Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery: What To Expect + Tips
Brazilian butt lift is an extremely popular surgery, but lasting results also depend on surgery aftercare. Learn the best Brazilian butt lift recovery tips here
This procedure was invented by Dr. Pitanguy with his first plastic surgery in 1963. There is no denying that BBLs (Brazilian Butt Lifts) are gaining immense popularity. According to ASPS statistics, more than 24,000 buttock augmentation with fat grafting procedures were performed in 2018 – an increase of 19 percent over the previous year.
The Brazilian Butt Lift also called gluteal fat augmentation is a surgical procedure where surgeons use one’s own fat which is removed by liposuction from other body areas where it is simple to obtain. The isolated fat is then injected into the subcutaneous tissues of the buttocks to enhance their size and shape. A well-performed procedure will give you a natural looking buttock while giving the desired enhancements of the areas where the fat was removed.
The prime turn-off with getting this procedure is the post care requirements. Like all other surgical procedures, a Brazilian Butt Lift has become an extremely popular procedure, but lasting results also depend on surgery aftercare. Learn the best Brazilian butt lift recovery tips here.
What to Expect Post Procedure
Here’s what you can expect after the procedure.
1. Pain and Discomfort
After liposuction has been done, you are likely to experience some discomfort in the areas where fat was removed. The severity will vary but you can get rid of the pain through over-the-counter or prescriptions from your surgeon to help you through the Brazilian butt lift recovery process.
2. Fluid Draining
After a BBL procedure, you’re likely to notice blood-stained fluid oozing from the incisions where fat was removed. This should not worry you as draining is due to the excess fluids from these points which is entirely normal. This typically stops within 24 hours after the procedure.
Don’t be alarmed to notice some swelling or asymmetry on your buttocks. After the procedure, some of the injected fat will be eventually digested as normal fat calories. This is why when aiming at a preferred enhancement size the surgeons have to go a bit bigger because not all the fat will be retained. After about 5-6 weeks post procedure, you’ll be able to tell the amount of fat that has survived.
After this, the Brazilian butt lift recovery process will be smooth and everything should stay consistent and there should be no more fat loss and the injected fat will remain incorporated into your own body tissues.
4. The BBL Recovery Process Differs for Everyone
Everyone will respond to the procedure differently. This means the timeline for BBL recovery will not be the same for everyone. The time you will have to wear the compression garment will differ from patient to patient. How well your skin will contract during the first week’s post-procedure visit will vary according to many factors.
Creative Sitting Positions
Don’t be surprised to realize how many times you sit in a single day. Sitting after the BBL procedure exerts pressure on your buttocks which interferes with the process of fat transfer. This can cause less fat to survive. It’s important to avoid sitting until given the go-ahead by your surgeon. After that, you can use your Brazilian butt lift pillow to sit on.
Tips on Butt Lift Recovery
The above are the five things you should expect immediately after the operation. Now that you’re well prepared, let’s look at the 5 Brazilian butt lift recovery tips you need to follow to maximize your BBL results.
1. Sitting and Sleeping
Are you aware of how many times you’re sitting down in a day? We sit down almost the whole day at work, in the nicely padded movie seats, at the dinner table, in the car, etc. If you get a BBL this is something you’ll have to avoid at all costs. With the exception of the toilet, you have to avoid sitting down for a period not less than 10-14 days after the procedure.
This is because you need to protect the grafted fat. The new fat cells need to settle within the tissues and heal. Sitting down introduces pressure to the fat preventing this healing. You will also need to avoid sleeping on your back because it will add pressure on your buttocks.
You’ll need to sleep either sideways or on your chest down during the entire recovery period. In case you’re worried about unconsciously rolling over onto your back while sleeping; you could wear a backpack with a golf/tennis ball in it. If you assume a back position while sleeping, the ball will cause your back discomfort, making you shift onto your side.
2. Compression Garments
Following the BBL operation, the surgeon will recommend wearing a special compression garment to help treat the liposuctioned areas. It’s recommended to wear the garment for a period determined by your surgeon to ensure that the areas heal well. It also helps to minimize swelling, reduce discomfort, and help the skin contract.
You are advised to keep away from all high impact physical activities/exercises until cleared by your surgeon. Performing strenuous routines before when you’re yet to heal fully could affect the fat transferred. After about 6-8 weeks following the operation, the fat cells transferred will be stable enough to undertake vigorous exercises. Here’s a quick guide of the useful butt exercise routines:
- Donkey Kicks
- Standing lateral leg raises
- Side leg raises
- Plank leg raises
4. Healthy Diet
You’ll need to follow your surgeon’s recommended dietary guidelines. This will include plans like eating well-balanced meals, low sugar intake and fat consumption. You’ll also need to watch out for salty foods because this will promote liquid retention.
Usually, after any surgical procedure, you want the swelling to subside as soon as possible. Consumption of whole foods containing low sodium naturally achieves this.
5. Stay alert for Infection Signs
You’ll need to be wary of the signs for a possible BBL infection. Such signs might include excessive amounts of swelling and/ redness; if either of these symptoms occur, you are advised to contact the surgeon immediately. Other less common but nevertheless serious symptoms that may arise indicating an infection can include an odor that is usually unpleasant oozing off the wound, a fever, swollen glands, or increased pain.
What to Expect in a Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure and Recovery Tips
Now you’re well aware of what to expect during a Brazilian butt lift recovery, you should be good to kick off your own transformation process. There’s also a lot of information on our website to help you as well as the testimonials of our happy clients.
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