It should be no surprise that one of the more in-demand plastic surgery procedures these days is gluteal augmentation, more casually and commonly known as the Brazilian Butt Lift. The procedure enhances the size and shape of a person’s buttocks, creating a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. Patients typically have a lot of questions about butt lifts, wondering what is involved in the procedure and what they should do to get ready for it.
What is in the Injection?
There’s only one material that’s approved by the Food and Drug Administration for injection into the buttocks region and that’s your own fat. You might have seen people offering to perform butt lifts or injections using materials such as silicone or collagen. Keep in mind that those materials aren’t FDA approved and there’s no way to guarantee safety when they are injected into the butt area.
Aside from being the safe and approved material for butt lifts, fat has a number of other advantages. It comes from your own body, so you don’t have to worry about your system rejecting it. When you decide to have a butt lift, the surgeon will remove fat from other areas, such as the abdomen or hips using liposuction. That means that you not only get an enhanced butt, you also get a more shapely hips or tummy area. Another advantage of using fat is that it molds easily and has a natural feel.
How Do I Prepare for the Procedure?
Your surgeon will give you specific instructions for getting ready for a butt lift. But, generally, you can expect him to ask you for a full medical history and to see your primary care doctor if you haven’t been for a checkup in some time. You’ll also be asked to cut out some habits, such as smoking, taking certain vitamins and supplements, and taking certain medicines, such as aspirin, in the weeks leading up to the surgery.
You may also want to interview past patients of the surgeon who have had a Brazilian butt lift to get a better for feel what you can expect during and after the surgery. Speaking with former patients can help you decide if the surgery is really the right option for you and help you decide if you’re ready to deal with the downtime required after it or for the changes it will bring to your body.
What Should I Expect Afterwards?
For the most part, the initial recovery after a butt lift takes about seven to 10 days. You’ll want to take that much time off from work so that your body is able to heal and you’re able to rest up. During recovery, you might have to change a number of habits while the buttocks heal.
Although sitting upright is usually recommended for people who are recovering from plastic surgery, putting weight on the buttocks after fat injections can actually be pretty uncomfortable and can put undue pressure on the area. It’s usually recommended that you not sit on the butt for periods of more than 15 minutes, if at all, for several weeks after the procedure.
You may also have to change your sleeping position to avoid putting weight on the healing butt area. Sleep on your stomach instead of your back while you heal to give area time to heal.
You’ll want to continue to avoid certain activities after your butt lift, such as a smoking. If you do smoke after surgery, bear in mind that doing so can make your body more likely to reabsorb the transferred fat, undoing the results.
Can I Get an Implant Instead?
The idea of taking fat from one area of your body and injecting it into the buttocks might seem a bit strange to you. You might wonder if there are other options, such as implants. While implants are an option for augmenting the butt, they do have their drawbacks. There’s the risk of capsular contracture, meaning that a pocket forms around the implant, creating a deformed shape. There’s also a chance that the implant itself will move about in the buttock area or that the incision made to insert it will rupture. Another drawback of implants is that they can’t alter the shape of your butt, just the size.
What Happens if I Gain or Lose Weight?
It’s usually recommended that you be at or near your goal weight before receiving a butt lift. Some people try to gain weight before the procedure, so that they have enough fat for the transfer. But, if they lose weight after the surgery, it can affect the results. Losing weight can mean the size of the butt decreases after the injection. It’s also worth noting that if you’re very thin and don’t have much or any fat to spare, a Brazilian butt lift might not be the best option for you.
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