Recovering from a Brazilian Butt Lift – An Expert’s Take


Recovering from a Brazilian Butt Lift

Brazilian butt lifts are one of the trendiest plastic surgical procedures these days. This treatment, technically known as fat transfer gluteal augmentation, improves the proportions of your entire lower body. It enhances the shape and contour of your buttocks, hips, abdomen, waistline, and love handles to obtain the desirable hourglass body shape and a scooped-out and rounded gluteal shelf.

Unlike other similar alternatives, this treatment doesn’t use foreign substances or implant devices. The Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is an autologous fat transfer, which means that the doctor uses your own body fat to remodel your contours. Through liposuction techniques, a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Tim Sayed harvests fat tissue from areas that might be in excess (typically lower belly, hips, and love handles) and injects it into your buttocks to improve the shape, texture, and overall appearance.

This cosmetic procedure transforms patients’ lives, so we can assure you are not the only one thinking of making a consultation. However, you should consider that BBL requires some downtime, and you will have some restrictions during recovery time – just like after any other surgical procedure.

Brazilian Buttock Lift – Surgery Day

This type of gluteal augmentation is an outpatient procedure, which means that you can leave the facilities the same day you undergo surgery. The surgical intervention takes up to four hours, and then you will need to stay an hour or so more in the post-op room as you are closely monitored by the nursing staff. When you meet criteria in recovery, you will be discharged and taken home by a friend, family member, or companion.

Can I Get in Touch with Dr. Sayed After the Procedure?

Absolutely. You will be given a 24-hour phone number to reach Dr. Sayed in case of emergencies. We also invite our patients or caregivers to download a patient engagement app that allows you to send messages, photos, and videos so that we can ensure you are doing fine during recovery.

What to Expect During the Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery

Once you are back home, BBL recovery time starts. During the first few days, you will experience discomfort in the surgical areas, muscle cramping, bruising, swelling, and numbness in the skin. Some patients have also reported mild nausea. Dr. Sayed will prescribe medications to ease those symptoms, which will eventually resolve on their own. During this week, you may also have drains which will later be removed in the office. You will need to start walking immediately and frequently, and might have special boots put on your legs to enhance circulation in the early recovery. Hydration, protein intake, Vitamin C and other nutritional choices may accelerate your healing. Lymphatic massage treatments are often recommended to try to improve skin retraction, reduce swelling, mobilize fluids, and improve the overall shaping. We ask that you offload the buttocks from pressure in the first 10-14 days, which means using special “booty pillows” and standing frequently, and avoiding sitting for lengthy periods.

After about two weeks, you will be able to be in a seated position and resume your social life, work, and driving. A week after (3 weeks from surgery), you will gradually start exercising again. You will also be asked to wear a surgical garment for about 2-3 months to help reduce swelling.

Enhance Your Body Shape with BBL at Dr. Sayed MD Plastic Surgery

Please contact our offices in Newport Beach, CA, and La Jolla, CA, with any BBL questions and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sayed. He will be happy to assess you and explain the procedure and post-op recovery in detail during your personalized consultation!