Preserving Your BBL Investment: Strategies for Preventing Dents and Sustaining Enhanced Curves


Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) surgery (or fat transfer to the buttocks) has become increasingly popular for individuals seeking to enhance the contour and projection of their buttocks. However, maintaining the optimal results of BBL surgery requires diligent post-operative care to prevent the development of dents or contour irregularities. This article aims to empower individuals who have undergone BBL surgery or are considering the procedure with practical strategies for safeguarding their investment and preserving their enhanced curves.

Understanding the Causes of Post-Operative Dents

Post-operative dents can negatively affect an otherwise beautiful BBL result. Generally, the goal in BBL surgery is to create smooth contours that blend throughout the body. A dent in the shape is like a dent in a car or a wall: it can totally detract from the final result! It is important to remember that our bodies are imperfect and some mild contour irregularities exist with or without surgery. However, our eye will pick up on large irregularities that just don’t “look right.” These irregularities can occur due to various factors, including:

  • Excess pressure and compression on the buttocks during the recovery period
  • Inadequate post-operative care
  • Individual anatomical considerations
  • Unpredictability of patient healing
  • inadequate surgeon technique

It is crucial to recognize these factors to effectively prevent the development of dents and to maintain smooth, symmetrical buttock contours. And to protect your investment in yourself!

Optimizing Post-Operative Recovery:

Optimizing post-operative recover after BBL refers to both surgical healing AND overall well-being. Excess or uneven pressure and compression can significantly affect the contour of the buttock. It is important to remember that fat grafting to any part of the body is a delicate process. The fat that has been removed has been cut off from its blood supply temporarily until it can be placed into the buttock. Even after it has been moved to the buttock, it still hasn’t “latched” on yet and will require at least 6 weeks of gentle care to ensure that it survives. Once it survives, it is there permanently and will behave like regular fat in its new home.

This is why adequate post operative care is crucial to reduce unwanted dents and other undesirable results. Your surgical team should have protocols in place to help you navigate the post-operative period. The main goals should be to minimize pressure on the buttocks, adequate (and not excessive) compression to control swelling of all surgical areas, and appropriate post-operative nutrition, hydration, mobility, and incision care.

By prioritizing post-operative recovery practices, patients can support optimal healing and minimize the risk of post-operative complications and contour irregularities.

Healthy Lifestyle Habits for Long-Term Results

Do you know how to supercharge your BBL results? Make sure to combine excellent lifestyle choices (proper diet and exercise) with the contouring surgery. This combination will look better than any surgery can achieve alone. There is something absolutely transformative about the combination of surgery and lifestyle choices. Maintaining a stable weight through balanced nutrition and regular exercise is key to preserving enhanced buttock contours and minimizing the risk of dents. Patients should also avoid activities that may compromise BBL results, such as extreme weight fluctuations or excessive sitting, to ensure long-term satisfaction with their aesthetic outcomes. Additionally, while it is important to make strong diet choices after surgery, it is also important to not loose weight post-surgery, risking “stressing” the newly transferred fat cells. These are broad guidelines and it is important to chat with your surgeon about specific lifestyle choices that will make your recovery and resuults the best it can.

Scar Management and Skin Care

Scar formation following BBL surgery can impact buttock contour and overall aesthetic results. Scar formation relates to the skin surface where small incisions are made as well as under the skin where all of the surgery occurred. Liposuction, despite being performed through small incisions, is a large surgery that affects every square centimeter of an area. Both aspects of scarring should be managed. Patients should prioritize scar management and skin care practices to promote optimal healing, invisible scars, and reduce contour irregularities. Post operative care for incisions may include minimizing rubbing from tight clothes, protection with a barrier, silicone or other scar management systems, gently massaging well healed incisions, and use of skin lightening agents to improve the appearance of a dark scar. Methods for minimizing excess scar under the skin include control of excessive swelling, reduction of fluid collections under the skin, and gentle technique to minimize excess trauma. Again, these practices should be included in your surgeon’s protocol that is discussed with you prior to surgery. They will help to prevent dents and promote smooth contours.

Monitoring and Communication with the Surgeon

Maintaining open communication with the plastic surgeon and their team throughout the recovery process is essential for addressing any concerns and ensuring optimal outcomes. Patients should schedule regular follow-up appointments to monitor progress and receive guidance on post-operative care. By proactively communicating with their surgeon, patients can address potential issues early on and maintain confidence in their BBL results.

Expert Insights from Plastic Surgeons

Plastic surgeons specializing in BBL surgery offer valuable expertise and guidance on preventing dents and preserving results. Their insights can address common questions and concerns related to post-operative care and long-term maintenance, providing patients with informed perspectives and reassurance throughout their recovery journey.

Recovery Milestones and Expectations

Understanding recovery milestones and what to expect in terms of healing and results over time is crucial for managing expectations following BBL surgery. Patients should remain patient and realistic about the timeline for achieving optimal outcomes, recognizing that the full results of BBL surgery may take several months to become apparent.

Some general guidelines about the recovery timeline are presented here. Just remember that every surgery, patient, recovery process is different! The first 3-4 days will be the most challenging, as one might expect. Post-operative swelling and inflammation are also at their highest during this time. This discomfort gradually subsides over time. Improvement in pain levels can be expected within the first few weeks post-surgery as the body begins to heal. By about one week, patients are usually feeling quite good and should have limited (and preferably no) use of narcotic pain medications. To illustrate how much pain and discomfort patients have after BBL surgery, most patients are advised they can return to work by about 2-3 weeks post-surgery. They will still likely have certain restrictions to optimize the result. Many BBL surgeons have a recommendation to not direct sit on or add focal pressure on the buttocks for a period of time, usually around 6 weeks of time

While the contour changes will be immediate, swelling will hide some of the changes for about 4 months and even after that there will be subtle changes for a year or so. Compression garments should be worn for at least 6 weeks after surgery to help shape the result as it heals.

By anticipating the major phases of the surgery, patients can experience a smoother transition through the recovery phases.

Empowering Patients for Lasting Satisfaction

In conclusion, maintaining enhanced buttock contours and avoiding aesthetic complications such as dents following BBL surgery requires proactive measures and a commitment to long-term care. By prioritizing post-operative recovery practices, adopting healthy lifestyle habits, and maintaining open communication with their plastic surgeon, patients can safeguard their investment in BBL surgery and enjoy lasting satisfaction with their aesthetic results. Empowered with practical strategies and expert guidance, individuals can confidently navigate their BBL journey and embrace the transformative potential of buttock enhancement surgery.


Article by: Dr. Nicholas Lahar
Dr. Nicholas Lahar is a double board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in body contouring, bbl, breast surgery, and rhinoplasty, Dr. Lahar also excels in the proprietary techniques unique to our practice, guaranteeing the highest standard of care.