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Recovering from a Brazilian Butt Lift

Brazilian butt lifts are one of the trendiest plastic surgical procedures these days. This treatment, technically known as fat transfer gluteal augmentation, improves the proportions of your entire lower body. It enhances the shape and contour of your buttocks, hips, abdomen, waistline, and love handles to obtain the desirable hourglass body shape and a scooped-out and rounded gluteal shelf.

Unlike other similar alternatives, this treatment doesn’t use foreign substances or implant devices. The Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is an autologous fat transfer, which means that the doctor uses your own body fat to remodel your contours. Through liposuction techniques, a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Tim Sayed harvests fat tissue from areas that might be in excess (typically lower belly, hips, and love handles) and injects it into your buttocks to improve the shape, texture, and overall appearance.

This cosmetic procedure transforms patients’ lives, so we can assure you are not the only one thinking of making a consultation. However, you should consider that BBL requires some downtime, and you will have some restrictions during recovery time – just like after any other surgical procedure.

Brazilian Buttock Lift – Surgery Day

This type of gluteal augmentation is an outpatient procedure, which means that you can leave the facilities the same day you undergo surgery. The surgical intervention takes up to four hours, and then you will need to stay an hour or so more in the post-op room as you are closely monitored by the nursing staff. When you meet criteria in recovery, you will be discharged and taken home by a friend, family member, or companion.

Can I Get in Touch with Dr. Sayed After the Procedure?

Absolutely. You will be given a 24-hour phone number to reach Dr. Sayed in case of emergencies. We also invite our patients or caregivers to download a patient engagement app that allows you to send messages, photos, and videos so that we can ensure you are doing fine during recovery.

What to Expect During the Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery

Once you are back home, BBL recovery time starts. During the first few days, you will experience discomfort in the surgical areas, muscle cramping, bruising, swelling, and numbness in the skin. Some patients have also reported mild nausea. Dr. Sayed will prescribe medications to ease those symptoms, which will eventually resolve on their own. During this week, you may also have drains which will later be removed in the office. You will need to start walking immediately and frequently, and might have special boots put on your legs to enhance circulation in the early recovery. Hydration, protein intake, Vitamin C and other nutritional choices may accelerate your healing. Lymphatic massage treatments are often recommended to try to improve skin retraction, reduce swelling, mobilize fluids, and improve the overall shaping. We ask that you offload the buttocks from pressure in the first 10-14 days, which means using special “booty pillows” and standing frequently, and avoiding sitting for lengthy periods.

After about two weeks, you will be able to be in a seated position and resume your social life, work, and driving. A week after (3 weeks from surgery), you will gradually start exercising again. You will also be asked to wear a surgical garment for about 2-3 months to help reduce swelling.

Enhance Your Body Shape with BBL at Dr. Sayed MD Plastic Surgery

Please contact our offices in Newport Beach, CA, and La Jolla, CA, with any BBL questions and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sayed. He will be happy to assess you and explain the procedure and post-op recovery in detail during your personalized consultation!

How Long Until You Can Sit Again After A BBL?

We have no doubts that a Brazilian Butt Lift is a life-changing cosmetic procedure. In this surgery, your plastic surgeon removes fat tissue from areas that tend to be in excess (like love handles, lower abdomen, and hips) and injects it into your buttocks to obtain a curvy figure. Doesn’t it sound like a dream come true?

BBL involves two procedures that are carried out in the same session. First, you have the fat tissue removed with liposuction techniques. Then, you receive the autologous fat transfer through a number of injections. Although it may sound simple, it is still an invasive procedure that requires some downtime, and you will need to follow post-op instructions for a few weeks.

Of all the after-care instructions, the most specific one is being unable to sit down after the BBL. This indication should be considered carefully before going through the procedure, as you will need to plan in which positions you will spend your recovery time and how you deal with activities as simple as working or commuting. 

Why Can’t I Sit After a Brazilian Butt Lift?

As incredible as it may sound, sitting too soon after a Brazilian Butt Lift can alter your new figure. The fat graft injected is delicate during the first few weeks, as the brand-new fat cells need to settle to receive blood supply from the vessels of the area. Too much pressure can affect this process and modify the final results by destroying the fat cells before they are

How Long Do I Need to Wait to Sit After BBL?

In most cases, you will be able to sit down after 2 to 3 weeks. Still, many surgeons agree that waiting at least 4 weeks is better to ensure optimal results.

What Can I Do in the Meantime?

If you need to sit down for any reason, you can do it for 10 or 15 minutes, but ideally, you will try to either lie on your belly or remain standing until the graft is completely healed. However, we understand that this might represent an inconvenience, so we propose three alternative sitting positions that you might find helpful:

  • Use a pillow: you can keep pressure off your buttocks by placing a pillow on the chair or seat. Cylindrical pillows are the best alternative when you need to sit down for specific activities like driving.
  • Sit on your thighs: you can also try sitting on your thighs while leaving your butt suspended in the air. You can try using a bench or simply placing a cushion under your thighs.
  • Sit backward: the third alternative is to sit in a backward chair position. You only need a chair with no armchairs for this technique – just sit down, face the chair’s back, and place your legs on either side. In the final position, your butt will also stay off the chair, and the pressure will once again be on your thighs.

