Recovery time for a Brazilian Butt Lift

Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery Time

Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery & Post-Procedure Tips From The Smith Surgery Specialists!

Everyone wants to feel comfortable in their own skin, and the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure is a popular cosmetic surgery that adds volume and shape to a patient’s backside, while remaining minimally invasive.

BBL results typically include a more volumptuous, skinny buttocks, and this process is possible through what’s referred to as a fat transfer. Adult patients of all ages from around Las Vegas and the entire country have come to our plastic surgery specialists to learn more about our BBL and buttock augmentation surgical options, and the results are truly stunning!

Dr. Lane Smith is a renowned plastic surgeon with decades of experience with the BBL surgery process, so we fully understand how this has become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in recent years. Brazilian Butt Lifts are also uniquely different from other butt augmentations, and below we’ll be detailing the recovery process and post-surgical care activities that patients need to keep in mind.

So, keep reading on to learn more about the healing process associated with Brazilian Butt Lifts!

What You Should Expect After A Brazilian Butt Lift 

There’s so much information about cosmetic procedures on the internet these days, which can sometimes make it difficult for prospective patients to get accurate information about procedures like facelifts, liposuction, tummy tucks, breast augmentation, and butt augmentations.

Just like with any cosmetic procedure, BBL surgery patients have to keep certain risks and concerns in mind while they’re deciding if they’re a good candidate. Our plastic surgeons will always run several health tests on each individual and validate other factors before giving the go-ahead for this type of treatment, and even if everything goes perfectly, patients should still expect some pain and discomfort in the days and weeks after the appointment.

Every BBL patient will surely love their new contoured hips and thighs that match perfectly with their new body appearance, but there still are a number of things that BBL patients need to keep in mind for their recovery. Some of the common side effects associated with the Brazilian Butt Lift include:


Your buttocks and other areas where liposuction occurred during your BBL surgery will undoubtedly feel a little bit swollen due to the extra inflammation and fluids being in these areas post-surgery. This type of pain is temporary, but our team will provide pain medication and soreness advice to help you make the most of your recovery time.

It’s also important to remember that this added pressure on your liposuctioned areas will make these places appear noticeably larger, but with time, the swelling will recede and your desired body contouring will reveal itself.

Fluid Draining 

It’s also normal for the liposuction areas to seem swollen in the first few days of the BBL recovery process, and this is because you’ll be experiencing an excessive amount of lymphatic fluid in your backside area. This lymphatic fluid can potentially impact your blood circulation, and this type of drainage will generally stop after a few days.

Numbness & Tenderness

It’s normal for BBL patients to experience a certain amount of discomfort during their recovery process, which can include swelling, tenderness, numbness, bruising, and other types of pain.

Our team will have your back just in case any complications arise, and our pain medications will keep you and your overall safety on the right track. A lot of people get turned off by this type of recovery activity when they ask us questions during their initial consultation appointment, but the good news is that the popularity of the Brazilian Butt Lift comes with good reasons.

You may need to rest for a little while, but the end result will undoubtedly make you look great, and potentially even change your life!


It’s also perfectly normal to notice some bruising around your stomach, hips, buttocks, and liposuction areas after a Brazilian Butt Lift, and this bruising can sometimes appear pretty serious.

Your bruising will actually get worse during the first few days of your BBL recovery process, but it’ll eventually disappear completely within a couple of weeks.

Understanding The BBL Recovery Timeline

Although each cosmetic surgery patient will have a different BBL recovery timeline based upon personal factors, the following is a brief overview detailing the typical recovery process for most cases:

Week 1

The first week of your BBL recovery is more than likely going to be the toughest. You’ll experience symptoms like bruising, numbness, soreness, and swelling in the buttocks region—and any of your treament’s other affected areas.

This type of discomfort will be tough for a few days, but it’ll get better by the end of the week. In addition, your fluid drainage will get much better during this week as well.

Weeks 2-6 

The vast majority of BBL patients will see significant improvements in their condition within the first 7-10 days of their recovery timeline, and most discomfort will be gone by about week 2 or 3.

You’ll also be able to resume your regular routines during this time, which includes more intense exercises by around week 4. During this period, you’ll also have to come into our office and visit Dr. Smith at least once for a follow-up appointment, which will entail us examining your wounds, implants, and grafting results.

Week 6 

By about six weeks, most BBL patients have fully recovered from their procedure. At this point, you’ll be noticing the full results of your procedure and seeing how much more contoured your backside has become. And although results may vary depending upon a patient’s age and other factors, you’ll likely see incredible improvements in your skin’s overall elasticity.

After about 6-8 months after your surgery, you’ll come in for another follow-up appointment to assess your treament’s final results.

Recovery Time for a Brazilian Butt Lift

BBL Recovery Tips 

Below are some tips and instructions to keep in mind as you’re recovering from your BBL surgery:

Don’t Sit On Your Butt 

Your body’s fat grafts are going to need time to stabilize after your Brazilian Butt Lift procedure, and this could take some time because they’ll need to be reintegrated into your blood supply.

During the first few days of your recovery, your body will naturally absorb about 40% of all your affected fat cells, and you’ll want to avoid sitting directly on your buttocks to prevent losing further fat cells.

Be sure to sit on a soft pillow and sleep on your side for the first few weeks of your recovery process.

Avoiding Strenuous Exercise & Lifting 

It’s crucial to give your body the rest it needs after your BBL treatment, which includes avoiding any strenuous activities for at least two weeks. Getting back to the gym too quickly can potentially impact your fat grafts, which could be detrimental to your final results.

However, it’s perfectly fine to take light walks and do easy exercises as your body starts to recover.

Wearing Compression Garments 

We’ll provide you with compression garments that you should wear after your surgery for about six weeks. These garments will play a vital role in your recovery, because they’ll apply pressure to your treatment areas.

They’ll also support your body contouring, and they’ll minimize your swelling.

Lymphatic Massages 

Lymphatic massages are very important after BBL surgery, because they encourage the body to drain lymph fluids that usually build up after this procedure. These massages will subsequently reduce any inflammation and swelling that a patient is experiencing.

It’s typically recommended to get about three lymphatic massages during your BBL recovery timeline.

Take Showers, No Baths 

You’ll be able to shower shortly after your procedure, but traditional bathing will have to be put off for several weeks. This is because you won’t want to place unnecessary pressure on your buttocks, so we recommend only showering during your BBL recovery.

Try To Stop Smoking 

In order to be a qualified candidate for a BBL, you’ll have to prove that you have optimal blood flow. That’s why patients should stop smoking for at least four weeks prior to their procedure, and they should refrain from smoking throughout the entirety of their recovery process as well.

Adopt A Healthy Diet 

A healthy diet is also important for the stabilization of your fat grafts, and you’ll want to make sure you’re adopting a nutrient-rich diet during your BBL recovery. This generally means that you should have a high-protein, low-carb diet during your recovery.

Foods like fruits and vegetables are great because they’re high in vitamins and natural sugars, and you’ll also need to stay focused on your hydration to avoid any post-surgery complications.

Contact The Smith Surgery Team To Learn More About The Brazilian Butt Lift! 

Smith Plastic Surgery is the leading cosmetic surgery facility in the Las Vegas metro area, and our team consists of the very best surgeons and assistants in the entire region.

We understand just how exciting it is to be considering a Brazilian Butt Lift in Las Vegas, and we’re here to answer your questions and guide you throughout the entirety of the treatment and recovery process.

Reach out to us online or give us a call at 702-838-2455 to get in touch with our team and schedule your consultation appointment with Dr. Smith today!