How Long Will BBL Surgery Recovery Take?

For many women seeking a more attractive bottom, the length of the BBL surgery recovery period is a common concern. Any kind of surgery has its own recovery period, and it’s natural to expect some downtime. However, after a BBL, you cannot sit directly on your buttocks. Therefore, it’s essential to know how long that downtime will be so you can prepare.

What Does The BBL Involve?

The BBL surgery uses the autologous fat transfer process. It’s a procedure that removes fat from one body part and then uses it for enhancing and reshaping the buttocks. Usually, the surgeon takes fat from the hips, thighs, back, or abdomen. They then process the fat, so it is ready for transfer. They then reinject the fat into the buttocks through tiny incisions. Grafting of the fat takes place in layers at several levels. That ensures the fatty tissue deposits are linear and smooth. During the recovery process, the fat reshapes and augments the buttocks. The recovery time is around six to eight weeks.

The Importance Of Taking Good Care Of Yourself During Recovery

The way you look after yourself following your BBL surgery has a significant impact on your outcome. Rushing the process can be counterproductive and may result in a poor outcome. You need to take sufficient time off work and be sure you have prepared your home correctly for your return. You must be prepared to follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully too. If you fail to do this, you could find your results aren’t what you hoped for.

Important Considerations During Recovery

The most important thing after a BBL is to avoid sitting or lying directly on your bottom. You should ensure you have an inflatable donut pillow to take the weight off your buttocks. You will need to use it for around eight weeks. You must also stay well hydrated and eat a nutritious, low fat, low-sugar diet. Avoiding smoking and drinking alcohol is also essential. Furthermore, you mustn’t swim or bathe until your surgeon tells you it’s safe.

What To Expect Immediately After Surgery

In the immediate period after surgery, you can expect the following:

In the immediate period after surgery, you can expect the following:

  • You need someone to take you home and help around the house for a few days.
  • You’ll experience swelling, bruising, soreness, and some numbness.
  • You should get plenty of rest, but also take some short walks.
  • You should sleep on your stomach or side.
  • You should use the donut pillow whenever sitting to keep the pressure on your posterior thighs.
  • You must wear your compression garment as prescribed.

Weeks 2 – 5

After a couple of weeks, you will see improvements. It’s still important to follow your surgeon’s advice, though.

  • Tenderness and pain will subside, but swelling may still be present.
  • You must still avoid sitting without the donut pillow.
  • Avoid any heavy lifting but continue to take walks and do gentle exercise.

Weeks 6 – 8

By weeks 6-8, you should recover fully.

  • You probably will have no more pain or discomfort.
  • You may be able to resume lower body exercises.
  • You should see visible results.

Remember, every patient is different and heals at different rates. Also, up to 40% of the fat cells will die. It is normal for this to occur, even if you take the very best care of yourself. You should still experience an impressive outcome as surgeons consider this when performing the fat transfer.

An experienced surgeon will ensure you have all the advice and help you need to make an excellent recovery. Call the ArtLipo team today to find out more about BBL surgery recovery and arrange a consultation.