Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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A BBL, a Brazilian butt lift, is an immensely popular procedure, known as a butt augmentation, to enhance the firmness and fullness of your buttocks. While some women are seeking a butt lift to counter the impacts of age or weight fluctuations, many women have butt lifts to look and feel elegant and confident in the clothes they love to wear.
As the secret behind the luscious butt curves of women such as Kim Kardashian and Jessica Biel, BBL’s have become one of the fastest growing surgeries according to the American Society of Plastic surgeons, and now we can also see it in our home Country Australia.
While there is a plethora of cheap alternatives, surgery is the gold standard for more natural and long-lasting results. Surgery isn’t right for everyone; you will need to talk with your surgeon to asses if a BBL is right for you. Factors such as regular exercise, smoking and health issues, can determine if you are a suitable candidate for a BBL.
The actual process involves the transfer of fat cells from one part of your body to your buttocks. Depending on the complexity of the procedure, you can either have the procedure performed under sedation, general or local anaesthesia. Your surgeon will use Liposuction to remove fat from other parts of the body including your thighs, arms, love handles, stomach, etc. Once this fat is purified, it is injected into target areas in the butt, to create your desired look.
Everyone’s post-surgery recovery experience is different. There is down time after surgery, taking weeks or months for a full recovery. You will not be able to sit on your butt for two weeks and you will need to avoid back sleeping for weeks or months unless you have a BBL Mattress ** BBL Bed Mattress – Cheeky | Helps Aid Recovery Post Surgery (cheekyrecovery.com.au) ** that has been specially designed to allow you to sleep facing up post BBL. Post-surgery care includes wearing compression garments to help assisting shaping your body post-surgery.
Surgery requires a substantial investment. Women who want the surgeon of their choice pay an average of $18,000 AUD for their surgery. Finding the right surgeon should be backed up with a rigorous research process, like any good investment, better research will lead to better results.
Getting the right equipment is key to a good surgery recovery experience.
Body pressure on your butt its believed that could damage the fat cells transferred during surgery, which is why your doctor will recommend you avoid putting body weight on your buttocks for 2 weeks up to months, depending on the individual and the doctor.
To get a good night’s sleep after a BBL, a mattress with a hole to rest your butt is essential. The Cheeky Recovery mattress BBL Bed Mattress – Cheeky | Helps Aid Recovery Post Surgery (cheekyrecovery.com.au) has been purposed designed to make your sleep as comfortable as possible. You have two options for sleeping, face down or face up, side sleeping is not recommended, especially if the hip dips were treated during surgery.
After a BBL, you will not be able to sleep on your back for at least 2 weeks post-surgery. You may experience discomfort without proper support to sleep.
It is important to know that it is body pressure, not contact, which may affect the butt recovery. With that in mind, your cheeks or hips can make light contact with the mattress, which is important to a good night sleep. We all agree how essential is a good night sleep post-surgery.
For face down sleepers, we have a face pillow, which will allow you to position your face in a hole for a comfortable night sleep, like a massage table. A face down position is recommended for people who feel strain in the lower back after surgery. A face down position allows you to relax your lower back while breathing comfortably.
The Cheeky Recovery XXL mattress has recently increased the size of the hole in the mattress, to give you more flexibility in positioning yourself the hole and to accommodate different body shapes and sizes more comfortably.
Back sleepers can use cushions and pillows within the larger hole to get the most comfortable sleep. A combination of a larger hole mattress and pillows, provides you with the flexibility to adjust your position within the hole and provide just the right amount of light touch support, to give you the most comfortable sleep possible.
Cheeky Recovery’s XXL mattress has a light plush velvet like surface. This surface provides a smoother and more pleasing sleeping experience for your skin than the standard PVC surface. It also is much more non-slip, helping you to lie securely within your preferred position and to move with much less risk of slippage than a PVC surface. Usually with our standard BBL mattress we recommend a bed sheet over the PVC. As the plush surface is so comfortable, many women choose to sleep directly on the surface without the need for bed sheets.
For more information, check out our Cheeky Recovery’s mattress sleeping tutorial.
