What To Expect After Your Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery

Dr. Truong at Chicago Breast & Body Aesthetics explains what you can expect after your Lipo360 & Brazilian Butt Lift procedure and provides some helpful Brazilian butt lift recovery tips on how to maximize your BBL results in this 1 week post-op visit video.

What should I expect following my Brazilian Butt Lift surgery?

Bruising & Swelling

It’s normal to experience some swelling and bruising. Bruising usually lasts for up to 2-3 weeks with most of it going away. However, it’s possible to experience some swelling for up to 3 to 6 months following the procedure. Many patients also noticed reduced skin sensitivity as well, particularly during the first week of Brazilian butt lift recovery. This is normal.

Drainage & Discoloration

Some drainage and discoloration are normal following your surgery. The amount varies from person to person. Patients will experience post-operative drainage after their procedure. Drainage may be significant for 12-48 hours and will dissipate.


Itching during the Brazilian butt lift recovery period is a normal part of the healing process after any liposuction procedure. Superficial nerves are slightly traumatized during the procedure and as they begin to heal and regenerate, a variety of skin sensations will occur such as a numb tingling sensation, pins and needles, and itching/pain.

When can I shower after my surgery?

You may shower 24-48 hours after your surgery and hot water should be avoided. Avoid the beach, pools, baths, and hot tubs until you are given the clearance by your surgeon. This is to avoid the risk of infections and weakening of the incisions.

When can I exercise after a Brazilian Butt Lift? 

Avoid high-impact, strenuous activities for the time recommended by your doctor. After 2-4 weeks after your surgery, you may resume light activities. We encourage our patients to exercise their buttocks with glute-activated workouts. After the fat cells are fully established, you can resume more rigorous activities such as jogging or running.

  • Avoid sitting directly on your buttocks for at least 8 weeks following your surgery. If you need to sit, use a special BBL pillow. 
  • Avoid putting pressure on the areas where fat was injected to give fat the best chance to survive. This means sleeping and lying on your stomach.
  • Maintain your weight with a healthy lifestyle Eating well-balanced healthy meals and of course, not smoking will help give you long-lasting results. 
  • Wear a compression garment or compression foam as instructed by your surgeon. The compression garment helps with the swelling. You should not have compression over the buttocks unless instructed by your doctor. This can compromise the survival of the transferred fat.
  • It is very important to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions and give clearance to ensure good outcomes from the procedure.

How much fat will survive and how long will my results last?

It is impossible to predict exactly how many fat cells are going to survive however about 60-70% of the transferred fat cells should survive as long as you avoid direct pressure to the buttocks. This is very important so this means try not to sit or lay on your back for a minimum of 4 weeks. 

Your results should last if you maintain and do not lose weight following the procedure. It’s important to remember that the transferred fat cells will behave much like the fat cells in the rest of your body. In other words, transplanted fat cells will grow or shrink with weight gain or weight loss.

If you have had Lipo360 & Brazilian Butt Lift surgery with Chicago Breast & Body Aesthetics and have any questions about your Brazilian butt lift recovery, please do not hesitate to contact us here or call our office at 312-846-1529.

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FAQ About

  1. What is Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) surgery?
    • BBL surgery involves the removal of excess fat from areas of the body through liposuction and the injection of that fat into the buttocks to enhance shape and volume.
  2. What is the recovery time for BBL surgery?
    • Recovery time for BBL surgery can vary from person to person, but patients typically experience initial discomfort, swelling, and bruising for the first few weeks. Full recovery may take several months.
  3. What is the recovery process like after BBL surgery?
    • Immediately following BBL surgery, patients are advised to rest and avoid sitting directly on their buttocks or lying on their backs to protect the newly transferred fat cells. Compression garments are often worn to minimize swelling and support the healing process.
  4. What are some common side effects during BBL recovery?
    • Common side effects during BBL recovery include swelling, bruising, soreness, and discomfort in the treated areas. These symptoms typically improve over time as the body heals.
  5. How long does it take to see results after BBL surgery?
    • While some initial results may be visible shortly after surgery, it can take several weeks for swelling to subside and for the final results of BBL surgery to become apparent. Full results may take up to six months as the body adjusts and settles.
  6. What can I expect during the first few days after BBL surgery?
    • During the initial days following BBL surgery, patients may experience moderate to severe discomfort, swelling, and limited mobility. It’s important to follow post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon to promote proper healing and minimize complications.
  7. When can I return to normal activities after BBL surgery?
    • Most patients can gradually resume light activities and return to work within one to two weeks after BBL surgery, depending on the extent of the procedure and individual healing progress. Strenuous exercise and sitting directly on the buttocks should be avoided for several weeks to allow for optimal recovery.
  8. Are there any specific post-operative instructions I should follow during BBL recovery?
    • Yes, your surgeon will provide detailed post-operative instructions tailored to your specific needs. These may include wearing compression garments, avoiding sitting or lying on the buttocks, staying hydrated, and attending follow-up appointments for monitoring.
  9. What should I do if I experience unusual symptoms or complications during BBL recovery?
    • If you experience severe pain, excessive swelling, fever, or any other concerning symptoms during BBL recovery, contact your surgeon immediately for guidance and evaluation.
  10. How can I optimize my BBL recovery and results?
    • To optimize BBL recovery and results, it’s essential to follow your surgeon’s instructions closely, maintain a healthy lifestyle, avoid smoking, and attend all scheduled follow-up appointments for monitoring and support throughout the healing process.

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