Florence Mussat, M.D.
680 N Lake Shore Dr. #1030 Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 751-9000


How Long Before You Can Sit After a BBL?

Brazilian butt lifts are trending in cosmetic medicine, driven by curvy celebrities like Kim Kardashian. And now that the weather is warming, it’s time for your figure to heat up in your favorite swimsuit, shorts, or tight jeans.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Florence Mussat and her exceptional staff are proud to offer the innovative and exciting Brazilian butt lift in Chicago for women interested in displaying an hourglass figure with a fabulous backside.

If you’re considering this body-sculpting procedure to firm up your rear for the long term, you should have a good grasp of the process and the restrictions you can expect during the healing process.

What Happens During the Initial Recovery?

Immediately after your BBL surgery, expect bruising and swelling in the donor site where Dr. Mussat harvested the necessary fat to inject into your buttocks. While you can manage any discomfort with prescription pain meds, for safety reasons, please limit your use of these potentially risky drugs in favor of over-the-counter painkillers.

Though everyone recovers differently from the operation, most people feel well enough to take light walks within a day or two after surgery. This gentle activity can aid your healing process by stimulating your circulatory system.

The Benefits of Wearing a Compression Garment

After BBL, Dr. Mussat will fit you with a compression garment to support your new contours, minimize swelling, decrease pain, and allow your skin to contract. She will recommend you wear the surgical attire for eight weeks, so the donor and recipient areas heal correctly. The compression garment will likely have the rear end cut out to allow more fat grafts to survive.

No Butts About Sitting Down

One of the most crucial recovery tips regarding Brazilian butt lift surgery is not sitting or lying directly on your buttocks for eight weeks after surgery. The goal is to avoid affecting blood circulation, which could destroy the newly transferred fat cells.

Instead, Dr. Mussat advises you to sleep on your stomach or side. If you must sit, use an inflatable doughnut-shaped pillow. Placing the pillow behind your legs helps you avoid putting pressure on the fat graft by lifting the buttocks.

Even if you are careful not to put weight on your buttocks, 40% of the transferred fat still may not survive. Therefore, after eight weeks of recovery, continue to use a cushion and avoid sitting for prolonged periods, and don’t sleep on your back for the same timeframe.

When Can You Resume Everyday Activities?

Immediately following your BBL surgery, please avoid high-impact activities that include heavy lifting. After a month, you can resume light activities, such as fast-paced walking. Depending on how well you respond to your butt lift surgery, you can return to your typical routine six to eight weeks after surgery.

After the fat cells stabilize, you can resume more strenuous activities, as you should be capable of withstanding the impact of fat-burning exercises like jogging or running. You must follow all Dr. Mussat’s post-operative instructions to help ensure the outcome results for a pleasing contour.

Your Brazilian Butt Lift in Chicago

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Mussat and be another step closer to experiencing the transformative effects of a Brazilian butt lift, contact our Chicago office online or call (312) 751-9000 today.