Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery
Compared to other butt augmentation procedures such as butt implants, Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery is comparatively easy. That said, because Brazilian butt lifts are essentially two procedures - liposuction and fat transfer - both procedures must be brought into consideration when planning aftercare.
During your initial complimentary consultation at Clinic 360 in Toronto, your doctor will give you a set of pre-operative and post-operative instructions.
Right After Surgey
You should be able to return home the same day as the surgery, though it is advised that you get someone to pick you up from the clinic as you will likely still be feeling the effects of the anaesthetic. If possible, you should have them stay with you for the first few days after your operation. If you are in excessive pain following your Brazilian butt lift procedure, the two most popular options for painkillers are paracetamol and ibuprofen. These two types are ideal for patients who have received incisions because unlike a host of other pain relievers, they do not increase the risk of bleeding and swelling.
Post Operative Care Instructions
Following these diligently will help reduce your risks of complications and overall discomfort during the healing period. Some considerations while you recover from Brazilian butt lift include:
- Activity and Returning to Work: Normally, you should not return to regular activities for 2 to 3 weeks following your Brazilian butt lift procedure. This includes returning to work, depending on the level of physical activity entailed in your job. Vigorous exercise should be avoided for at least a month or per your doctor’s recommendations. Return to a full range of activities will not be possible until around four weeks.
- Compression Garments: A compression garment must be worn 24 hours a day for two weeks on your buttocks following your Brazilian butt lift surgery. This will greatly reduce swelling along with lower your chances of fluid build-up (i.e. hematomas and seromas). It is normal for some swelling and bruising to continue for up to 6 weeks.
- Avoid Sitting Down:It is of paramount importance that you do not sit down for at least 2 to 3 weeks following your Brazilian butt lift procedure unless absolutely necessary. The fat transferred to your buttocks must be treated extremely gently as it is prone to rupture, death (fat necrosis), or migration. If you must sit down, make sure it is on an extremely cushioned, soft pillow.
- Drainage Tubes: If your doctor feels you may be at risk for fluid build up in any of your treated areas, you may be given drainage tubes to alleviate the liquid. These will be taken out the first week following surgery.
- Follow up Appointments: You must attend a follow-up appointment with your surgeon at Clinic 360 in Toronto around a week after your Brazilian butt lift surgery. At this time, your surgeon will check up on your healing progress and remove drainage tubes. If you are experiencing abnormal pain, swelling, or oozing, this may be a sign of infection. If this is the case, do not wait until your follow-up appointment to address these symptoms but rather contact your surgeon immediately.
- Smoking:You should not smoke for at least a month following your surgery. This limits your blood flow, which, in turn, constricts oxygen to healing cells. Healing cells without oxygen do not repair nearly as quickly or effectively.
- Avoid Aspirin-Based Painkillers: Similar to smoking, Aspirin-based painkillers may constrict blood flow. They also impact blood clotting and may thus increase your risk of bleeding out. Your surgeon will provide you with a list of appropriate painkillers to use.
- Antibiotics: Many plastic surgeons will prescribe antibiotics as a precautionary measure against infection. These should be factored into your cost estimate of your Brazilian butt lift and the prescription must be followed through to its end.
- Warning Signs of Infection: Warning signs for infection include excessive amounts of redness and swelling; if either symptom emerges, the patient is advised to contact the surgeon as soon as possible. Two other less common though serious warning signs that may indicate infection include an unpleasant odour emanating from the wound, swollen glands, increased pain, fever, or an abnormally warm sensation in the sutured area.
- Stitches: Generally, stitches on the body are removed after 7 to 10 days, though the length of time will depend a great deal on the scale of fat removed and transferred during your Brazilian butt lift procedure.
The Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery Period
Though fat transfer technology has improved to the point that between 80-90% of all adipose cells transplanted survive, final results cannot be guaranteed until at least 3 months after your Brazilian butt lift procedure. This is why it is important to follow your surgeon’s post-care instructions, particularly when it comes to avoiding sitting down. Not only can this rupture newly transferred fat cells but also sitting may move them to areas where they will simply be reabsorbed by the body (fat migration).