March 02, 2020 4 min read

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Brazilian Butt Lifts, or BBL, are fast becoming one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries to enhance the body.  As with any operation, achieving optimal results are partially dependent on how well you take care of yourself during the recovery process. For an improved, more comfortable post-surgery experience, follow these Brazilian Butt Lift recovery tips.

Know Your Symptoms

Information is one of the best tools to have in your recovery journey arsenal. When you know what to expect, post-surgical preparation becomes less intimidating and easier to tackle. Before your procedure, be sure to discuss the most common symptoms of a Brazilian Butt Lift with your doctor. These may include expected levels of bruising, swelling, and discomfort around the areas of fat removal and placement, as well as drainage from incision sites.

Manage Pain

Pain or discomfort is a side effect of any surgery, but if you know what to expect and how to prepare, it becomes much easier to manage. Your doctor may provide you with prescription pain medication, in which case it’s important to follow all directions when taking it. It’s also vital to let your doctor know of any medications you’re currently taking, including any over-the-counter pills. If you don’t have prescription medication, over-the-counter painkillers may be an option and should be discussed with your doctor prior to use.

Get Plenty of Rest

Surgery is an ordeal for your body, and as such, it’s important to get plenty of rest throughout your recovery process. This can be tricky after a Brazilian Butt Lift, as you’ll want to avoid sitting or lying on your backside and putting pressure on the surgical site. Some patients find it more comfortable to rest on their stomach or side. Dress in loose clothes that won’t irritate your incisions and consider investing in pillows that support your body and protect the surgical sites. If your doctor recommends a post-surgical compression garment, this may also provide support during recovery, aiding in a more comfortable rest. Before the surgery, prepare your bedside with pillows, water, medicine, and anything else you’ll need for the first day or so after the procedure. This way everything is ready for you in one easily accessible place. If you are having trouble sleeping after your surgery, be sure to consult with your doctor about possible causes and solutions.

Compression Garments

Your doctor might prescribe you a compression garment after BBL surgery. These compression garments can be beneficial for many different parts of your recovery process. They work to reduce swelling and bruising and ensure comfort around the surgical site. Compression garments help support your skin and help your body recover properly. The type of garment you need and how long you wear it varies depending on the procedure. For the first few days after surgery, you may need to wear your compression garment all day. Talk to your doctor about how and when to wear your compression garment and follow their instructions throughout your entire recovery process.

Avoid Sitting

Of all the Brazilian Butt Lift recovery tips, the most important is to avoid putting any kind of pressure or force on the surgical site. This means no sitting or lying down on your back. The transplanted fat cells need time to heal and solidify and putting pressure on them can slow down or damage that process. To avoid doing this, you’ll need to rest on your stomach or side and avoid sitting down for at least a couple of weeks, or however long your doctor may advise. When you return to work, use a standing desk if you can, or use a special pillow designed for after a BBL surgery. These assist in dispersing weight and keeping pressure from the surgical site. Taking care of the surgical site in this way aids in maintaining optimal results and preventing complications during recovery.

Listen to Your Doctor

As with any type of surgery, it’s extremely important to listen to your doctor every step of the way. Be sure to attend any follow-up appointments after the surgery. Carefully read any information or brochures you receive before and after the procedure, including recovery tips, medications, and any information you receive during your follow-up appointments. If you have any questions about the operation or your recovery process, don’t hesitate to ask. Communicating with your doctor and following their recommendations for rest and care is the key to an optimal recovery. 


During the first few days after surgery, avoid any strenuous activity. As your initial symptoms subside, and your doctor approves light activity it’s important to introduce your body to some light exercise. Walking and stretching are two ways to improve your circulation and avoid blood clots, but avoid any sort of intense workouts to prevent damage to the surgical site. Be sure to talk to your doctor about when you can start exercising and what activities you can begin to incorporate.

Diet and Hydration

Supporting a strong immune system and healthy energy levels can prevent complications and make your recovery process more comfortable. Fueling your body with nutrient-dense foods and staying hydrated is especially important after surgery. Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol after your surgery and ask your doctor before re-introducing those items back into your routine. As with most things, your doctor will be able to answer your questions about this and any other post-operation concerns.

Avoid Swimming and Bathing

Due to the post-surgery incisions, you will likely need to avoid water for a certain period of time. Soaking in the bath or hot tub may sound nice, especially if you’re experiencing discomfort after the operation; however, getting wet before the surgical site fully heals can lead to weakened incisions or infections. Consult with your doctor about when you can shower or bathe as well as how to keep the incision clean and dry in the meantime.

Have Patience

Though it may be hard, one of the most important things you can do after your Brazilian Butt Lift surgery is to remain patient. Give your body the time it needs to heal comfortably and properly. Taking care of yourself during this time will support optimal results after surgery.

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