What are the Dos and Don'ts After BBL Surgery?
In Tucson, AZ, Brazilian butt lift surgery continues to grow in popularity year after year. With this fairly scar-free procedure, BBL plastic surgery is a more natural body contouring method that can utilize your unwanted fat cells to achieve fantastic butt augmentation results. Individuals looking to boost their backside and add more volume to their derriere can redefine their silhouette with this fat transfer to buttocks procedure. So, what kind of recovery period can you expect with this type of butt lift surgery?
Read on to learn more from board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao at Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery. Or, contact our office to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Rao to learn more about how this fat grafting technique works and what to expect with the recovery period.
What does a BBL do?
A BBL plastic surgery procedure, also known as a Brazilian butt lift, offers men and women the ability to enhance or add volume to a saggy or flat derriere, resulting from genetics, age, or significant weight loss. A two-part procedure incorporating liposuction removes excess fat from donor sites on the body, such as the thighs, hips, abdomen, or lower back. Healthy fat cells are injected to add fullness and volume in the buttocks and provide stunning results. However, there are specific post-operative guidelines to follow on how to maintain BBL results afterward and get the most out of your procedure.
Is sitting after BBL surgery prohibited?
There are some temporary restrictions after Brazilian butt lift surgery. Transplanted fat cells are fragile in the first few weeks or until new blood vessels are established in the target area to provide nutrients and oxygen to the cells. Placing pressure on the buttocks can prevent those blood vessels from forming, causing transplanted fat to shift or even be destroyed. Unfortunately, this means patients must avoid sitting directly on their buttocks for at least three weeks after Brazilian butt lift surgery. It also means patients must sleep on their side or stomach during this crucial time, allowing newly grafted fat cells time to settle into place.
When can I start working out after BBL surgery?
Dr. Rao and his helpful team at Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery in Tucson, AZ will provide helpful instructions about recovering at home to each patient after their BBL plastic surgery. While patients should avoid placing direct pressure on their buttocks for at least three weeks, it also means following these helpful tips below:
- No strenuous exercising, stretching, or squatting movements for three weeks, as this can put pressure on transplanted fat cells or decrease proper blood circulation to the target area. Patients can typically return to their regular exercise routine in about 4 – 6 weeks, or once cleared by Dr. Rao.
- Smoking is prohibited as it slows down the natural healing process. It is called vasoconstriction, or narrowing of the blood vessels, which decreases the delivery of new oxygen to newly transplanted fat cells.
- Do not apply ice directly to the buttocks or incision areas when the target area is numb following the procedure. Patients can develop frostbite as a result.
What to do after BBL plastic surgery?
Immediately following the procedure, patients will wear a compression garment that will help minimize bruising and swelling, promoting proper blood flow while the body is healing. It is not unusual for patients to experience some discomfort, numbness, and slight bleeding at the donor sites where fat was harvested and in the buttocks. Patients should take all prescribed medications as directed by Dr. Rao and if changes need to be made, contact our facility to discuss. Eating healthy after a BBL procedure and getting plenty of rest is also vital to give the body plenty of energy for the healing process, allowing patients a smoother recovery period.
We understand you may have more questions about a fat transfer to buttocks procedure and what to expect during the recovery period. Dr. Rao and his caring staff will take the time to review the most commonly asked questions and give each patient the information they need to feel comfortable before their Brazilian butt lift surgery. If you would like to learn more, we invite you to schedule a consultation today with Dr. Arun Rao at Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery in Tucson, AZ.