Essential items to experience a comfortable recovery will vary with individuals. It is important to have your equipment at home waiting for your return from hospital.
Here is Cheeky Recovery’s list of essential for BBL recovery.
Post-surgical Fajas and compression garments
Known for their effectiveness in preventing the build-up of fluid and the onset of fibrosis, a low compression garment MARENA COMPRESSION GARMENTS BBL & LIPOSUCTION – Cheeky (cheekyrecovery.com.au) is recommended after a BBL. It is recommended that the garment also knows as Faja is worn for 3 weeks’ post-surgery full time. Be sure you try your Faja on, to ensure you have the right level of compression, it needs to be firm while still allowing blood circulation. Try a cotton tank top underneath your garment/ Faja to capture any build-up of sweat. But watch out for creases if the garment/Faja is too tight. If you do wear a cotton tank top, ensure it doesn’t crease and cause the Faja to be too tight.
Lipo Foams Pads & Flanks Boards
Use Lipo Foam Pads Liposuction Foam Pads (Set of 3) – Cheeky | Anti-Bacterial | Breathable (cheekyrecovery.com.au) and /or Flank Boards Lipo Foam Compression Sheets – Cheeky | Post Op Recovery Aid (cheekyrecovery.com.au) under your Faja, to compress and flatten the abdominal skin, it is recommended to wear Lipo Foams for up to 3 months after surgery.
Abdominal boards are recommended to support your midsection after surgery for 3 -6 weeks, preventing fluid retention, preventing your body bending over and skin creasing.
At Cheeky we have 3 different Ab Boards to recommend:
A female urinal Silicone Urinal Funnel – Cheeky | Women Urination Device Reusable (cheekyrecovery.com.au) will allow you to pee while wearing an open crotch Faja (compression garment). Expect to be peeing quite often after a BBL. Our clients find standing up with an open crotch Faja would be the most practical way to urinate without squatting and bending over.
Sitting after a BBL is to be avoided for at the very least, a minimum of 2 weeks and in most cases, avoid sitting directly on your butt for up to 8 weeks. Cheeky Recovery has researched pillow types with our customers, and we are very proud to recommend our BBL pillow Cheeky BBL Pillow – Cheeky | BBL Post Op Support (cheekyrecovery.com.au), with thigh cut outs for optimum comfort. They have been approved, supplied and recommended by several Australian recognised surgeons. People looking for a range of sitting experiences, can purchase a blow up BBL lounge chair BBL Inflatable Lounge Chair – Cheeky (cheekyrecovery.com.au), perfect for television viewing and reading.
Sanitary Absorbent pads
Sanitary pads Absorbent Pads 10pk – Cheeky (cheekyrecovery.com.au) collect fluid drainage after surgery in the case you have drains post op. Frequent changes of pads help keep the area clean. In case of excessive fluid, you may consider having adult diapers on hand if you feel you need more than a sanitary pad.
A BBL inflatable mattress BBL Bed Mattress – Cheeky | Helps Aid Recovery Post Surgery (cheekyrecovery.com.au) has a hole to place your buttocks into which allows a comfortable position for a face up sleeping. Cheeky Recovery recommends getting a wedge pillow Wedge Pillow Inflatable – Cheeky (cheekyrecovery.com.au) and a range of small pillows to place in the hole if needed, so you can arrange most suitable hole size for maximum comfort.
An abdominal elastic binder is compression belt that wraps around the abdomen, commonly used to supplement the recovery process after abdominal surgery like liposuction, caesarean section, bariatric surgery, exploratory laparotomy, hysterectomy, hernias or spinal surgery. Abdominal binder is known to help to reduce postoperative pain, swelling and may help managing the stress caused by discomfort post op.
Binders can be different sizes to cover different size torsos, so always check your size to make sure you get the most suitable for you.
Everyone’s timeline for recovery is unique and happens at your body’s own unique pace. It can take up to 6 months for the full effects of the BBL to be in place. The good news is many people can expect to retain this full level of butt fullness for many years after the surgery.
