Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery Tips

screen-shot-2016-11-12-at-7-57-46-pmWhether you’ve already scheduled your Brazilian Butt Lift, or you’re still thinking about it, you’ll find these recovery tips to be super helpful! Like all my Dayton cosmetic surgery patients, I know you want to look in the mirror the day after your procedure and be able to say, “WOW!”, but the truth is, you’re going to have some recovery time to get through and the more prepared you are, in advance, the better you’ll feel (and look!).

Here are the top things to know:

  1. Have someone drive you home after the procedure.
  2. Have someone stay with you the first day or two. You won’t be incapacitated, but you won’t feel super duper either. It’s nice to have someone around to fetch drinks and to order Chinese food (or whatever comfort food you like!)
  3. It’s normal to feel a little “achy” the first few days.
  4. Stay off your duff for 3-4 weeks after your procedure. I’ll tell you when you can sit on your bum. But until then, don’t. Lie down when you watch TV. Sleep on your tummy or on your side. Stand up when you eat. If you have to go to work right away, don’t spend the day seated. Take showers, not baths. Talk to me if you work a job that requires ANY lifting or ANY prolonged sitting.
  5. No beach, pool, baths, or hot tubs until I tell you it’s OK.
  6. You will bruise. It’s normal. Ice packs help. Thankfully, your backside isn’t visible to the world like it would be with a facial procedure.
  7. You will have incisions in two places. They will be very small. One set will be where the fat was removed (liposuction). The other set will be where the fat was injected into your butt. You’ll have gauze dressings on those areas as well.
  8. Your incisions may ooze or leak a little. It it’s a lot, call me.
  9. Likewise, if you smell any foul odor from incisions, call me.
  10. Don’t shower the first 2 days after your Brazilian Butt Lift.
  11. Some people need prescription pain medication and some don’t. If you do, drink lots of water and eat more fruit & veggies, because pain meds make most people constipated, and sitting on the potty isn’t going to feel comfortable right away.
  12. If you take pain medication, don’t drink or drive.
  13. Don’t smoke! It delays healing and increases the risk of infection.
  14. Don’t lay around in bed. Get up and walk around. Walking helps the swelling go down and lowers the risk for blood clots.
  15. Walking is the best (and only) exercise for you at first. I’ll let you know when it’s OK to go back to the gym, jogging, etc.
  16. Most of my Brazilian Butt Lift patients leave the OR with a compression garment (a bit like Spanx) that you’ll wear 24/7 until I tell you it’s OK to stop wearing it. Take it off to shower and dry the areas well, put it back on, along with the gauze we’ll give you. Don’t worry, we’ll show you how to do this at your first postop appointment.
  17. MANY people feel a little “down” after surgery. It’s normal. If you feel extremely depressed, call me.
  18. Expect to see your final results in about 6 months. Yes, 6 months. It really does take time for the swelling to completely go away and for things to settle down. Trust me, it’ll be worth the wait!



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