Fat Transfer BBL: The Secret To Maintaining It



Updated on 2/20/2024
Mai DelacruzBy Mai Delacruz
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A Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) may be the right choice if you're seeking more voluminous and rounded buttocks. This minimally invasive procedure offers incredible results and the bonus of removing unwanted fat from other areas of your body through fat grafting. However, it's important to note that the aftercare for a BBL differs from other procedures as it involves using fat rather than implants.

Before undergoing a BBL, it's crucial to understand the care requirements, such as avoiding sitting directly on your buttocks for some time, maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen, and following all of your surgeon's post-operative instructions. By being mindful of these considerations, you can help ensure optimal results and a successful BBL journey.



Although diet and exercise are essential, leg and buttock exercises can only do so much to enhance your rear end. This situation may call for a Brazilian butt-lift.

During the BBL procedure, the surgeon makes small incisions in areas of the body where weight loss is difficult. Donor sites for this procedure include:

  • The abdomen
  • Flanks
  • Thighs
  • Arms

In most cases, liposuction removes one or two pounds of fat. Special equipment is used to process and clean the grease. After injecting fat into the buttocks, the surgeon uses a syringe.

For the fat to survive, it must be injected into the right areas of the buttocks. In addition, at least 25% of the fat in the buttocks won't stay during the procedure, so the surgeon usually injects extra fat into them. It takes a few weeks for the fat that survives to develop its blood supply and integrate with the fat around it.

Fat transferred to the buttocks should remain there indefinitely, and the results are often permanent. Weight gain or loss will affect the results, so it's essential to maintain a steady weight.

Other procedures can also be performed during this session. Leg lifts and tummy tucks are popular procedures.



To maximize the long-term effects of the fat transfer, you can do several things:


It will take time for the fat that has just been transferred to develop a blood supply. As a result, it's crucial to avoid putting pressure on the buttocks for at least ten to two weeks after surgery. It is possible to compromise the results of your procedure by applying pressure to the rear afterward.

When you rest and sleep, you should lie on your stomach or side. Avoid sitting on the buttocks for three weeks or so after the initial recovery period.

Use a donut cushion to minimize pressure on your buttocks when you need to sit.


Eating a healthy diet to support the healing process and fat cell health after surgery would be best.

Fruits and vegetables, walnuts, avocados, and salmon are excellent sources of vitamins and minerals. Stay away from processed foods and foods high in sugar and sodium.

Drinking plenty of water - at least eight glasses each day is also essential to support the healing process.


The healing process can be slowed if you wear tight-fitting jeans during the first month. For maximum results, choose looser-fitting clothing.

For only a few weeks, you should wear loose clothes. Your enhanced rear will be ready to show off in two months or so.


Your surgeon will probably provide a compression garment over your trunk and buttocks. To tighten the skin and improve healing, this garment is essential.

The surgeon will tell you how long to wear the garment. Usually, you need to wear it for three to four weeks except when you shower.

The compression garment should also be snug, but it shouldn't be uncomfortable. Your surgeon should be consulted if you think it is too tight to avoid reducing blood flow to your buttocks.


The newly-injected fat will take several months to settle in and develop a healthy blood supply. To allow this process to take place, it's essential to take it easy for six to eight weeks.

You shouldn't, however, spend the entire day lying on your couch. Walking daily is good for circulation and healing; as soon as possible, walk daily.

Talk to your plastic surgeon about increasing your physical activity in the coming weeks.


Although BBL surgery is less invasive than other procedures, your body will still need time to rest and recover.

Spend as much time as you can rest and take some time off work. Take regular walks, but sleep well otherwise.

Brazilian butt lifts are excellent options for people who want to remove fat from a problem area and inject it in the rear. Get more information about BBL today by speaking to your surgeon.


Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I avoid sitting after my BBL?

It's recommended to avoid sitting directly on your buttocks for 2-3 weeks after the procedure to avoid putting pressure on the transferred fat cells and allow them to establish. You can sit on your thighs or use a special cushion to avoid direct pressure on your buttocks.

How long until I see my final results after a BBL?

It can take several weeks to a few months for the swelling to go down and for your buttocks to fully stabilize and reach their final shape. It's important to be patient and avoid any shortcuts in the recovery process to ensure optimal results.

Is exercise important after a BBL?

Exercise is important for maintaining good health, but it's recommended to avoid any strenuous activity for at least 6 weeks after the procedure to allow for proper healing. Light walking and gentle stretching are usually permitted during the early stages of recovery, but it's important to follow your surgeon's instructions.

Can I lose weight after a BBL?

Losing weight after a BBL can affect your results, as the transferred fat cells can shrink along with the rest of your body fat. It's important to maintain a stable weight and avoid any significant changes to ensure the longevity of your results.

How long will my BBL results last?

The longevity of your BBL results will depend on several factors, including your body type, lifestyle, and how well you take care of yourself after the procedure. With proper care and maintenance, your results can last for several years, but it's important to note that the body will continue to age and change over time.

Can I get a second BBL if I'm not happy with my results?

If you're not satisfied with your results, you may be able to get a second BBL procedure, but it's important to wait at least 6-12 months after the initial procedure to allow for proper healing and to assess the final results. It's also important to discuss your concerns with your surgeon to determine if a second procedure is appropriate for you.