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What to Expect during Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery

By The Landings Surgical Centre on November 25, 2017


A woman's buttocks after Brazilian butt lift recoveryThose who wish to have a rounder, more voluptuous bottom may benefit from the Brazilian butt lift procedure. During a Brazilian butt lift, fat is transferred from the thighs, abdomen, or other areas with excess fat and grafted into the buttocks to create a well defined, proportionate bottom.

When considering a Brazilian butt lift, patients should understand what to expect during the recovery process. While each patient's recovery experience will be unique, the following are some general things to expect during Brazilian butt lift recovery.

For personalized recovery information, contact Halifax, NS plastic surgeons Richard Bendor-Samuel and Louis Boileau.

The First Few Days after Surgery

During the first few days after Brazilian butt lift surgery, patients should expect to experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort around the buttocks. Patients will be given a prescription for pain medication to help manage discomfort during recovery and compression garments to help reduce swelling.

Compression garments should be worn at all times during recovery to help support the tissues while the body heals, but may be removed when showering. Most patients are able to shower about two days after surgery provided they gently wash the buttocks.

During recovery, it's important for patients to avoid putting pressure on the buttocks when sitting or lying down. Keeping pressure off the buttocks helps the fat transferred during the Brazilian butt lift procedure to successfully integrate with the existing buttock tissue. Placing pillows under the thighs or laying on the stomach can help keep pressure off the buttocks. 

It's also recommended that patients stay hydrated and stick to healthy foods that are low in sodium to reduce swelling and encourage healing.

Patients should get plenty of rest and avoid strenuous exercise or other activities, as these can increase the risk of complications.

Additionally, it's often beneficial for patients to have a friend or family member stay with them during the first few days of recovery to help around the house.

The Week after Surgery

During the first week of recovery, patients will need to get plenty of rest and take time off from work. Many patients are well enough to return to work after about a week of recovery, but should continue to avoid strenuous activity.

Patients should also avoid alcohol, smoking, or taking certain medications, such as aspirin, certain vitamins, such as vitamin E, and certain supplements, such as ginkgo biloba, as these can increase the risk of bleeding and interfere with healing.

Patients are encouraged to take short, light walks during the first week of recovery to help with blood circulation and healing. 

Two to Three Weeks after Surgery

By two to three weeks after surgery, patients should continue to avoid strenuous activity. Normal activities that don't require heavy lifting, stretching, or squatting may be resumed. Some patients will be recovered enough to begin sitting on their buttocks around three weeks after recovery, but should confirm with their surgeon before doing so.

One Month after Surgery and Beyond

After about a month of recovery, patients can begin bathing in a tub or swimming again. Most patients are fully healed within two to six months after surgery. However, patients may be given approval to resume strenuous activities as early as six weeks after surgery. Final results of Brazilian butt lift treatment can be expected once all swelling has subsided, about six months or less after surgery. 

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For answers to your questions about Brazilian butt lift recovery or to find out if this treatment is right for you, please contact our staff to schedule your personal consultation.

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