Patients who are considering butt augmentation with a Brazilian Butt Lift usually wonder how much downtime is required after surgery, especially those who wish to participate in outdoor activities during the warm summer months. Dr. Constantino Mendieta performs butt enhancement surgery using his signature “Highlight Liposculpting and Lipo Fat Transfer” 3D approach, also known as the Mendieta Technique, to provide results that look and feel natural. Prospective patients will be happy to know that they can enjoy the outdoors and be active shortly after their surgery, as long as precautions are taken to avoid injuring the newly transplanted fat cells.
Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery
During the initial consultation, Dr. Mendieta provides all patients with aftercare instructions that detail what they should do for optimal results and a smooth recovery. These directions will provide more specific time periods for when you can resume daily activities, work, and exercises based on your individual circumstances and the details of your procedure. Some of the general guidelines for patients to follow after their Brazilian Butt Lift procedure include:
- Wear the recommended compression garments daily (except when showering)
- Avoid aerobic exercises and weight training activities that affect the buttock region
- Refrain from sitting directly on the buttocks until cleared by Dr. Mendieta
Activity Timeline After a Brazilian Butt Lift
Weeks One and Two
For the first two weeks of recovery, Brazilian Butt Lift patients should refrain from putting pressure on the buttocks for longer than a few minutes at a time. During this time, you may sit only when absolutely necessary, using a very soft cushion or donut-shaped pillow to avoid sitting directly on the buttocks. Position yourself on your stomach or side when resting to prevent straining your posterior. Patients should take light walks as soon as possible after surgery to reduce the risk of developing blood clots. However, patients should not engage in strenuous cardio activities during the first few weeks.
Most patients can return to work during the third week of their recovery, but they must use a soft cushion when sitting and continue to refrain from resting on their backside. Very light cardiovascular activities, such as walking and elliptical exercise, are allowed. However, patients are advised to focus more on weight training than aerobic activity so that the new fat cells in the buttocks will have a greater chance of stabilizing and surviving.
Weeks Four and Five
During the fourth and fifth weeks after surgery, patients should continue to use a cushion when sitting for prolonged periods. Slightly more intense activities can be performed, such as bicycling (with a soft seat) and faster-paced walking. During this period, patients can enjoy a day at the beach or pool; swimming can be resumed, and lying on the stomach when relaxing is recommended.
Weeks Six through Eight
Six to eight weeks after surgery, depending on how well your body responds to the procedure, more vigorous activities can be resumed. Once the fat cells have stabilized, you should be able to withstand the impact of exercises such as jogging or running. Patients can also enjoy playing outside sports, such as soccer and baseball.
Weight Fluctuations after Recovery
After the recovery period, the grafted fat will behave just like the fat cells in other areas of your body. Weight fluctuations will increase or decrease the volume of the buttocks in the same way the rest of your body will be affected. Your augmented butt will stay in proportion with your body as you gain or lose weight. Exercise will help maintain beautiful Brazilian Butt Lift results and enhance the muscular tone of your buttocks.