Brazilian Butt Lift in Newport Beach & La Jolla, Ca

Do you want to learn more about one of the most desired cosmetic surgeries? Please get in touch with our front desk team at Tim Sayed MD Plastic Surgeon. They will schedule a consultation with our board-certified surgeon at your earliest convenience!

Exercising after the Brazilian Butt Lift: Do’s and Don’ts

A large, full buttocks is highly desirable, but not something you can achieve at the gym. Either you’re born with one or you’ll need cosmetic surgery to achieve those shapely curves. Brazilian butt lifts are a great way to enhance natural curves without having to turn to implants. During the procedure, fat is removed via liposuction from one part of the body and re-injected into the derriere. 

While you can’t achieve a full and rounded buttocks with exercise alone, after surgery you can enhance your results by hitting the gym. Check out our guide to the do’s and don’ts of working out after a BBL.

Do: Go for Gluteal Intensive Exercises

What do squats, lunges, and HITT training all have in common? Each of these workout varieties focus heavily on building muscle mass in the buttocks. Once you’ve been given the green light to work out, try to build a workout routine that includes muscle building movements that enhance your new curves. 

Don’t: Immediately Go to the Highest Weight Possible

While BBLs are designed to be less invasive than other buttock enhancement procedures, the two-step process can still be physically taxing on your body. Gradually work your way up to intensive workouts. Start with gentle walks around the neighborhood each day after surgery. As the days progress, go a little further and increase your pace to get your body back in the swing of physical exertion and to promote healthy circulation. Once you’ve been cleared for weightlifting, start off light and work your way back up to your pre-surgery gains. 

Easy does it. Slowly returning to exercise prevents injuries. 

Don’t: Jump Back into Fat Burning

Burning fat shrinks fall cells, and when fat is the basis for your new curves, this can spell disaster for your results. Great results from BBLs depend on being able to maintain fat cell size in the months following surgery. We recommend that patients achieve their goal-weight, or close to it, before surgery. Other counterproductive exercises include cross-fit, cycling, and other exercises where you’re sitting.

After a BBL, fat loss can mean booty loss. 

Do: Eat!

If you have a hard time staying away from the elliptical or fitness bootcamp, not to worry – a balanced diet with plenty of calories can help offset any potential fat burning you may be inadvertently doing. As you get back into a workout routine, we recommend working with a personal trainer to create a meal plan strategy that keeps you healthy without compromising your results. 

Learn More from Our San Diego Plastic Surgeon

With the right long-term strategy, the results of your Brazilian butt lift can last years and even improve over time. At Dr. Tim Sayed’s offices in Newport Beach and La Jolla, our specialist plastic surgeon focuses on helping patients build long-term treatment plans that extend beyond surgery to ensure long-lasting results. Learn more about buttock augmentation in San Diego at your personalized consultation with Dr. Sayed.

Tips on Safe Clothing Choices after Butt and Breast Lifts

If you love to shop, you’re in luck. Undergoing either a butt or breast lift means you get a brand new body, and new clothes to cover it. What should you wear? How do you best show off those brand new curves?

We’re here to help with all the necessary info to style yourself post-op with confidence and safety. Read on to learn more about the best styles, local and online shopping options, and breakdowns of how your options expand as you heal.

If you have any further questions or would like personalized advice from the members of our team, please feel free to call 1-858-247-2933 today. We look forward to talking and helping you get the best out of your new body.

What to Wear After a Butt Lift

 Immediately After Surgery

As with any surgical procedure, after your butt lift, you will experience some swelling. To help aid in the healing process and relieve swelling, we usually send our patients home wearing a specialized compression garment.

While it may not be the sexiest pair of underwear you’ve ever seen, covering the upper part of your legs and the entire buttocks, it is essential to wear it all day, every day.

Dr. Sayed will instruct you on how long the compression garment is necessary. And after the initial healing period, when you no longer need it for added comfort and swelling relief, you can return to regular underwear, whatever style you prefer.

Once the Compression Garment Comes Off

So you have a new, fuller, confidence-boosting butt. What now? Getting used to your new shape can take a little while. You’ve spent a whole lifetime with one body shape, adjusting to another will take time.

For some patients, your fuller shape will mean an increase in jean or dress sizes. A bigger booty may mean a need to buy dresses that run a bit longer. We recommend trying out stores that offer a variety of styles and sizes. If you prefer online shopping, both Fashion Nova and Zulily offer styles specifically for women with fuller booties.

Clothing for Post-Breast Lift Busts

After your breast enhancement, most patients’ bra sizes change. This can affect both your bra size and the way shirts fit. Embrace the chance to revamp your style and check out these suggestions.

First things first, you will need to give yourself time to properly heal before embarking on the shopping spree.

