Does the Brazilian Butt Lift require a long recovery?

What are your thoughts on a Brazilian Butt Lift? What is the recovery time like?


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Hi.  The two most common forms of buttocks enhancement are the augmentation with implants and the Brazilian Butt Lift.  For women with areas of unwanted fat in other parts of the body, the Brazilian Butt Lift is a wonderful option.  If you don't want to remove fat from other areas, or if you simply just don't have much excess, then implants are another great option.  The recovery time is a little longer with this approach since the implants are placed within the muscle.  Most people need 6-8 weeks to get back to regular strenuous activity, but light activity can be done much sooner.  Best of luck!

Fat transfer buttock augmentation surgery is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the world today. It is performed by liposuctioning fat from donor sites on the body and using it to sculpt and plump the gluteal region to your desired shape.

That said, the associated downtime and recovery period can be challenging for some patients. In addition to the important rest from normal activities required to recover from any surgery, with buttock augmentation procedures patients also need to sleep and sit in a modified manner for up to six weeks.

Your surgeon will provide specific guidelines, but patients are typically encouraged to avoid sitting for two weeks, then only sit using a customized cushion that relieves pressure from the buttocks for the next four weeks. You can also only sleep on your side or front for that month, plus you will be required to wear a specialized garment for up to eight weeks to facilitate healing and reduce swelling. Optimal results depend on your following your doctor's post-op guidelines to the letter; if not, your final outcome may be detrimentally affected.

If you think this is something you can adhere to, then I'd recommend speaking to a plastic surgeon experienced in BBL procedures to learn more about how the procedure could help you realize your aesthetic goals.

A Brazilian butt lift is an increasingly popular method of achieving body contouring and buttock augmentation without the need for butt implants. Results tend to be very natural and aesthetically pleasing since the fat for the gluteal augmentation is sourced from places on the patient’s body where it is abundant.

While all invasive plastic surgery generally requires downtime of a week or more before the patient is able to return to work and everyday life, Brazilian butt lift surgery has some specific guidelines for the recovery period.  

Patients are unable to sit or lie directly on the buttocks for approximately two weeks after Brazilian butt augmentation surgery. During this time, the patient must sleep on her stomach or side to protect the new fat grafts from stress and damage; if not, there is a risk of suboptimal results, or revision surgery may even be required.

A compression garment should be worn consistently for at least three weeks and removed only to shower. The patient must also sit using a donut-shaped pillow, or a BBL recovery pillow, which shifts the weight from the buttocks onto the thighs. Generally, normal sitting can be resumed after eight weeks. Most patients feel ready to resume light daily activities one week after surgery and are ready to return to work after two weeks. Postoperative pain is generally mild and easily controlled with pain medication.

Brazilian butt lift surgery can offer beautiful, natural results when performed by an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. One significant advantage it has over traditional butt implant surgery is that it increases the volume of the glutes and contours them while reducing the size of the flanks, hips or stomach, thus creating a more defined and sculpted silhouette overall. However, much of the success of BBL is determined on how closely you follow your surgeon's postoperative directions.

BBL surgery injects fat sourced from elsewhere on the body into the buttocks in a process known as fat transfer. The transplanted fat is very fragile for the first few months after surgery as the new fat cells need to heal and establish blood flow in their new location. The patient must actively protect the fat grafts by avoiding sitting for at least two weeks (except to use the bathroom), then only sitting on a customized pillow that removes pressure from the buttocks for several months. While this may sound easy in theory, in practice, most of us spend long periods of our day sitting, so you need to be realistic about how feasible this is for you.

Sleeping on your back must also be avoided for at least two weeks. Some surgeons recommend sleeping with a tennis ball in a backpack so if you do change positions during the night the discomfort from the tennis ball will wake you up. Sitting or lying on your back before the recovery period is over may result in fat cells shifting, dying, or creating unwanted indentations.