Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery Tips

i also had breast lift & aug, tummy tuck & lipo and the fat injections into buttocks on 7/30. was only told to walk alot and im now reading that i was actually suppose to stay off my butt. well ive been sitting because of all the pain i had endured with all the procedures combine. have i damaged my the cells in the butt already? what else can i do to help improve my rump?

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Brazilian Butt Lift tips

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While ideally it would be beneficial to stay off the buttocks as much as possible,  it is equally, if not more important, to get out of bed as soon and as much as possible. I recommend to my patients to refrain from sitting too  long for the first 4-5 days. During this time patients should change positions from lying to sitting to standing and walking. When sitting you should get up every 20-30 minutes if possibel to relieve the pressure. After 5 days you can sit more freely but not resume normal sitting for 2 weeks following surgery. By 6 weeks you will have a fairly clwar picture regarding the status of your buttocks. There are many factors involved in the success of bittock augmentation using fat transplantation. Your surgeon should have reviewed with them with you. Theer is a certain percentage of patients who will need a second procedure regardless of how much or little they sat post-op.

Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery

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Thank you for your question. 

Here are what I feel are some of the most important aspects of the recovery from a Brazilian Butt Lift. 

1. Do not sit on your buttocks for 2 weeks. 
2. Wear your full body garment for the first 3 months. I often find that this helps maintain the shape of the buttocks and help contour the waist after a full torso liposuction. 
3. Follow your plastic surgeons orders. 
4. Any issues contact your plastic surgeon. 

Best of luck in your recovery. 

Brazillian butt lift

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There are no studies to refer to in trying to answer your question. I do many Brazilian but lifts (it's my most common surgery) and I can't tell you if sitting on the fat within a week of surgery is OK or not. Logic says it's not a good idea and the issue of pulmonary embolisms and being sedentary is a valid one. If you were my patient I would allow you to sit on the areas I didn't inject. I have found that sitting forward is often better than lying on your back. Talk to your board certified plastic surgeon; he or she can best tailor your post op plan to suit your needs.

Ayman Hakki, MD
Waldorf Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery Tips

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I recommend that you refrain from sitting down for more than 30 minutes in the first 1-2 weeks. Please follow up with your doctor as these issues require the attention of a plastic surgeon.

Ron Hazani, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills General Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 314 reviews

Recovery tips after your Brazilian Butt Lift

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Hope you have recovered well from your procedure you had a little over a month ago. You should have been given post-operative instructions that state the importance of not sitting directly on the buttocks the first two weeks after the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure. The reason you are instructed not to do this is because the fat cells injected are delicate and sitting on them could damage their survival.

Given that you had surgery on 7/30, you should be able see your final results in about another month to month and half. It takes some time for bruising and swelling to heal, and once the body has had an appropriate time to heal, you are able to see if your results have been compromised by sitting down post-operatively. Wish you the best of luck with your recovery.

Recovery after brazilian buttock lift

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Ideally you should avoid sitting for about 2-3 weeks after a fat transfer to the buttock (brazilian buttock lift). The pressure of sitting can decrease the survival of the fat cells and decrease the overall volume of the buttocks. The longer you avoid sitting, generally, the better the outcome.Discuss this in detail with your surgeon and follow the instructions closely.

Best wishes,


William Bruno, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Brazilian Butt Lift

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These are post operative instructions you should have received from your surgeon.

I usually tell my patients to buy a pillow donut or two and sit on the donut so that the bulk of the fat transfrred is in the hole of th donut and pressure is applied on the transfres fat.

As to your case and how much damage, you will know when you see the final results in 12 weeks

The success of any surgery depend on the execution of the surgery and FOLLOW THE PREOPERATIVE AND POST OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS OF YOUR SURGEON. Otherwise you are responsible for the results.

For any surgery small or big you should have preoperative and post operative instructions, the dos and donts, the garment, if your surgeon does not provide you with all the information then find another surgeoon who is willing to spend the time and effort to make your surgery a success.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon

Recovering from a Brazilian Butt Lift

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Thank you for the question.  Recovering from a Brazilian Butt Lift is a little more demanding that some other liposuction procedures. It is important to avoid sitting directly on your buttocks for at least 10 days after treatment. This is extremely important as it can affect blood circulation to the area and potentially destroy the transferred fat cells.

Jeffrey LaGrasso, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 114 reviews

BBL Recovery

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A Brazilian Butt Lift is a transfer of a person’s own fat from one area of the body to another to improve the overall contour. To ‘harvest’ the fat we use liposuction to vacuum out the excess tissue, process it with a centrifuge type system to remove the impurities and excess fluid, and then we inject it back into the areas we want to enhance. Typical areas for lipo are the abdomen, flanks or love handle areas, back and thighs. In a BBL the receiving site is the buttocks area. The sore part of this surgery is the liposuction. The areas we harvest from are tender and swollen for a few weeks afterward, and are not fully back to normal for a couple of months. Expect that it will be at least 2-3 months before you see all of the changes in your contour that will happen. After the surgery I usually recommend patients plan to take about 5-7 days off of work, and 3-4 weeks off of vigorous exercise (i.e.: jogging/aerobics), but it is okay to walk and do lighter things almost right away. One specific restriction with a Brazilian Butt Lift is that we want to avoid prolonged pressure on the buttocks area for the first 2 weeks after surgery. Too much pressure will cause the transferred fat to die, and we will not get the enhancement you are looking for. This means sleeping on your tummy for 2 weeks, and using a cushion to sit on for 2 weeks. You also have to get up frequently, or shift the pressure every 10 or 15 minutes while sitting during that time. You and your plastic surgeon need to review these issues before surgery and make a plan specific to your situation in order to maximize your results successfully.

BBL recovery tips

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Great questions. Here are some tips to ensure a great recovery and result from a BBL.Make sure you drink a lot of fluid and bed rest for the first week. Also, no sitting directly on your buttocks for about three weeks, which also includes no driving. Always schedule follow up appointment after surgery. I can't stress enough, wear a compression garment for 24 hours/day for the first 2 weeks. Wearing the garment control swelling. It may not be comfortable but it is so important if you want to achieve amazing results. Best of luck!

Dhaval M. Patel 
Double board certified
Plastic surgeon
Hoffman Estates

Dhaval M. Patel, MD
Hoffman Estates Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 98 reviews

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