What is the Recovery After a Brazilian Butt Lift?

Center for Plastic Surgery

The Brazilian Butt Lift can be a powerful procedure to improve the contour, projection, and overall shape of the buttock region.  The length of the surgery depends upon the amount of liposuction being done, but in many cases would probably be in the 4-hour range.  While your surgeon will do everything possible in the operating room to give you the shape you desire, the result can be compromised if a careful postoperative regimen is not followed.  The fat cells transferred to your buttock region must go through a delicate process in order to survive in their new home, and excessive pressure on the newly transferred fat cells before they are stable in their new environment can lead to fat cell death.

After the procedure

When you wake up from the procedure, you will be on your back, but as soon as your anesthesiologist feels you are stable, you will be asked to lay on your belly. Over the next few hours, as you become more awake, you can continue to lay on your belly or on either side, but not directly on your back or buttocks. For the first 10 days after surgery, no sitting is permitted except for using the toilet. After these first 10 days, you may sit with modifications that offload pressure from the buttocks. Some of these modifications include sitting with a pillow underneath your thighs or using a special chair, such as a cane chair, that keeps pressure off the buttock region. With these modifications in place, you should be able to drive, return to work, go out to dinner, etc. These modifications are required for 8 weeks, after which time there are no longer any restrictions.

Achieving the maximum result after Brazilian Butt Lift requires a commitment on your part to follow a rather strict recovery process, but it is the key to getting that buttock shape you desire.

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