How do I prepare for a butt lift?
Your surgeon will provide thorough preoperative instructions, answer any questions you may have before your surgery, take a detailed medical history, and perform a physical exam to determine your fitness for surgery.
In advance of your procedure, your surgeon may ask you to:
- Lose weight or make a lifestyle change to ensure the best results and minimize the chance of complications.
- Stop smoking before undergoing surgery to promote better healing.
- Avoid taking aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory drugs, and some herbal medications that can cause increased bleeding.
- Hydrate before and after surgery for safe recovery.
- Get all of your chores out of the way before surgery so you may recuperate with as little worry as possible. You should not be lifting, driving, doing laundry, or cleaning during your recovery.
- Establish a no-fail support system for the full recovery period indicated by your surgeon. If you have children less than five years of age, you must have someone to take care of them for at least two weeks.
A butt lift is usually an outpatient procedure. You’ll need to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and stay with you at least the first night following surgery.
What can I expect the day of my butt lift?
Be sure to consult with your surgeon before your surgery so you have the most accurate expectations.
- You may have your butt surgery in an accredited hospital, free-standing ambulatory facility, or office-based surgical suite.
- Most butt lift procedures take two to six hours to complete but may take longer. Your surgeon will give you an estimate for how long your butt surgery will last based on the details of your surgical plan.
- The surgeon will administer medications for your comfort during the procedure.
- General anesthesia is common for butt lift and butt augmentation procedures. In some instances, the surgeon will use local anesthesia or intravenous sedation too.
- For your safety during the surgery, various monitors will be used to check your heart, blood pressure, pulse, and the amount of oxygen circulating in your blood.
- Your surgeon will follow the surgical plan discussed with you before surgery. Once surgery has begun, the surgeon may decide to combine various techniques or change a technique to ensure the best result. It is important that you feel comfortable and trust your surgeon to make these decisions.
- After your surgery, you will go to a recovery area for continued monitoring.
- After a standard butt lift or BBL, you will likely need to wear a compression garment, which controls swelling, supports the suspended tissues and smoothes and flattens the skin.
- After implant surgery, your surgeon will likely place you in a surgical dressing that includes a support or compression garment over your buttocks.
- Your surgeon may place surgical drains to remove fluid that accumulates within the incisions. Before leaving for home, you (or someone looking after you) should feel capable of emptying and resetting the drains.
You may be able to go home after a short observation period unless you and your aesthetic plastic surgeon agree on an overnight stay at the hospital or an aftercare facility or have made other plans for your immediate postoperative recovery. Under no circumstances will you be permitted to go home alone or stay home without another adult or at home nurse present. Follow your surgeon’s recommendation in relation to this decision.