Immediately After Surgery

Right after surgery, you’ll likely experience discomfort when lifting the arms. It can be difficult to raise the arms. We recommend our patients wear loose clothing that is easy to take off or put on. A simple zip-up hoodie or a flowing button-up blouse works perfectly for the first week. Zippers and buttons are key to easy on and easy off tops after breast surgery.

For the majority of patients, you will receive a compression bra. This offers support, with a zipper in the front and a soft band to prevent any irritation to the incisionThis compression bra should be worn as directed.

After Week One

After a week, most patients can wear whatever clothing they want, at least for the outer layers. Under the clothes, you will need to stick to a soft compression sports bra, usually for the first three weeks.

Victoria’s Secret offers some great products, especially their full coverage bras, which are comfy enough to sleep in. If you have any questions about whether the style you’ve found is safe, please contact Dr. Sayed.

We recommend avoiding underwires as they can damage fresh incisions and may slow the recovery process.

After Three Weeks

Patients may return to a soft, non-underwire/non-push-up bra during the day or while at work. At home, you should still wear a sports bra to aid in healing. Avoid lace bras or structured lingerie as these may distort the breast.

Six Weeks – Back to Your New Normal

After six weeks, the sky is the limit. Wear what you like and enjoy your new look. A good rule of thumb is that if something causes you pain, don’t wear it.

At this point, we also recommend you get fitted for new bras. A professional fitting will help you discover the correct size for your new breasts. Indeed, a shocking number of women are wearing the wrong bra size. Here are two lists of the top fitting locations in both La Jolla and Newport Beach.

Your breast size may continue to change and adjust. The implants will need to go through a settling process, when the implant drops and expands over time. This can take a few months to occur, so be patient.

More Questions? Don’t Hesitate to Ask

Dr. Sayed is happy to answer any further questions about the best clothing options for after a butt or breast lift. If you’d like to talk more, please call us at 1-858-247-2933 or contact us here.

Brazilian Butt Lift Safety: How to Ensure Beautiful Results Safely

In recent years, Brazilian butt lifts have grown dramatically in their popularity. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of glutoplasties performed jumped 10% between 2016 to 2017, and current projections suggest the procedure will continue to grow. For patients, the opportunity to remove stubborn fat cells from one part of the body to the derriere can help them achieve two goals with only one trip to the operating room. However, a warning from the same Board suggests that this procedure carries a much higher mortality rate than other procedures.

What is the Risk Associated with Brazilian Butt Lift?

Pulmonary fat embolisms (PFEs) or fatal fat embolisms occur when the pulmonary veins are blocked due to fat particles. Usually, the result of widespread trauma such as a broken leg, these obstructions prevent blood from traveling to the heart for oxygenation and can travel through the veins to the heart, blocking the arteries. During a Brazilian butt lift, fatal fat embolisms are caused when the cannula delivering transplanted fat cells injures a vein or directly injects the adipose tissue into the vein. This can happen if a surgeon injects too deeply or accidentally nicks a vein.

Stay Safe During Your Butt Lift with These Tips

In addition to the risk of fatal fat embolism, Brazilian butt lifts also present other risks associated with surgery. Anesthesia risks, poor healing, and infection can all compromise your health and results. With these complications in mind, it’s important to be picky about who you visit for your surgery.

When choosing your Brazilian butt lift plastic surgeon, be sure to look for the following:

Board Certification

Only board-certified plastic surgeons like Dr. Sayed have undergone the extensive training required to successfully perform any cosmetic procedure. For high-risk procedures like butt lifts, having the expertise of a peer-reviewed, highly qualified professional is especially important. These individuals are highly trained to identify risks and treat them before they can compromise your surgical results and life.

Do Your Research

There is nothing wrong with vetting multiple plastic surgeons during the initial stages of your surgical journey. It is an incredibly important step in verifying that you have all the information necessary to choose the right procedure and practice. While looking for your plastic surgeon, be sure to ask about the risks, what you can expect from the surgery and recovery, and about the benefits of the butt lift. A good plastic surgeon will help you understand what realistic results will look like for your unique scenario.

Choose an Accredited Facility

While the Brazilian butt lifts may be marketed as an easy, minimally invasive way of achieving great curves, the procedure is still surgery that requires anesthesia. Choosing a facility that has a strong reputation for excellence and has the support staff in case something goes wrong will provide you with the peace of mind that you’re in safe hands at every step of the treatment process.

Have Questions? Call our San Diego and Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon

At Tim Sayed MS MBA FACS Plastic Surgery, your safety is our utmost priority. Whether your upcoming procedure is non-invasive or includes full surgery, Dr. Sayed and his team take all necessary precautions before, during, and after your treatment. Our goal is to educate patients on their options as well as the health risks or concerns that may be associated with any procedure. During your consultation, we discuss at length your medical history to ensure your safety throughout the procedural process. If you have any questions regarding your upcoming visit, we encourage you to call our team. By putting your safety first, Dr. Sayed is able to provide patients with beautiful, long-lasting results.