What is the normal recovery period after a Brazilian Butt Lift?

 

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Before we can discuss the normal recovery process for a Brazilian Butt Lift, let’s describe what the procedure is. A Brazilian Butt Lift, or BBL, is a procedure where we combine liposuction with fat transfer. We remove fat from the areas that you don’t want it, such as your abdomen, flanks, back, thighs, or arms. The fat is removed using a specialized liposuction technique so that the fat cells are not harmed. We then process the fat to remove the blood and dead fat cells. This fat is then injected into the butt and hips to enlarge and reshape the areas, or fill in some contour defects like “hip dips” or other dimples.

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia in a fully certified and accredited operating facility. Dr. Matthew Schulman believes that general anesthesia is the safest method of anesthesia for this procedure. The procedure takes 2-3 hours depending on the amount of liposuction and fat transfer required. You will then be transferred to a recovery area where you will spend a few hours until you are awake and feel better. You are able to leave the facility and return home or to wherever you plan on recovering after your procedure.

What the Recovery Period From Brazilian Butt Lift Will Be After You Get Home

So now let’s talk about what the recovery will be after you get home. There is certainly pain after the procedure. Liposuction hurts. There is bruising and swelling that cannot be avoided. Even though people have different thresholds for pain, I tell all my patients to expect “the worst pain of your life” for 4 to 5 days. Hopefully your pain will not be this bad, but you should mentally prepare yourself for this possibility. I would rather have you experience less pain than you expected, than experience more pain than expected. You will be bruised and swollen in the areas of fat removal and fat injection. During this time, you should rest, drink plenty of fluids, and take your medications as directed. After this initial 4-5 days, you will begin to feel better, but the soreness will last several weeks. If you had a drainage tube placed during your procedure, it is usually removed on the 7th day. Most patients will be able to resume normal activities and return to school or work after 10-14 days. You can begin more strenuous activities, such as exercising, after 3-4 weeks, with your surgeon’s permission of course.

Even after return to daily activities, there will be significant swelling and probably some bruising. There will be days where you feel great, and other days where you feel terrible. The ups and downs are normal after any surgery. You will not be entirely happy with your surgical results right away. The buttock and hips may seem bigger than you wanted, or the shape may not seem as round as you had hoped for. Also, the areas of liposuction may not seem small enough for you. This is completely normal. It usually takes about 4-6 weeks before you begin to see the improvement in your shape, so you must be patient with the healing process.

The keys to Brazilian Butt Lift recovery

The key to the recovery is to not put pressure on the areas of fat grafting for a total of 6 weeks. This means no sitting directly on your butt and no sleeping on your back or sides. This is necessary to protect the newly transferred fat cells and they develop a blood supply and become permanently part of you again. It is no different than putting grass seed down on the dirt. If you walk on the grass seeds or tiny seedlings, they will die. Think of your transplanted fat as tiny seeds. If you put too much pressure on your butt or hips, a lower percentage of fat cells will live, or “take”. Even if you follow every rule and restriction, a loss of about 30% of the fat cells is normal. We just don’t want you to lose more fat than that.

I understand that not sitting is the most difficult part of the recovery process. You should practice learning to sit upright, with good posture, and more forward on the edge of your seat. This will place the pressure on the back of your thighs instead of your butt. The use of a specialized “BBL pillow” can also help. Many of my patients who work in an office have used a “standing desk”. But remember, if you are planning to keep your surgery a secret from your co-workers, you may want to start using your standing desk long before you return from your 2 week “vacation” with a round butt.

You will likely experience “fluffing” that occurs about 6 months after the surgery. You should notice increased roundness to your butt and hips. This occurs as the fat matures and settles, and the skin becomes more relaxed. This is a good thing and people think that the butt gets bigger. It doesn’t actually get larger, but it does get more round and appears bigger.

With any plastic surgery, it can take up to a full year to see your final results. Your Brazilian Butt Lift results are no exception. Patience is most important with this procedure. Of course, if you have questions about your recovery and results, make sure to speak to your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

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What is PermaLip Lip Augmentation?

If you’ve long coveted the lips of stars like Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson or the iconic Marilyn Monroe, you’ve probably done some research on lip augmentation procedures and wondered which option would, once and for all, give you the plump, pouty, natural look so admired on stage and screen. While there are several options available, from temporary injectable solutions to implants, Board certified New York City plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Schulman is particularly excited about PermaLip lip augmentation implants.

What makes PermaLip Implants Different from Others?

PermaLip lip implants are a significant and pleasing step up from previous varieties of cosmetic lip implants. They have been a life-changer for many of Dr. Schulman’s patients who wanted to boost and plump up thin lips, or who have experienced the thinning of the lips that often comes with the aging process.

