Cardi B Is Honest About Her Plastic Surgery Journey: See the Rapper’s Before and After PH๏τos

It’s hard to believe Cardi B has only been famous since getting her start on Love and Hip Hop in 2015. After all, the “Bodak Yellow” rapper is easily one of the most recognized artists in the music industry today. Not only is Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, talented, but she’s also managed to handle life in the spotlight exceptionally well.

The Grammy winner never turns down an opportunity to defend herself against criticism, particularly when it comes to the way she looks. In February 2021, Cardi, who shares daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus and son Wave Set Cephus with husband Offset, took to social media to clap back at fans who said she looked “weird” without makeup.

“This is my face after [waking] up 20 minutes ago, no filter, hair not brushed, lip chap, all that. I never been afraid to show my real self,” the New York City native captioned a barefaced video of herself on Instagram. “When YOU ON TOP, the miserable and the ugly love to screensH๏τ pictures while you in motion then criticize your face. I’m confident in my own skin. You bitches need to ask [yourselves] if [you’re confident] in [yourselves] enough that [you] gotta try to bring bitches down for a hobby that’s winning and in their 20s.”

Cardi B concluded her video with, “[Imma] stay on top with this face, with this natural face, makeup or not, a bitch is doing good.” Of course, that was hardly the first time the “WAP” artist had to address negative attention about her appearance.

Over the years, she’s faced a great deal of plastic surgery speculation, most of which she’s publicly addressed. Cardi, who was once an exotic dancer before she rose to fame, has admitted she felt self-conscious when she was in the industry. To date, the Rythm + Flow judge has undergone multiple cosmetic procedures including multiple breast augmentations, ʙuтт injections, veneers and liposuction.

As much as the “Up” artist has been honest about her plastic surgery, she’s been just as open about her regrets. In December 2022, Cardi revealed during an Instagram Live that she got most of her biopolymers – also known as ʙuтт injections – removed.
The Hustlers star shared that she got 95 percent of her biopolymers surgically taken out in August, describing it as a “crazy process.”

“All I’m going to say is that if you’re young, if you’re 19, 20, 21, and sometimes you’re too skinny, and you be like ‘OMG I don’t have enough fat to put in my a–,’ so you result to a– sH๏τs, DON’T!” she warned.

Scroll through the gallery below to learn more and see pH๏τos of Cardi B’s transformation over the years. 

A Confident Queen! Cardi B's Transformation Over the Years

2016

Cardi B made her reality TV debut on Love and Hip Hop: New York in 2015. She appeared on season 6 and season 7 before ultimately moving on to bigger and better things.

A Confident Queen! Cardi B's Transformation Over the Years

2017

In April 2018, Cardi B announced she and husband Offset were expecting their first child together. Kulture was later born on July 10 that year.

A Confident Queen! Cardi B's Transformation Over the Years

2018

Following her pregnancy, Cardi B revealed her plans to go under the knife. “I still got, like, a lot of love handles right here. They’re not much, but it’s, like, you know, I’m used to having, like, a real тιԍнт stomach. So this extra skin is like, ‘Where the f–k did you came from?!’” she told fans in an August 2018 Instagram Live. “But it’s like, I might just get a little lipo. Because I mean, I feel like I can work out and my stomach will be back how it used to be. But I really don’t have time to work out. I never been the type to work out. I never stepped a foot in the gym.”

A Confident Queen! Cardi B's Transformation Over the Years

2019

In May 2019, Cardi B said she went through with the liposuction procedure.

A Confident Queen! Cardi B's Transformation Over the Years

2020

“I have some news for y’all. I should have canceled today,” Cardi told concertgoers at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee, on May 4, according to several outlets. “I shouldn’t really be performing because moving too much is gonna f–k up my lipo. But bitch, I’m still gonna get my motherf—ing money back, let’s go!”

Moreover, Cardi got a second breast augmentation. “I just got my boobs redone. I feel good, but then sometimes I feel like not, you know? [When] your skin is stretched out,” she told Entertainment Tonight at the time.

A Confident Queen! Cardi B's Transformation Over the Years

2021

Keep being you, Cardi B!

Cardi B Is Honest About Her Plastic Surgery Journey: See the Rapper's Before and After PH๏τos

2022

Cardi cautioned young adults to think twice before turning to plastic surgery. The musician got 90 percent of her biopolymers surgically removed in August 2022.

“When it comes to BBLs, if y’all want advice from me, before you get your BBL done you have to make sure your blood levels are alright,” Cardi warned in a December 2022 Instagram Live. “If a doctor says your blood levels are too low or you have diabetes or whatever, don’t do it.”