Some people live by the mantra, “I don’t want to do it. I want to have done it.” Something similar could be said about plastic surgery: you don’t want to go through surgery and recovery, but you want the aesthetic results. Despite the downsides of recovering from surgery, countless plastic surgery patients attest that their results are well worth it. While you may be feeling apprehensive about your Brazilian butt lift recovery, you can have the best recovery experience by preparing yourself for what to expect and by following your surgeon’s recommendations.
What to Expect
It is safe to assume that you will experience some bruising and swelling both in your buttocks and in your liposuction harvest sites. Some discomfort may also occur initially, which can be eased with oral pain medication. You will be expected to wear special compression garments to minimize swelling, improve healing, and preserve your results. Additionally, you should expect to take about three weeks off from work and at least three weeks off from sitting or placing pressure on your buttocks. Finally, you should expect to reduce your exercise activities for several weeks. Dr. Pollack will give you more personalized postoperative instructions as needed.
The full length of recovery after a Brazilian butt lift, from the date of the procedure to the time that swelling has fully subsided and the final results are visible, is approximately two months. However, there are steps to look forward to along the way. Bruising and discomfort should subside within one to two weeks after surgery. Most patients can resume work and limited sitting after three weeks, and many can recommence light to moderate exercise after four weeks. Most major swelling will subside after six weeks. The final results are typically visible by two months after surgery, which means that after only two months, your recovery will be completed in its entirety.
The Importance of No Sitting
It is important to avoid applying pressure to your buttocks for a minimum of three weeks after the surgery. This means that you must avoid sitting for three weeks after your procedure. Doing so could risk the quality of your results and reduce the amount of transferred fat cells that are preserved. After this time frame, you can sit in modified positions as long as you place only limited pressure on your buttocks. Various butt lift pillows have been designed to assist patients through the challenge of going so long without traditional sitting. Once you have fully healed, you will be able to sit normally.
Getting to Your Results
Knowing that the results of Brazilian butt lift surgery are long lasting to permanent, the recovery is considerably brief. Before you know it, your recovery will be over, and you will be enjoying the fullness of your results. After your Brazilian butt lift, your buttocks will have enhanced and natural-looking roundness, fullness, and firmness.
While every surgical procedure has a recovery period, your Brazilian butt lift recovery can go smoothly and speedily as you carefully follow Dr. Pollack’s surgical recommendations. For more information on what to expect, schedule your Brazilian butt lift consultation with Dr. Pollack by calling (858) 450-9100 or by filling out our online contact form today.