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5 Tips to Help Keep the Most Fat after Your Brazilian Butt Lift

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The popular Brazilian butt lift uses a process called fat transfer to reshape and add volume to your buttocks. Fat transfer involves taking unwanted fat from another area like your waist, hips or thighs, and transferring it to another area, such as your butt. While not all of the transferred fat is expected to remain there permanently, there are some BBL recovery tips you can follow to help the maximize the amount of fat that stays put.

1. Fuel with Food

Your BBL recovery period isn’t the time to crash diet. Your body needs nutrient-rich foods in order to heal properly and nourish the newly transferred fat cells. Eat a balanced diet rich in healthy fats like avocados, olive oil, walnuts and salmon to give your body the fuel it needs during recovery. Stay away from junk foods like potato chips, sugary drinks and candy, which can impede your recovery.

It’s also important to stay hydrated throughout your recovery, so drink plenty of water and avoid drinking alcohol, which dehydrates you and interacts negatively with certain medications.

2. Stay off Your Backside

For the first few weeks after your Brazilian butt lift, you’ll need to avoid sitting directly on your butt and sleeping on your back. The idea is to avoid putting pressure on fat transfer area to help those cells “take” to their new location and to make sure they don’t become displaced during recovery.

Many people find that using body pillows to make sure they remain sleeping on their stomachs or sides throughout the night is helpful. When relaxing during the day, find a comfortable position on your side for the first 6 to 8 weeks of recovery, or use a special BBL recovery pillow.

If you have to sit down in the first weeks of your BBL recovery, use a special pillow, and don’t sit for more than a few minutes at a time.

3. Wear the Right Garments

Your cosmetic surgeon should send you home with a special compression garment to wear to help with swelling, but aside from that, don’t wear very tight-fitting or restricting clothing during your BBL recovery. Stick to lose, comfy clothes so you don’t restrict the new fat too much and cut off its blood supply.

Ask your cosmetic surgeon before reducing the amount of time you wear your compression garment, as this can have an impact on the quality of your results and the length of recovery.

4. Ease Back into Exercise

Getting up and walking around your house during the initial stage of your BBL recovery helps to promote healthy blood flow and reduce swelling. However, you don’t want to push your body to do too much too soon. Check in with your cosmetic surgeon before introducing a new level of physical activity into your routine.

Stick to light activity for the first 6 to 8 weeks after your BBL, then work with your cosmetic surgeon to gradually increase the intensity and duration of your exercise.

5. Keep a Stable Weight

Significant weight fluctuations after a Brazilian butt lift can negatively affect your results, so try to maintain a healthy, stable weight by sticking to a balanced diet and reasonable exercise routine for long-lasting BBL results. Of course, small changes in weight are bound to happen, but gaining or losing 15 or more pounds can start to affect your results.


5 Tips to Help Keep the Most Fat after Your Brazilian Butt Lift
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5 Tips to Help Keep the Most Fat after Your Brazilian Butt Lift
Looking for BBL recovery tips? Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gordon Andan of New York Surgical Arts shares five important tips to maximize your results.
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