What to expect after a skinny BBL


Your surgery date is set, and you have all your supplies, now what can you expect after your Skinny BBL is done? After your Skinny BBL or Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) surgery, here’s what you can expect during your recovery phase:

What Can I Expect in Terms of Bruising and Swelling?

It’s typical to have some swelling and bruising after a Skinny BBL procedure. Bruising usually subsides within 2 weeks, but swelling may last for 3 to 6 months – it all depends on how your body heals. A decrease in skin sensitivity is also common in the initial recovery week as the anesthesia wears off.

Is Drainage and Discoloration Normal After Surgery?

Experiencing some drainage and discoloration after your Skinny BBL surgery is normal. The extent varies per individual, with significant drainage potentially lasting between 12 to 48 hours.

Why Do I Feel Itching After Skinny BBL Surgery?

Itching is a common part of the healing process after any liposuction procedure, including the Skinny BBL. This occurs as the superficial nerves that were disrupted during the procedure begin to heal, causing sensations like numbness, tingling, or itching and some pain.

When Can I Shower After My Surgery?

You can shower 24-48 hours post surgery, but avoid hot water. Stay away from beaches, pools, baths, and hot tubs until your surgeon clears you to prevent infection and protect the incisions.

When Can I Resume Exercise After Surgery?

Avoid strenuous, high-impact activities as advised by your doctor. Light activities can resume 2-4 weeks after your Skinny BBL surgery, including glute-activating workouts to exercise the buttocks. After the fat cells stabilize, you may return to more vigorous activities like jogging or running.

How Can I Maximize My Skinny BBL Results?

  • Avoid sitting directly on your buttocks for at least 4 weeks. Use a special BBL pillow when sitting.
  • Avoid pressure on the injection sites to optimize fat survival. Sleep and lay on your side or stomach. If you had fat transferred to the hips, you should avoid sleeping on your side.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle with balanced meals and abstain from smoking for long-lasting results.
  • Wear a compression garment with your compression foam for at least 4 weeks for 24 hours. You can remove the garment to shower.

What Should I Do for Post-Operative Care?

Following Dr. Truong’s or Dr. Lin’s post operative instructions is crucial for optimal outcomes. These instructions are provided to you during your pre-operative visit.

How Much Fat Will Survive After a Skinny BBL?

While the exact survival rate of fat cells varies, approximately 60-70% of transferred fat should survive if direct pressure on the buttocks is avoided for at least 4 weeks.

How Long Will My Skinny BBL Results Last?

Your Skinny BBL results should remain stable if you maintain your weight, as the transferred fat behaves like other body fat, growing or shrinking with weight changes.

For detailed recovery guidelines after your Lipo360 & Brazilian Butt Lift surgery at Chicago Breast & Body Aesthetics, don’t hesitate to contact us or call our office at 312-846-1529 if you have any questions.

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