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Brazilian Butt Lift: What to Expect During Recovery

Dr. Richard Arabitg,MD - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Cosmetic plastic surgery has come a long way over the past few decades. It is amazing what surgeons can do today. What is even more impressive, is how natural the cosmetic work appears. Dr. Richard Arabitg, an Orlando cosmetic surgeon, of Plastic Surgery Central Florida, bases his plastic surgery practice on at least a 95 % improvement rate. That percentage does not mean that 95% of his patients receive improvement, but instead that each of his patients see a 95 % improvement post-surgery. He feels that it is important for the founding principles of his practice operate on a level of integrity and high patient satisfaction. He states that it isn’t good business practice for surgeons to charge a lot of money for procedures only for patients to see an average of 20-30% improvement. If he cannot give you results of a 95 % improvement, then he will not perform the procedure. It is only fair to the patient for them to see those kinds of results for what they are paying. If he is not performing the surgery, then it cannot be done (Plastic Surgery Central Florida, 2014).

 

One of the most growing elective cosmetic surgeries is a buttock lift, better known as the Brazilian Butt Lift. Often combined with other procedures like liposuction and body sculpting, this procedure can give the patient dramatic results in under a month’s time. It is essential to know what to expect before going into any cosmetic surgery, and to be prepared for post-surgery scenarios.

 

Firstly, understand that your recovery time is highly dependent on your current physical health in addition to whether or not you have this surgery performed in conjunction with any other surgical procedures. It is also important to understand that depending on your body, your doctor may have to take fat from multiple areas of your body in order to inject it into the buttock area to achieve the patient’s desired results. Dr. Richard Arabitg always practices full disclosure with his patients so that the goals set are mutual, attainable goals for each patient. Having realistic expectations is important to your emotional health as well as your satisfaction with the surgery.

 

**Highly dependent on the number of areas fat is taken from, the average recovery time for a Brazilian butt lift is about two weeks before you can return to work, and/or light duty activities. Your doctor typically will keep you overnight in the hospital to make sure there are not any complications from the surgery or with sutures. There is a lot of fluid that needs to drain. It is important to still avoid any heavy lifting, exercise, or strenuous activities until released by your doctor (RealSelf, Inc., 2016).

 

You are expected to be sore for 10 to 14 days. You may even be sore longer than that, depending greatly on how many areas fat was taken from, in addition to whether or not you had other surgical procedures combined with this one. Wearing compression garments after your surgery is essential in getting better results. The reason compression garments are recommended is because a day or two after surgery, your body starts to really swell and retain fluid. There are a variety of garments or binders that can be used, and it is important to consult with your doctor to find out which one is best for you given the procedures and your body type. Your doctor will most likely have a preference for your particular situation. If you do not wear your compression garments, fluid tends to retain in empty pockets created by the surgery. These pockets are caused from transferring the fat from those areas. The day of the surgery, you may love the results, but if you do not wear your compression garments, a day or two later, the swelling sets in, and it will look like your doctor didn’t transfer enough to get the results you want. Consult with your doctor on this topic so that you can get the best results possible (RealSelf, Inc., 2016).

 

During your recovery, know that you will not be sitting directly on your butt. You will be sleeping on your stomach or your sides, and when sitting, you should be sitting at an angle (RealSelf, Inc., 2016). Some doctors may even suggest a specialty pillow, but please follow your doctor’s instructions explicitly. If you notice any excess fluid retention, swelling, or excess bruising outside of what your surgeon told you to expect, contact their office immediately. This goes without saying for any post-surgical procedure period. Wait until your doctor releases you for work/activity before attempting it on your own discretion.

 

 

References:

 

Plastic Surgery Central Florida. (2014). Butt. Retrieved from http://www.drrichardarabitg.com

 

RealSelf, Inc. (2016). Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery. Retrieved from http://realself.com


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