Brazilian butt lift surgery (also known as BBL surgery) is a cosmetic procedure that takes fat from elsewhere on your body and uses it to enhance the shape and size of your buttocks. Essentially, your surgeon will be using your body’s own excess fat as “filler” for your buttocks and hips. Brazilian butt lift results can create an entirely new silhouette for your body, giving you a highly attractive hourglass figure.
Many women are interested in Brazilian butt lift surgery, but one thing that holds them back from booking their initial consultation appointment is the prospective BBL recovery time. Naturally, patients are concerned about how long they’ll need to take off work, how long they’ll have to go without sitting normally, whether or not the surgery will be painful, etc.
While every individual patient is unique and every BBL recovery time will likewise be unique, we can still certainly respond to some of these key concerns for you below so that you feel more confident in your understanding of what Brazilian butt lift recovery will really be like.
BBL Recovery Time: What to Expect
Most patients are able to return to their regular daily activities after approximately six weeks. With that said, some residual swelling may continue after the six week mark, but all other symptoms should be gone by this point, and the majority of your swelling will have dissipated as well. Certainly, by the six week mark, you will be able to see the full extent of your results from surgery.
How Long Do I Need to Take Off Work for BBL Recovery Time?
In terms of time off from work, most patients take about two weeks off. During this time, you need to rest and recuperate, eat a healthy diet, avoid physically exerting yourself, and ensure your liposuction incisions are healing properly.
Of course, taking at least two weeks off from work is especially important for most people after BBL surgery because patients will be unable to sit down for the first two weeks of their BBL recovery time.
Why Can’t I Sit Down for Two Weeks After BBL Surgery?
Many patients struggle with this aspect of their BBL recovery time, and it’s understandable. After all, it’s not easy to refrain from sitting down regularly for an entire two weeks.
The reason for this stipulation during your BBL recovery is that the transferred fat that is now located in your buttocks and hips needs time to “take”. In other words, it needs time to adhere and survive in its new location. If you sit on your buttocks or put direct pressure on your buttocks and hips, this could actually kill some of the fat cells that have been relocated there, and that will negatively affect your overall results. You need to give these fat cells time to adjust to their new location so that they survive.
BBL Recovery Time: When Can I Exercise Again After Surgery?
After around six to eight weeks post-surgery, you should be able to return to a normal exercise routine. Keep in mind, however, that you will need to confirm this with Dr. Sieber before jumping straight into your normal physical activity routine. He may want you to begin with some light cardio starting out and ease into more advanced exercises over time.
As a side note, you should actually be spending a significant amount of time on your feet from the very start of your Brazilian butt lift recovery. Never exert yourself too much after surgery, but do stand up frequently and take regular brief walks — even if they are just around your house.
Doing this can make a significant difference in the rate of your recovery. Frequent ambulation (movement) after Brazilian butt lift surgery increases circulation, reduces swelling and fluid accumulation, and promotes healing. It will also keep you from feeling sore and stiff, especially when you’re forced to recline in ways you are not used to.
3 Tips for an Easier BBL Recovery Time
Follow these tips for an easier, faster, and more comfortable BBL recovery.
1. Purchase a BBL recovery pillow.
BBL recovery pillows (also known as “donut” pillows) take the direct pressure off from your buttocks and relocate it to your thighs. Having one of these pillows will allow you to sit relatively comfortably without compromising the new fat cells in your buttocks and hips.
Some women have had success using C-shaped nursing pillows (for example, the “Boppy” pillow) in place of official BBL recovery pillows.
2. Get creative with how you position yourself.
As you will be unable to sit on your buttocks for two weeks after surgery, you will need to get a bit creative with how you sleep at night and how you recline during the day.
At night, your positioning should be fairly straightforward. You should plan to sleep on your side or your stomach.
During the day, if you wish to recline, lay down on your stomach or side. In most cases, resting on your hip should be fine. You want to place most of the pressure of your body onto your thighs instead of placing it on to your buttocks. In this way, you may want to roll up a yoga mat or towel to help situate yourself so that the pressure is diverted to your thighs.
3. Ask for help at home.
It’s a good idea to ask friends or family to help wit your BBL Recovery time. They can assist with meal preparation, running errands, doing household tasks, taking care of children, and more. In most cases, patients who ask for help at home after surgery do the best and have optimal recovery experiences.
Booking Your Initial Consultation
If you’re interested in learning about BBL recovery time in the San Francisco Bay Area, your first step toward surgery will be booking an initial consultation appointment with Dr. David Sieber. At this appointment, you will be able to meet Dr. Sieber and discuss your individual candidacy for the procedure, ask any questions you might have, your aesthetic goals, your overall health and medical history, the cost of BBL surgery, what to expect post-surgery, scarring, and more.
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Contact Sieber Plastic Surgery and schedule your appointment today!
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