Could Frequent Sitting Affect Brazilian Butt Lift Results?

My job consists of sitting down for 7 hrs, 5 days a week.  If I were to get a Brazilian Butt Lift would sitting on my rear end cause my butt to flatten or become oddly shaped?

Doctor Answers (39)

Brazilian butt lift and sitting


The Brazilian butt lift is a liposuction fat injection. When the fat is injected it has no blood supply. And it is very weak and the fat cells can be killed by pressure. Blood vessels they will begin to grow in to the fat cells in for 5 days. When the fat has normal blood supply the fat cells act like any other fat cells in the body and will survive sitting exercise and pressure.

The 1st 10. this time that i asked my patients not only setting or sleeping on the back. day 9 and 11 are no different that windows is an arbitrary time just greater than 5 days.  On  the 11th day the patients can start to sit for short periods of time.

In my patients after 2 or 3 weeks the size supposed to be maintained and I don't see loss of fat cells from exercises sitting. The same timeframe applies for fat displacement. Again once the fat is healed in will act like any other fat in the body.

Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Do not sit at all for three weeks


This is my recommendation for anybody having a Brazilian Butt Lift. DO NOT SIT AT ALL for three weeks.

Trust me I have done hundreds, and revisions of other people's work. It is a serious commitment, but will pay off in the end.

Ricardo L. Rodriguez, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Brazilian Butt Lifts and sitting


Pressure on the buttocks immediately after Brazilian Butt lifts can cause a decrease in the fat survival. The key is allowing enough time for the fat to revascularize, which will insure survival. Once the fat has revascularized, there is less concern about pressure on the buttocks (sitting a lot).

It is recommended that patients do not sit for more than 1 hour at a time for the first one month if they can avoid it.

Find a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your options.

I hope this helps.

Steven H. Williams, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Recovery from your Brazilian Buttocks Lift


The goal is to allow all of the fat cells that are placed in your buttocks a chance to get reconnected to the nearby blood vessels. This is what needs to happen for them to survive. Therefore, the more time you sit on your buttocks or put pressure on your buttocks, the more you are reducing the blood flowing through your buttocks tissues that we are relying on to try to grow new blood vessels to the transplanted fat cells. Therefore, more of the fat cells will likely die.

The second issue is that the pressure may change the shape of your buttocks by moving the fat cells or by killing the fat cells in certain areas.

Best thing to do is don't sit until your doctor tells you it is okay.

Daniel P. Markmann, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Too much sitting early after Brazilian butt lift would be a problem


Hi there-

I would not want you to do too much sitting too soon after surgery (for 2-3 weeks), and I would also prefer to restrict you from lying in the supine position (flat on your back), as these positions place a lot of pressure on the areas we would be trying to augment, and this might compromise your desired outcome.

The best thing to do would be to schedule your surgery around a time you can avoid sitting for this period of time, or to explore your options for work environment. There are certain types of task chair designs that would not place undue pressure on the area and would be acceptable.

Armando Soto, MD, FACS
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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Sitting post-BBL


In a brazilian butt lift, fat is transferred from various parts of the body to the buttocks to re-shape and augment the buttocks. After the procedure, it is crucial to minimize or avoid sitting for prolonged periods. The reason is that the fat has not integrated to your tissues so the buttocks may flatten or loose projection. Further, sitting causes trauma to the newly placed fat so the process of blood vessel ingrowth, which is necessary for fat survival, may be disrupted. So I recommend that my patients minimize sitting for one month. If you have a sitting job, we usually provide a donut-shaped pillow to minimize the trauma from sitting. But one should still minimize sitting if possible. After one month, I allow my patients to sit regularly although many continue to avoid it for several weeks. 

Please call a board-certified plastic surgeon for a consultation. 

Moises Salama, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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No direct sitting after Brazilian Butt Lift for 2 weeks



For general information purposes, I do not allow my patients to sit on a Brazilian butt lift directly for a full two weeks. The pressure may displace the fat and/or cause more of it to be absorbed. I do allow my patients to sit on an open back chair or stool as long as the buttocks are offloaded. Good luck!

Kenneth R. Francis, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Can sitting effect a Brazilian Butt lift result?


A Brazilian butt lift is a safe and effective procedure that combines liposuction of the abdomen hips waist and back and then fat grafting to the gluteal region. This is a safe and effective way to contour the lower body.

After a successful Brazilian Butt lift, the fact that remains is yours to keep forever. Prolong sitting will not affect this tissue.
However, keep in mind that immediately after the surgery there is a recovery process that all patients must go through. We recommend that patients avoid sitting or placing pressure on to the butt for at least two weeks after their surgery. 

Pat Pazmino, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Postop BBL


You shouldn't sit on the freshly made graft for two weeks, then progressively you can apply pressure on it but in general I tell patients to avoid it for an average of about six weeks.  Nothing is more dissapointing than watching a great result dwindle so patients are fairly motivated to do this once they see a nice plump result.


Ricardo A. Meade, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Sitting After Brazilian Butt Lift and Return to Work


While there is no standardized sitting or recovery protocol following a Brazilian Butt Lift, many plastic surgeons recommend that patients:

1.  Avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time for 2-3 weeks

2.  Sleep on their stomach for at least 1 week

3.  Walk and stand the day following surgery

4.  Wear compression garments for 4-6 weeks over the areas where liposuction was performed

Most plastic surgeons feel that fat transferred to the buttocks following a Brazilian Butt Lift is viable and well vascularized after about 3 weeks; however, it may take 3-6 months before the final result of the buttocks is apparent.  After 3-6 months, the surviving fat will be present for life.  

If you returned to work immediately after surgery and sat on your buttocks for 7 hours a day, it is possible that more of the transferred fat cells would die, causing you to have a flattened or oddly shaped result.

I suggest you follow the recommendations of your plastic surgeon to get the best possible outcome.

Jaime Perez, M.D.

Brazilian Butt Lift Specialist in Tampa, Florida

Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa, Florida

Jaime Perez, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
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