Drains After BBL?

I'm having BBL February 2013 my board certified PS does not use drains. I researched the PS also seen his before & after work which was great. I'm just a little concern because most of the PS on real self uses drains on their patients. My PS is in the US. Per the PS I will drain the 1st 24-72 hrs after the surgery. Little concerned please give feedback. Thanks in advance

Doctor Answers 8

Drains After Brazilian Butt Lift

I personally do not use drains after my Brazilian Butt Lift procedures.  I think this is a safe alternative.  Good luck.

Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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415 E. Southlake Blvd.
Southlake, TX 76092


I do not use drains after a brazilian butt lift. I am not sure why you would even need one or where it would be placed

Norman Bakshandeh, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

1035 Park Ave
New York City, NY 10028

Brazilian Butt Lift, drains

Drains are not typically used after the liposuction used in the Brazilian Butt Lift.

A drain may be required if too much fat is injected into any one location causing an oil cyst.

Do we need to second guess an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

Luis A. Cenedese, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

30 Central Park South
New York City, New York

No Drains for Brazilian Buttlift

   Most plastic surgeons do not use drains after liposuction.  The fluid usually drains through the portals of entry for a few days and that is the end of it.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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435 North Roxbury Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Drains after brazilian buttock lift

Drains are not necessary after a Brazilian buttock lift procedure. Although some surgeons use them, most surgeons do not since the incidence of fluid collections (seromas) is extremely low. If you wear a good fitting garment after surgery there should not be a need for drains. Discuss this in more detail with your plastic surgeon if you have any further concerns.

Best wishes,


William Bruno, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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9201 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

No drains needed after BBL

Drains are not needed after a BBL.  drains are usually necessary for butt implants or tummy tucks, but not BBL's as seromas are very rare after this procedure.  Usually wearing the compression garment that your surgeon recommends is enough.  Good luck and thanks!

Melinda Lirag Lacerna-Kimbrell, MD, FACS
Sarasota Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

1274 North Palm Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236

No drains after BBL

I perform about 4 BBLs per week and don't use drains. Seromas have not been a problem for me. Each surgeon has his or her own preference and each uses slightly different techniques during a BBL surgery. Your surgeon should be able to explain why they do (or do not) use drains. 

Matthew Schulman, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 245 reviews

950 Park Avenue
New York City, NY 10028

Brazilian Butt Lifts can be performed without the use of drains

I also perform Brazilian Butt Lift surgery and in most cases drains are not required when fat is injected into the buttocks.  If a buttock augmentation is performed with a silastic implant, then I usually do place surgical drains.   The fat transfer procedures usually don't result in larger open spaces, where fluid could accumulate, in an buttock implant procedure it usually does.  However, in both cases I recommend wearing a compression garment for several weeks following the surgery.  Best wishes.

Vincent D. Lepore, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

2581 Samaritan Drive
San Jose, CA 95124

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