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 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

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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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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How Painful Is It to Have a Brazilian Butt Lift?

This procedure because of the bruising leaves you'r body sore and tender is more like an ache instead of pain that is what normally the patients express as what they feel best of luck 

Stephanie A. Stover, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Pain after Brazilian Butt Lift is variable

While pain and discomfort following a Brazilian Butt Lift is to be expected, most patients cite only minor discomfort and are typically up and about 24-48 hours after their procedure feeling quite well.  But remember to keep in mind that pain tolerance varies from patient to patient.  Most commonly the pain experienced is related to the amount of liposuction performed and the areas treated, however, post-operative swelling can also contribute to this.  

Stephen T. Greenberg, MD
Woodbury Plastic Surgeon
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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.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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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
Beverly Hills General 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.




Gregory A. Wiener, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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How Painful is a Brazilian Butt Lift

Thank you for your question!  It all depends on your personal pain tolerance.  It's hard to tell how bad the pain will be, for some people it's mostly just uncomfortable.  Best of luck!

Dr Dhaval Patel
Double Board Certified
Plastic Surgeon
Hoffman Estates 
Oak Brook

Dhaval M. Patel, MD
Hoffman Estates 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!


Morgan E. Norris, III, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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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.

Johnny Franco, MD, FACS
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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