Most patients in Los Angeles will take one to two weeks off from work to recover from a Brazilian buttock lift surgery. This procedure involves liposuction of several areas followed by re-injection of the fat into the gluteal/buttock region. About one-third of the fat will not survive the transfer- it shrinks and dies. However, the other two-thirds of the fat that survives is permanent. It’s important in the early recovery period to avoid direct pressure on the buttock as this can affect the survival of the fat cells. Most patients will sleep on their stomach and sit with the assistance of pillows/cushions during the first few weeks after surgery. Patients are instructed to wear a compression garment for about one month after a Brazilian buttock lift procedure as this helps control the swelling and the contour. I like to see patients the day after surgery and one week later to be sure the garments are fitting properly. After about three months, the fat is fairly stable and you will have a fairly good idea of what your final outcome will look like.