As reported by the 2016 ISAPS Global Statistics, Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) plastic surgery is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed worldwide in surgical facilities. Well, to us, this report isn’t surprising. The procedure is still on the rise even today, and we won’t be surprised to see it in the top three in the coming years.

Technically known as the gluteoplasty, the BBL surgery is meant to give a large bottom by augmenting the shape and size of the butt. The procedure involves transferring fats from other body parts to the buttocks. This surgery is different from the buttocks implants in that the surgeon makes use of the patient’s fat, which is harvested from some part of your body. Unwanted excess fatty tissues from hips, thighs, and abdomens are drained using a medical tube (cannula) through a process known as liposuction and injected into the buttocks.

Nowadays, people have BBL for either aesthetic or medical reasons. When performed by an expert surgeon, the result is usually appealing to the eye. Just like any other plastic surgery, BBL also has possible side effects and complications. So, there is a need to make sure that your surgeon is qualified.

Although the BBL procedure might be on the rise, people considering it are concerned about the duration of the recovery process. Of course, the length of recovery time varies from one patient to the other, but on average, it takes six to eight weeks to heal completely. However, during the healing process, one must follow the surgeon’s instructions for a swift healing process and better results. This article will give you answers on some of the frequently asked questions regarding the BBL recovery process.


What happens immediately after the Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery?

Soon after surgery, patients usually experience some discomfort in the donor areas. The level of uneasiness depends on the surgical technique used. As you step out of the operation room, bruising and swelling are common features around the injection sites. Your surgeon will most likely prescribe some medication — painkillers —to counter the pain. In a week, the pain and discomfort will subside.

Will any fluids be flowing out?

Yes, in the donor area, you may notice some small amounts of excess tumescent fluid flowing out from incisions. Well, don’t be worried! This draining of some excess fluids is expected, and it usually lasts up to three or four days after the procedure.

How will I then sit or sleep after the BBL?

You are strongly advised to avoid applying pressure on the buttocks when recovering. This means not sleeping or sitting on your buttocks. One must sleep on their stomach or sides. When pressure is applied to the operated area, this may lengthen the healing process, or worse, yield negative results. The just inserted fat grafts require much time to stabilize and incorporate with any disruptions whatsoever.

Fortunately, if the patient desires to sit, they can do so by using a Brazilian Butt Lift known as a donut pillow or inflatable pillow which diverts weight and pressure to the thighs. However, it is not advised to continue sitting for a long period. There are also standing desks which patients might find useful during this procedure.

Is there a need for Compression Garments after the Surgery?

In the area(s) where your doctor performed extracted the fatty tissues, you are most likely to be recommended to wear a girdle or a compression garment. This helps speed up the healing process in the donor area. Besides, the girdle will also minimize swelling and discomfort.

When will I return to work after the BBL surgery?

The swiftness of the recovery process varies from one patient to the other, but it normally takes between 14 and 20 days for a patient to return to work after the surgery. But it’s important to wait for your surgeon’s clearance before reporting back to work.

Can I exercise after the BBL surgery?

Physical exercises and vigorous activities must be avoided at all costs. Straining your body by doing some physical activities such as running and jumping may destabilize the just inserted fatty implants. Only light exercises may be recommended in two to three weeks following the Brazilian Butt Lift surgery. It takes close to six weeks for the fat implants to be stable, and it is then that a patient is advised to carry on with her normal activities.


This content is created and published by Magical Clinic’s Medical Content Team. All information given is reviewed by medical professionals.

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