How Painful Is It to Have a Brazilian Butt Lift?

how painfull it is to have a brazilian butt lift

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Pain tolerance varies from patient to patient.

It’s not unusual for patients to have pain and swelling following Brazilian butt lift surgery. In most cases, this pain is related to the liposuction portion of the procedure. These problems are related to passage of the liposuction cannula through the subcutaneous tissue. Post-operative swelling can also contribute to post-operative discomfort and lead to other problems as well.
In many cases, the quality of the patient’s surgical experience is related to post-operative pain management.Pain tolerance varies from patient to patient with some describing it as minimal, while others describe it as severe. In the immediate post-operative period, patients are given narcotic pain relievers. They are rapidly switched to non-narcotic pain relievers as soon as possible.
Small amounts of pain and swelling may be present for several months following brazilian butt lift surgery.When prolonged severe pain and swelling are present, this might indicate the presence of a complication.Under these circumstances, contacting your plastic surgeon would be appropriate.

Pain of Brazilian Butt Lift

I just finished talking to a pateint with a BBL yesterday, who reported that they were "sore" but walking around. They had taken 4 doses of pain pills. They stated that the buttock was the most painful area. The abdomen, hips, outer thighs and arms were the donor sites. 550 cc were injected into each buttock. The patient called, not for complaints of pain, but to know if she could shower. The soreness typically lasts for 3 months but does not prevent most individuals from returning to their jobs within 7-10 days.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Pain after Brazilian Butt Lift

Brazilian butt lift is the combination of liposuction and fat injection. An additional benefit of the Brazilian butt lift is that you not only get a shapelier buttock, but the area to liposuction is now much leaner, giving your profile a more sensuous look.

Patients may experience some pain or discomfort, bruising and swelling after the procedure. Most patients return to work two weeks after their buttock augmentation and are able to resume all normal activities within four weeks. Swelling typically dissipates by the sixth week.

When performed by an experienced surgeon using the proper techniques, buttock augmentation is a highly satisfying and permanent procedure that enhances the profile of the buttocks and surrounding areas for a younger, firmer, and curvier look.




How Painful Is It to Have a Brazilian Butt Lift?

Not as painful as a TT. Seek a plastic surgeon who performs hundreds of these procedures, has great reviews and photos, and is an expert in this field.

Ron Hazani, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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After a fat transfer procedure like the Brazilian butt lift most patients complain of a soreness in the areas of liposuction and not necessarily painful.  However, every patient’s recovery is different and pain is a very subjective thing but any pain should be well controlled with pain medications that your plastic surgeon has suggested or prescribed.  It is important to follow your plastic surgeon’s post operative instructions carefully to minimize your recovery time and help you achieve an optimum result.  Be sure to research only board certified plastic surgeons and find one that is experienced in performing fat transfer procedures.

Be well and good luck!


Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery

This is a very common question, as I believe that the post-operative care is a very important part of achieving your final results.

The fat transfer, often called Brazilian butt lift has become extremely popular because it allows your plastic surgeon to transform your entire shape. You improve your waist, hips and of course your buttock.

The area where the fat is harvested (liposuction) is sore but typically patients don’t have a lot of pain. Patients also typically do not have a lot of pain in the buttock where the fat is placed. It is difficult for patients to get comfortable the first few days after the surgery, as they are sore in multiple places.

The difficult part of the recovery is that I do not allow patients to sit for the first two weeks after the surgery. The fat needs time to heal and become part of your buttock. During this time patients may lie on their stomach, stand and walk, but they need to avoid sitting as much as possible. The majority of patients are back at work after a week of recovery.

For six weeks I have patients is a special compression garment that helps shape the buttock and compress the areas that have been liposuctioned.

Pain after Brazilian Buttlift

    In general, after performing hundreds of Brazilian buttlifts, the average pain or discomfort period lasts from about 3 to 7 days.  This largely depends upon the amount of fat injected into each buttock.  In most patients, I liposuction the abdomen, flanks, and back for 5 liters and inject 1200 cc to 1500 cc per buttock.  The few days of discomfort are worth it according to the patients.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Brazilian buttlift Los Angeles, CA

Pain after he Brazilian butt lift

The Brazilian butt lift is a safe and effective technique that can improve the contour of your bottom and create a beautiful result. It is a combination of procedures that consists of aggressive liposuction of the abdomen hips and waist and lower back, separation and processing of the fat that has been collected, and strategic grafting to the gluteal area.

Patients undergoing this procedure should understand the recovery process afterwards. They should anticipate swelling, bruising, and discomfort that can last from two days to two weeks. Most of our patients who received this procedure state that the majority of their discomfort was in the first 2 to 4 days but that this discomfort was managed with Tylenol as well as the pain medication prescribed. Patient also state that using the specialized armored that we provide helps minimize the swelling, provide support and increases their comfort.

Pat Pazmino, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Los Angeles Brazilian Butt Lift

Excellent question. Most of our Brazilian Butt Lift patients tend to be "sore" for a few days, but are comfortable overall with oral pain control. The procedure "pain level" is akin to that of liposuction. Of course, pain is a subjective phenomena, so it will largely depend on your personal pain thresholds.


Best of Luck,


Glenn Vallecillos, MD, FACS

Glenn Vallecillos, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Brazilian butt lift recovery & reducing pain

Following the brazilian butt lift, you must not sit directly on your buttocks for up to three weeks to help ensure permanent results. Most people can return to work in 2 weeks, but you'll have to wear a special garment (to control swelling) for two weeks. There may be a small amount of swelling for up to 6 weeks. However, you should be able to resume all normal activities at 4 weeks post op. The procedure isn't typically associated with a great deal of pain as much as the discomfort of not sitting directly on your buttocks for such a long period of time after surgery.

Although we don't typically put a pain pump with Brazilian butt lifts, pain pumps are indeed used in various cosmetic surgery procedures to reduce pain. Read more about the benefits of pain pumps at the web reference or watch my video about why pain pumps are awesome.

Ricardo L. Rodriguez, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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