FAQ: Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery Explained

As you consider a Brazilian butt lift, you are sure to wonder what your recovery period will be like. In fact, some of the most frequently asked questions at our Chapel Hill practice have to do with recovery of this buttocks enhancement surgery. It is important to understand what to expect during your recovery, as well as what you can do to ensure the best possible results from your Brazilian butt lift.

What Can I Expect from My Recovery?

While most patients find that they are able to get up and move around a day or two after surgery, you must remain cautious for the next one to two months. Swelling, bruising, and tenderness will gradually subside as time passes. Most importantly, you will want to avoid putting pressure on the newly implanted cells for at four weeks. Sitting should be avoided (more on that in a minute), and other activities including bouncing, stretching, and squatting are also not advised.

Wait… I can’t sit?

Recovering from a Brazilian Butt Lift is a bit more limiting than other surgical procedures. Placing pressure on the fat can affect blood circulation to the area, and this reduced circulation can destroy the transferred fat. In order to protect the implanted fat cells, sitting directly on your buttocks should be avoided for at least eight weeks. Even after this, you will want to be careful and sit as little possible. Sit for short, ten minute intervals and use a donut pillow or place a pillow behind your legs to relay some of the pressure from your backside. Don’t forget about sleeping—make sure to sleep on your side or stomach.

What Am I Able to Do During My Recovery?

Take it easy! Depending on how well your body responds, you should be able to return to most of your normal activities after six to eight weeks. You will want to give the fat cells enough time to stabilize and root-in. Start slowly, pay attention to your body, and most importantly, follow all of the post-operative instructions that we have provided.

Will I Have to Wear Anything Special During My Recovery?

We recommend that our patients wear some sort of support garment during the initial stages of their recovery. A low compression garment is very helpful because it helps prevent tissue swelling. Don’t worry, the pressure is not nearly enough to damage the transplanted fat cells or hinder circulation. Our team at UNC Aesthetic & Laser Center will make every effort to ensure that your recovery goes as smoothly as possible. Please reach out to us if you have any questions!