Recovery after Butt Lift Surgery
There’s no question that having a rounded appearance to the buttocks is popular in today’s culture. In fact, buttock augmentations are on the rise. In fact, one national physician survey showed that buttock augmentations had increased by 28 percent in just one year.
Given that amount of popularity, it also should not be surprising that our surgeons at Jefferson Plastic Surgery have seen a rise in the number of prospective patients interested in buttock lift surgery. Of course, in order to get the best results from the surgery, it is important to give your body the time it needs to properly recover. Below are some ways in which you can help your body recover as safely and quickly as possible.
Butt Lift Procedure
Before discussing recovery from a butt lift procedure, it is important to first understand what is involved with the actual surgery. For a butt lift procedure, our surgeons can use a variety of different procedures. In some cases, they can use grafts of fat taken from other parts of the body to add volume to the buttocks. Our surgeons can also tighten up loose skin by making incisions around the buttocks to lift the skin up, tighten it, and then remove the excess.
You should expect a certain amount of bruising and swelling in the buttocks, as well as in any areas from which your surgeon removes fat. This is to be expected after any surgical procedure, as it is the body’s way of attempting to protect itself if the skin is cut open.
To help speed your recovery through this initial stage, our surgeons will provide you with a special compression garment that is somewhat like a girdle. This will help reduce the amount and duration of bruising and swelling during this critical phase of your recovery.
It is vital to not sit directly on your buttocks for anywhere from six to eight weeks after your surgery. If at all possible, sleep on your side or stomach. If you need to sit for an extended period of time, our surgeons suggest using a donut pillow or inflatable pillow. You can also use a pillow behind your legs to lift up your buttocks.
If you place too much pressure directly on your buttocks while you are recovering from surgery, it will reduce blood circulation to the area, which may destroy some of the grafted fat cells.
Resuming Normal Activities
You should try to move around as much as possible within the first day after your surgery. Try to push yourself to move a bit more each day. At the end of four weeks, you can start light activities, such as light walking. By the end of six to eight weeks, you should be able to resume your normal exercise routines, as well as be able to sit normally.
If you do decide to undergo a buttock augmentation procedure, you will certainly be in good company, given the popularity that the procedure is currently enjoying. By giving your body the time it needs to recover, you will be well on your way to getting the results you want from your procedure.