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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!

How Long Until You Can Sit Again After A BBL?

We have no doubts that a Brazilian Butt Lift is a life-changing cosmetic procedure. In this surgery, your plastic surgeon removes fat tissue from areas that tend to be in excess (like love handles, lower abdomen, and hips) and injects it into your buttocks to obtain a curvy figure. Doesn’t it sound like a dream come true?

BBL involves two procedures that are carried out in the same session. First, you have the fat tissue removed with liposuction techniques. Then, you receive the autologous fat transfer through a number of injections. Although it may sound simple, it is still an invasive procedure that requires some downtime, and you will need to follow post-op instructions for a few weeks.

Of all the after-care instructions, the most specific one is being unable to sit down after the BBL. This indication should be considered carefully before going through the procedure, as you will need to plan in which positions you will spend your recovery time and how you deal with activities as simple as working or commuting. 

Why Can’t I Sit After a Brazilian Butt Lift?

As incredible as it may sound, sitting too soon after a Brazilian Butt Lift can alter your new figure. The fat graft injected is delicate during the first few weeks, as the brand-new fat cells need to settle to receive blood supply from the vessels of the area. Too much pressure can affect this process and modify the final results by destroying the fat cells before they are

How Long Do I Need to Wait to Sit After BBL?

In most cases, you will be able to sit down after 2 to 3 weeks. Still, many surgeons agree that waiting at least 4 weeks is better to ensure optimal results.

What Can I Do in the Meantime?

If you need to sit down for any reason, you can do it for 10 or 15 minutes, but ideally, you will try to either lie on your belly or remain standing until the graft is completely healed. However, we understand that this might represent an inconvenience, so we propose three alternative sitting positions that you might find helpful:

  • Use a pillow: you can keep pressure off your buttocks by placing a pillow on the chair or seat. Cylindrical pillows are the best alternative when you need to sit down for specific activities like driving.
  • Sit on your thighs: you can also try sitting on your thighs while leaving your butt suspended in the air. You can try using a bench or simply placing a cushion under your thighs.
  • Sit backward: the third alternative is to sit in a backward chair position. You only need a chair with no armchairs for this technique – just sit down, face the chair’s back, and place your legs on either side. In the final position, your butt will also stay off the chair, and the pressure will once again be on your thighs.

Brazilian Butt Lift in Newport Beach & La Jolla, Ca

Do you want to learn more about one of the most desired cosmetic surgeries? Please get in touch with our front desk team at Tim Sayed MD Plastic Surgeon. They will schedule a consultation with our board-certified surgeon at your earliest convenience!

Plastic Surgery Can Help You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions—Here’s How!

The beginning of the new year is a time for new beginning, resolutions to follow for the rest of the year, and a time to focus on becoming the best version of yourself. Whether you want to reverse the hands of time by smoothing out wrinkles or work on having a body that makes you feel sexy and confident when you gaze in the mirror, the new year is a fantastic time to start working towards these goals. While hard work, consistency, and discipline can get you far on your road to success, plastic surgery may accelerate your progress and help you reach your goals faster.

At Dr. Tim Sayed’s beautiful boutique, he practices state-of-the-art cosmetic surgeries and assists his patients with a wide range of aesthetic needs. From plastic surgery procedures, skin care, nonsurgical treatments, and more, Dr. Sayed can help you reach your New Year’s goals. Here are a few ways how:

Rejuvenate Your Face

Plastic surgery can help rewind time by repositioning the skin back to its youthful placement on the face. If smoothing out lines and wrinkles is on your New Year’s resolution list, injectable treatments such as Botox® or Dermal Fillers can make drooping, sallow features look vibrant and fresh again. It can be really discouraging not to look as young as you feel, especially when it comes to facial features because we constantly express emotions and communicate with others. Don’t go into another year feeling self-conscious about the lines and creases on your face. Put your best face forward in the New Year with one of these nonsurgical treatments!

Boost Your Body Confidence

If your New Year’s resolution is to finally have the body of your dreams, but you’re not getting the results you want with diet and exercise alone, body contouring procedures can help boost your body confidence for years to come. Body procedures like:

Liposuction is a popular procedure because of its ability to reduce excessive fat in troublesome body locations and improve the contour and shape of the body. While not meant as an alternate to weight loss, liposuction makes a great companion to an active diet and exercise plan to improve your physique.

Brazilian Butt Lift is the procedure to pursue if you want to skip hours spent in the gym doing hundreds of squats that do little but strain your knees and inhibit you from walking the next day. Dr. Sayed offers two techniques when it comes to a Brazilian Butt Lift: gluteal implants and fat transfer, which uses fat harvested from a secondary location on your body to shape and define your buttocks.

