Top Tips to Maintain Brazilian Butt Lift Results
A Brazilian butt lift, also known as a BBL, is a fat grafting procedure to add volume and reshape a person's buttocks. In the last decade, fat transfers involving taking unwanted fat from another area of the body like the hips, thighs, or waistline and relocating it to the buttocks have risen in popularity. It is a more natural body contouring method for augmentation by utilizing unwanted fat cells, giving Miami women and men the option of aesthetically changing more than one area at the same time. While it is not a permanent answer, like butt augmentation with implants, there are some helpful tips on maintaining fat after BBL surgery to maximize the fantastic results.
Dr. Jeffrey LaGrasso is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Miami, FL, and is considered one of the leading experts in his field at performing Brazilian butt lift procedures. His state-of-the-art and accredited surgical facility is one of the leading plastic surgery practices in the Miami-Dade area. Dr. LaGrasso and his experienced team are partners with every patient throughout the entire process from start to finish. Read on for some helpful tips on maintaining BBL results and getting the most out of your cosmetic procedure.
How does a BBL procedure work?
While many Miami women and men turn to regular exercise and a healthy diet to achieve the body they want, in some cases, cosmetic help is needed for optimal results. Butt augmentation with a fat transfer has become a popular way to add fullness and volume with a patient's unwanted fat from a donor location. A liposuction procedure removes targeted fat from other body areas, such as the stomach or midsection, thighs, hips, or lower back. Once completed, the extracted fat is grafted or transferred back into buttocks via small incisions to create a more shapely, rounder appearance. Dr. LaGrasso will precisely place each fat injection to accomplish each patient's aesthetic goals with this procedure.
Tips for BBL long-term results
Fat grafting or transfer procedures involve taking unwanted fat from one area of the body and relocating it to enhance another area. While not all grafted fat will remain a permanent fixture in its new location, as the body will naturally absorb some, there are some helpful tips to maximize the results during the recovery.
1. Wear the right clothing
Patients will be sent home after their BBL procedure with a unique compression garment to wear as instructed to reduce swelling and promote proper blood circulation to start the healing process. Patients should also forgo wearing tight or restricting clothing during their BBL recovery. Loose-fitting clothes won't restrict blood flow and allow the transferred fat to "settle in" properly.
2. Avoid direct contact
After a BBL procedure, patients cannot sit directly on their buttocks or sleep on their backs for at least the first 2 – 3 weeks. Applying direct pressure on the grafted fat may cause new cells to shift or move, displacing them during the BBL recovery. Use a body pillow at night to sleep on your side and use a special pad during the day to only sit for a few minutes at a time until fully recovered or cleared by your plastic surgeon.
3. Healthy diet
When recovering from a surgical procedure, patients need to eat a well-balanced diet to start the healing process and nourish newly transferred fat cells. Patients should eat healthy fats like avocados, walnuts, and salmon while avoiding foods high in sodium or sugary drinks. It is also imperative to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water throughout the BBL recovery.
4. Ease back into being active
Patients are generally advised to stick to light activity or walking for the first 6 – 8 weeks after a BBL procedure to promote healthy blood flow and reduce inflammation. However, patients shouldn't do too much too soon. Working closely with your plastic surgeon is advised to gradually increase the duration and intensity of physical activity to avoid unnecessary complications.
5. Maintain a stable weight
Patients who know they may struggle post-procedure with fluctuating weight should be aware it could negatively impact their results. After the BBL surgery, women and men who stick to a balanced diet and exercise regularly can achieve BBL long-term results.
Ready to learn more about a Brazilian butt lift?
If you have more questions about a BBL procedure or are considering butt augmentation surgery, contact our office today and schedule your consultation. Dr. Jeffrey LaGrasso's customized approach and excellent bedside manner ensure that every Miami patient who visits his private practice will enjoy a positive experience and get the results they deserve. We look forward to hearing from you.