Previous models of permanent lip implants came with several disadvantages, the most obvious of which was their unnatural look and feel. Some of them had what Dr. Schulman calls the “cigarette roll” look, as the ends were not tapered to conform to the natural shape of the mouth. Many of these older lip implants would migrate into unnatural positions over time, causing lip distortion and difficulty with activities like speaking, eating and kissing. They were also difficult to customize, so that also contributed to the unnatural look of older styles of lip implants.

In addition to these problems, if a patient later wanted a lip implant removed, the process was difficult and complicated because, over time, the body would begin to absorb the material and the implant would become one with the patient’s face, sometimes in an unnatural position. Bruising, scarring and swelling were frequent side effects of the removal process, and more extensive work was usually needed to restore the patient’s natural lip contours.

PermaLip implants, however, are extremely easy to implant; they are even easy to remove if the patient later feels that is necessary. Otherwise, PermaLip lip implants can stay put and perform well and naturally for years and years. They are made out of a soft, non-reactive silicone that has a natural feel and texture when inserted inside the lip. Patients rave about how natural these lips feel when eating, talking and even kissing.
Another thing that patients enjoy about PermaLip lip augmentation is that they are more customizable than previous styles of lip implants. They are tapered at each end to prevent the “cigarette roll” look and they come in three different widths and three different lengths. The patient can choose either a 3-millimeter, 4-millimeter or 5 millimeter diameter, along with the correct length. The wider the diameter, of course, the bigger the pout.

PermaLip implants also do not become incorporated into the body’s other tissues over the course of time. This is an added benefit for those patients who choose this lip augmentation procedure. If the patient later decides to remove the implant for any reason, the removal process is as simple as the original insertion process. The insert just slides right out, and recovery time is minimal.

Some patients initially express concern that perhaps the PermaLip lip augmentation inserts will rupture or leak, but they cannot do this. They are made from solid, but soft, flexible silicone that remains inert inside of the lips. There is no liquid component to the implants, so there is no danger of leaking.

For most of Dr. Schulman’s patients with PermaLip, however, these implants have lasted and looked great for years and years, so it’s relatively uncommon for him to have a removal request with these particular models.

Is PermaLip Lip Augmentation Better than Injected Solutions?

For years, lip augmentation by way of an injectable fat, collagen or other solution was the standard procedure for people going for the pouty, kissable look. Over the years, more sophisticated injectable solutions were developed, including hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by the body, so adverse allergic reactions are extremely rare.

Dr. Schulman also has excellent results using several other non-surgical lip fillers such as Restylane®, Juvederm®, Perlane®, Radiesse®, Sculptra® and Belotero®. These all produce wonderfully natural, plump, pouty puckers and are a good option for many patients on a temporary basis.
The keyword here is temporary; lip augmentation injections usually last from about six to nine months, on average. So the main issue that patients have with injected solutions is that they have to be re-injected a couple of times a year to keep the pretty pout going strong. The cost of these repetitive injections can add up over time. Painful, biannual injections and the inconvenience factor of having to schedule the procedure and recover from it regularly can be a turn off for many patients.
The PermaLip lip implant, on the other hand, is truly permanent. It stays put and continues to plump up your pucker, so you only have to pay for it one time and then proceed to enjoy life with the fuller lips you’ve always wanted without having to keep paying to have them redone periodically.

What Should I Expect from a PermaLip Implant Procedure?

If you would like to know more about PermaLip lip augmentation or any other lip enhancing procedures, please schedule an appointment to talk with Dr. Schulman personally. He will talk with you about all of the options we can provide and help you plan a procedure that will create the best look and overall outcome for you.
If you and Dr. Schulman opt for PermaLip lip augmentation, you’ll schedule another appointment for the short, outpatient procedure. Dr. Schulman will use a local anesthetic and then cut tiny slits on either side of the mouth to slide the PermaLip implant right into the correct area of the lip, or lips. You can have the bottom, top or both lips augmented in this way.

Following the lip augmentation, you will probably experience some swelling, pain and tenderness in the area, particularly over the first 24 to 48 hours. Some patients experience minor bruising as well, but this is not common. You should be able to see the final results over the course of the next few days as the swelling continues to go down. Tenderness and light sensitivity can last for about two weeks in most cases. Just be sure to follow Dr. Schulman’s recommendations for recovery for the best outcome.
If there is ever a reason you want to have these lip implants removed, the process is fairly straightforward and simple. Once again, tiny incisions will be made on either side of the mouth and Dr. Schulman will simply slide the PermaLip implant right out.

If you are curious about the results other patients are getting from PermaLip lip augmentation, we invite you to look through the lip augmentation photo gallery. You might also benefit from hearing Dr. Schulman talk about PermaLip implants on his YouTube channel. But to find out how PermaLip lip augmentation, or any of our other lip augmentation procedures could give you the lips you’ve always wanted, definitely schedule an appointment with Dr. Schulman today.

