If you're thinking about getting buttock augmentation surgery, you can choose an implant or a fat transfer. A fat transfer, also called a Brazilian butt lift procedure, might provide you with a more natural feel and contour. It's become a popular cosmetic procedure for improving the shape of the buttocks. Here's a look at what the procedure entails and what the recovery period is like.
How A Brazilian Butt Lift Is Done
A fat transfer is done with the help of liposuction. Liposuction removes fat from another area of your body, such as your stomach, so it can be placed in your buttocks to give it a fuller appearance. Liposuction is also done to give your buttocks an appealing contour by removing fat in some areas to accentuate the fat placed in others. In this way, the surgeon can sculpt the perfect shape for your new figure.
The fat obtained during the liposuction is purified and then injected into your buttocks. The fat attaches to your body over time, although some of it is lost. The amount of fat you retain depends on how well you follow your doctor's orders during the recovery period.
What To Expect During Your Recovery
Your doctor will give instructions that ensure the transferred fat stays healthy and alive until your body has had time to accept it. New blood vessels need to grow to provide nourishment before the fat cells die. Your body will also grow tissue around the fat to hold it in place and protect it. It's a good idea to avoid things that can restrict or reduce blood flow. You may need to stop smoking and sleep on your stomach. While strenuous exercise will be limited for several weeks, you may be instructed to walk frequently to improve blood circulation.
The most important thing you can do during your recovery is not sit down. If you have a desk job, you'll need to make arrangements in advance to either stand at work or take off for a few weeks. It may be hard to stop sitting since you do it automatically, so you may want to practice standing and sitting on your thighs before you have the surgery. Your doctor will tell you how long you need to stay off of your buttocks, but it could be several weeks before you can sit down for an extended time. Sitting diminishes blood flow in your buttocks and if you do it too soon, it could affect how well the transferred fat survives in its new location.