The Tummy Tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a great procedure for those who have recently lost a significant amount of weight or have had a baby and are now experiencing loose, sagging skin on the abdomen. A tummy tuck can help condition, tone, and flatten the abdomen so you can really reap the rewards of your hard work.

To learn more about these procedures to help you reach your New Year’s resolution goals, don’t hesitate to call Dr. Tim Sayed at (858) 247-2933 or contact us through our convenient website to schedule your personalized consultation with Dr. Sayed today!

Exercising after the Brazilian Butt Lift: Do’s and Don’ts

A large, full buttocks is highly desirable, but not something you can achieve at the gym. Either you’re born with one or you’ll need cosmetic surgery to achieve those shapely curves. Brazilian butt lifts are a great way to enhance natural curves without having to turn to implants. During the procedure, fat is removed via liposuction from one part of the body and re-injected into the derriere. 

While you can’t achieve a full and rounded buttocks with exercise alone, after surgery you can enhance your results by hitting the gym. Check out our guide to the do’s and don’ts of working out after a BBL.

Do: Go for Gluteal Intensive Exercises

What do squats, lunges, and HITT training all have in common? Each of these workout varieties focus heavily on building muscle mass in the buttocks. Once you’ve been given the green light to work out, try to build a workout routine that includes muscle building movements that enhance your new curves. 

Don’t: Immediately Go to the Highest Weight Possible

While BBLs are designed to be less invasive than other buttock enhancement procedures, the two-step process can still be physically taxing on your body. Gradually work your way up to intensive workouts. Start with gentle walks around the neighborhood each day after surgery. As the days progress, go a little further and increase your pace to get your body back in the swing of physical exertion and to promote healthy circulation. Once you’ve been cleared for weightlifting, start off light and work your way back up to your pre-surgery gains. 

Easy does it. Slowly returning to exercise prevents injuries. 

Don’t: Jump Back into Fat Burning

Burning fat shrinks fall cells, and when fat is the basis for your new curves, this can spell disaster for your results. Great results from BBLs depend on being able to maintain fat cell size in the months following surgery. We recommend that patients achieve their goal-weight, or close to it, before surgery. Other counterproductive exercises include cross-fit, cycling, and other exercises where you’re sitting.

After a BBL, fat loss can mean booty loss. 

Do: Eat!

If you have a hard time staying away from the elliptical or fitness bootcamp, not to worry – a balanced diet with plenty of calories can help offset any potential fat burning you may be inadvertently doing. As you get back into a workout routine, we recommend working with a personal trainer to create a meal plan strategy that keeps you healthy without compromising your results. 

Learn More from Our San Diego Plastic Surgeon

With the right long-term strategy, the results of your Brazilian butt lift can last years and even improve over time. At Dr. Tim Sayed’s offices in Newport Beach and La Jolla, our specialist plastic surgeon focuses on helping patients build long-term treatment plans that extend beyond surgery to ensure long-lasting results. Learn more about buttock augmentation in San Diego at your personalized consultation with Dr. Sayed.

Get Ready to Say I Do with These Treatments and Procedures

bridal pre-wedding cosmetic procedures

Now that spring is here; wedding season is just around the corner. With countless brides and grooms preparing their dream wedding, thinking about your self-care and looks can quickly fall to the wayside. Rather than waiting until the last minute, consider adding these treatments and procedures into your wedding prep plans and feel confident when you walk down the aisle.

Cosmetic Treatments

Preparing for your wedding day is a stressful experience. Late nights pulling together guests lists and the emotional toll of dealing with relatives can quickly take a toll on any one’s appearance. The last things you need to be worrying about are new wrinkles or dull-looking skin in photos on your big day. Instead, consider adding these minimally-invasive, non-surgical treatments to your pre-wedding regimen and enjoy your special day worry free.


While Botox® is often associated with anti-aging skincare routines, this injectable can be a valuable addition for patients at any age. The treatment temporarily paralyzes muscle-caused wrinkles from deepening and helps smooth existing wrinkles and fine lines across the patient’s face. When applied as a preventive treatment against aging, Botox® can even help slow down the overall aging process, helping the patient enjoy smoother skin longer.


Dermal fillers are another popular pre-wedding treatment, particularly for women looking to add a little more volume to their appearance before they head down the aisle. For some, this may mean adding a small amount of filler to lips to create the perfect pout, while others may choose to use dermal fillers to lift sagging cheeks and fill in hollows.

Surgical Solutions

Have more time to prepare for your big day? For many brides and grooms, an upcoming wedding day can be a huge motivator to finally shed stubborn weight and make much-needed changes to their diet and exercise habits. After working hard in the gym and reaching your goal weight, some patients may opt for surgical procedures that showcase their efforts and help them finally reach their ideal body shape.

