Can You Sit Down After a Butt Lift? By Joseph M. Brown, MD, FACS on March 17, 2022

Can you sit down after a butt lift? A Brazilian butt lift is a serious medical procedure that requires specific post-operative care. In order to best protect your results, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons suggests that patients should avoid sitting directly on their buttocks for eight weeks after surgery.

Patients are typically advised to avoid putting pressure on the area entirely. That generally means that you will need to be able to rest on your front or your side.

Can You Sit Down After a Butt Lift?

If you really must sit at some point during your post-operative recovery, your cosmetic surgeon in the Tampa Bay area will suggest using a specific donut pillow to prevent direct pressure. Keep in mind that this is not ideal, and it is better to avoid sitting entirely.

How Is a Brazilian Butt Lift Done?

A Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is a cosmetic procedure that removes fat from undesirable areas of the body, usually the abdomen, and reinjects them into the buttocks.

When done properly a BBL can make the patient appear slimmer around the middle while giving their backside a more pronounced curve. The overall effect is a more voluptuous figure.

Is a Brazilian Butt Lift Safe?

The procedure does have serious potential risks. However, it is generally considered safe when handled by a board-certified plastic surgeon in a sterile medical environment.

Your surgeon will go over specific risks with you prior to surgery, and feel free to ask questions. How often they perform the surgery and how often they encounter complications are great places to start.

Asking about their surgical track record with this procedure can help you to contextualize potential risks and give you peace of mind.

Recovering from a Brazilian Butt Lift

A BBL doesn’t require major incision sites, but it is a major procedure. It generally takes patients 6-8 weeks to heal to a point where they can resume normal activities. With that said there are multiple phases to recovery, so it’s not as though you will be bed-ridden for two months.

Immediately After Surgery

Surgery stresses the body. You’re likely to experience fatigue as well as discomfort in the initial days following surgery. Make sure you have a support person ready to take over domestic duties and take a few weeks off work if that applies.

During those first days, you’ll want to rest a lot, but you can’t sleep on your back. Most patients find that strategically placing pillows on either side of their body prevents them from moving onto their back in their sleep.

You will go home in a compression garment that supports the areas where liposuction was performed. It’s vital to keep the compression garment in place as much as possible.

You may also notice some draining from small incision sites. Talk to your surgeon to understand how to distinguish healthy drainage from signs of infection.

After One Month

About a month after getting your Brazilian butt lift in Tampa, you will be able to resume light activity. Walking is a great way to transition back into a more active lifestyle.

During this period you will still need to avoid doing any activity that requires bouncing. You will still need to avoid sitting as well. It’s annoying, but it’s the best way to ensure that you will retain as much fat in your buttocks as possible.

After Two Months

Between six and eight weeks after surgery you will meet with your surgeon for another post-operative visit. Depending on their evaluation, you may be able to resume normal activities at this point.

If your surgeon suggests taking it easy for a little while longer then you may have to wait a few more weeks. It’s the best choice for your general health and your cosmetic results.

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Plastic Surgery

A board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Joseph M. Brown strives to provide patients with transformative, yet natural results in a safe and comfortable environment. When you choose him as your provider, he will develop a patient-doctor relationship based on honesty, trust, and a clear understanding of a common goal. He is affiliated with organizations such as the:

  • American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
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  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Surgeons

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