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What Is the Recovery from a Brazilian Butt Lift Like?

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Brazilian butt lift procedures are becoming well-known as the body contouring answer for butt augmentation. Brazilian butt lifts, also known as a BBL, have been on a steady incline since coming in to the cosmetic scene for butt augmentation, and its popularity isn't slowing down. Unlike augmentation with butt implants, a Brazilian butt lift uses a patients' unwanted fat extracted from a donor area with liposuction to sculpt and create a more well-rounded, voluptuous backside. When diet and exercise alone haven't provided a more desirable shape, individuals can turn to this fat transfer procedure for results.

Patients in Portland and surrounding areas of Lake Oswego, Beaverton, Pearl District, and Irvington considering a BBL may be unsure about the recovery process from this fat transfer procedure. The board-certified plastic surgeons at Après Plastic Surgery & Med Spa think it is essential for all patients to be informed about their procedure and how to plan for their BBL recovery to get optimal results.

Here is a brief overview from Après Plastic Surgery & Med Spa in Portland, OR on how this fat transfer procedure works and what patients can expect during the BBL recovery process.

How does a BBL procedure work?

A Brazilian butt lift is a 2-in-1 plastic surgery option that allows patients body contouring help in more than one area at the same time. Portland patients love the added benefit of slimming down a troublesome spot and recontouring it with liposuction to give their backside an added boost. During a private consultation, the experienced plastic surgeons at Après Plastic Surgery & Med Spa will determine each patient's viable donor areas for liposuction to extract enough fat to achieve the right BBL results. Common donor areas for a BBL procedure are the abdomen, back, hips, or thighs.

During a BBL, small incisions for liposuction will be made in the donor areas. A cannula instrument will be used to extract excess fatty tissue to begin the fat grafting procedure. Once the proper amount of fat is removed, it will be taken through a purification process to ensure healthy fat cells are transferred for the BBL process. The plastic surgeons at Après Plastic Surgery & Med Spa will then inject the healthy fat back into the buttocks with surgical precision and skill, massaging it into place to ensure a smooth, shapely result.

What can I expect immediately after my Brazilian butt lift procedure?

Patients will return to a comfortable recovery area at Après Plastic Surgery & Med Spa until released to return home. Patients will be wearing a compression garment to minimize bruising, swelling, and to increase blood circulation to the treated areas to promote proper healing. Patients will have access to their liposuction sites underneath the compression garment through bandages that can be removed for proper cleaning and care at home. Patients will experience slight bleeding, some discomfort, and numbness in the buttocks area for some time. If patients should experience a high fever or symptoms getting worse upon returning home, then call Après Plastic Surgery & Med Spa immediately. Follow-up post-op appointments will be set up before surgery to ensure every patient's BBL recovery is going smoothly.

How can I maximize my results during BBL recovery?

One of the most challenging aspects of BBL recovery is patients are not allowed to sit on their buttocks for at least three weeks. It also means patients can't sleep on their backs at night for the same time. Transplanted fat with a BBL is very susceptible to direct pressure until it has settled into place. Sitting or lying down applies weight or pressure to the treated area, which can cause transferred fat to shift or be eliminated entirely from the buttocks. Patients are required to sleep on their sides or stomach, and not sit down during the first half of recovery to maximize their BBL results. Après Plastic Surgery & Med Spa will provide each patient with helpful instructions before they leave to recover at home.

Other helpful tips to follow with BBL recovery are:

  • Refrain from exercises that involve squatting or stretching for at least three weeks

  • Do not smoke as it can inhibit the healing process by restricting proper blood flow

  • Avoid strenuous exercising, driving, sexual intercourse, and various activities until cleared by your surgeon

  • Wear compression garments as instructed

  • Take all prescription medications as directed

  • Eat a well-balanced diet to give the body energy during the healing process and drink plenty of water

How long do BBL results last?

In about 6 – 7 weeks, patients will fully be healed and begin seeing their fat grafting results. The life expectancy of a Brazilian butt lift is years, as long as patients maintain their weight and live a healthy lifestyle. Outside of patients taking care of their bodies to prolong their amazing BBL results, another important factor is surgical care. The better the surgical skill with a fat transfer procedure, the longer a person's BBL results can potentially last. Finding an experienced, qualified plastic surgeon like the ones at Après Plastic Surgery & Med Spa is a critical part of the process of getting excellent Brazilian butt lift results.

A Brazilian butt lift can add volume and shape back into the buttocks while giving patients a natural-looking enhancement. This body contouring procedure offers patients an effective way to achieve a fuller, rounder backside without implants. For successful BBL results, it takes a creative touch and years of surgical experience, which the board-certified plastic surgeons at Après Plastic Surgery & Med Spa can provide. Let them help create the natural-looking, stunning results you desire with your BBL procedure.

If you would like to learn more and live in the Portland area, then we invite you to call and schedule a Brazilian butt lift consultation with one of our plastic surgeons today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.