The average timeline for recovery from a BBL is 6 weeks.
On average you can expect to take 2 weeks off work and is recommended avoiding swimming for 4 weeks.
Wear a compression garment, ab boards, Lipo foams, Binder, to reduce fluid and possible swelling.
Week 2 -3
Pain is getting better; you are still required to sit on a BBL pillow. Some people return to work after 2 weeks, most are able to resume light activities in week 2. After 2 weeks, the bruises in areas where fat was removed should subside. You need to avoid sitting anywhere including the toilet until start of week 3 or as advised by a doctor. Typically, compression garments can come off on a full time basis after 3 weeks, while still wearing them part time (12 hours a day) until week 6-12.
Week 4 – 5
Depending on your recovery and your Dr recommendation you may be able to start exercising. Some people resume sitting after week 3, however depending on the procedure and your Dr recommendations, avoiding body weight pressure on your buttocks is mostly welcome until the end of week 4-5.
Week 6 -7
By this time, pain and swelling may have subsided significantly. As some of the fat, (in some cases up to 30%) is reabsorbed into the blood stream, you should see the initial shaping effects after 6 weeks. You will need to continue wearing compression garments and its also recommended the use the BBL pillow up until at least the 6-week mark. You can now start wearing a stage 3 Faja (compression garment)
You should be able to resume driving at this stage, driving involves pushing back on the pedals and accordingly to majority of surgeons we chat to, they agree should be avoided until the 6-week mark.
You can resume wearing jeans in week 8. Given your doctor agrees you can resume exercise that targets the butt, such as squats and lunges. Incision scars should heal by week 8 given the correct treatment during the first weeks of recovery such as the use of stratamed STRATAMED WOUND DRESSING 5g – Cheeky (cheekyrecovery.com.au) (stage 1) and strataderm STRATADERM GEL – SCAR TREATMENT – Cheeky (cheekyrecovery.com.au) (stage 2) scars treatment gels.
Tips for a better recovery
- Keep your incisions clean to avoid infection
- Wash your garments and foams daily
- Clean your boards daily
- Use an antibacterial wash
- Your skin can get dry after surgery, use a good moisturiser or bio oil
- Keep hydrated, you will lose a lot of fluids.
- Wear loose clothing, natural fibres for good airflow
- Walk at least 5-15 minutes every hour and perform gentle leg and body stretches, keeping the blood flowing and to reduce the risk of blood clotting
It is important to give your fat cells a best opportunity to establish blood supply. BBL patients generally avoid direct sitting from 2 to 4 weeks, some take longer.
Cheeky Recovery recommends a BBL Pillow Cheeky BBL Pillow – Cheeky | BBL Post Op Support (cheekyrecovery.com.au) with thigh cut outs to sit on top of your normal chairs (office, dinning, plane), and a memory foam back support Post Operative Back Foam Pillow Support – Cheeky (cheekyrecovery.com.au). These can be used from day 1 post operation. To sit properly on these pillows, keep your weight on your thighs to avoid any direct pressure on your butt.
One of Cheeky most popular items is the inflatable BBL Chair Lounge BBL Inflatable Lounge Chair – Cheeky (cheekyrecovery.com.au), it allows you to comfortably binge watching tv, reading a book or eating sitting down. The BBL lounge chair has a big hole to avoid body weight pressure on your butt cheeks.
If you have a BBL Mattress BBL Bed Mattress – Cheeky | Helps Aid Recovery Post Surgery (cheekyrecovery.com.au), a favourite position for sitting, especially in early weeks of recovery is by using an inflatable wedge pillow Wedge Pillow Inflatable – Cheeky (cheekyrecovery.com.au) on top of the inflatable mattress. It is a popular way for BBL patients to watch TV or generally chilling out. The combination of a wedge pillow with the inflatable mattress allows you to be in an elevated position. Most people like to experiment with different positions and pillows.
It is advisable not to sit on your butt up to 8 weeks after surgery, some patients, being overly cautious, wait months to sit on their butt. Some doctors have observed that there is a correlation between how long people refrain from sitting with direct body weight pressure on their butt and the amount of fat that is retained.
