How Painful is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

I'm in my early 40s, fit and and for the last year I've been contemplating having a Brazilian Butt Lift. The only thing that's stoping me right now, is my fear of pain. How painful is a Brazilian Butt Lift? Is it as bad as it seems? How long is the recovery? When will I be able to sit down/lay on my back? Thanks! 

GettingOlder

F, 43, Texas

Since i do 5 BBls per week. I tell ALL my patients expect 2 days of extreme pain. RegardsCdr B or IG: drfixitmiami, drfixitbbl

Pain tolerance is highly variable among different people, but in general, Brazilian butt lift surgery isn’t considered to be a particularly painful operation. The procedure itself is carried out under general anesthesia and modern analgesia has made recovering from plastic surgery, if not exactly comfortable, at least tolerable.

You will feel some soreness, particularly in the areas where the fat cells were harvested. This discomfort lasts for roughly one week and continually improves as you heal.

You won’t be able to sit directly down on your buttocks for roughly eight weeks in order for the fat injections to develop a blood flow. Some things you can do to keep comfortable while recovering from butt lift include:

  • Wearing your compression garment as directed.
  • Taking your prescription pain medication as directed.
  • Do not consume alcohol.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Use a donut pillow if you absolutely must sit down.
  • Move around as much as you can tolerate post-surgery.
  • Drink plenty of fluids as this helps to flush the system.

Dr. Kimberly Henry has 4 "Brazilian butt lift" before & afters:

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Everyone’s pain level and healing process is different, so it’s difficult to estimate how it will be for you. In general, buttock augmentation is well-tolerated by most patients. The discomfort people report is more an ache than a sharp pain, similar to what you might feel after a long workout at the gym.

The pain is focused primarily around the areas that were liposuctioned and is usually the result of bruising and swelling. Consequently, wearing the compression garment your plastic surgeon supplies you with should provide some relief as it helps to keep the swelling and bruising down. Most surgeons recommend that their patients wear compression garments for approximately eight weeks.

You will be cautioned not sit on your buttocks or lie on your back for the first eight weeks after surgery because doing so could affect the viability of the fat transfer. The total recovery period takes about three months, but you should be able to resume your normal activities within a week to 10 days.

Don’t allow your fear of pain to prevent you from getting a Brazilian butt lift (butt augmentation) if you really desire one. As long as you choose a board-certified plastic surgeon, this cosmetic surgery procedure is safe and well-tolerated by most people. It’s a popular procedure because it allows one to reshape the lower half of the body in a single surgery. The results can be quite stunning.

The BBL has two components: liposuction to harvest fat from nearby areas, such as the hips, stomach, and back, followed by transferring that fat to the buttocks. Most of the soreness comes from the bruising and swelling caused by the liposuction. Discomfort from the fat grafting itself is minimal. Overall, patients describe their pain as similar to recovering from a tough workout.

Post-op pain is usually at its worst over the first 48 hours following the procedure and subsides after that. Total recovery time depends on the individual but ranges from two to eight weeks. Patients are usually back at work in about seven to 10 days, although they’re usually cautioned to avoid sitting directly on their buttocks for eight weeks to allow the fat injections to vascularize (generate a blood supply).

Dr. Jonathan Heistein has 2 "Brazilian butt lift" before & afters:

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I assume you mean fat injection to the buttocks. If you are as fit as you imply the rate limiting step may be the amount of fat you have available for injection into the buttocks or removed from around the buttocks. The pain is more from the harvest sites than the injection sites. You recovery should be complete within 3 or 4 weeks. The pain mostly subsides after the first few days. You can sit down or lay down the day after surgery but you should not sit in a chair for 8 hours of work until at least 10 or 12 days after surgery.

Everyone is different so please keep that in mind. Most of our patients will be in the most pain for the first 2 or 3 days, following that they tell us they are sore like they had an intense work out at the gym. The buttock is the most uncomfortable part of this procedure but the patients say that it is sore for a week or 2 but sitting on a pillow helps. Again please keep in mind every one has individual pain tolerance's. Best of luck.