Know What to Expect during Your Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery
Knowing what to expect following any surgical procedure can be helpful during the healing period. The Brazilian butt lift procedure can effectively improve the shape of your buttocks. However, there are several guidelines and recommendations that can help you achieve a successful and speedy recuperation. At Frisco Plastic Surgery & Medspa in Frisco, TX, Dr. Ken Smart offers insight on what to expect during your Brazilian butt lift recovery.
Initial Recovery: What to Expect
Most patients will be able to comfortably stand and walk around after the first day or two, although recovery times can vary for each individual. Bruising, swelling, and discomfort are all normal aspects of healing. You will most likely notice clear or reddish drainage coming from the incision sites as well. This is common, and should not cause concern.
To address pain or tenderness, prescription pain medications will be given. It must be noted that driving should be avoided until you discontinue the narcotics. Over-the-counter pain medications, such as acetaminophen, can also be helpful in alleviating these side effects. Most patients find they can comfortably return to work in two to three weeks after treatment.
Wear a Compression Garment
Typically, a compression garment is provided to protect the areas where fat was harvested via liposuction. This should be worn for several weeks to promote healing and minimize swelling and discomfort. Because each case is unique, specific instructions will be provided by Dr. Smart.
Use Safe Resting Postures
Following a Brazilian butt lift, we recommend that you do not sit directly on your bottom for several weeks. Placing too much pressure on the surgical area can actually crush the new cells and kill fat grafts. Special resting postures will be reviewed with you prior to surgery so you can protect the new fat cells while they integrate. You must sleep on your sides or your stomach. If sitting is an absolute necessity, you must use an appropriate cushion, such as a donut pillow.
Minimize Your Activity Level
Exercise involving high-impact activities should be completely avoided for the first four weeks. This is because the fat cells are still stabilizing, and they cannot withstand activities such as running, jogging, or jumping. After one month, light exercise can be slowly reintroduced. Typically, most patients can resume their normal exercise regimens in approximately six to eight weeks following surgery.
Practice a Healthy Lifestyle
In order for your body to heal properly, a diet rich in whole foods is recommended. When your body receives proper nutrients, it can create appropriate support to sustain the new fat cells. It is also vitally important to avoid smoking, as tobacco products can severely impede the healing process.
When to Call Us
As is the case with any surgical procedure, complications can occur, though they are rare. Call us immediately if you notice:
- An increase in swelling or bruising after the first few days
- Persistent redness around the incision sites
- Any side effects to the prescription medications, such as headaches, nausea, rash, or vomiting
- A high fever
- Severe pain that is not alleviated with medication
- Yellow or green drainage from the incision sites
- A foul odor
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Loss of motion or sensation
Learn More about Brazilian Butt Lifts
If you have questions about Brazilian butt lift recovery, or if you would like to learn more about cosmetic treatment options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Smart. You can call our office at (972) 334-0400 or contact us online anytime.