Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery
When you have any kind of surgery, whether medical or cosmetic, what you do to take care of yourself after the procedure is just as important—if not more so—than the results of the surgery itself. Surgeons can do a lot of things to make you feel and look better, but they’re not magicians. What happens after the surgery is up to you.
In order to achieve full Brazilian butt lift recovery, it’s of the utmost importance that you take proper care of your buttocks after having a Brazilian butt lift. Post-surgical care helps ensure complication-free healing, and helps keep your butt from going right back to the way it looked before surgery. That would be a waste of time and money, so it’s important to make the effort to take proper care of yourself after the procedure, and always.
Brazilian Butt Lift
Brazilian Butt Lift
Immediately following your surgery, you will likely experience swelling, bruising and discomfort. These conditions will subside over time. In addition, your buttocks will appear very large, perhaps larger than you anticipated or desired. This is normal, and due to two factors: swelling, and an overabundance of fat.
Swelling is a result of any surgery, of course. However, it's important to know that your surgeon will inject more fat than is necessary to achieve your results. This is because your body will eliminate 30 to 40 percent of the fat transferred to your buttocks. Again, this is completely normal. Because your doctor will transfer a larger amount of fat than needed, once that elimination takes place, enough fat should remain to provide you with the desired results.
After your surgery is completed, you'll receive compression garments to wear for the following six to eight weeks. These garments help contain the fluids in your buttocks to diminish swelling, and maintain proper shape.
Compression garments also protect your buttocks from daily movement, and potential bumping or bruising. You'll need to wear your garments as much as possible throughout the day and night, except when you're changing your dressings, showering, or washing the garment.
For approximately two months after the procedure, you'll need to avoid sitting for long periods of time, except briefly such as when using the restroom. You must also lie on your side or stomach to sleep to avoid putting too much pressure on your buttocks for too long a period of time. After two months, you'll be able to sit for longer periods of time using a special pillow we'll provide to you after surgery, which will help keep pressure off your buttocks while you continue to heal.
You'll need to take one to two weeks off from work, possibly more if, for example, you have a job that requires sitting for long periods of time. You'll also need to avoid any heavy lifting or vigorous exercising for three to four weeks. During this time, drink plenty of fluids, rest, and listen to your body.
Your incisions will take two to three weeks to heal, but it will be approximately six months before you see the final results. It will take that long for the fat transfer to settle, and the swelling to fully subside.
Neglecting proper aftercare can lead to Brazilian butt lift risks and complications. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions for your post-surgical care. Be sure to follow them carefully.
For additional information, you can also watch these Brazilian butt lift post-surgical instruction videos.
Best Exercises to Maintain
Brazilian Butt Lift Results
- Stand with your head facing forward and your chest held up and out.
- Place your feet shoulder-width apart, or slightly wider. Extend your hands straight out in front of you to help keep your balance. You can also bend your elbows, or lace your fingers.
- Sit back and down like you’re sitting in an imaginary chair. Keep your head up and facing forward as your upper body bends forward a bit. Rather than allowing your back to round, let your lower back arch slightly as you descend.
- As you lower yourself, keep your thighs parallel to the floor, with your knees over your ankles. Press your weight back into your heels.
- Keeping your body tight, push from your heels to bring yourself back to the starting position. Repeat.
- Get on your hands and knees on an exercise mat, with your hands directly below your shoulders, and your hips and knees aligned. Don’t dip or raise your head. Keep your spine straight.
- Keeping your abs tight, lift your left leg up from the floor, knee bent and foot pointed to the ceiling. Hold, then extend the leg further upwards. Keep your upper body stable throughout the movement.
- Return to the starting position, then switch to the right leg. Repeat.
- Stand tall with your feet hip-width apart. Place your hands on your hips, and take a slow, controlled step forward with your right leg.
- Keeping your spine tall and the weight in your heels, lower your body until both your front and back legs form 90-degree angles, and your knees are aligned with your ankles. Pause.
- Press into your right heel to stand, and bring your right leg back to return to start. Make sure not to wobble! Step forward with your left leg and repeat.
Standing Lateral Leg Raises
- Stand straight with your feet shoulder-width apart.
- Lift your left leg out to the side, making about a 45 degree angle with your right leg. Keep your left knee straight. Hold on to a chair or bar with your right hand for stability, if necessary.
- Bring your left leg back down but do not let your foot touch the ground between reps. Repeat with the other leg.
Side Leg Raises
- Lie on your right side, and place your feet one on top of the other. Support your head with your right hand. Lift your left leg straight up from the hip.
- Keep your hips aligned vertically, and your torso as still as possible. Lift and lower your leg for the desired number of repetitions. Repeat with the other leg.
Plank Leg Raises
- Start in the plank position: Bend your elbows so that your forearms are on floor, hands flat on the floor or clasped in a fist. Place your toes on the floor, and lift your body so that it’s slightly off the floor, only as high as your toes and forearms will allow. Keep your back straight.
- Raise one leg straight up as far as you can without pain. Hold for five seconds, or as long as you can.
- Return to plank position. Switch legs and repeat.
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