Why is Plastic Surgery Growing Among Men?

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An area of plastic surgery that continues to grow is procedures for men. While men comprise only about 10% of all plastic surgery patients, this number is increasing each year. More men are requesting both surgical and non-surgical procedures for the face and body.

Top Surgical Procedures for Men and their Statistics

According to the official procedural statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgery and the American Aesthetic Society of Plastic Surgeons, the top 5 surgical procedures for men includes nasal surgery (rhinoplasty), eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), male liposuction, male chest reduction (gynecomastia surgery), and hair transplantation.

Hair transplantation For Men

Among these top five surgical procedures, hair transplantation is the fastest growing, increasing about 20% from 2016. This is mostly due to a combination of increased awareness as well as improved technology. Historically, hair transplant surgery involved techniques that were very crude, and resulted in very unnatural results. Oftentimes, the transplanted hair appeared to be “doll-like” and it was very obvious that a procedure was done. This made these procedures undesirable to most men and there was a stigma attached to it. However, there has been significant improvement in the understanding of the procedure and also the technology used.

Doctors have become more knowledgeable about creating an appealing hairline. They recognize that the hairline should be softer. This means that the transplanted hairs should be arranged more “randomly” along the front hairline, in order to avoid creating a sharp “wig-like” appearance. This was often not possible in the past since the older technology only allowed for larger clumps of hairs to be transplanted. Modern technology now allows them to harvest and transplant small number of hairs, even individual hair follicles. This means that the doctor can alternate groups of one, two, or three hairs along the hairline. The result is a much more natural appearance. Additionally, the improved technology allows for a much faster (and more discrete) recovery process. Since “donor” areas can be more hidden and heal quicker.

Liposuction for Men

The second fastest growing surgical procedure is liposuction. This can also be partially attributed to improved techniques as well. The use of smaller cannulas allows for smaller scars and faster recovery. Also, the use of newer energy-based liposuction technologies can help decrease bruising and swelling and also help stimulate more skin retraction. Men have also been happy with newer “highlighting” and “etching” techniques that create the appearance of muscle definition and a more masculine physique. There has been a 7% increase in male liposuction procedures since 2016.

Non-Surgical Procedures for Men

Non-surgical procedures are also more common among men. The top five non-surgical or minimally-invasive procedures among men are Botulinum Toxin injections (Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin), laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and soft tissue fillers (Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse, and Sculptra).

Botulinum Toxin injections is the fastest growing of these top non-surgical procedures. Approximately half a million Botulinum Toxin treatments are performed each year on men. This represents a 7% increase since 2016. These are simple injections that are almost painless and require zero recovery time. They are done to reduce or eliminate lines between the eyebrows, on the forehead, and around the eyes. The results last approximately 3 to 4 months.

Why are men requesting more plastic surgery procedures?

So why are men requesting more plastic surgery procedures? As discussed earlier, the increased demand can be partially attributed to improvement in technology and techniques. Modern technologies and techniques allow for more natural results, less pain, and a faster recovery. This applies to all procedures, including those done for women. Those men who have avoided plastic surgery procedures because of fear of scarring, pain, and time off from work are now reconsidering things.

Also important is that there has been a reduced stigma surrounding male plastic surgery. 10 to 20 years ago, most people had plastic surgery done in secret. They were hesitant to let people know that they were having a procedure done. Men were even more secretive of plastic surgery procedures. More recently, everyone, including men, have become more open about what they want to have done and what they have had done. This can be credited to social media and television. Men are more open to discussing plastic surgery with others and this makes them more willing to have procedures. This is especially true when it comes to less invasive procedures like Botox, hair transplantation, and liposuction.

Increased desire among men to look better

There is also an increased desire among men to look better. Men are more concerned about their appearance. They want to look better and are no longer accepting of the old adage that men appear more distinguished as they get older. Men are more aware of personal grooming, fashion, and other things designed to look better. This trend may be fueled by millennials who grew up without the plastic surgery stigma and are now pursuing cosmetic procedures.

Society may also be putting pressure on men to look better as well. It is not uncommon for a man to have a procedure done in order to help advance personally and professionally. Some men feel that as the workforce becomes more competitive, there is a need to look better…. or younger. The influx of younger men into the workplace may put pressure on the older men to appear younger. There is also pressure within the dating world as well to look better.

As you can see, there is a variety of factors that have contributing to the increase number of men having non-surgical and surgical plastic surgery procedures. These are improved techniques and technologies, increased professional and personal pressure to look better or younger, and the reduced stigma surrounding plastic surgery in general. I have seen a growing number of men in my practice and anticipate that this trend will continue in the future. I would not be surprised if the number of men undergoing these procedures becomes 25% of the total plastic surgery procedures within the next 5 years.

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