Some of the most popular pre-wedding minimally-invasive surgical procedures fall under the category of “body sculpting” – treatments that help patients add definition to their figures and gain extra confidence in their figure. These include:

Brazilian Butt Lift:

One of the most popular procedures available, Brazilian Butt Lifts (BBLs) use fat tissue from other parts of your body and add it to your rear, adding an extra lift to sagging behinds. Less invasive than traditional butt implants, BBLs are an excellent option for enhancing curves and redistributing unwanted fat cells elsewhere on your body.


Another popular plastic surgery procedure, liposuction allows patients to remove stubborn fat cells permanently. As the procedure uses an extremely small cannula to remove excess fat cells, the entire treatment is minimally invasive, shrinking down recovery time for patients.

Hi-Def Liposculpture

For some, pre-wedding preparation includes adding definition and sculpting the perfect body. Where liposuction helps smooth out unwanted lumps, hi-def liposculpture uses a combination of ultrasonic vibrations and liposuction to remove fat covering muscle groups and add much-desired definition. Generally recommended for individuals who are already in excellent shape, this procedure is especially popular among men who want to highlight their hard work in the gym and look their absolute best before heading down the aisle and off on their honeymoon.

Say I Do – Contact our Plastic Surgery Offices in San Diego and Newport Beach

Your wedding day is one you’ll remember forever and deserve to enjoy. Planning cosmetic treatments ahead of time can ensure you get the enjoy the day to its fullest, without stressing about what future photos will look like. At Tim Sayed MD, our goal is to help patients enhance their natural beauty with cosmetic non-invasive and surgical treatments. Call and schedule your consultation today!

Brazilian Butt Lift Safety: How to Ensure Beautiful Results Safely

In recent years, Brazilian butt lifts have grown dramatically in their popularity. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of glutoplasties performed jumped 10% between 2016 to 2017, and current projections suggest the procedure will continue to grow. For patients, the opportunity to remove stubborn fat cells from one part of the body to the derriere can help them achieve two goals with only one trip to the operating room. However, a warning from the same Board suggests that this procedure carries a much higher mortality rate than other procedures.

What is the Risk Associated with Brazilian Butt Lift?

Pulmonary fat embolisms (PFEs) or fatal fat embolisms occur when the pulmonary veins are blocked due to fat particles. Usually, the result of widespread trauma such as a broken leg, these obstructions prevent blood from traveling to the heart for oxygenation and can travel through the veins to the heart, blocking the arteries. During a Brazilian butt lift, fatal fat embolisms are caused when the cannula delivering transplanted fat cells injures a vein or directly injects the adipose tissue into the vein. This can happen if a surgeon injects too deeply or accidentally nicks a vein.

Stay Safe During Your Butt Lift with These Tips

In addition to the risk of fatal fat embolism, Brazilian butt lifts also present other risks associated with surgery. Anesthesia risks, poor healing, and infection can all compromise your health and results. With these complications in mind, it’s important to be picky about who you visit for your surgery.

When choosing your Brazilian butt lift plastic surgeon, be sure to look for the following:

Board Certification

Only board-certified plastic surgeons like Dr. Sayed have undergone the extensive training required to successfully perform any cosmetic procedure. For high-risk procedures like butt lifts, having the expertise of a peer-reviewed, highly qualified professional is especially important. These individuals are highly trained to identify risks and treat them before they can compromise your surgical results and life.

Do Your Research

There is nothing wrong with vetting multiple plastic surgeons during the initial stages of your surgical journey. It is an incredibly important step in verifying that you have all the information necessary to choose the right procedure and practice. While looking for your plastic surgeon, be sure to ask about the risks, what you can expect from the surgery and recovery, and about the benefits of the butt lift. A good plastic surgeon will help you understand what realistic results will look like for your unique scenario.

Choose an Accredited Facility

While the Brazilian butt lifts may be marketed as an easy, minimally invasive way of achieving great curves, the procedure is still surgery that requires anesthesia. Choosing a facility that has a strong reputation for excellence and has the support staff in case something goes wrong will provide you with the peace of mind that you’re in safe hands at every step of the treatment process.

Have Questions? Call our San Diego and Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon

At Tim Sayed MS MBA FACS Plastic Surgery, your safety is our utmost priority. Whether your upcoming procedure is non-invasive or includes full surgery, Dr. Sayed and his team take all necessary precautions before, during, and after your treatment. Our goal is to educate patients on their options as well as the health risks or concerns that may be associated with any procedure. During your consultation, we discuss at length your medical history to ensure your safety throughout the procedural process. If you have any questions regarding your upcoming visit, we encourage you to call our team. By putting your safety first, Dr. Sayed is able to provide patients with beautiful, long-lasting results.