Preparing for your BBL
There are several things you will need to do in preparation for your Brazilian Butt Lift surgery:
- maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight
- plan to see your primary medical doctor for full clearance
- avoid medications that may interfere with anesthesia
- avoid vitamins and supplements that can increase bruising and swelling
- stop smoking or using any nicotine-containing products
First, you should make sure you are healthy and maintain a normal weight for you. It is always best to be around your target weight before any plastic surgery since weight gain or loss after can affect your results. You will need to see your medical doctor for a full medical clearance and blood testing. This is done to make sure that you do not have any medical problems that can place you at increased risk for complications.
You should make sure to let Dr. Schulman know about any medications that you are taking, to be sure that they will not interfere with anesthesia or cause any issues for you. Several medications and over-the-counter supplements and vitamins may cause increased swelling or place you at increased risk for bleeding. You must also stop smoking or using any nicotine-containing products. This includes e-cigarettes and vapes. These will increase your risk of complications and can decrease the survival rate of your fat transplant.
BBL and Recovery
The recovery process from any surgery is a commitment, and recovering from a BBL is no different. You will need to be very careful about how you sit and sleep after your BBL since you need to protect those newly transplanted fat cells and give them time to grow a blood supply and become a permanent part of you again. Applying direct pressure to these newly transplanted fat cells can negatively impact the survival of the fat. Even when patients are great about avoiding pressure on their butts, a percentage of the transplanted cells will ultimately die. However, added pressure will increase the percentage of fat cell death and negatively affect your ultimate results.
When sitting, we recommend using a specialized BBL cushion to reduce pressure on your butt and you should sleep in your stomach. Sleeping on your sides should be avoided if you have had fat cells added to your hips. There are some specialized chairs, cushions, and mattresses that you may find helpful during your recovery. For most patients, these restrictions on sitting and laying on the buttock and hips tend to be the most difficult part of recovery.
Pain is normal after Brazilian butt lift and can be controlled through oral medication. There will undoubtedly be soreness from liposuction. You will also have bruising and swelling in the liposuction areas that will last a few weeks. You will need to wear a compression garment during your recovery for a few months.
This will help to control swelling and improve your overall shape. Dr. Schulman your NYC BBL surgeon, has created a well established garment protocol and we can help you understand how to wear this garment during your recovery. Specialty garments are available in our office, so you won’t need to worry about finding the right garment on your own.
While each case is unique, many of our patients find it most helpful to take at least 10 days off school or work to ensure that they can focus on recovery. Your physical activity will be restricted immediately after surgery but you should find yourself doing more after about a week or two.
Most patients are able to return to normal activities 3-4 weeks after surgery. If you try to do too much, too soon, your overall recovery will last longer, so you should take it as easy as possible.