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Douglas A. Taranow, DO, FACOS

New York, NY


Posted August 29, 2018 in Brazilian Butt Lift

The trend of undergoing butt enhancement surgery strictly for a noticeably larger rear end is losing its steam. Now there is more focus on contouring the areas around the buttocks to create a pleasing and sensuous silhouette. The Brazilian Butt Lift is a revolutionary fat transfer procedure that provides patients with a natural-looking, voluptuous derrière using their own body fat. Dr. Douglas A. Taranow offers the Brazilian Butt Lift and other fat transfer techniques at his New York City practice, delivering safe and effective body sculpting results to individuals around the country.

Beautiful slim womans body.

Because the gluteal muscles are highly active, many patients who are considering butt augmentation worry about what to expect during the recovery period. The main concerns are how soon a patient can return to their normal routine and activities as well as whether or not they can sit after their Brazilian Butt Lift procedure.

The Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure

The Brazilian Butt Lift is performed using autologous fat transfer, a three-step procedure that involves removing unwanted body fat from one or more donor sites, purifying the fat, and injecting it into the desired area of augmentation. Liposuction is used to harvest localized fat from problem areas in the body. The fat is then processed to eliminate impurities and excess fluids. The purified fat is placed in special syringes and then injected into the buttocks in thin, even layers. In order for the fat to become a permanent part of the existing buttocks tissue, it must remain undisturbed while it develops its own blood supply.

When to Schedule Your Procedure

Patients should consider scheduling their Brazilian Butt Lift during the fall or winter so they can recover comfortably and enjoy their results by the warmer months. The advantages of undergoing this procedure when the weather is cooler are as follows:

  • Comfortable Recovery: After Brazilian Butt Lift surgery, you will have to wear compression garments over the areas treated by liposuction as well as the buttocks. These compression garments provide support and help minimize the risk of bruising and swelling. They tend to be harder to conceal in summer clothing, and they can also lead to overheating when worn during warmer seasons. Choosing to undergo your Brazilian Butt Lift when it’s colder outside can help make your recovery feel much more pleasant.
  • Time to Relax: After any surgery, the body needs plenty of rest while it rebuilds tissue and adjusts to its new form. Scheduling your Brazilian Butt Lift in the fall or winter eliminates the temptation to engage in rigorous outdoor activities. Typically, these months are reserved for indoor leisure activities, which is perfect for getting the relaxation necessary for a smooth recovery.
  • Summer-Ready Results: It can take a few months before you notice the final outcome of your Brazilian Butt Lift procedure. Not all of the fat that is used will survive, and it takes some time for residual swelling to subside. Because you will likely want to wear clothing that accentuates your newly enhanced bottom in the summer, having surgery several months before shorts and bikini weather ensures that you will be ready to flaunt.

Sitting During Recovery

After your Brazilian Butt Lift surgery, you can sit down on your buttocks to use the restroom. However, to ensure a healthy recovery and optimal fat grafting success, patients are advised to refrain from sitting for prolonged periods of time. When doing stationary activities, such as watching television or working on the computer, it is recommended to lie on your stomach or resting on the front of your hip. This is also applicable during sleep. Patients must avoid putting direct pressure on the buttocks for at least two weeks following surgery to allow the transferred fat to develop a healthy blood supply.

girl sleeping in a comfortable position on the stomach

What to Do When You Have to Sit

Sometimes sitting after surgery is unavoidable, so there are some steps you can take to minimize the risk of disrupting the fat grafting process. Placing a rectangular or cylindrical pillow on the upper thighs and below the buttocks can help keep pressure off the buttocks itself. However, it is best to avoid sitting at all for at least two weeks. A pillow should be used for any sitting activities, including driving, for four weeks or until cleared by your surgeon.

For more information about Brazilian Butt Lift recovery or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Douglas A. Taranow, please call 212.772.2100.