If your work life requires you to sit 8 hours a day in a chair, it is essential to protect your fat cells with a BBL Pillow Cheeky BBL Pillow – Cheeky | BBL Post Op Support (cheekyrecovery.com.au) . Try a standing desk to minimise the number of hours you are sitting. Take regular breaks to avoid sitting for extended periods.
A BBL is a substantial investment, an investment that needs to be maintained with a good daily practice, especially in the first few months. On average, a surgeon will inject 300 -1,000 mls of fat into each cheek, depending on the doctor, they will usually aim for more than you need long term, because up to 30% of the fat may not survive. To keep the retained fat cells, you will need a good plan of action to help your fat cells survive.
Below we have put together the top tips to help your fat cells survive.
Additional calories are required to sustain the blood supply to new fat cells.
Here is a list of recommended foods:
- black or kidney beans,
- dark chocolate,
- pumpkin seeds,
- lean proteins such as salmon and chicken,
- nuts such as almonds, cashews and peanuts,
- extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil.
The usual suspects are on the ‘no go’ list; sweets, sodas, refined grains, fried food and processed meat and beer.
Smoking reduces your body’s ability to heal itself by reducing oxygen and nutrients in the blood stream and it reduces a healthy uptake of fat. Stop smoking is recommended at least 2 weeks before surgery.
It is recommended to avoid alcohol consumption for 2 weeks after surgery and to stop drinking 2 days before surgery. You will not want to prolong the healing process, so alcohol consumption is a no no post-surgery until you are cleared by your Dr.
Water is recommended, as is electrolyte drinks like Gatorade, which has the added salts and minerals to support your body to maintain its hydration levels. Always consult with your Dr for their recommendation.
At the 6 week mark, your fat cells would have established a good blood supply and it’s time to start exercising.
Lymphatic drain massage
Between 5 to 12 sessions of lymphatic drainage massage are ideal after a BBL. The lymphatic drain massages are known to reduce scarring, eliminate fluid build-up and minimise swelling.
A BBL is day surgery and generally takes 2 to 5 hours.
Doctors say 4 to 5 litres of fat can be removed by liposuction during surgery, and more than 5 litres is not considered safe in one surgery. Liposuction is one of the most common surgery procedures in the world. Liposuction takes fat from body areas where it is in excess, such as the love handles, thighs, back and abdomen. This fat is filtered and re injected into the patients butt to create the desired fuller shape.
The average fat injection per cheek is around 300-1000 mls and will vary according to a patient’s desired results and the skin tightness. your doctor will recommend an optimum limit based on your unique case.
The removal of fat from the stomach, will leave you with a flatter abdomen. The combination of fat removal from the lower back, flanks and stomach (also known as lipo 360) and a fuller bottom, can give you a more hourglass figure. It is not just your buttocks that can look better after a BBL, but your whole body will achieve a more curvaceous silhouette. Good nutrition and exercise can keep these results in place for years to come.
We are often asked by our customer what to pack for a BBL procedure. Here is the Cheeky Recovery check list.
