“Can You Sit After a BBL?” and Other Recovery Questions Answered

“Can You Sit After a BBL?” and Other Recovery Questions Answered

Posted on February 27, 2019

“Can You Sit After a BBL?” and Other Recovery Questions Answered

BBL, Brazilian buttock lift, fat transfer gluteal augmentation – while it goes by many names, the Brazilian butt lift is quickly becoming one of the top requested plastic surgeries across the country.

Prized for its minimally invasive approach to buttock augmentation, the Brazilian butt lift uses the body’s own fat tissue to improve the shape and volume of the butt as well as remove unwanted fat from other parts of the body. While the treatment has helped many individuals achieve their ideal figure, there are many questions that patients have regarding treatment and recovery from BBL.

How Does the Brazilian Butt Lift Improve Size and Shape?

Unlike other augmentation procedures that rely on synthetic implants, BBLs take unwanted fat tissue from other parts of your body, refine it and reinject it into the buttocks. Placement of the injections is done so that the new fat cells enhance your existing shape, creating natural looking curves.

How Long is the Recovery Period for a Brazilian Butt Lift?

While a Brazilian butt lift may be minimally invasive, it’s important that patients remember it is still surgery. As a result, recovery can be anywhere from 10 to 14 days. During that time, it’s important that patients continue to walk and stretch, wear their girdle at all times, and take all prescribed medication. Walking in particular helps decrease the risk of clots, a potentially dangerous side effect of Brazilian butt lift treatment.

Can I Sit After a BBL?

Not for at least 14 days after your procedure. While the newly transplanted fat cells may be from your body, the cells will not have blood supply for the first few weeks after they’ve been injected. Sitting for extended periods of time can damage the transplant and be potentially dangerous. As a result, we recommend waiting at least two weeks before sitting. After the fat develops its own blood supply, you should use a cigar-shaped pillow when sitting to mitigate excess pressure on the new cells

When Can I Go Back to Work?

Recovery from Brazilian butt lift varies from patient to patient based on how quickly their body heals, whether there are any complications during treatment or recovery, and how closely they follow their post-treatment recovery guide. Additionally, post-recovery instructions (like not sitting), can make it difficult to get back to work, particularly for patients who have primarily seated jobs. As a result, the best guidance we can give is to take between 5-7 days to recover at home before considering going back to work. After that period, schedule a visit with our surgeons to confirm that you can go back to work without issue.

Why Do I Need to Wear a Girdle?

When recovering from Brazilian butt lift surgery, you’re actually recovering from two procedures; the buttock augmentation and the liposuction used to harvest the transplanted fat cells. A girdle, or compression garment, is used to help ensure that the donor area heals correctly. Furthermore, it can help decrease discomfort and swelling that many patients face after undergoing liposuction.

When can I get back to the gym?

As mention, Brazilian butt lifts can require several weeks of recovery in order to create the best results. To protect your investment, we recommend avoiding strenuous activities and exercises for at least a month following surgery. Between four to five weeks, patients can start adding light activities to their routine. By weeks six to eight, most patients are able to get back to their normal activities. Your surgeon will monitor your healing in the weeks following surgery and can give you a more personalized timeline during follow-up visits.

Still have questions? Talk to our Experts

When it comes to Brazilian butt lifts, the team at BHPS is dedicated to providing all patients with the answers they need to make the best decision for their bodies. Learn more about this popular procedure by calling (310) 746-5475 today and scheduling your consultation with our surgeons today!


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