How Long Until You Can Sit After a BBL?

A frustrating part of life is that we can’t choose where our body stores fat. Even with diet and exercise implemented into our schedules, we can manage to slim areas, but we can’t guarantee that our efforts will enhance the areas we want to improve. For many individuals across the country, plastic surgery offers a life-changing opportunity to achieve aesthetic results that aren’t possible with diet or exercise alone. One of the most popular cosmetic procedures that helps patients reach their body contouring goals is the Brazilian butt lift.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Zochowski and his exception team at Zochowski Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery offer the customizable and innovative Brazilian butt lift procedure in Columbus, OH. If you’re interested in a BBL with Dr. Zochowski, it’s important to first understand how the procedure works, including what limitations you can expect during recovery.

What Is BBL Surgery?

A Brazilian Butt Lift, also known as a BBL, is a cosmetic procedure that involves harvesting fat from one location of the body via liposuction. The removed fat cells are sent through a thorough purification system before being injected into the buttocks for a rounder, shapelier backside. A BBL is most often performed under general anesthesia and requires anywhere from 2 to 3 hours to complete. Because a BBL doesn’t require any synthetic foreign bodies, like silicone implants, many women and men are more intrigued by this natural procedure compared to butt implants. Additionally, because the patient’s own fat cells are used during a BBL, the risk of allergic reaction is lowered when a board-certified and experienced plastic surgeon performs the procedure.

What Are the Risks of Sitting Too Soon After a BBL Procedure?

One of the most critical aspects of your BBL recovery is giving the newly transferred fat cells enough time to establish a blood supply and survive the procedure. Patients who fail to follow post-operative instructions may risk losing a large amount of the transferred fat cells, which can significantly compromise their BBL results. To preserve the transferred fat cells, patients need to avoid putting any direct pressure on the treatment area for several weeks. This includes all forms of sitting, such as driving and lying down.

Understanding the Healing Process: When Is it Safe to Sit After A BBL?

Most patients are advised to refrain from sitting, lying down, or otherwise putting pressure on the buttocks for a minimum of 2 to 4 weeks following their BBL surgery. When situations arise where sitting may be necessary and is cleared by Dr. Zochowski, the patient will need to use a donut-shaped pillow, nursing pillow, or a different tool to minimize the pressure on their backside. Generally, patients can return to sitting comfortably after six weeks.

Can You Speed Up the Recovery Process to Sit Sooner After a BBL?

Our team at Zochowski Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery understands that you want to get back to normal life as quickly as possible after your BBL surgery. Unfortunately, there is no way to speed up the recovery process because the transplanted fat cells need time to settle into their new position. However, there are a few actions you can take to help encourage the reintegration of the cells, including:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Lay on your stomach
  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
  • Go for short walks throughout the day
  • Follow all of Dr. Zochowski’s post-operational instructions
  • No prolonged soaking, such as in a bath, hot tub, or pools

Post-BBL Sitting Precautions: What You Need to Know

In some cases, there may be no other option but to sit down. As we’ve mentioned, you should do your absolute best to avoid pressure on your buttocks, but life happens sometimes. Here are a few precautions you can take if some of those instances were to come up.

  • Minimize sitting time to no longer than five minutes
  • Stand up between sitting times to help stimulate blood flow
  • Always sit on a doughnut-shaped cushion, especially during the critical two to six-week post-operation recovery period

What Other Recovery Tips are Recommended Post BBL?

Stay Active

You will need to avoid all strenuous activities and exercise for at least a month after your BBL, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start moving. After your first week of recovery, taking short walks is one of the best activities you can do to help your recovery. Walks improve blood circulation, help speed up healing, and can even improve results.

Manage Your Discomfort

As with any surgical procedure, there will be some level of discomfort during the initial recovery period. To help you manage this discomfort, Dr. Zochowski will send you home with prescribed pain medication for your initial recovery, and then you can switch to over-the-counter pain management, such as Tylenol, once the majority of the pain has subsided.

Don’t Hesitate to Ask for Help

The first couple of days after your procedure will be challenging when trying to do everything yourself. Don’t hesitate to ask a friend or loved one for some extra assistance and help support you throughout the early days.

Wear Your Compression Garment

After surgery, Dr. Zochowski will send you home with a compression garment to minimize swelling, increase comfort, and ensure that you achieve the ideal contouring results. Generally, Dr. Zochowski recommends that you wear the compression garment for at least 12 hours a day. This can be during the day or at night; the choice is up to you.

Why Is Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon for BBL Surgery Important?

When choosing a surgeon to perform your Brazilian Butt Lift, it is important to find one who is experienced and qualified. This greatly reduces the likelihood of accidents occurring and increases the chance of you receiving the results you want. There are several qualities you should seek in a potential surgeon. The first quality is board certification. A board-certified plastic surgeon has completed training and passed painstaking examinations to demonstrate their knowledge and skill in the art of plastic surgery. It is also important to choose a surgeon who has extensive experience performing BBL and can provide a gallery of results they have produced.

Ready to Schedule Your Brazilian Butt Lift at Zochowski Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

If you’re ready to take the next step toward attaining the sexy, curvaceous backside you’ve always wanted, our team at Zochowski Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery is here to help you get started. Contact us today to schedule your BBL consultation with leading Columbus breast and body specialist Dr. Christopher Zochowski.