If you have recently had a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) and are in pain, remember that healing is a process, not an event. BBL Recovery takes many months after surgery is finished. That being said, there are things you can do to speed up the recovery process.
After a BBL not only are you in great pain from where they took the fat out (liposuction), but you are also in a lot of pain where they put the fat back in (fat transfer).
Everything hurts. You can’t find a comfortable position. It’s very hard get around and to do simple tasks like – sitting, sleeping, and going to the bathroom. You have to figure out new ways to do things that used to be easy. For example, many women even ride face down in the back seat of the car for several weeks after surgery so they can stay off of their butts.
Bruising after BBL Surgery
Bruising is very common following a BBL. You may have excessive bruising that makes it look like you got hit on the backside repeatedly with a lead pipe – like the picture below. This is not at all unusual.
Many doctors and people on social media sites don’t show this part of the surgery, probably because it scares people away. Who would want to look like this, after all? If it looks painful, you’re right. It is.
Thankfully, not everyone gets bruising this bad. Some people get it much worse. The severity of the bruising varies widely from one person to the next. There is no way to guess how much you will bruise. The only way you will know what your body will do is to have the procedure.
Regardless of how much bruising you get, it is temporary and having Lymphatic Massage done as part of your recovery will help make it disappear quicker.
What Else Will I Go Through after BBL Surgery?
You will have a number of things that come up that will concern you if you did not know about them in advance. For example, the incision sites where the fat was removed using liposuction often leak for a few days. This is normal and shouldn’t be of concern.
Additionally, some people develop swelling in areas where they didn’t have surgery – such as the genital area. This is more common after a tummy tuck, but it can happen after abdominal liposuction. Fluid tends to go to the lowest point it can reach and from the abdomen, this is our genital area. Blood that leaked out of blood vessels may also work its way down there causing a dark discoloration. This is also nothing to worry about. It can be helped through Lymphatic Massage without getting too “personal.”
What is Involved in BBL Surgery Recovery?
BBL Surgery Recovery is easiest when you get a series of lymphatic massages – usually about 10-12 of them – following your procedure. They can start as soon as you are able to get in to see the therapist and should last about 5-6 weeks at the least. Here is a suggestion for how to schedule your visits.
Lymphatic Massages help to move the swelling and return it to your bloodstream so that your kidneys can help you pee it out. Because we are using the body’s lymphatic system to move the fluid away from an area through gentle skin-stretching techniques, there is no need to try to push fluid out of holes or re-puncture incisions. If you have had this done by someone they were *not* doing lymphatic massage.
Because it is important not to move or compress the fat, it is important that your therapist be trained properly in lymphatic massage. Lymphatic massage only moves the skin and does not disturb the fat underneath. This helps to drain away the swelling, making it less hard feeling and more comfortable.
The End Result
Everyone wants to see the end result as soon as possible. Lymphatic Massage helps to speed up the healing process so you can see your results quicker. The total healing process still lasts for months, but you will be out of pain quicker and you will look normal faster.
I spend a lot of time educating my clients about the healing process that they will go through, but there are always questions that come up that they forgot to ask. Surgeons also forget to tell their patients a lot of information.
I highly recommend this book to help you get through your recovery. It was written by another Certified Lymphedema Therapist who specializes in Plastic Surgery Recovery. It has a lot of very good advice and will answer questions you didn’t even know you should ask.