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BBL Sleeping Positions

Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery, mainly how a patient sleeps, is a vital phase that demands careful consideration. Sleeping positions after a BBL are not merely about comfort; they play an essential role in healing. The correct positions can foster healthy blood flow and preserve the integrity of the newly grafted fat cells. This guide, aligned with Dr. Lakin’s expert recommendations, will explore the importance of BBL sleeping positions, providing insights and guidance to ensure a smooth recovery and beautiful, long-lasting results.

What is a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL)?

BBL, or Brazilian Butt Lift, offered by Illuum Cosmetic Surgery under the expertise of Dr. Lakin, is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to augment and refine the appearance of the buttocks, both in size and contour. Unlike traditional butt lift surgeries that focus on lifting the existing tissue, BBL involves transferring fat from other body parts to the buttocks.

Importance of Proper Sleeping Position

How you sleep can significantly impact the healing process when recovering from a surgical procedure like BBL and breast augmentation. Proper sleeping positions are essential for protecting the grafted area and preventing complications. Here’s why adequate sleeping positions are so crucial:

Protecting the Grafted Area: The newly transferred fat cells are fragile and need time to integrate with the surrounding tissues. Sleeping directly on the buttocks can damage these cells, leading to uneven or suboptimal results. Proper sleeping positions help protect the grafted area.

Encouraging Healthy Blood Flow: Proper sleeping positions can promote healthy blood flow to the grafted area, which aids in healing and reduces swelling.

Preventing Complications: Following the surgeon’s guidelines for sleeping positions minimizes the risk of complications such as seromas, hematomas, or infections.

Maximizing Comfort: Recovery from BBL surgery can be uncomfortable, especially in the first few weeks. Finding a sleeping position that doesn’t put pressure on the surgical area can enhance comfort and contribute to a more restful sleep.

Supporting Overall Recovery: Proper BBL sleeping positions support the overall recovery process, helping the body heal more efficiently and potentially reducing the recovery time.

Recommended Sleeping Positions After BBL Surgery

Recovering from a BBL procedure requires careful attention to the correct sleeping positions to ensure optimal healing and preservation of the newly sculpted contours. Here are some recommended sleeping positions and considerations, especially for women who have had fat transferred to the hips:

Sleeping on Your Stomach

While sleeping on your back might seem like a natural choice, it’s generally not recommended after a BBL, especially when the fat has been transferred to the buttocks. Lying on your stomach is often the preferred position after BBL surgery. It ensures no pressure on the buttocks, protecting the newly transferred fat cells.

Using a Pillow Under Your Thighs

Lying directly on the newly grafted area can cause pressure that may damage the delicate fat cells, leading to uneven results. If you must sleep on your back, placing a BBL pillow or specially designed cushion under your thighs allows you to rest without putting direct pressure on the buttocks or hips. This position supports the legs while leaving the grafted areas free from compression.

Elevating the thighs slightly encourages healthy blood flow to the surgical areas, aiding in healing and reducing swelling. At the same time, improper positioning can affect blood flow negatively, potentially hindering the recovery process.

Side Sleeping (If Possible)

Side sleeping can be an option for some BBL patients, but it may not suit those who have had fat transferred to the hips. This position could put pressure on the hips, potentially affecting the results of the fat grafts.

If side sleeping is your preferred position, it’s essential to consult with your surgeon to ascertain if it’s appropriate for your specific procedure and recovery stage.

Tips for a Comfortable Night's Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for well-being and becomes even more vital during recovery after a procedure like BBL and tummy tuck surgery. Here are some practical tips to ensure a comfortable and restorative sleep:

Pain Management

Follow Medication Guidelines: If prescribed pain medication, follow your healthcare provider’s instructions carefully. Timely administration can prevent discomfort from disrupting your sleep after BBL.

Use Ice Packs: Applying ice packs to sore areas, as directed by your surgeon, can reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.

Mind Your Sleeping Position: Choose a sleeping position that minimizes pressure on sensitive areas, as your healthcare provider advises.

Investing in Supportive Products

Specialized Pillows: Consider investing in supportive pillows designed for post-surgical recovery. These can provide targeted support to avoid putting pressure on healing areas.

Quality Mattress: A supportive mattress that aligns with your body’s contours can make a significant difference in comfort.

Adjustable Bed: Utilizing an adjustable bed provides the flexibility to discover the ideal position that both fosters healing and enhances comfort during recovery.

Creating a Relaxing Environment

Keep the Room Dark: Darkness sends a cue to your brain, signaling it’s time for sleep. If necessary, employing a sleep mask or blackout curtains can help create the optimal environment for rest.

Maintain a Comfortable Temperature: A room that’s too hot or cold can disrupt sleep. Find a temperature that feels comfortable for you.

Limit Noise: If noise is an issue, using earplugs or a white noise machine might be considered to establish a calming background ambiance conducive to rest.

Develop a Bedtime Routine: Engaging in calming activities like reading or meditating before bed can signal your brain that it’s time to wind down.

