BBL: 5 FAQs

Image of woman with arrows indicating a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL). A great procedure to get at Chicago's Iteld Plastic Surgery

Got a sagging butt or is it just not shapely enough? If you’ve been thinking about “fixing” it so it’s more esthetically in line with the rest of you, having a Brazilian Butt Lift (commonly referred to as a BBL) may be the right option for you. This is a surgical procedure that transfers your own fat from another area of your body and then I strategically inject into your buttocks to help create more fullness and a shapelier contour.

Here are the five frequently asked questions we often address with patients as they decide whether to have a Brazilian Butt Lift:

Q: Can I select the areas where I would like you to take the fat for my BBL?

A: I always discuss this with patients in their pre-operative consultations. Most often I liposuction the fat from the abdomen, hips/flanks, and/or lower back. Keep in mind that I will take slightly more fat than injected into your butt because liposuction can damage some fat cells as it removes them and we need only healthy cells to inject. Also, not all cells will “take,” so, when appropriate, I will over inject fat to compensate for any fat loss that may occur.

Q: How long before I can sit after my BBL?

A: It’s best if you don’t sit directly on your buttocks for the first 2–3 weeks. You may find it most comfortable to sit on a medical donut cushion to avoid putting direct pressure on your buttocks until it heals. 

Q: What happens if I gain or lose weight after a BBL?

A: Your buttocks will react similarly to how it behaves now with weight changes. If it doesn’t show much fluctuation with weight changes now, it will be the same afterwards. Small weight fluctuations shouldn’t alter the shape or volume significantly, but if you have extreme weight changes, it may affect your results. Let’s discuss this before your procedure so you know what to expect.

Q: When can I resume my exercise routine?

A: As with any surgical procedure, your body needs time to heal. Therefore, it’s best if you wait about six weeks before resuming your workout routine in order to ensure you’ve given your body time to recover.

Q: Will I need narcotic pain medications after my surgery?

A: NO! Not only is a narcotics-free BBL totally possible, it’s our approach! As is the case with many other procedures I perform, my non-opioid protocol works here, too. You will have some discomfort after a Brazilian butt lift, but not pain. This approach gives you time to heal without having to take any opioids. This way, you’ll recover faster. 

Let’s talk BBL!

While the Brazilian butt lift is a popular procedure, it isn’t right for everyone. It’s important we address all your questions and any concerns you have. Please contact my patient coordinators at info@driteld.com or call 312.757.4505 to schedule your confidential consultation.

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Lawrence Iteld, MD is a board certified plastic surgeon in Chicago, IL. Dr. Iteld is committed to delivering the highest standards of aesthetic plastic and reconstructive surgery. He works tirelessly to achieve long-lasting, sustainable results for each patient, delivered with one-on-one personalized care.