While it is very important to follow your doctor’s instructions prior to and on the day of surgery, patients should be aware that carefully adhering to your doctor’s postoperative instructions are just as important for achieving favorable results.* This is especially true with butt lift surgery. As your surgeon, I will give you specific instructions regarding your at-home care, but here is some general information on what you can expect during your recovery period after butt lift surgery.*
Although it is beneficial for patients to walk as soon as possible to reduce swelling and the chance of developing blood clots, patients can expect to be away from work and social activities for two weeks and should avoid strenuous activities during the first four weeks after surgery.* Applying direct pressure to the buttocks should be avoided for two months. In the meantime, you may sit using a special technique by which you use a soft cushion that you place behind the leg and this will hoist the buttock, preventing any pressure from being applied.* You should also sleep on your stomach for two months.
Eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water is good for everyone, but it is especially important for the healing body.* After surgery, patients will likely be taking pain medication and activity levels will be decreased, which can cause constipation.* Consuming a high fiber diet with fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as increasing fluid intake, will help alleviate this discomfort.* Patients should eat healthy protein in order to repair the body’s damaged tissues.* An anti-inflammatory diet with foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fruits, vegetables, and herbs and spices will give the body the nutrition it needs to heal properly and stay healthy.*
How to Care for the Treated Areas*
Butt lift surgery patients may shower 48 hours following surgery, but the dressings will not be removed from the treated areas until approximately one week postoperatively.* Patients should leave the dressings in place and wash around them when showering during this time. After the dressings are removed, it is important keep the treated areas clean and cover them with gauze and bandages after showering. Except when showering, a compression garment should be worn constantly for at least four to six weeks to reduce swelling and support the treated areas as they heal.*
What to Avoid
Patients should abstain from alcohol during the recovery period, especially while taking pain medications. Patients should refrain from smoking for at least two weeks following surgery, as it impairs healing and also increases the risk for complications.* It is also advised that patients avoid exposing any scars to sunlight for about 12 months. If sun exposure cannot be prevented, a sunblock of SPF 30 or greater should be applied.
If you are considering butt lift surgery, feel free to contact my Miami, Florida plastic surgery practice by calling (305) 860-0717 or filling out my online consultation form. I am dedicated to providing my patients with the utmost safety and care, in addition to performing a procedure that will produce the most natural-looking and long-lasting results.*