The Brazilian butt lift combines liposuction and fat grafting to achieve a shapelier appearance. Specialised liposuction techniques are used to ensure the excess fat cells are not harmed during the process and can safely be transplanted in the buttocks.
The procedure needs to be performed under general anaesthetic by a qualified and experienced surgeon such as Dr Morris Ritz. Overall, the procedure shouldn’t take longer than 3 hours to perform and you will be able to go home on the same day. What can you expect once you get home though?
While there is no specific guide that can tell you exactly what to expect, here are a few guidelines that will help.
Recovering from Your Butt Lift – Getting Home
You will experience pain and swelling once you get home but this can be alleviated with pain medication and by wearing your compression garment.
While everyone feels pain differently, most patients say their pain is the worse for the first five days, however, this won’t be the case for everyone. For the first week, it’s important to stay hydrated, rest and to take the prescribed medication. If a drainage tube was placed under your skin, it will be removed a week after your procedure.
Most patients can return to work a week to 10 days after their procedure but vigorous exercise should be avoided for at least a month.
You can expect to feel good on some days and slightly worse on others. Know that these feelings will pass as the weeks go by.
Keep in mind that your buttocks will look bigger until the swelling subsides. The final results of your surgery will only be visible four to six months after your procedure.
The Key to a Successful Recovery
The number one rule for your recovery is not to place any unnecessary pressure on the buttocks for at least six weeks. This means you can’t sit or lie directly on the buttocks as this can cause the newly transplanted fat cells to die.
Not being able to sit can be both frustrating and uncomfortable but it will be worth it when you recover as quickly as possible. Before your surgery, practice sitting on the back of your thighs instead of your buttocks as this is what you’ll need to do during your recovery. A specialised pillow can also make this slightly easier.
Make a point of doing some light walking two weeks after your procedure as this will increase blood flow to the area and promote healing. The increase in activity will also produce more endorphins which make it easier to feel better and stay positive during your recovery.
Wearing your compression garment for as long as your surgeon recommends is another step that you can take to speed up your recovery. Many patients wonder why they’re not recovering as quickly as they could but it’s mainly because they aren’t following their surgeon’s post-operative instructions as well as they could. Six weeks of dedication will be well worth it.