Summary: A Brazilian butt lift can add the curves you’ve been longing for and highlight other aspects of your figure, giving you a more voluptuous hourglass shape. Your BBL will also look and feel completely natural because Dr. Meade collects fat from another part of your body — leaving you with an even sleeker silhouette — and injects it into your buttocks for long-lasting results.
You should see an immediate difference in your butt, though it will likely be a few weeks before you can fully enjoy your new curves. Here’s what you need to know to help make your recovery easier.
1. Avoid Sitting
- After your BBL, it’s important to protect the transferred fat until it gets established in your buttocks. Putting pressure on the fat can damage the newly transplanted cells and may cause indentations that can mar your final results. Dr. Meade may recommend that you avoid sitting and sleeping on your back for 2 to 6 weeks.
- You can sleep on your side or stomach and sit with a pillow or cushion under your thighs to support you without putting any weight on your butt. Depending on your guidelines, you may be able to sit for a few minutes here and there or for longer periods if you get up and move periodically a few weeks post-op.
2. Wear a Compression Garment
- A compression garment can improve your comfort, reduce swelling and help your tissue remodel. Dr. Meade may recommend that you wear a compression garment over your liposuction sites to lessen swelling and one over your butt to promote growth in the transferred fat cells. The compression garment for your buttocks should fit snugly but not so tight that it could harm the grafted fat.
3. Start Walking ASAP
- Although you may feel stiff and sore after your BBL, you should start walking as soon as possible to promote blood circulation and reduce swelling. Even a little motion each day can help your body heal better and faster. Do what you can within the instructions provided by Dr. Meade, whether it’s a few laps around your house or a longer walk through the neighborhood. Just take it easy and don’t push too hard.
4. Eat a Fiber-Rich Diet
- What you eat and drink can also make a difference during your recovery. The drop in your activity level and medications taken after your BBL may cause constipation. Eating a diet rich in fiber, fruits and vegetables while drinking plenty of water can help ward against constipation and support healing.
5. Be Patient with Results
- Just like the different types of breast implants used for breast enhancement produce an immediate change to your shape, so will a Brazilian butt lift. Your butt should look fuller and rounder the next time you see it. Keep in mind, though, that your final results are months away.
- It takes time for the grafted fat cells to stabilize and grow. Also, only about 60 to 70 percent of the fat will survive. To compensate, Dr. Meade adds extra fat during your BBL, which could initially create more volume than you wanted. Any fat reabsorption should happen within 3 to 6 months and the remaining fat should have “fluffed,” or dropped into a full, round shape by then. Be patient as you recover. Your final results are just around the corner!