Recovery guidelines for after buttock augmentation

During recovery, the body can absorb between 20% and 50% of the fat.

By Lefny Díaz

After an augmentation fat transfer, patients should be prepared to properly care for themselves and the newly transferred fat cells in order to obtain the best results from the procedure. The surgery itself could last between 2 and 6 hours depending on the amount of fat that is collected and the number of areas of the body to intervene. Some doctors may leave patients overnight to observe them after the procedure. The first night after you are discharged from the hospital, it would be best to ask a friend of your loved one to help you with the housework.

How well a patient takes care of himself after a fat buttock augmentation procedure will often determine whether the fat cells successfully develop an adequate blood supply and survive or not. Patients should plan ahead for their recovery to ensure they get the best results from their procedure. Below are some general guidelines to follow while recovering from a Brazilian butt lift:

  • Follow the instructions of your doctor. Your doctor will give you some general and specific instructions to follow during recovery.
    Follow these instructions exactly.
  • Take medications as scheduled. You will likely receive both pain relievers and antibiotics to prevent developing an infection during the recovery period. Take these medications religiously.
    Set a reminder on your smartphone or other device to help you remember to take your medications religiously and at the proper times. Avoiding infection will speed recovery and help you achieve the best possible results from your procedure.
  • Wear compression garments as prescribed. Your doctor will likely give you compression garments to wear while your body recovers from liposuction. These compression garments will help your skin heal properly to give you the smoothest, most natural-looking results. Wear the garments as your doctor tells you. Wait for their permission to stop using them.
  • You do not feel directly for at least 3 weeks. Patients are advised not to sit directly on the newly transferred fat cells for at least 3 weeks. It’s best to plan ahead for this facet of the recovery process and make sure you have adequate space and furniture to support your gluteal weight. Most patients sleep on their stomach or side to keep the weight off their buttocks. Your doctor may also provide you with a special inflatable pillow to use occasionally during the recovery process.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for at least a month. Your doctor will tell you when you can return to your normal training schedule. Patients are often advised to perform light exercises after a Brazilian butt lift procedure, but in light doses at first, graduating to more and more exercise over time. Talk to your doctor and get permission to increase your exercise during recovery.
  • Eat healthy foods. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables as you recover from the Brazilian butt lift. By eating healthy and nutritious food, you increase the chances that new fat cells will survive the transplant. You may need help preparing food during the recovery process. Plan ahead to ensure that you can have nutritious meals during the initial stages of recovery.
  • Drink a lot of water. After surgery, your body will need to detox, so you will need a lot of water. By drinking plenty of water, you can also help your body build up the necessary blood supply to fuel the newly transferred fat cells.
  • Do not smoke. Smoking decreases circulation and the new fat cells need a solid blood supply to survive. Therefore, avoid cigarettes during recovery.


“Avoid alcohol. Alcohol can dehydrate the body, but during recovery you must stay hydrated to help build a new blood supply for the transferred blood cells.”

During recovery your body develops a new blood supply to keep the new fat cells transferred. Not all transferred fat cells survive during this important phase. Cells that survive will become permanent.

Once recovery is over, the number of fat cells does not increase or decrease, what increases or decreases is the size of these cells. If you gain or lose weight, the volume of your derrier will also increase or decrease

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