If you’ve recently had a BBL, you may find yourself loving the new shape of your buttocks but being driven mad by itching in your rear end. Although it may not provide much consolation when you’re in the throes of an itchy attack, itching is actually a good sign that the nerves in your body are healing well after your surgery. As long as the itching isn’t accompanied by rashes, redness, oozing, or swelling, itching is a sign that all is going well.
Why Does My Butt Itch After a BBL?
During a BBL, the nerves in your liposuction donor areas as well as those in your buttocks may become damaged or irritated. As a result, you may experience a bit of a numb sensation. As the nerves start to heal, an itching sensation is very normal.
It’s also natural for your body to produce histamine during the wound-healing process after any surgery. Histamines increase blood flow to the affected area to help your body heal and fight off infections. Unfortunately, histamines can also make you itchy and are the culprits behind the itchiness that often accompanies allergies.
How to Stop the Itching After a BBL?
Happily, there are several steps you can take to alleviate your discomfort. All of these itch-relieving practices can be used independently or safely in combination with one another, so feel free to experiment and devise the best plan for you.
- Antihistamines: Oral antihistamines can do a great job at relieving itchiness but use them with caution. Some of these medications cause drowsiness, which can help you sleep but isn’t ideal if you’ll be driving or participating in similar activities. Antihistamine creams and lotions are applied topically and won’t cause drowsiness, so consider opting for those on busy days.
- Cold Compress: A cold compress may also alleviate itching. An ice pack can also help but wrap it in a towel or cloth before applying to the skin. Don‘t place ice directly on your skin. A cold shower may also help but avoid taking a cool bath since you shouldn’t sit directly on your buttocks after a BBL.
- Avoid Alcohol: Drinking alcohol increases inflammation, so it’s best to avoid it during the BBL healing process. Consuming alcohol can make itching worse.
- Scratch Carefully: You don’t want to disrupt the newly injected fat cells in your buttocks so you should resist the urge to scratch if you can. If you absolutely can’t resist the urge to scratch, use a gentle brush to do so over top of your compression garment. Be gentle when doing so and keep your scratching to a minimum. Be aware that scratching also causes your body to release more histamine, so scratching can make itching worse.
What Should I Do If the Itching is Severe?
If you do experience itching, it should ease over time. If the itching is severe or doesn’t seem to get any better with time, talk to your doctor. They can make sure you’re not experiencing an infection or any surgical complications. They may also be able to prescribe stronger itch relief medication for you.