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The initial recovery period for a Brazilian Butt Lift is generally two to three weeks, although you need to wait six to eight weeks to resume all of your normal activities. The first week is the most involved, and you should consider getting help at home to run errands, care for your children, and prepare meals. Along with managing symptoms, you need to follow the guidelines provided by your cosmetic surgeon to avoid prolonging the recovery process.
Bruising and swelling in the buttocks are common after a Brazilian Butt Lift. The bruising and swelling are typically isolated to the areas where the cosmetic surgeon harvested the fat cells for the procedure. This can lead to some discomfort, especially for the first 48 hours following the procedure. Your cosmetic surgeon might prescribe prescription pain medication to help manage the discomfort. Remember that you should not drive if you are on prescription pain medication.
After finishing prescription pain medication, you can switch to over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol to manage the discomfort.
Your cosmetic surgeon will send you home with a compression garment that reduces the pain and swelling while promoting healing. It also helps the skin retract, so you will get the results that you want. You will likely wear the compression garment full-time for three weeks and 12-hours a day for an additional five weeks. However, your cosmetic surgeon will assess your body’s healing capabilities to determine the schedule for you. Some patients have to wear the garment full-time for eight weeks.
Your buttocks need ample time to heal after undergoing a Brazilian Butt Lift. If you sit directly on the buttocks while your body is still healing, the fat grafts will not receive adequate blood supply. If the grafts do not receive enough blood, the fat cells might not survive the recovery process. To avoid this problem, avoid direct contact with your buttocks for eight weeks.
You’ll need to sleep on your stomach during this period and place an inflatable or donut pillow under your thighs when you sit. This will change your position and shift the pressure so it’s not on your buttocks. Even with the pillow, don’t sit for prolonged periods of time for the first eight weeks.
Getting back to normal life is the goal, and it won’t take long. Most people return to work after a week, although you’ll want to wait a bit longer if your job is strenuous or your employer cannot accommodate you.
You’ll also want to exercise to maintain your results, but don’t start too soon. Light walking is a good idea right after the procedure. However, you shouldn’t engage in vigorous exercise until your cosmetic surgeon clears you. This is normally sometime between weeks six and eight.
Use this recovery timeline as a general guideline regarding what to expect after a Brazilian Butt Lift. Your cosmetic surgeon will provide specific instructions for you.