Like with any other surgery, post-operative care after a butt lift is delicate. The surgeon specialised in gluteoplasty will always give you basic instructions. It is essential to follow them for a proper recovery and so that you get the desired results from the operation.

You will be able to show off spectacular buttocks soon after a butt lift. But make sure you don’t rush it. Although the results will be visible and your discomfort will have eased, you won’t be fully recovered until six weeks after the surgery. During this time, make sure to follow each and every one of your surgeon’s recommendations and don’t forget that the recovery process will be different for each patient.

The first days after a butt lift

Immediately after the surgery, you are recommended to rest. Little by little, you can begin to move around in order to prevent clot formation in the area. However, remember not to strain yourself and to increase your activity little by little.

Also, remember that the area will be bandaged and the bandages and drains won’t be removed until at least seven days following your operation. You must also wear a compression garment. Your movement will inevitably be somewhat limited, so don’t strain yourself during this time.

What’s more, the surgeon will recommend that you sit on a special cushion placed behind your knees to elevate the buttocks. In addition to the cushion, it’s important not to spend too much time sitting and to sleep face down. The reason for this is to avoid excessive pressure on the area that may affect the shape of the buttocks.

Little by little you will be able to move more freely. You can usually return to a certain degree of normality in two weeks and, for example, return to work. However, you have to continue wearing the compression garment and sleeping face down for at least six weeks.

Your diet after a butt lift

After surgery, you have to take care of yourself on the outside and on the inside. A balanced diet is key to accelerating the healing process and repair of the tissue affected by the surgery.

Following a healthy diet will continue to be just as important after the post-operative period. A healthy diet will help you maintain your weight and keep your body fat percentage in check. What’s more, it’s essential for preventing cellulitis, which can ruin the results of a butt lift.

A basic piece of advice is to reduce your intake of fats and sugars. In turn, you should eat more fruit, vegetables, and healthy fats, especially foods with omega-3 fatty acids. This essential oil is especially important in the first weeks after a butt lift, as it has an anti-inflammatory effect that helps in recovery.

Exercise after a butt lift

It’s best to do routines aimed at maintaining muscle mass, combining strength and cardio exercise. However, remember not to do any high-impact exercise in the first weeks. Excessive effort can lead to tissue tearing, cause the grafted fat to become displaced, or make the implants move.

How long you have to wait before you can do exercise of a certain intensity varies according to the type of butt lift surgery:

  • Brazilian butt lift (BBL): you can start doing very light exercise a few days after the surgery, mainly walking and upper body exercises. After four weeks, if your surgeon advises it, you can begin running, increasing your speed little by little. You can also start doing lower body strength exercises.
  • Supercharged BBL surgery: in this surgery, in which liposculpture and fat grafts are combined with silicone implants, you have to wait a bit longer. You have to rest in the first weeks. After the first month, you can begin to walk slowly and a few weeks later, you can start low-intensity exercise. In general, you must wait between two and three months to do strength training.

After this recovery period after a butt lift, you should ideally exercise at least two or three times per week to keep the area toned. You should, however, avoid exercises that involve long periods of time sitting.

What to avoid after surgery

Some aspects have to be taken into account in order not to put the results of your butt lift at risk:

  • Avoid fat-loss diets or exercises. These can cause the buttocks to lose volume or its shape.
  • You are entirely advised against drinking alcohol or smoking after a butt lift.
  • It’s important not to expose the area to the sun in the first year. This prevents spots from appearing in the healing area. If you do spend time in the sun, use very high SPF sunscreen.
  • Use a compression garment in your size. The goal of the compression garment is to reduce inflammation and promote circulation. If it’s too tight, it will put more pressure on the area than is needed. On the contrary, if it’s not tight enough, it won’t serve its purpose.

If you need more information, don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule an appointment. The Cirumed specialists will explain everything you need to know about the BBL and Supercharged BBL surgeries as well as all the details on the recovery process.