Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery Tips

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A growing number of patients are choosing Brazilian butt lift to reshape and augment their buttocks. In this procedure, your excess fat is removed with the use of gentle liposuction and is then injected to your “backside” at varying levels with micro-needles.

By making sure that each microdroplet of fat has a space between them, blood vessels can form around the material, leading to near permanent results.

But even under the best circumstances, patient cooperation is crucial to avoid postop complications and to achieve optimal results from the surgery.

The general rule of thumb is to avoid sitting for at least two weeks, or ideally three to four weeks. The idea is to prevent fat grafts from shifting and causing asymmetry and low survival rate.

To deliver significant improvements, at least 500 cc of purified fat is injected into each butt cheek, and aim to achieve a survival rate of 60-80 percent. Meanwhile, fats that survive after about three months are likely to be permanent.

While avoiding sitting is not that easy, it plays a crucial role in the long-term results of Brazilian butt lift. For this reason, it is highly advisable to take a two- or three-week off just to make your life easier during the most crucial time of your recovery.

To avoid pressure, it is also ideal to sleep on your stomach or side, preferably leaning more toward your tummy, for at least a week or two.

And after three weeks of no sitting, it remains helpful to use a cigar shape cushion when sitting in an attempt to avoid excessive pressure. You could also use two cylindrical pillows placed behind your knee and below your horizontal buttock crease, thus elevating your butt cheeks.

Take note that your backside is not the only area that needs some TLC. The donor site where the excess fat has been harvested must be taken care of as well.

Compression garments are particularly helpful in controlling the swelling in the donor site. The usual guideline is to use them most of the time in the first three weeks, although it is not uncommon for patients to wear them longer because they like the feeling of support.

But compared to the backside, the liposuctioned areas are not very painful.

The usual pain control treatment involves strong narcotic pain medications—e.g., Percocet and Hydrocodone—in the first few days of surgery. But after a week or so, you will no longer need them.

Another common recovery guideline is to perform light exercise such short walks several times a day—just make sure that your heart rate and blood pressure are within the normal range. This will improve your healing, minimize the risk of clotting or deep vein thrombosis, lethargy, persistent swelling, and weight gain.

And by third week, you can gradually begin your exercise routine.
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Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon