It seems like everyone is in search of the perfect derriere, and more and more people are turning to the Brazilian butt lift to find it. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 24,000 people had the procedure last year. Their doctors removed unwanted fat from one part of the body and surgically inserted into their butt areas in order to help them achieve a fuller, rounder backside. If you're thinking about joining them, you probably have questions about how long it will take before you're able to get up, out and enjoy the results.
Here's a look at the recovery process--and what you can do to move it along.
It's a Little Pain for A Lot of Gain
Saying that the Brazilian butt lift is a painless procedure wouldn't be entirely accurate. But saying the pain is minimal would be spot on, especially when you consider the benefits.
Many patients experience a moderate level of pain and a touch of tenderness in the areas of the body from which their doctors removed the fat cells. There also may be some bruising and swelling around the injection sites. By and large, the small amount of pain is easily managed with over-the-counter pain medication, and most of it will subside by the end of the first week.
Most patients say it's a small price to pay for the results.
Have a Seat ... Just Not Right Away
After your procedure, you're probably going to want to avoid putting too much pressure on your buttocks right away. Any pressure you put on the injection area could limit blood circulation, which can make the procedure less effective.
This doesn't mean you can't sit down. You can, but your doctor may request that you use a special pillow that relieves pressure from the butt area and distributes it to your thighs. You probably won't want to sleep on your back for a while, either. So if you're not a natural side- or stomach-sleeper, you may want to put in a little practice before the procedure.
But don't worry, you should be back to normal within a few weeks after your Brazilian butt lift.
Accessorize with Compression Garments
Good news: There are going to be some new additions to your wardrobe! After the procedure, your doctor will probably recommend that you wear compression garments (similar to a girdle) around the areas where the fat was removed from your body. The garments help ensure that the areas heal properly. They also help reduce swelling and discomfort.
Eschew Exercise for a Little While
In order to achieve the best results possible, your doctor will probably ask you not to exercise for a few weeks after the procedure. This means no Orangetheory, running, weightlifting, yoga, or other types of strenuous physical activity.
Once everything has settled, you'll be able to get back at it, but just make sure to talk to your doctor first.
What About Work?
Depending on what line of work you're in--and how much sitting you do during the typical work day--your doctor will likely recommend that you spend two or three weeks at home recovering from the procedure.
All in all, it won't take long before you're back to all your normal activities after a Brazilian butt lift. If you have more questions about the procedure, please don't hesitate to connect with us today.