Virtually unheard of less than a decade ago, Brazilian butt lift surgery (gluteal augmentation with fat grafting) has become well known in recent years. This is likely because of its endorsement by celebrities. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the number of Brazilian butt lift procedures performed in the United States went from 18,489 to 20,301 from 2016 to 2017, an increase of 10%. More and more people are deciding to have this surgery themselves because of the amazing results that can be achieved. With a Brazilian butt lift, you can have a significantly more defined, hourglass-like figure that emphasizes the curves of your thighs, waist, hips, and butt.
Many believe the Brazilian butt lift is a significant improvement over implant-based methods of surgical butt augmentation. The Brazilian butt lift uses liposuction to move fat from one part of the body to another in a process called fat transfer or fat grafting. This technique is less invasive & longer lasting than artificial butt implants, presents virtually zero chance of tissue rejection or allergic reaction, and achieves a natural looking & feeling effect.
There are some special considerations one must make when recovering from Brazilian butt lift surgery. Because of the location of the surgical site, you’ll need to limit your amount of sitting and sleep on your back for the first two to three weeks of this plastic surgery recovery period. Although Brazilian butt lift patients must take some care to avoid putting pressure directly on their buttocks, they normally can start walking again in one or two days.
Depending on their body type, patients typically have fat harvested from their thighs, hips, abdomen, or lower back before it’s purified and transferred to the buttocks. Whichever area on your body is ultimately used to transfer fat from (the donor site) will have the symptoms typical of liposuction recovery, such as swelling, bruising, and some discomfort in the days following the procedure.
Most Brazilian butt lift patients are able to resume light activity within a week or less following their procedure, return to work after 10-14 days (more if they have strenuous or highly active occupations), and mostly resume normal sitting and sleeping habits in 2-3 weeks. Everyone recovers differently, so your surgeon may adjust these times as he or she sees fit. Following your surgery, your plastic surgeon will also give you a special compression garment to wear at your liposuction/donor site for the next few weeks. To help minimize swelling and discomfort, it may also be recommended that you sit on a donut or inflatable pillow until you have fully healed, especially for prolonged periods of sitting. Most patients need to avoid any high impact activities, particularly those that involve bouncing, for six to eight weeks following their surgery.
To help make your recovery period from Brazilian butt lift surgery as brief, comfortable, and successful as possible, it’s imperative that you follow every single preoperative and postoperative instruction your surgeon gives you. If you’re interested in any of the plastic-surgery procedures we offer, please contact one of our Atlanta Plastic Surgery locations to schedule a consultation today. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest plastic surgery news and updates.