Lewis Plastic Surgery: Gordon Lewis, MD
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Midlothian, VA 23113
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What’s Recovery Like After a Brazilian Butt Lift?

You’ve always wanted a bootylicious bottom and you’re finally ready to get a Brazilian butt lift. As you prepare for surgery, you likely have questions about what will come next. What’s recovery REALLY like? This guide will help you prepare for the recovery after your surgery. Don’t wait another minute to achieve the body of your dreams.

What Is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

A Brazilian butt lift is a surgical procedure that enhances the buttocks by increasing the size, improving firmness, changing the shape and correcting asymmetry. This is accomplished by injecting fat from other areas of the body into the buttocks. In addition to enhancing the buttocks, this procedure will also enhance the area where the donor fat is removed (like the abdomen or thighs). This procedure is superior to the previous practice of buttock augmentation with implants because of a lower risk for complications.

The Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery: What to Expect

The Brazilian butt lift is a two-part procedure. We start with liposuction to harvest the fat needed for grafting into the buttocks. Dr. Lewis will discuss potential liposuction sites with you before surgery. Often, a site is selected that will enhance the results of your butt lift. After the fat is removed, it is prepared for injection to the buttocks. The fat is cleaned with an antibiotic solution and placed in syringes for injection.

The second part of this procedure is the injection phase. This involves making a series of injections (both into the musculature and the fat in the buttocks. Dr. Lewis chooses injection sites carefully to create a gorgeous, sculpted looking result.

This surgery is very complex and will take several hours (approximately 2-4 hours) from start to finish.

Recovery: What Do I Need to Know?

After surgery, you’ll be sent home to recover. You’ll go home the same day as your surgery. You’ll be wrapped in surgical garments to control swelling and will be given painkillers to help ease your discomfort.

These tips will help make your recovery more successful:

  • Don’t Sit: You need to avoid sitting or lying on your buttocks after surgery for about two weeks. This gives the transferred fat time to develop a blood supply. When lying down, stick with your stomach or sides.
  • Walk the First Day and Every Day: Walking can help you recover. Dr. Lewis asks all patients to walk that first day after surgery and every day after.
  • Wear Your Compression Garments: Compression garments can really help with your healing. Wear them for 3-6 weeks after surgery (Dr. Lewis will give you specific advice for your situation).
  • Plan on Missing Some Work: You’ll need to take some time off work to recover. Plan on missing about 1-2 weeks (remember, you can’t sit until two weeks post-op).
  • Take Time to Recover: One of the biggest challenges with a Brazilian butt lift is getting the transferred fat to survive. Dr. Lewis estimates a survival rate of about 75%, but this can vary. The best way to ensure maximum fat survival is to follow post-operative instructions carefully. Give your body time to recover.

A more voluptuous booty awaits! Call us today and schedule your Brazilian butt lift consultation with Dr. Lewis.

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