We pride ourselves in the highest level of customer service. You have direct texting access to Dr. Torres throughout your post-op recovery. We are available 24/7 after your surgery to answer any questions or address any concerns that you may have. You are not forgotten after your procedure. We are alongside you in this cosmetic journey even if you are coming from another part of the country or abroad.
Disclaimer: Please follow the advice of your own physician.
The information on this page is intended for Skin and Skinnier patients only. However, post-op instructions can vary from patient to patient, and from doctor to doctor. Please follow the advice and recommendations of your own physician closely.
What is the post-op BBL recovery process like?
Brazilian butt lift recovery with awake liposuction is typically benign and very short compared to traditional liposuction. Here are some popular post-op BBL recovery FAQs:
When can I return to work after a BBL?
In most cases, during the post-op BBL period, you can return to work in roughly 4 to 5 days. Dr. Torres does not put drains in you, and he recommends lymphatic drainage massages to begin within the first 3 to 6 days. We refer our clients to certified specialists who are experts in only post-operative massage and healing. This allows our clients to get back to work, back to their busy lives, and, equally importantly, back into a bikini as quickly as possible.
What should I wear after a BBL?
We recommend that you wear your compression garment for a minimum of 4-6 weeks full time, then part-time for 1-4 weeks. Your body will take the shape of your garment. If you get a BBL done, you can sit on day one but it must be with a BBL thigh pillow only. Dr. Torres does not want you to sit without a thigh pillow for one to two full months depending on your healing progress.
How do I wear faja and foams after a BBL?
It’s easier to explain the process of faja and foams with a visual aid, so we’ve made a video to help:
What kind of scars will I have after a BBL?
The incisions from liposuction and fat transfer are mostly hidden. They do take around 4-8 weeks to fully heal. The key is to keep them soft and moist with Aquaphor and covered with bandaids or silicone tape while all your tissue is healing underneath. Since you’ll be healing from the inside out, this runs counter conventional wisdom. So here’s the deal: We do NOT want you to let your incisions dry out and form crusty, dark scabs! They always inadvertently rip off accidentally and leave an ugly crater/scar behind, which further delays the healing process and often leads to scarring. Another thing you want to be mindful of is to keep high SPF sunscreen on the brand-new skin to prevent unnecessary hyperpigmentation (darkening of your skin). Hyperpigmentation typically fades gradually over time.
How can I minimize BBL post-op scars?
In order to minimize BBL scars, Dr. Torres places a single suture in each incision to accelerate the healing. BBL wound care is easy. We ask that you keep Aquaphor on each incision site with a bandaid until completely healed within around 1-2 months. We consider all of our patients as walking advertisements, so Dr. Torres gives it his all to make each and every patient look their very best. He does this by standing each client up during the procedure to make sure everything is always looking great, especially with gravity in effect, so there’s no guesswork. This is something that cannot be done under general anesthesia.
What’s the proper way to sit after a BBL?
You can sit on a thigh pillow from day 1 post-op. However, to prevent your blood flow to the buttocks from getting interrupted or cut off, take frequent breaks by standing up and/or walking a bit in between. The proper way to sit on the booty pillow is to keep your weight on your thighs and prevent any direct pressure on your butt.
What’s the best position to sleep in post-op?
We recommend that you sleep on your stomach for at least 4-6 weeks post-op. Also, if you’re worried about hip dips coming back, you’ll also want to avoid sleeping on your sides, as there is less blood supply (fewer blood vessels) to the hips compared to your booty, which is one of the reasons why we have hip dips to begin with!
Can I sleep on my back post-op?
If you’re finding it too difficult to sleep on your stomach after the surgery, you may sleep on your back with your butt elevated off the bed. Doris demonstrates in this video:
How long after a BBL will I be taking pain medication?
Most people are fine after using heavy duty pain killers for a couple of days post-op, and they can switch over to extra strength Tylenol at that time. Avoid any ibuprofen/aspirin based pain meds for about 7 days post-op as they will thin your blood and slow down your recovery.
What’s the best diet after a BBL?
After the surgery we recommend a clean diet focusing on fresh and nutritious ingredients, with high protein and healthy fats such as avocados and nuts. You want to maintain steady calorie intake and frequently snack on healthy foods.
When can I start having sex after a BBL?
You can have sex post-op as soon as you’re comfortable with it, but please avoid laying on your back and high impact activities (slow and gentle is best).
Is it normal to feel itchy after Lipo360 or BBL?
Feeling itchy in your treatment areas after lipo or BBL is normal, although not everyone experiences it. Generally, it’s a sign of healing and tissue tightening. You can take some Benadryl to sleep and help with the itchiness, and also apply Benadryl cream, but make sure to avoid applying the cream to areas within an inch or two of the incisions. During the day you can also use a dry brush either before or after showering or even over your faja.
Swelling of the legs is not unusual after liposuction or BBL. It happens because your lymphatic system is still interrupted in many places of your body, and it takes several weeks for everything to reconnect and come back to full functionality. If it persists and bothers you a lot, you can get some compression socks, but it usually only lasts a couple of days. Also – try to avoid alcohol, reduce your salt intake, and be sure to stay active and walk around a lot. When you lay on your stomach, have your feet elevated with a pillow, that should also help. You want your ankles higher than your heart for the swelling to equalize
How long will my butt and lipo areas feel sore?
Soreness is a very common experience after liposuction and BBL, sometimes lasting even 4 to 8 weeks post-op. What happens is that your peripheral nerves become partially damaged during the procedure (this sounds scary, but it’s normal). They grow back slowly into full functionality, but it’s not uncommon for the nerves to ‘complain’ a bit as they come back, and sometimes they even give off false alarms and signals like hot and cold sensations, throbbing, shooting pains, electric feels, etc. It will all normalize over the next several months, but do let your lipo/BBL clinic know if it gets way worse to where you’re concerned.
Can I smoke after a BBL?
Absolutely NO smoking or vaping after your BBL procedure because it will decrease the amount of fat that survives. There is nothing worse than getting an amazing booty only to watch it fade away over time due to smoking or vaping!
How soon can I walk or run after a BBL?
We expect you to walk about a mile every day post-op until you’re fully recovered. And yes, it is completely doable. During the first couple of days, you’ll want to take it slowly, but nonetheless, this will be best for your recovery. The increased blood circulation will ramp up your lymphatic system and speed up your recovery. Laying in bed all day is not helpful, so push yourself up and you’ll quickly realize that you actually feel better when up and walking around.
Running and any other high impact activity after BBL is not recommended for 2-3 months post-op, depending on how quickly your recovery goes (and how fast your butt is healing).
What are the best post-op BBL exercises?
We ask that you go for a one mile walk the very next day after surgery. About 4 weeks after the surgery you can begin to exercise and gradually increase the intensity, using elliptical and stairmaster type of machines, but we ask that you refrain from high impact activities, such as jogging, for 2 to 3 months. Here are some ideas for a BBL post-op workout: