The Dos and Don’ts of BBL Recovery
For many patients in Glendale, AZ, the Brazilian butt lift continues to be the preferred way to enhance the butt and boost the figure. However, one of the most important factors in getting great results is a successful recovery. As with any fat transfer procedure, BBL aftercare is specifically designed to ensure the fat cells thrive in their new location, so it’s essential to keeping your results looking great. Here are a few key things to know about BBL recovery and what you can expect from our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul Angelchik.
Once the fat cells are transplanted into your butt, they’re extremely fragile until they establish a new blood supply. Blood delivers nutrients and oxygen to cells throughout your body, and without it, the fat cells can die off. Sitting directly on your new butt can make it difficult for blood to reach the new fat so it’s important to avoid doing so. If you must sit down, our team can help you learn new sitting positions or find a specially shaped pillow to sit on.
If you normally sleep on your back, you’ll need to adjust your sleeping position during your recovery. For the same reason as above, you’ll need to avoid putting pressure on your backside while you sleep. Instead, sleep on your side or stomach for the first few weeks. If you’re worried about rolling over while you sleep, sleep with extra pillows around you to make it difficult.
It’s important to avoid strenuous activity after your procedure since it can negatively impact your circulation. Certain exercises that use your buttocks can be especially damaging to the new fat. Plan to rest and avoid exercise for the first 4-6 weeks – Dr. Angelchik will give you a more accurate estimation of when you’re ready to return to your normal active lifestyle.
Compression garments are an essential part of any liposuction procedure. They play a key role in preventing fluid buildup in the leftover space, as well as preventing swelling, aiding blood flow, and ensuring your new contours emerge. You should plan to wear your compression garment throughout the day for a few weeks, only taking it off to bathe. You’ll gradually taper off as you heal. Our team will help you find the right compression garment for your needs ahead of your procedure.
After any surgery, smoking and drinking can make it difficult for your body to heal. That’s because smoking causes a process called vasoconstriction, or the narrowing of the blood vessels. This decreases the ability of the blood to deliver oxygen to the area. Similarly, alcohol can thin the blood and impact your healing. Although you should try to quit smoking permanently, you should plan to avoid smoking for at least six weeks after surgery. You should wait until you’re fully healed to drink alcohol.
If you’re interested in learning more about how the BBL can boost your confidence, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Angelchik. Contact our Glendale, AZ area office by calling or filling out our online form to get started.