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What’s It Like to Recover From a Butt Lift?

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Does the thought of surgery conjure images of weeks spent recovering in an unfamiliar hospital room, missing friends and family, and just plain worrying about when your life is going to get back to normal?

Fortunately, recovering from a butt lift is nothing like that.

If that were the case, nobody would get a butt lift! It’s that simple. To understand the butt lift recovery process a little better, let’s take a look at some of the most common questions regarding recovery—it’s not nearly as bad as you think.

How long does it take to recover from a butt lift?

Every body—including your body—is unique, and responds to surgery differently.

Your overall health, skin condition and goals for the surgery all play a role in how fast and easy your recovery will be.

But don’t worry! Work with a fantastic surgeon who takes the time to understand you and your unique body, and your recovery process will become crystal clear.

But really…how long does it take to recover from a butt lift?

If we’re speaking about average time, you’re going to be pleasantly surprised—it’s not as long as you might think.

The Brazilian butt lift is an outpatient surgery, which means you won’t need to spend weeks recovering at the hospital. You won’t need to spend even one night at a hospital.

The truth is, your butt lift should take less than 3 hours, and you’ll be able to sleep at home the very same night.

And even though any major surgery is going to cause some discomfort and pain, you’ll be happy to know that most women who receive a butt lift are back to enjoying normal activities within 2-3 weeks.

How do you manage pain and scarring from a butt lift?

Pain and scar management after your surgery is relatively simple, if not a bit annoying for the first few weeks. Some of the basics:

  • Initially, you will wear a compression garment. The compression garment not only helps improve your results, but helps reduce discomfort.
  • You’ll want to start walking as soon as possible after your procedure. Walking helps (very lightly) stretch your surgical site, aiding in recovery and pain management.
  • For the first few days, your doctor will give you a prescription for pain relief medications. It’s critical to avoid driving (not that you should be sitting down anyway) while under the effects of narcotic pain relievers.
  • Always, always avoid exposure of your surgical scars to direct sunlight for at least a year after the procedure.

Patients experience pain differently. While some say the pain after a butt lift is mostly just discomfort, others consider it more stressful. Your doctor will help answer all of your questions to make your recovery as safe and painless as possible.

What does a typical recovery period look like for butt lift patients?

Again, there’s no perfect answer for each and every patient. But here’s a rough guide of what to expect during your recovery:

  • 48 Hours: You can begin showering again. You will need someone to help you at home for at least the first two days.
  • Days 5-7: Dressings removed.
  • Days 7-10: Sutures (if any) removed.
  • 2 Weeks: You may stop using your compression garment.
  • 3 Weeks: You can resume sitting directly on your butt. Most patients are now ready to return to work.
  • 4 Weeks: You may resume tub soaking and swimming, as well as more strenuous activities and sports.
  • 6-8 Weeks: Most swelling and discoloration will subside. Some may last as long as 6 months.
  • 1 Year: You may stop avoiding sun exposure on small procedure scars.

It takes roughly 3 weeks to return to normal activities for one big reason—putting light pressure on your butt, even from sitting normally, makes it very difficult for the fat cells in your surgery site to thrive.

Although it might seem like a major inconvenience to avoid sitting for 3 weeks, butt lift patients frequently say the results were worth the wait. At least that is our experience here at utah breast augmentation.

When should you seek medical attention after your butt lift?

While complications are rare, you should seek immediate care if you experience:

  • Increased bruising or swelling
  • Persistent or increased redness
  • Severe or increasing pain, despite taking pain medication
  • Side effects to medicine such as upset stomach, headaches or a rash
  • Yellow-green drainage or notice an unpleasant odor
  • Bleeding that is difficult to reduce with light pressure
  • A loss of motion or feeling in the surgical area

Again, these issues are uncommon—but it’s always best to be prepared.

Worried about recovering from your butt lift?

When you choose a plastic surgeon, he or she becomes your partner. Your doctor is 100% dedicated to seeing you succeed by crafting the best plan possible for your procedure and recovery.

Working with a good surgeon will give you good results. But choosing a fantastic surgeon does so much more—ensuring your health and happiness for years to come.

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