Preparing for your BBL before and after is a major undertaking — one that deserves a lot of time, energy, and thought. Patients who decide that a Brazilian butt lift is right for them know that the recovery period can be challenging. Fortunately, diligent preparation ahead of time can help to greatly mitigate any complications or unexpected outcomes.
If you are in the midst of preparing for a Brazilian butt lift, use the following guide to lead you through the planning process. `
Planning Before and After BBL Surgery
Planning for a butt augmentation with BBL surgery requires careful consideration and preparation to ensure a safe and successful outcome.
Before BBL Surgery
1. Do your research, and choose a board certified plastic surgeon.
Research board certified plastic surgeons with expertise in BBL procedures, liposuction, and fat grafting. Check their credentials, patient reviews, and before and after BBL photos.
2. Book a consultation appointment.
Schedule a consultation with your chosen surgeon to discuss your goals, expectations, and any concerns. Ask questions about the procedure, recovery, and potential risks.
3. Undergo the required medical evaluation.
Complete a thorough medical evaluation, including blood tests and a physical examination, to ensure you’re a suitable candidate for surgery. Also tell your surgeon about any medications or supplements you’re taking, as some may need to be adjusted before the surgery.
4. Stop smoking.
If you smoke, it’s recommended that you quit or at least significantly reduce consumption in the weeks leading up to your surgery. This can enhance healing. Many surgeons will require cessation of smoking prior to surgery.
5. Schedule time off work and arrange for transportation and recovery support.
Plan for someone to drive you to and from the surgical facility or hospital and stay with you during your initial recovery period.
6. Prepare at home for your recovery.
Set up a comfortable and clean recovery space at home with all the necessary supplies. It can be helpful to have extra pillows, blankets, snacks, drinks, and more.
7. Follow Pre-Operative Instructions:
Comply with all pre-operative guidelines provided by your surgeon, which may include fasting before surgery and discontinuing specific medications.
After BBL Surgery
1. Rest during your recovery period.
Expect to take a few weeks off from work and daily activities to allow your body to heal. Keep in mind that results may vary when it comes to BBL recovery and will depend on several factors including age.
For some, it takes 6 weeks to heal after BBL surgery. For other, it may be less. In addition, a 45 year old may end up having a longer recovery than a 25 year old.
2. Wear your compression garment.
Post op, wear the compression garment provided by your plastic surgeon to reduce swelling and support the healing process.
3. Manage your pain.
Manage pain and discomfort with prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication. Only use as directed by your surgeon.
4. Avoid putting pressure on your buttocks.
To protect the newly transferred fat on your butt and hips, avoid sitting or lying on your buttocks for the first two weeks. Use a specialized BBL pillow when necessary.
5. Eat nutritious meals whenever possible.
Maintain a balanced diet, stay well-hydrated, and follow your surgeon’s dietary recommendations for optimal recovery. If you can, prior to surgery, make up some freezer meals that will be ready to thaw and cook whenever you want them.
6. Follow wound care instructions closely.
Carefully follow your surgeon’s wound care instructions to prevent infection and promote proper healing.
7. Practice light exercise.
After the initial healing period, gradually reintroduce light exercise as advised by your surgeon. This will help to maintain circulation and overall health.
8. Attend all followup appointments.
Make sure you go to all follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your progress and address any concerns.
9. Plan for long-term maintenance.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and a balanced diet to preserve your BBL results over time.
Q&A: Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery
Can men get a BBL procedure?
Yes, Brazilian butt lift surgery is a male female surgery. Both men and women can undergo this procedure. Still, it is most popular with women.
What is a mini Brazilian buttock lift (mini BBL)?
A mini BBL is a BBL performed on someone who does not have a lot of excess fat on their body — but enough to make minor adjustments. A mini Brazilian butt lift is not like a mini tummy tuck. The latter is a unique surgery of its own, whereas a mini BBL is the same surgery but with less fat harvested.
Am I a good candidate for a BBL?
The answer to this question typically involves discussions about one’s current body shape, the availability of adequate fat for grafting, and whether they have any underlying medical conditions that may affect their candidacy. Identifying eligibility and assessing individual goals is a key aspect of the consultation process.
Is a BBL safe?
There are always risks that come with any surgery. A BBL is no different. That being said the BBL death rate is low, patients can be confident pursing a BBL.
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Over the past decade, fat transfer procedures such as the BBL have become more popular than ever. Patients seeking fat removal from their abdomen flanks, inner thighs, and elsewhere can also get volume added to their hips and buttocks, resulting in the ideal body shape they’ve always desired.
Want to learn more but not sure where to start? The best place to begin is by booking a consultation appointment with a board certified plastic surgeon. At your consultation, you can look at before and after BBL pictures and discuss your goals with your surgeon. Be sure to bring photos or clippings to help describe what you’re looking to achieve.
To schedule a consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Schulman, please call our office today.