What will recovery be like after the Brazilian butt lift?


Brazilian butt lift is a major and effective plastic surgery procedure to improve the aesthetic appearance of your booties. If you have smaller, poorly-shaped, mildly saggy, or uneven buttocks, the Brazilian butt lift will help you overcome the condition. The procedure involves the use of your own body fat to enhance your rear end.

If excess fat is available in your body, it will be removed through liposuction and then transferred to your butt during the BBL surgery. Unlike the butt implants procedure, BBL does not involve placement of major incisions on your buttocks. However, the fat cells transferred to your butt are delicate and need time to receive a vascular connection again. You will be required to be cautious during the recovery period.

What to expect during the recovery period

The recovery period after the Brazilian butt lift ranges from 2-4 weeks. The exact time required for you to heal properly depends on your healing speed and quality, which differs from patient to patient. The first two weeks following the Brazilian butt lift are particularly crucial.

During this period, you will be required to spend most of your time resting in bed. Physical activities are not allowed; however, a slow and short walk after every few hours is encouraged because that can help prevent potential blood clotting. 

Pain and discomfort: During the first 24-48 hours following the surgery, you may experience pain and discomfort to some degree. This can be contained with pain relief medications. Just be sure to take your medicines on time so that the pain can be controlled before it could become worse. But sometimes, most patients experience mild or no pain at all after the surgery.

Swelling and bruising: After the procedure, your body will be swollen and bruised. The swelling is a natural reaction of your body to surgical trauma. It indicates that your body’s natural healing process is in action. However, if the swelling goes beyond the liposuction incision, you should contact your surgeon. The swelling may continue for a few weeks or months. As your body heals over time, the bruising will gradually subside, and you will appear and feel normal.  You may ask your doctor to prescribe you medicines to contain the bruising.

Sitting: After the surgery, it is very vital to avoid sitting and applying pressure to your butt. The fat cells injected in your buttocks are very weak and in need of blood flow. Your body will take about two weeks to establish a sufficient blood supply to the fat cells. Sitting during this period will apply undue pressure to your buttocks, which will damage the fat cells. If this happens, not only will the achieved results be reversed but health complications may arise as well.

Sleeping and resting: Additionally, it will be mandatory to avoid resting or sleeping on your backside. This is because the fat cells will be damaged or injured as a result of the application of pressure on your butt. For 2-3 weeks, you should make sure to sleep and rest on your front or side. This will allow enough time for the fat grafts to get enough blood supply and become stronger.

Bending and stretching: Bending and stretching the body should also be avoided during the first 2-3 weeks following the surgery. Since liposuction has been conducted on the fat donor sites by placing incisions, you need to make sure the cuts remain intact and heal properly. Stretching your body may result in wound splitting. Also, bending can hurt your butt and damage the fat cells during the first two weeks.

It is also important to mention here that the extracellular matrix tissue, which is made up of a network of cells and proteins, supports the blood vessels that hold the fat cells together and lets them stay alive. It can be damaged as a result of bending and stretching; therefore, you should avoid these physical activities until the structure becomes stronger over time.

Physical activities: Avoid high endurance activities like sports, weight lifting, running, and jumping during the first six weeks following the surgery. These activities will apply immense pressure to your butt and your liposuction incisions, which will not only make the aesthetic improvements obsolete but can also, lead to health problems.

Compression garments: A compression garment can be very helpful during the recovery period. Your surgeon may recommend you to wear compression garments for a few weeks after the procedure. The garment will avoid excessive swelling, protect you from infections, keep pressure off your butt and body, and expedite the healing process. You must make sure to wear it for the recommended time period.

Risks and complications: The recovery period of Brazilian butt lift involves risks and potential complications. The surgery has inflamed, bruised, and traumatized your body, making it more susceptible to potential problems. The common risks after the BBL surgery include infections, seroma, poor wound healing, hematoma, excessive bleeding, and blood clotting.

In order to minimize these risks, you should make sure to follow your surgeon’s instructions entirely. If your doctor has prescribed you antibiotics or other medications, be sure to take them according to the instructions.


Brazilian butt lift is major surgery. The procedure involves performing liposuction on different areas of your body to remove donor fats. The fat removed during the operation is then transferred to your buttocks via special needles. The liposuction is done by placing incisions on the fat donor sites. This makes BBL a major operation. You will be required to rest for 2-3 weeks.

During the recovery period, you may experience swelling, pain, and bruising in your body. You should be sure to follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions to have a smooth and safer recovery. The tips discussed above will help you to heal properly and fully after the surgical intervention.