Avoid Electronics: Exposure to blue light from devices such as phones, tablets, and computers may disrupt the body’s ability to produce melatonin, the hormone responsible for regulating sleep patterns. Consider avoiding these devices at least an hour before bedtime.

Common Mistakes to Avoid after BBL Surgery

Recovering from a procedure like a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) requires careful attention to detail and adherence to professional guidance. However, some common mistakes can hinder healing and affect the final results. Here’s what to avoid:

Ignoring Post-Operative Instructions: Your surgeon will provide specific guidelines for care, including recommended sleeping positions, activity levels, and medication management. Refrain from discarding these instructions to avoid complications and unsatisfactory results.

Skipping Follow-Up Appointments: Regular check-ins with your healthcare provider are essential for monitoring your progress and addressing concerns. Missing these appointments can hinder your recovery.

Self-Diagnosing Issues: If you experience unexpected symptoms or problems, consult your healthcare provider rather than attempting to diagnose or treat the issue yourself. Professional medical guidance is crucial for proper care.

Rushing the Recovery Process: Every patient’s healing timeline is unique, and attempting to return to normal activities too quickly can cause setbacks. Following your surgeon’s recommendations for gradually returning to daily routines is vital.

Sitting Directly on the Buttocks: During the initial BBL recovery phase, direct pressure on the newly grafted area should be avoided to prevent damage to the fat cells.

Wearing Tight or Restrictive Clothing: Opt for loose, comfortable garments that won’t put pressure on the healing areas.

Failing to Maintain a Healthy Diet: Proper nutrition supports healing, so a balanced diet should be maintained during recovery.


The success of a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) extends far beyond the operating room. While surgical expertise and technique are undoubtedly crucial, the recovery phase, particularly the choice of sleeping positions, plays an equally vital role in achieving the desired results.

Sleeping positions after a BBL are not merely about finding comfort during rest. They are integral to the healing process, protecting the newly transferred fat cells and fostering a conducive environment for recovery. Whether sleeping on the stomach, using specialized pillows, or even considering side sleeping with the surgeon’s approval, each position plays a vital role in protecting the grafted area, encouraging healthy blood flow, and ensuring overall comfort.

Adhering to the surgeon’s personalized guidelines and understanding the rationale behind these recommendations can significantly enhance the healing process. Ultimately, the proper sleeping positions contribute to the overall success of the BBL, leading to beautiful, long-lasting results that align with the patient’s aesthetic goals.

Schedule a Consultation

Whether you’re looking for Dr. Lakin’s expert insight or know exactly what you’re looking for, scheduling a consultation is the obvious and easy next step. Sit down with one of Michigan’s premier plastic surgeons and start your journey into illuminating the best version of yourself.

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Dr. Gregory Lakin, M.D.

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Lakin is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Novi, MI who believes cosmetic surgery should illuminate the best versions of his patients. He is bilingual in Spanish after growing up in South Florida and living abroad for 7 years in Spain, Mexico, Bolivia, and Puerto Rico. He moved from his hometown of Ft. Lauderdale, FL with his family to practice in Novi and live closer to his wife’s family. Dr. Lakin has nearly 20 years of experience in plastic surgery and has performed over 20,000 surgical procedures in South Florida, Los Angeles, New York, Cleveland, and Detroit. He has memberships in national plastic surgery organizations and has received numerous national awards in plastic surgery.

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Katie Wells BSN, RN

Nurse Injector

She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University and worked as an operating room nurse at Michigan Medicine for 2 years before transitioning to aesthetics. She
received her certification as a Nurse Injector, and attended further training and certification through Allergan Medical Institute. She absolutely loves being a Nurse Injector and is very passionate about
combining medicine and the creativity and artistry of aesthetics in her practice. It is extremely important to her to remain educated and up to date with the newest and best treatments and injection techniques. Her goal as an Injector is that when you sit in her chair that you feel comfortable, fully educated on your procedure, and confident and happy in your results when we are done. She loves forming connections with her patients and feels truly honored to be a part of your journey to becoming your most confident self, inside and out! She is a great listener and looks forward to creating an individualized plan to meet each of her patient’s unique goals and desires. Some of her favorite treatments include lip filler, Botox, and midface/cheek filler (but there is so much more!). When she is not injecting, you can find her trying new recipes, spending time with family, working out, gardening, or taking a long walk with her dog.

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Heidi Winkler BSN, RN

Director of Nursing & Surgical Services Leadership

Heidi’s goal is to ensure every patient has a positive experience and is satisfied with the high quality of service provided by our clinical staff. Her passion as a caregiver is to impact each person’s life in a positive way.

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Tonya has been a registered nurse for 15 years. She earned her BSN at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

She started her career as a trauma RN in Detroit. She has been working as a recovery RN for the past 8 years. She loves being part of a team that makes a difference in people’s lives. 

Her passions include lounging with her fur babies, family, and friends, traveling, crunching, and recycling. 

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