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What is brazilian butt lift recovery like?

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August 28, 2022

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Buttock augmentation surgery is one of the most sought procedures by patients who want to improve the derriere in the long-term. However, many of them wonder how is brazilian butt lift recovery and the post-operative care that should be applied after undergoing this surgery.

For this reason, we have prepared an article that explains in detail what you should take into account for a quick recovery. Our intention is not to replace the medical consultation but to prepare you for what you will face. Take what you need and follow your plastic surgeon’s recommendations every time. 

Basic post-op care for brazilian butt lift recovery

Brazilian butt lift is an outpatient procedure, so patients can leave the same day of surgery and resume their daily activities the next day if they wish. 

However, this does not exempt them from following certain recommendations made by your plastic surgeon. Among the most frequent suggested post-op care after this brazilian butt lift are the following items [2]:

  • Wear post-surgical girdles that cover the treated area
  • Avoid physical activities of high impact or effort [3]
  • Do not sunbathe until the bruises disappear completely
  • Maintain a balanced diet rich in protein and vitamins
  • Try to get up and walk around as soon as you are able to do so
  • Avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time during the first few weeks
  • Sleep on your stomach or on your side for as long as your doctor recommends [1]

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Frequently asked questions about brazilian butt lift recovery

The above recommendations leave some questions that we would love to answer below: 

How can I sit after brazilian butt lift?

The answer to this question is a surprise for some patients when they learn that they cannot actually sit down during their recovery. Most plastic surgeons agree that avoiding this position for the first weeks is the best thing to do since direct pressure on the buttocks could damage the injected fat cells and it could cause the loss of the results obtained [6].

For this reason, refrain from sitting on your buttocks. It’s your plastic surgeon who will determine the appropriate time to return to this position [4] and to try other alternatives that mimic traditional sitting for short periods of time without putting pressure on the buttock.

One of these techniques is to sit in the edgy backwards chair position where the weight falls on the thighs and the buttock is in the air [7]. For this you will need a chair with no arms and the back of the chair facing your chest. Another option is to use BBL pillow or an elevated cushion so that the buttock is suspended in the air when sitting.

Can I sit on the toilet during brazilian butt lift recovery?

The short answer would be yes, you can sit.  Short periods of time sitting on the toilet will not cause too much change in your results [5]. This is possible because most of the weight is on your thighs and not on your buttocks when you sit. Also, the butt is suspended in the air thanks to the hole in the toilet, so there is no direct pressure on it. 

However, avoid spending too much time sitting there. If you suffer from constipation, take prescribed medication by your doctor and only sit when you feel that your bowel movement will not take too long. 

You may be interested in knowing the truth about brazilian butt lift myths

In summary

Recovery from a brazilian butt lift will be quick as long as you follow the instructions of the plastic surgeon who is attending your case. Some of the main postoperative care are the use of post-surgical compression garments, side or face down positions when sleeping, the consumption of fruits, vegetables and proteins, among others. 

However, one of the most challenging recomendations is not being able to sit down on your buttocks during the first weeks of recovery. Normally, patients spend time lying down or sitting before the surgery, but they will have to change their habits in the postoperative period to maintain the results of the intervention.

If you want to know more about brazilian butt lift in Colombia, write to us to receive customized assistance and solve all your concerns about our plastic surgery services in the South American country.  Start your free pre-consultation process with us today!

You could also read: 10 things you need to know about plastic surgeries in Colombia



[1] Americanboardcosmeticsurgery.org. 2022. Brazilian Butt Lift. [online] Available at: <https://www.americanboardcosmeticsurgery.org/procedure-learning-center/body-procedures/brazilian-butt-lift/> [Accessed 26 August 2022].

[2] Azad, K., 2016. Recovering from a Brazilian butt lift. [online] American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Available at: <https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/blog/recovering-from-a-brazilian-butt-lift> [Accessed 26 August 2022].

[3] Climan, A., 2021. Brazilian Butt Lift: Recovery. [online] Verywell Health. Available at: <https://www.verywellhealth.com/brazilian-butt-lift-recovery-5086814> [Accessed 26 August 2022].

[4] Cole, L., Joffrey, J., Levine, E. and Soto, F., 2022. BBL Recovery, Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery Guide (updated 2022). [online] Brazilianbuttlift.com. Available at: <https://www.brazilianbuttlift.com/after-the-bbl.html> [Accessed 26 August 2022].

[5] RealSelf. 2019. Will sitting down to poop after a BBL affect results?. [online] Available at: <https://www.realself.com/question/orange-county-ca-sitting-poop-after-bbl-affect-results> [Accessed 26 August 2022].

[6] RealSelf. 2022. What is the magic number for sitting after a BBL?. [online] Available at: <https://www.realself.com/question/calabasas-ca-magic-number-sitting-after-bbl> [Accessed 26 August 2022].

[7] Tillo, O., 2022. When Can You Sit After a BBL? | CREO. [online] CREO Clinic London. Available at: <https://creoclinic.com/blog/when-can-you-sit-after-bbl/> [Accessed 26 August 2022].


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