The healing process after a brazilian butt lift

The healing process after a brazilian butt lift

19th Aug 2019



Do you want a sexy booty? You certainly deserve one! And now it is easy to get it with the help of plastic surgery! 

The new method used for buttock remodeling is called the Brazilian butt lift and aims to deliver impressive results in terms of the shape of the buttocks while also adding a moderate amount of volume. The Brazilian butt lift is very popular and commonly performed nowadays as it allows the patients to get rid of adipose tissue from areas where it is not wanted and move it to the buttocks. The procedure can make your waist smaller and the buttocks bigger, all with minimal risks involved and a rather short and painless recovery period.

The Brazilian butt lift is known as the only 100% natural method to lift, contour and even augment the buttocks. Even if it is performed by a plastic surgeon, the procedure doesn’t entail the use of silicone implants or other foreign products. It makes use of the patients own fat cells to reshape the buttocks.

In this article, we will discuss what the Brazilian butt lift entails, its benefits, and the healing process.


Getting a Brazilian butt lift

Getting a Brazilian butt lift to improve the appearance of your rear end will start with a pre-operative consultation with the plastic surgeon. He will perform a medical examination on the tissues of the buttocks but also look for areas of the body that can be treated with liposuction to harvest the necessary amount of fat to increase and reshape the buttocks. To be an eligible candidate for the Brazilian butt lift, you need to have a significant deposit of adipose tissue in one or multiple areas of the body. This can sometimes mean that the patient is advised to gain weight to be able to undergo the procedure. Generally speaking, if you don’t have enough fat in your body, the plastic surgeon might advise you to gain about ten pounds to be a good candidate. 

There are few contraindications for the Brazilian butt lift, but like most plastic surgery procedures, the patient should be in top health and emotional condition and fully aware of the risks and potential complications. Also, it is crucial for the success of the procedure and the wellbeing of the patient for her to know exactly how the healing process goes after a Brazilian butt lift and what is to be expected during this time.

To better understand what the healing process entails, we should have a look at how the procedure is performed. 


Brazilian butt lift: Surgical approach

To put it in just a few words, the Brazilian butt lift entails harvesting fat from areas where it is in excess, processing it, and injecting it into the buttocks to add more volume, make it rounder, and create a natural lifting effect. 

The main benefit of undergoing a Brazilian butt lift is the sculpting of the body. The patient not only gets rounder, more alluring buttocks, but curves in all the right places and a smaller waist.

The first step of the surgical plan of the Brazilian butt lift entails the removal of the excess of fat from donor areas. This means that the plastic surgeon will make small incisions and insert the liposuction cannula in areas such as the abdomen and the flanks to collect the fat. After the fat is dislodged and suctioned into the medical vacuum device connected to the cannula, the plastic surgeon will suture the incisions made for liposuction. The fat that was extracted from the body can’t be reinjected into the buttocks as it is; it needs to go through a complex purification process that entails centrifugation. After this, the damaged cells, blood, and other impurities are eliminated from the mix and only the healthy and pure fat cells are left to be used for the grafting to the buttocks. 

The last part of the surgical plan is the fat transfer to the buttocks. Once again, the plastic surgeon will make small incisions to introduce a special syringe that will inject fat in your rear end. Multiple injections are performed to transform and enhance the appearance of the booty, but also to ensure not too much fat is placed in one area as this could lead to the death of the fat cells. After the fat is injected, the incisions are again sutured, dressings are applied over the operated areas, and the patient is ready to be moved to the recovery room. 


Healing process after a Brazilian butt lift

The results of the Brazilian butt lift will be fully visible at least after three months. During this time, the butt will go through a healing process and different side effects can be experienced. Immediately after the surgery, the buttocks will be swollen and bruised, and this is also valid for the areas treated with liposuction. Pain and discomfort can occur during the first few days post-op, and the plastic surgeon will prescribe medication for pain management that you should take according to the doctor’s orders. Sleeping can be difficult after the Brazilian butt lift as it is mandatory to avoid sleeping or lying on the back so as not to damage the fat cells that were transferred. The cells that are transferred into the buttocks need to get a new blood network that will ensure their survival. Otherwise, they might die and be reabsorbed by the body. Also, keep in mind that a certain percentage that can be even as high as 30% of the fat cells injected will be reabsorbed by the body in the first two months post-op. The good news is that after the fat cells develop a blood network, they will remain in the buttocks indefinitely and behave just like normal fat cells of the butt. This means that the cells won’t disappear in time, but the round and appealing appearance of the buttocks can be affected if weight loss or weight gain occurs as the volume of the fat cells will change accordingly. 

Compression garments can make the recovery period after the Brazilian butt lift more comfortable and also speed up the healing as they play an important role in reducing the post-op swelling and inflammation. 

The discomfort associated with undergoing a Brazilian butt lift is mostly about the logistics of sitting and lying down and less about the pain involved in the healing process. Patients should not sit directly on the buttocks for at least three weeks post-op. The plastic surgeon will recommend getting a special post-op pillow that is to be used under the hamstrings and not directly under the buttocks. 

The healing process is often complete after three months, but it can depend from patient to patient and whether complications occur. The procedure is associated with a low risk of developing complications, but patients are still advised to avoid intense physical activities shortly after the procedure and to pay attention to any signs of infection that can occur within the first few days post-op. 

Follow-up consultations will be scheduled with the plastic surgeon a few days after the procedure, a week later, during the first month, and three months post-op. Make sure to attend the follow-up consultation to allow the plastic surgeon to assess how the healing process is going and diagnose early potential complications that can occur.



The Brazilian butt lift can sculpt the body and change the silhouette of the patient by a redistribution of fat. The procedure is a dream come true for patients confronted with unwanted fat pockets on the midline and a small or saggy butt. During the procedure, the fat is collected from areas where it is in excess and grafted into the buttocks. The results after the Brazilian butt lift can be nothing short of spectacular. However, patients interested in undergoing the procedure should also be aware of what the healing process entails before scheduling their procedure. There are certain side effects that naturally occur such as bruising and swelling that affect not only the rear end but also the areas treated with liposuction to collect the fat.

The healing process after a Brazilian butt lift takes no longer than three months to be completed, with the side effects fading on their own during the first few weeks post-op. Expect for a certain amount of the fat transferred to be reabsorbed by the body during the first two months post-op. 


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