How Long Does It Take to Heal After a BBL?

Woman healed from brazilian butt lift

Brazilian butt lifts (BBL) are popular because they give you a natural-looking backside while avoiding the risk of infection. They enhance the shape of your buttocks and increase their size without using implants. You end up looking shapely in the right places.


What Does It Involve?


BBL involves the harvesting of fat from other areas of your body. These include the abdomen, hips, and thighs. Once the doctor harvests the fat, they purify it. After purification, they inject it into your buttocks to contour and enhance your features.


Sometimes, some of the fat cells do not survive, necessitating the injection of extra fat to account for the loss. Results will be evident after the swelling subsides and the new fat cells integrate. The procedure may result in a smaller waist if the fat comes from around that area.


BBL Recovery


Recovery from a BBL depends on the care you take after the surgery. It may take up to six months to see results. During this time, follow your doctor’s instructions closely. It will help you recover faster and get the results you want. If you do not follow instructions, you are likely to kill the new fat cells.


Each individual’s results are different. You will get an idea of what to expect from your doctor. Be realistic about your expectations and listen to your doctor. Also, take the necessary precautions. Here are some points to help you heal faster and easier.


After Surgery


During this time, you will experience bruising and swelling in the areas of liposuction. You will find it hard to move around. However, you must walk and move around since it helps with blood circulation. Otherwise, you may get a blood clot that may lead to other complications.


Walking and moving around will also help prevent constipation from the painkillers. Leaking of bloody fluid from incision points is normal. It is not a cause to worry or panic.


Use a Compression Garment


Get a compression garment and use it for eight weeks after the surgery. Wrap it around the areas of liposuction to help with the healing process. It should have a cutout for the buttocks to help prevent pressure on the new fat cells.


Do Not Sit


You should avoid sitting for those eight weeks. Use a pillow that looks like a donut if you need to sit. However, make sure that you consult your doctor on this before taking matters into your hands.




Your doctor will not allow you to sit for the first two weeks. You will need to lie on your stomach or your side. It will continue for the first eight weeks when you are sleeping. You need to do this even after the doctor allows you to sit. Continue until you completely heal.




You should not exert yourself too much in the first month. After that, you can get back to your lower-impact daily activities. Always check with your doctor before adding more activities.




The overall effects of the surgery may last several months or years. At first, you may need one procedure. However, your doctor may recommend follow-up procedures. Make sure your weight does not fluctuate to get the best possible outcome.


For more information on BBLs or to schedule a consultation, call Kenneth Bermudez, M.D, at (415) 712-1800 to reach our office in San Francisco, California.