What can I expect after a buttock lift?
During your consultation, your surgeon will give you specific instructions for your buttock lift aftercare. It is very important that you follow your surgeons tips as they will help you during your recovery. Your surgeon will give you specific timeframes regarding driving, going back to work and resuming exercise. These timeframes will depend on many factors such as your age, health, the approach used and how active you are. Furthermore, your surgeon will give you specific instructions regarding medication, if any, that you may need to take to help the recovery process.
You can find general buttock lift aftercare guidance below:
When will I have a post-operative appointment?
After having your procedure, a follow-up appointment with your surgeon will be arranged. This usually takes place one to two weeks after your surgery. During this appointment, your surgeon will check the treatment area is healing and that you are recovering well. They will also check that no complications have arisen, and if needed, carry out any required treatment.
When can I return to work?
You will need to take some time off work to help you with your recovery. Generally, you will be able to return to work after around two weeks. For an office job, you may be able to return more quickly and for a more physically demanding job you may need up to three weeks off.
When can I return to sports and exercise?
For the first four weeks after your surgery, you will need to avoid all sport and strenuous exercise. During this time, we recommend going on gentle walks to keep active, which in turn will help with your recovery. After week four, you will be able to start doing some exercise again. However, you should still avoid strenuous activity and contact sports. After six to eight weeks you should be able to resume all sports and exercise. This includes contact sports and weightlifting. You should ask your surgeon for specific timeframes of when you will be able to return to sport and exercise.
Can I sit and lie down as normal?
It is important that for at least two weeks after your surgery that you avoid prolonged sitting. You should avoid putting direct pressure on the buttocks as much as possible after your surgery. You can do this by using a pillow to raise your buttocks when you sit down. In addition, you will be encouraged to sleep on your front or sides after surgery. You should avoid sleeping on your back for the first three weeks as this also puts pressure on the buttocks.
Will I need a compression garment?
You may be given a compression garment to wear after your surgery. Your surgeon will tell you specifically if you need one as part of your buttock lift aftercare and how long you should wear it for. Usually, you will have to wear it for around four to eight weeks. This is to support the buttocks and to ensure that they heal properly. You must follow the instructions that your surgeon gives you regarding how long you must wear this garment for. The purpose of a compression garment is to reduce swelling and help to achieve the best final result.
What food should I be eating?
To help the results of your surgery last as long as possible, you should continue to eat a healthy and well-balanced diet that contains lots of fruit and vegetables. You should try and eat foods that are high in protein and low in sodium and fats. You should try and drink lots of water and caffeine-free fluids. It is recommended to avoid alcohol, smoking and recreational drugs both before and after you have a buttock lift.
When can I expect to see final results?
Although you will be able to see the results of your buttock lift immediately, it can take three to six months to fully appreciate the final cosmetic results. The results of your buttock lift will be long-lasting, however, the procedure cannot halt the process of ageing or the effects of a large change in your weight. This means that as you get older you may notice the buttocks begin to sag again. Also, gaining or losing lots of weight can change the result of your buttock lift. Therefore, you should try and maintain a stable weight to gain the full benefits of your buttock lift.
Usually, scars tend to be pink and raised in the first few weeks after surgery and will eventually fade to faint white lines over the following months. Once your scars have fully healed, you will be left with a more toned, rounded buttocks. Remember that following your surgeon’s specific buttock lift aftercare advice will also help you to prolong the results of your procedure.
Finally, although you will have an appointment with your surgeon for two weeks after your surgery, you must seek medical attention immediately if you experience the following symptoms:
- A temperature greater than 38.0°C
- Excessive bleeding from the incision sites
- Sudden severe pain that is not responding to painkillers
- A sudden increase in redness and swelling around the treatment site