Do You Experience Numbness when Getting a Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure?

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Numbness after Brazilian Butt Lift

You will 100% experience temporary numbness in the areas of liposuction. This will go away within a few days to a few weeks as the nerves start working again. I perform 6-8 BBLs per week and have never had a patient complain of permanent numbness. You should make an appointment with a board certified plastic surgeon who is a BBL specialist to discuss all these issues. Make sure the surgeon has DOZENS of before and after pictures on their website.

Do you experience numbness when getting a Brazilian Butt Lift procedure?

Hello! Thank you for your question! Numbness after any surgical procedure is expected for several weeks to months following. As the nerves to the area are traumatized and will then experience a temporary neuropraxia, a transient loss of nerve conduction. This usually resolves over the next 6-12 weeks, but depending on the procedure performed, sometimes much longer. Typically this should resolve by 1 year. As it goes past this date, the likelihood of the sensation returning is small. However, it can take up to 2 years. If no return from there, it is unlikely to return. It should be discussed that persistent sensory changes may develop following any surgical procedure.

The usual signs of the nerves regenerating and neuropraxia resolving is itching, followed by a burning sensation and then occasional sharp, shock-like pains. These will be normal to experience, and actually a promising sign. Usually, normal sensation returns, but is is also possible to have decreased sensation or even increased sensation to the areas affected. Re-educating nerves postoperatively is often helpful and will allow proper instruction for the affected sensory nerves - methods include using different textures to the affected areas when showering, bathing, applying lotion, etc. If bothersome, there are some medications that may be helpful, including Neurontin for pain for hypersensitivity. You can try various textures such as washcloths, loofahs, cotton sheets, etc. Massaging the areas is also beneficial for the incision to make the finest scar possible. The last place to regain the sensation will be directly adjacent to the incision/scar as the nerves will make its way from the periphery to this location. If continual pain arises, evaluation is warranted. After ruling out other causes, one rare explanation may be that a neuroma has developed and may require surgical excision. This is very unlikely unless a large sensory nerve has been transected inadvertently during the procedure. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Do You Experience Numbness when Getting a Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure?

Thank you for your question, Yes you may feel numbness after the Brazilian Butt Lift  procedure, in the liposuction areas and the buttocks and/or hips, depending on your procedure. You may also feel pain, burning sensation, experience bruising, among others. Contact a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for a Free in person consultation, He/She will talk to you about what to expect after your procedure.

Salvador Pantoja, MD
Mexico Plastic Surgeon
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Numbness after BBL

Numbness in the areas of liposuction as well as the buttock can occur after a fat transfer to the buttock but this is typically temporary. After several weeks or months, the numbness should resolve. Consult with your plastic surgeon if this persists long term.

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William Bruno, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Numbness after brazilion butt lift

Yes, you can have numbness after a brazilian butt lift. This can either be in the area that had liposuction or in your butt. It will get better with time, but can take a few months. 

Gordon Lewis, MD
Richmond Plastic Surgeon
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Do You Experience Numbness when Getting a Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure?

              There can be some numbness that is usually temporary due the procedure.   I perform about 500 Brazilian buttlifts each year, and this procedure is the most surgeon dependent plastic surgery procedure.  Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of Brazilian buttlifts each year.  Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.

Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

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