Realizing that after the BBL surgery, I would not be able to sit for approx. 2-3 weeks, is it possible to use a boppy pillow for a quick 5 minute ride in the car one week post-opt? Is there any pillow that BBL Doctors are recommending to allow you to sit for 5 to 10 minutes a day or is any type of sitting entirely off limits for 2-3 weeks? Thank you
Recommended Pillow for Sitting After Brazilian Butt Lift?
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BBL Recovery and Post-Op Pillows
Hello and Great Question. I appreciate the time you are spending researching this procedure. My name is Dr. Matthew J. Nykiel. I am a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, a Fellowship Trained Cosmetic Surgeon, and a Butt Augmentation Specialist.
Each Surgeon has a slightly different recovery protocol and you should always go over your surgeon's protocol.
PILLOWS: Why is the post-operative Pillows and Sitting so important in recovery for a BBL? Because it is extremely important that one avoids sitting or lying which generates pressure onto their butt for prolonged periods of time during the early stages of healing when the transferred fat is trying to live. The off-loading pillow allows you to sit and return to work or simply relax.
The sitting/pillow restrictions should be continued for 4 weeks following surgery; and the restrictions are gradually lengthened with each week (see timetable below).
But Why does it matter? Because the transplanted fat cells must re-establish blood supply in order to live. In the first four weeks after surgery, these fat cells are very fragile and susceptible to pressure which can cause cell death or cause the fat to disappear. Therefore, during the 4 week period we encourage patients to avoid sitting. But (No Pun), if it is absolutely necessary you can sit for certain time intervals (see table below) and/or utilize an off-loading pillow.
What Type of Specific Pillow? Any type of pillow works; no "one pillow" has been shown to be better than another. How does an Off-Loading Pillow Work? The pillow is folded and placed behind your knees and under your thighs. This effectively puts all the pressure on your thighs and "off-loads" pressure on your butt. This may potentially minimize the cell damage of the transferred fat. As the potential for cell death is decreased, the potential for surgical results are optimized. Again, a regular pillow will work; if you are looking for a specific off-loading pillow, examples are: Booty Buddy®, BBL Pillow®, Booty Mate® etc.
SITTING PROTOCOL: I utilize a 4 week sitting protocol. Again, the 1st week I like you to be off your butt as much as possible in the early stages of healing. The protocol is:
◦ Week 1: Sitting for the bathroom
◦ Week 2: Sit as usual with the assistance of a pressure off-loading pillow. If you do not have a pillow then: 15-30 minutes at a time, then standing up to shift your weight.
◦ Week 3: Sit as usual with the assistance of a pressure off-loading pillow. If you do not have a pillow then: 30-60 minutes at a time, then standing up to shift your weight.
◦ Week 4: Sit as usual with the assistance of a pressure off-loading pillow. If you do not have a pillow then: 1-2 hours at a time, then standing up to shift your weight.
◦ Week 5: No Sitting Restrictions. Sit as usual. Unless otherwise directed.
RETURN TO WORK: Most of my patients are back to work in 1 week or less. Again, I perform a number of these procedure on college students and professionals that sit for the majority of their day.
ACTIVITY: After 1 week you can Run/Jog or go to the gym. Prior to 1 week, I want you walking around as much as possible.
RETURN TO GYM: After 1 week you can go to the gym. You can do any upper body work out and/or Run/Jog. No lower body squats or any activity that requires you to place pressure on your Butt/Gluts (i.e. Leg Press, Back Row etc) until after 4 weeks from surgery.
Best of Luck! Please reach out if you have any further questions or concerns.
Matthew J. Nykiel, MD
Butt Augmentation Specialist
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
An inflatable pillow could be helpful...
During this period we encourage patients to avoid sitting, but if it’s absolutely necessary an inflatable pillow can be utilized.This device distributes pressure evenly and minimizes the potential for cell damage.When these steps are taken, the potential for cell death appears to be minimized and surgical results are optimized.
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Recommended Pillow for Sitting After Brazilian Butt Lift?
A BBL pillow should be used when sitting. It puts the weight on your thighs, and not on your buttocks. There are commercial products that can be purchased online. Booty buddy is one that that works well.
Sitting on buttocks after surgery
The BBL Pillow
The Brazilian Butt Lift utilizes your own natural fat for
the augmentation. One of the keys of the
fat transfer is that it is incorporated and becomes your fat just in a better
The key is how do we maximize the amount of fat that is
going “take” or survive for the augmentation.
One of the things that can help increase the amount of fat that stays
after the transfer is preventing any trauma to the buttock area, that includes
sitting. The pressure of sitting can be harmful to the fat for the first couple
of weeks after the transfer.
I typically have patients avoid sitting for two weeks after
the surgery. They can walk and sleep on
their belly, just no sitting. After the
first two weeks they can sit for an hour with a 10 minute break in between
sitting sessions. After six weeks they
can return to all of their normal routines.
There are special pillows that patients can purchase that avoids any pressure
on the buttock in the post-operative period so that they can sit at work and
still protect their fat transfer procedure. One of my favorite pillows for
patient is called the “BBL Pillow”. The
key with these specialized pillows is that all of the weight is on the
posterior thighs and not on the buttock.
The buttock should be hanging off the end of the pillows.
I hope this helps, be sure to discuss this with your board
certified plastic surgeon.
Recommended Pillow for Sitting After Brazilian Butt Lift
Recommend Pillow for sitting after Brazilian Butt Lift?
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