery without financial strain. That’s why we offer in-house financing options to make your BBL journey more affordable. We provide transparent pricing and flexible payment plans to fit your budget, ensuring that financial concerns do not stand in the way of achieving your aesthetic goals.

Choosing the right surgeon for your BBL is a decision that will affect not only your appearance but also your health and well-being. At the Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas, we are committed to providing you with the highest level of care, expertise, and support throughout your BBL journey. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you safely achieve the beautiful, natural-looking results you desire.

Post-BBL Care and Recovery

After a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL), the journey towards healing and enjoying your new look begins. At our clinic, we’ve seen how the right aftercare can make all the difference. Here’s a simple guide to help you through your BBL recovery phase.

Swelling Management

Swelling is a normal part of the healing process, but managing it effectively can help reduce discomfort and speed up recovery. We recommend:

  • Using ice packs: Apply them around the treated area, but not directly on the buttocks to avoid damaging the transferred fat cells.
  • Wearing a compression garment: This helps to reduce swelling and supports the new contours of your body. Ensure it fits properly and wear it as instructed.

Pain Management

Pain after a BBL can vary from person to person, but it’s important to manage it so you can rest and heal. Here’s what works:

  • Follow your pain medication schedule: Take the prescribed pain relievers according to our instructions. If you’re experiencing severe pain, contact us immediately.
  • Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water helps to flush out toxins from your body, which can reduce pain and swelling.

Activity Restrictions

To ensure the best possible outcome from your BBL, certain activities should be avoided:

  • Avoid sitting or lying directly on your buttocks for at least two weeks. We can provide a special pillow if needed.
  • Light walking is encouraged to promote blood circulation, but avoid strenuous activities and exercise for at least six to eight weeks.

Follow-up Appointments

These appointments are crucial for monitoring your recovery and ensuring the best results. During these visits, we will:

  • Check the healing of incisions.
  • Assess the survival of the transferred fat cells.
  • Adjust any medications or care instructions as needed.

Lymphatic Massages

Lymphatic massages are a key part of the recovery process. They help:

  • Reduce swelling: By encouraging the drainage of lymph fluid.
  • Improve circulation: Boosting blood flow to the area helps with healing and reduces the risk of blood clots.
  • Decrease bruising: Helping to clear away the blood cells outside of the blood vessels that cause bruising.

We might recommend scheduling your lymphatic massages with a specialist who understands the needs of BBL patients. Regular sessions can significantly enhance your recovery experience.

Lymphatic massage after BBL - bad bbl

At the Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas, we are here to support you every step of the way through your BBL recovery. We understand the importance of not just achieving the look you desire, but also ensuring your health and safety throughout the recovery process. If you have any questions or concerns at any point, we encourage you to reach out to us. Your well-being is our top priority.

Frequently Asked Questions about BBL

What happens if my BBL goes wrong?

If a BBL doesn’t go as planned, it’s important to act quickly. You might notice issues like uneven buttocks, lumps, or severe scarring. It’s crucial to contact your surgeon immediately if you experience any of these problems. Depending on the situation, revision surgery or other treatments might be necessary to correct the issues. At the Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas, we prioritize your safety and satisfaction, and we’re here to guide and support you through any corrective steps needed.

How can I ensure my BBL looks natural?

Achieving a natural-looking BBL result depends on several factors:
Choose the right surgeon: A board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in BBL procedures can significantly influence the outcome.
Communicate your goals: Be clear about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon. Photos of desired outcomes can be helpful.
Consider your body proportions: A skilled surgeon will consider your body’s natural proportions to ensure the results complement your overall figure.
Follow post-op instructions: Proper care after the surgery is crucial for natural-looking results. This includes wearing compression garments and avoiding sitting directly on your buttocks for the recommended period.

What are the signs of a botched BBL?

Recognizing a botched BBL early can help in seeking corrective measures sooner. The signs include:
Asymmetry: One buttock appears larger or shaped differently than the other.
Unnatural contours: Lumps, bumps, or an overall appearance that doesn’t blend smoothly with your body’s natural lines.
Grooves or trenches: Indentations that look unnatural or exaggerated.
Severe scarring or chronic pain: Any discomfort that interferes with your daily activities or noticeable, unsightly scars.

At the Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas, we’re committed to ensuring you feel informed and confident about your BBL journey. Our team, led by Dr. Jeneby, is here to answer any questions you might have and provide the expert care you deserve. Choosing a reputable and experienced surgeon is your first step toward achieving the beautiful, natural-looking results you desire.


At the Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas, our top priority is patient satisfaction. We understand that undergoing a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is a significant decision that can dramatically enhance your self-image and confidence. That’s why we’re committed to ensuring your journey is as safe, transparent, and fulfilling as possible.

Safety measures are at the heart of everything we do. From the initial consultation through to your recovery and beyond, we employ the latest techniques and adhere to the strictest safety protocols. Our approach is evidence-based and patient-centered, ensuring that each step of your BBL process is conducted with your well-being in mind.

Dr. Jeneby’s expertise in performing BBL procedures is unmatched. With years of experience and a keen aesthetic eye, he has helped countless individuals achieve their desired outcomes. His dedication to patient care and surgical excellence has established him as a leader in the field. Dr. Jeneby’s focus is not just on the aesthetic result but on minimizing risks and ensuring a smooth and comfortable recovery.

Choosing us for your BBL means choosing a team that values your health, your goals, and your experience. We’re not just about creating beautiful results; we’re about doing so safely and responsibly. Our commitment to you extends beyond the surgery room. We offer comprehensive post-BBL care and recovery tips, follow-up appointments, and support every step of the way.

For those considering a Brazilian Butt Lift, the decision should not be taken lightly. It’s essential to research, understand the risks, and set realistic expectations. Most importantly, choosing the right surgeon can make all the difference.

At the Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas, we’re here to make your aesthetic dreams a reality. Our team, led by the skilled and compassionate Dr. Jeneby, invites you to explore the possibilities of a BBL with us. Let us be part of your transformation journey, providing not just surgical expertise but a supportive and caring environment every step of the way.

Your safety, satisfaction, and well-being are our utmost priorities. Let’s embark on this journey together, with confidence and excitement for the beautiful results to come.

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