A Brazilian butt lift (BBL) can improve the appearance of your buttocks and achieve a more youthful, shapely look. But as with any cosmetic surgery, it is important to follow all post-operative instructions to ensure a smooth recovery. This includes avoiding strenuous exercises and getting plenty of rest at home. So, how long after butt augmentation can you do squats in the gym again?

Below, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao discusses when it is safe to resume squats and other butt-strengthening exercises after a BBL. Call Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery to see why our practice in Tucson, AZ is a trusted provider of this popular body contouring treatment.

What areas are treated with a Brazilian butt lift?

A Brazilian butt lift is considered minimally invasive but does involve two key procedures. First, liposuction removes fat from one body area, such as the abdomen, thighs, or lower back. This fat is then purified and injected into the buttocks for extra volume and shape. Many women choose this treatment because they can avoid devices like silicone implants and achieve natural results.

General anesthesia may be required, and it takes about 3 – 4 hours to complete the BBL process. Afterward, patients are sent home with a responsible family member to recover. Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery provides detailed post-operative instructions to ensure a smooth and complication-free recovery.

Side effects after a Brazilian butt lift

Most people report swelling and bruising for several days after butt augmentation. This is normal and to be expected as your body adjusts to the new contours. Any discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter or prescription pain medication.

Patients should not place any weight on the buttocks for three weeks following their BBL in Tucson, AZ. This means no sitting directly on your bottom during this time. You can use a donut-shaped pillow to make sitting more comfortable. Additionally, you should sleep with supportive pillows to reduce pressure on the buttocks.

When to resume squats and other exercises

We understand people are excited to get back to their workout routine and show off their new shape. However, returning to the gym too soon after body contouring can increase your risk of complications and poor healing.

Dr. Rao recommends avoiding all butt-strengthening exercises for 3 – 6 weeks after surgery. Your recovery timeline will change based on how you feel and the progress of your BBL recovery. Remember that the donor area (where fat was removed) also needs time to heal in addition to the buttocks.

After this time has passed, you can gradually resume these exercises. Start with light workouts and feel free to increase activity levels as tolerated. If you experience pain, swelling, or other unusual symptoms, stop the exercise and contact Dr. Rao right away. We may need to schedule a follow-up examination.

A speedy recovery after butt augmentation

So when can you resume squats, lunges, and other exercises that work the gluteal muscles after a Brazilian butt lift? Now you have your answer from board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao. If you have questions about body contouring or want information about how it works, call Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery for a BBL consultation in Tucson, AZ. Our English and Spanish-speaking staff is happy to address your concerns.


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