Shapely buttocks accentuate the curves of a woman’s body and make anyone look great in a swimsuit. If you’re aspiring to achieve round, firm and lifted buttocks you can either work out or consider Brazilian Butt Lift surgery. “BBL” is a cosmetic procedure that transfers fat cells to enhance the size and shape of your booty. It’s safer, less invasive and looks more natural than silicone implants. The recovery process may vary from one patient to another. However, there are general factors such as pain, fluid draining, discomfort and more. In this article, we discuss the general timeline of the recovery process after undergoing a Brazilian Butt Lift.
Immediately After: Pain and Discomfort
Pain and discomfort are expected in most cosmetic procedures. After a BBL, the pain is felt from bruising, swelling and tenderness in certain areas. This should be expected to last for a couple of weeks or less. The severity of the pain will depend on your pain tolerance and the technique used by the surgeon. Your surgeon will prescribe medication to manage the initial pain and discomfort.
The Next Few Days: Fluid Drainage
Another thing to expect is tumescent fluid draining from the incision points where fat cells were harvested. This fluid is tinged with blood but there is no need to be alarmed when this happens. This is completely normal and generally does not cause any complications whatsoever. This will continue for the next few days after the BBL procedure.
The Next Two to Three Weeks: Compression Garments & Days Off
Your surgeon will most likely advise that you wear compression garments around the clock for two to three weeks. That’s right, you’ll have to wear it 24/7 for a month or less. This is necessary to keep the swelling down to a minimum. It also ensures proper healing of the harvest areas of your body. During this time it is also important to take the two to three weeks off from work to minimize sitting and to let your body heal.
The Next Couple of Months: Sitting and Sleeping
It is generally advised to avoid applying pressure to your buttocks for at least 8 weeks. Avoid sitting and lying on your back during this period. This is to ensure that the newly transferred fat cells survive for lasting results. It’s hard to imagine not sitting at all for two months but a BBL pillow will get you through these tough times. You’ll also need to avoid driving and get used to sleeping on your stomach.
After Two Months: Resuming Regular Activities
By two months, the transferred fat cells are stable enough to handle regular day to day activities. You will also be able to do fat-burning exercises like moderate to high impact cardio. The results of the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure is also evident by this time as the body fully recovers. Finally, you will be able to sit down, drive and lie on your back.
Tips for A Successful Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery:
- Maintain a healthy diet. This generally applies in any and all situations but even more so after a BBL procedure. Eat foods rich in nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to support healing and recovery. Healthy fats and calories are ideal for providing transferred fat cells with ample blood supply.
- Invest in a quality BBL pillow. BBL pillows are specialized cushions that transfer the pressure to your thighs instead of your butt when you sit. It takes relieves a lot of the difficulties during the recovery period.
- Stay hydrated. Amp up your water intake up to more than the usual. Your body’s self-healing properties rely heavily on H2O. Load up on electrolytes as well to aid in your body’s water absorption.
- Keep your weight stable. Because the transferred fat cells are all natural and all from you, it is likely that you’ll lose them as you lose weight as well. When it comes to gaining weight, you’ll have new problem areas to worry about. Keep your weight stable to maximize the results and reap your efforts during the recovery.
The mentioned information above is applicable for most cases of BBL patients. However, individual factors such as overall health, the expertise of the surgeon and the technique used can affect the recovery process. Following post-op instructions down to a tee for a successful Brazilian Butt Lift. Keep this in mind as you consider to undergo the procedure.