Dramatic weight loss, genetic factors, and excess skin and fat due to aging can really take a toll on the appearance of your buttocks. A growing number of people are turning to the butt lift procedure to improve their appearance and contours in this area.
The butt lift procedure involves the removal of excess skin and fat through surgery and liposuction.
If you are planning to improve your appearance with a butt lift procedure, you may be a bit apprehensive about both the surgery and what to expect when you return home. The following information should help put your mind at ease and let you know what to expect at every stage of your recovery.
Immediately After Your Surgery
When you wake up after your procedure, you may find that surgical drains have been put into place to remove accumulations of fluid around your incisions. You may also be wearing a compression garment for controlling swelling and supporting tissues, as well as flattening the skin. If you are not wearing a compression garment when you wake up from surgery, you may be advised to wear one later.
After your butt lift procedure, you’ll be escorted into a recovery area for close monitoring as you emerge from the anesthesia. You will then be driven home by whoever you made arrangements with, as it would be unsafe to drive under the lingering effects of anesthesia.
Be prepared to experience some pain and discomfort once your anesthesia has worn off. If it is more than you can handle, contact your plastic surgeon, or take any recommended pain medication as directed.
You’re also going to experience some redness and swelling. The swelling will be with you for at least a few weeks. If your degree of redness and swelling seem unusually severe, or do not gradually improve, contact your surgeon for recommendations.
Although you’ll need to get plenty of rest and sleep, it is still important that you walk around for at least 10 minutes daily to prevent the development of blood clots. It’s also important to sleep on your stomach or side to allow for proper healing of the treatment site.
One Week After
You’ll be wearing a compression garment for this entire stage of your recovery. It will help you minimize swelling, which also helps alleviate discomfort. If you bought a special pillow to make you more comfortable when sitting, it will get plenty of use at this time.
Two Weeks After
Good news: You will have noticed a significant decrease in your discomfort by now, along with reduced swelling. Keep using your special pillow whenever you sit down. Stay away from lifting heavy weights, but make sure that you are taking short walks each day.
Four Weeks After
You can safely take on more gradual physical activity at this time, including light exercise. Consult your surgeon if you notice any lingering tenderness or significant swelling. Drink plenty of water.
Weeks Six Through Eight
You should have recovered completely by now and returned to your normal routine. Your plastic surgeon should also have given you the go-ahead to begin working out, if that is your normal routine.
Almost all of your restrictions should have been lifted by now, and the results of your surgery will continue to become evident, which is the most exciting part. Flaunt your new butt by wearing your favorite jeans, dresses and skirts.