All recommended to help you heal
Nexcare tape Nexcare Tape 19mm – Cheeky (cheekyrecovery.com.au)
- Lipo foam – to place pressure on liposuction areas Liposuction Foam Pads (Set of 3) – Cheeky | Anti-Bacterial | Breathable (cheekyrecovery.com.au)
- Flank Boards: Lipo Foam Compression Sheets – Cheeky | Post Op Recovery Aid (cheekyrecovery.com.au)
- Ab Board- to avoid tummy skin creases AB Board Butterfly – Cheeky | Abdominal Compression Board (cheekyrecovery.com.au)
- Urinal Silicone Urinal Funnel – Cheeky | Women Urination Device Reusable (cheekyrecovery.com.au)
- Moist wipes – cleaning body fluids
- Ear Plugs- help you relax
- Absorbent Pads- capture body fluids Absorbent Pads 10pk – Cheeky (cheekyrecovery.com.au)
- BBL pillow – sit properly during transport Cheeky BBL Pillow – Cheeky | BBL Post Op Support (cheekyrecovery.com.au)
- Long cable phone charger
- Canesten liquid soap- for garment washing
- Candles Cheeky Soy Wax Candles – Cheeky | Home Decor Candles (cheekyrecovery.com.au)
- Wax melts
Antibacterial soap – sanitised cleaning
Stool softeners – constipation can be an issue after surgery
Pain Killers – extra over the counter pain killers if allowed by your dr
Bio Oil for massages
Stratamed : stage 1 wound care STRATAMED WOUND DRESSING 5g – Cheeky (cheekyrecovery.com.au)
Strataderm Stage 2 scar treatment STRATADERM GEL – SCAR TREATMENT – Cheeky (cheekyrecovery.com.au)
Cotton tank tops – a comfortable layer over incision areas and under Faja
Loose clothing and natural fibres – clothes that allow your skin to breathe
But if you are a practical person, leave the what you need to us!
Check out our 2 popular BBL Recovery packs which has everything you need!!
It is recomended to have a carer for the first 24 to 48 hours after a BBL as your movement may be limited. Arranging for transport home is important, as you will need assistance moving in and out of vehicles. You are going to feel sore and stiff and may need assistance to for meal preparation and getting in and out of bed. You will need to avoid strenuous exercise for 4-6 weeks or as long as recommended by your doctor, but you should start light movement straight away to aid your recovery.
Your doctor or nurse will typically check in to see if you are okay the next day and will give you the green light to shower usually 48 hours post-surgery, and even to leave the house in a couple of days, if things are progressing nicely.
After about two days you will be able to move around. Most patients can use the blow-up mattress themselves after day 1, you will need to slide on the mattress by yourself to start using it. Use pillows to get yourself comfortable and keep your body in the right position. Women who have had a BBL claim to know intuitively not to roll around in bed but feel more confident when they have pillows to anchor them in the right position when facing down sleeping.
After two weeks you can start a light exercise program in consultation with your doctor, most people resume to full exercise routines after 6 weeks. In fact, taking walks is one of the best things to improve your recovery, the better blood circulation will improve the results. Stretches reduces the chances of blot clots and once the fat cells have stabilised at 6 weeks, a normal exercise routine can be resumed if you doctor agrees. Common exercises recommended after 6 weeks include: Squats, Lunges, Standing lateral, side and plank leg raises.
Fill prescriptions for the post op medications before the operations such as pain killers and stool softeners. Pineapple and prune juice are great to have close by!
You can expect some bruising and swelling which will reduce in the upcoming weeks. You will experience some discomfort in the area where the fat was removed.
Blood-stained fluids may ooze from incisions and will typically stop 24 hours after the procedure. There may be some swelling on the butt area which will subside after 6 weeks at which time you will see how much fat has been gained.
Get in and out of bed with assistance if required in the first few days. It is important to get in and out of bed often to keep moving. Lie on your stomach, if possible, with a face pillow Face Foam Pillow- Hollow – Cheeky | Release stress | Buy one today (cheekyrecovery.com.au)for maximum comfort or face up using an inflatable BBL mattress BBL Bed Mattress – Cheeky | Helps Aid Recovery Post Surgery (cheekyrecovery.com.au)
Keep the compression garment on and crease free against the skin, only removing it to shower. Ensure you wipe incisions dry after wetting them in the shower. It is not recommended to bath for at least 2 weeks after the BBL.
You can massage liposuction’d sites after 1 day post-surgery. It is important to include lymphatic massages to stop inflammation which can turn into fibrosis or seroma which allows pockets of blood to form. You can also massage yourself with a massage roller Massage Roller – Cheeky | 3D Y-Design | No Charging (cheekyrecovery.com.au), or led Thermal massager. Massager LED Therapy – Cheeky | Improves circulation (cheekyrecovery.com.au)
Keep an eye out for infections, an increase in swelling and redness can indicate increased infections, pain and odour are also signs infection may be present. If you suspect an infection contact your doctor immediately.