Brazilian Butt Lift recovery tips from San Diego top plastic surgeon Brian Reagan, M.D.


The latest statistics from the American Board of Plastic Surgery show that Brazilian Butt Lift has jumped 252% in popularity since 2013. If you’re thinking about jumping on the butt augmentation train, consider the recovery involved in taking care of your brand new caboose. Proper post-procedure care is vital for maximizing the end result of your butt augmentation.

What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is the term coined for injecting a patient’s own purified fat into the buttocks to add roundness and volume. In order to be a candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift, you must have a sufficient amount of fat in other body areas in order to supply enough fat for transfer to the butt. Fat from the thighs, tummy or muffin top (flanks) is harvested through liposuction, purified to remove unnecessary fluids and then re-injected into the mound of the buttocks. Along with fat grafting, your surgeon will use liposuction to sculpt the flanks and distribute the injected fat for more lifting. The roundness and projection of the buttocks is improved by smoothing and contouring the flanks.

How to Maximize Your Rear End Result

Immediately following your procedure, proper post-op care is of vital importance. Harvested fat has no blood supply when injected and it is very weak. Pressure can kill the fat cells before they can revascularize which takes about 5 days. For this reason, sitting for prolonged periods of time can destroy the viability of the fat and compromise your results. If you must sit, stand up every 30 min to 1 hour for a few minutes to take the pressure off your buttocks. When seated, put a pillow or cushion behind your legs (hamstring muscles) to help raise the buttocks. This takes some of the pressure off of the fat grafted areas. Sleep face down or on your side and continue these instructions for at least 2 weeks.

Liposuction causes swelling so you’ll be instructed to wear a compression garment to apply even pressure on the liposuctioned areas. The garment will help your skin to retract, minimize swelling and keep fluid from collecting. Small drains may be placed in existing incisions beneath the skin to remove excess blood and fluids.

You’ll have pain medication to help you get over the hump and most Brazilian Butt Lift patients return to regular exercise after six to eight weeks. Lymphatic drainage massages are also recommended to help move the fluids and help you heal more quickly.

The most important part of your recovery is following your surgeon’s post-operative instructions. Patients find the Brazilian Butt Lift to be a very satisfying procedure. Not only is the end result a sleeker contour to the waist but a perkier, rounder, lifted the butt.

Brazilian Butt Lift is performed at Changes Plastic Surgery by board-certified plastic surgeons experienced in body contouring and fat grafting. For more information please contact us below.