Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery
Individuals who desire a rounder, shapelier backside can benefit from Brazilian butt lift surgery at our New Orleans, LA, practice. Following this procedure, most patients are able to resume strenuous activities after six weeks and are fully healed within two to six months. Here, Dr. Benjamin Boudreaux and Dr. Jeffrey Claiborne discuss Brazilian butt lift recovery and explain what patients can expect following treatment at Northshore Plastic Surgery.
What to Expect during Initial Recovery
A Brazilian butt lift is a surgical procedure. Therefore, patients can expect some degree of discomfort, swelling, and bruising. These side effects can be successfully managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and prescription medications. You will be provided with a compression garment that will support the healing tissues and help reduce inflammation. We will explain how to sit properly, to avoid placing pressure directly on the buttocks.
During the initial recovery phase, patients should rest as much as possible, stay hydrated, and eat a well-balanced diet. Foods that are low in sodium can help reduce swelling, while protein-rich foods promote the natural healing processes. Strenuous exercise should be avoided, and until cleared by Dr. Boudreaux and Dr. Claiborne, you should not resume your normal workout routine. Patients should also avoid any situation that increases the risk for infection, such as submerging the buttocks into a bathtub or swimming pool.
The First Week after Surgery
During the first week of recovery, patients should avoid drinking alcohol or smoking. In addition, certain medications should be avoided to reduce the risk of bleeding. These include aspirin, vitamin E, and ginkgo biloba, among others. We will provide you with specific post-operative instructions.
To enjoy a smooth and successful recovery, patients should adhere to all recommendations by Dr. Boudreaux and Dr. Claiborne.
Though strenuous activity should be avoided, we encourage patients to take short walks when possible. This will promote healthy circulation and help prevent blood clots and other post-surgical complications. Most patients are able to return to work after one week of recovery. However, healing times can vary dramatically for each individual.
Two to Three Weeks after Surgery
By this point, all normal activities can be resumed. However, patients should still steer clear of strenuous exercise, squatting, stretching, and heavy lifting. Some patients may be able to comfortably sit on their buttocks after three weeks of recovery but should ask Dr. Boudreaux and Dr. Claiborne before doing so.
One Month after Surgery
After one month of recovery, patients can resume swimming in pools and sitting in bathtubs. Some individuals may be cleared to resume strenuous exercise, although it may take longer in some cases. Final results of your Brazilian butt lift will become apparent once all swelling subsides. This typically occurs about six months or less after surgery.
Tips for a Successful Recovery
- Wear compression garments as directed.
- Use only safe resting postures.
- Minimize activity level during the healing process.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
- Avoid all tobacco products.
Following these guidelines will ensure that your body has everything it needs to heal properly.
Contact Northshore Plastic Surgery
If you are considering a Brazilian butt lift, knowing what to expect during the healing process can help you enjoy a comfortable, speedy recovery. To learn more, contact us online or call Northshore Plastic Surgery at (985) 237-6050.