For many people, the waistline and buttocks are a particularly important aspect of their physique. A Brazilian butt lift is one of the most effective procedures at achieving this coveted appearance.
Each year, over 5,000 Americans opt for a Brazilian butt lift, an increase of over 250% since the year 2000. With the steadily growing popularity of Brazilian butt lifts as a cosmetic procedure, more people are beginning to realize the aesthetic and confidence-boosting benefits of the procedure.
One frequent question Dr. Farber gets at his Boca Raton clinic in Florida regarding a Brazilian butt lift is “how long does recovery from the procedure take?” Here, we aim to give insight into what exactly occurs during a Brazilian butt lift, and how long it takes for patients to return to their regular schedules following the surgery.
What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?
A Brazilian butt lift is a cosmetic procedure that leverages fat transfer technology to transfer fatty adipose tissue from one part of the body—generally, the thighs or lower abdomen—to the buttocks.
Doing so enables skilled plastic surgeons such as Dr. Farber to mold and reshape the contours and volume of the buttocks, creating a more defined, voluptuous, and coveted appearance.
The transfer is achieved through a combination of liposuction and injection. Fatty tissue is vacuumed from the donor location, purified, then expertly injected into the buttocks to create the desired aesthetic.
How Long Does It Take to Recover from the Procedure?
Recovery from a Brazilian butt lift procedure is a gradual process that generally takes 6-8 weeks.
During recovery, the transferred fat cells need to stabilize in their new location, and patients who rest as much as possible during the first four to six weeks experience the highest percentage of successful cell transfers—thus the best results from their Brazilian butt lift.
A certain percentage of the transferred cells will inevitably die. Still, with improving sterilization and cleansing techniques during the procedure, the best plastic surgeons can achieve rates of 85-90% cell survival.
It is essential that patients completely refrain from strenuous activities for the first 2-3 weeks following their procedure. After this time, patients can begin light exercise and start to become more active but should refrain full-body movements such as deep squats and lunges for at least eight weeks.
For many patients, getting Brazilian butt lift can provide them with the physique they have long wished for. It is crucial, however, to pay heed to your doctor’s advice during the recovery time from the procedure. Recovery will determine the degree of success you have with a Brazilian butt lift.
For those patients who are patient and allow their body the necessary time to recover, the results from a Brazilian butt lift are incredibly satisfying and long-lasting.