Many people wonder about exercise after BBL surgery and when they can start getting back to normal. There are a few different factors involved in this decision, which is why you’ll want to have a personal consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can help you get a better idea of what to expect.
The recovery period is different for everyone, but there’s also a general timeline that you can follow. Some people want to continue to lose weight in other areas of their body but they don’t want to lose their BBL, which brings them in search of answers. Here is what you need to know about getting a BBL, weight loss after Brazilian butt lift surgery, the recovery period, and what you can and can’t do after your procedure.
- 1 What to Expect During Your BBL Fat Cells Transfer Recovery
- 2 BBL Activity Timeline
- 3 Which workout routine can improve, maintain BBL Results and Help lose weight post-recovery?
- 4 What Exercises to Avoid after a BBL surgery
- 5 Tips o how to Reduce BBL Downtime
- 6 Do’s and Don’ts of Exercise After BBL
- 7 Schedule Your BBL Consultation Today
What to Expect During Your BBL Fat Cells Transfer Recovery
A BBL is less invasive than other plastic surgeries on the market but is still hard on the body. Fat is removed from one area of the body and then the transferred fat cells are added to the buttocks, which means you have to recover in two places.
Usually, patients will be permitted to resume light activity and typical office work about one to two weeks after their procedure. More strenuous activities may have to wait for up to four to six weeks after a Brazilian butt lifts for a full recovery. After all, the last thing you want to do is get in too deep, too fast, and ruin the results of your procedure or cause bigger problems for your body or health.
To get a better idea of what to expect, check out the timeline below. You can also talk to your surgeon to get a personalized consult on the BBL recovery process and other procedure details.
BBL Activity Timeline
Although every patient is different, we have created a typical recovery timeline for BBL procedures. This includes what you can and can’t do, as well as what to expect during the healing and recovery process, for up to eight (8) weeks post-surgery.
Week One and Two
During the first two weeks, patients will have the most discomfort and swelling. By the second week, the pain should start to subside and people may be able to start taking short walks, although activity should still be limited. You will not be able to sit on your directly on your buttocks.
During week three, most patients will return to work and light activities, but things are not stabilized and there may still be some swelling and discomfort. Workouts and high-intensity fitness should still be avoided, but walks are good for healing. Sitting on a BBL pillow will still be required.
Week Four and Five
Now patients can begin to exercise, provided they have been cleared by the surgeon. Ease yourself back into workouts with light exercise so you don’t overdo it. Take your time working back up to where you were before or you could damage the results of your BBL or cause injury to yourself.
Week Six Through Eight
At this point, most patients are fully recovered and enjoying the results of their procedure thoroughly. You can resume all normal activities and fitness routines. Prioritizing weight lifting to cardio will help ensure long-lasting results. Some swelling isn’t unheard of, although it will be minimal at this point. You should also develop a good exercise routine and diet to maintain your weight and the results of your Brazilian butt lift.
Which workout routine can improve, maintain BBL Results and Help lose weight post-recovery?
Once you are permitted to exercise, anything that focuses on your glutes will be at the top of your list. Lunges, squats, and even HIIT (high-intensity interval training) are great for getting those muscles back in shape to boost the added curves in your backside.
Speaking of HIIT, though, you want to ensure that you work your way back up to the most intense, strenuous workouts. Start simple and focus on lower-body strength training exercises that target the muscles in the buttocks and thighs. Even improving your calf muscles can make the butt firmer and more toned in appearance.
Take advantage of any activity that can build your glutes. Squats are a really good choice, but they can be a lot of work and strain, so it might take some time to work up to enough to make a difference. You can even ask one of the trainers at your gym what they recommend to help enhance the results of a Brazilian butt lift or other procedures that you have done.
What Exercises to Avoid after a BBL surgery
BBL doesn’t necessarily come with a list of exercises that you should avoid. You do need to make sure that you ease your way into fitness, as mentioned, as well as watch your calorie intake. You want to make sure that you’re avoiding major fluctuations in weight or muscle mass loss or gain. Running and cardio, for example, can burn a lot of calories, and if you don’t replace them, you could lose that fat in your butt all over again.
Avoid anything that requires excessive sitting (such as a rowing machine or using a weight bench where you lay down). Make sure that you have a cushion available if you’re going to sit for any of your workouts, and follow the instructions of your surgeon above all else. That way, you’ll preserve the results of your BBL and still get to keep your body in shape.
Tips o how to Reduce BBL Downtime
There are several ways that you can enhance your recovery period and reduce downtime related to your BBL. For starters, don’t put pressure on your butt for at least three weeks. Sitting for short periods is fine, but you should use alternative positions that keep the weight off your buttocks. Using a BBL pillow is also recommended anytime you are sitting. During weeks two and three, you can use soft pillows to cushion your butt and help prevent issues.
Stay hydrated, and make sure that you’re eating a healthy diet, too. This keeps your body healthy and allows it to recover without incident. It will also ensure that you maintain weight and balance your diet with exercise so that you get the results that you want and don’t lose them to over-exercising.
Compression garments are given to patients after surgery and can be worn for up to six weeks, aside from when you are showering. Wearing the compression garment is a great way to help improve circulation, protect the treated area, and help reduce swelling while also adding its own body contouring.
One final option is to get a lymphatic massage, which is specially designed to promote the drainage of lymph fluids that can build up after surgery. This can help reduce inflammation and swelling, as well as reduce deeper scarring. Many surgeons recommend 2-3 of these massages during the healing process.
And don’t forget to go for light walks, increasing their length and intensity as the healing process continues. This can reduce the risk of blood clots, help with swelling, and help you feel better in general.
Do’s and Don’ts of Exercise After BBL
We’ve covered a lot of information already, but let’s sum it up by taking a closer look at some do’s and don’ts of exercising after your Brazilian butt lift.
DO: Focus on your gluteal muscles
Once you get the green light to work out, choose exercises that focus on building your glutes to support all those new fat injections and that butt shape that you’ve been craving for years. Squats, lunges, etc. are all good choices.
DON’T: Start burning tons of fat right away
You have to retain some of the fat in the BBL if you are going to keep the look that you want. Therefore, you’ll have to consider how much fat is in your diet and give the BBL time to settle into place before you start high-intensity fat loss or fitness that promotes excessive loss of fat cells.
DO: Balance calorie goals with workouts
You need to make sure that you’re consuming enough calories to keep that BBL looking its best. Don’t start dieting after a BBL if you want to keep the shape because you’ll need those calories until the fat cells stabilize and the results are more permanent. But don’t gain weight excessively, either. Stable weight maintenance is best.
DON’T: Go right back to hard workouts
If you like CrossFit, Swarm, or other HIIT workouts and classes, you’re going to want to ease back into them. Your butt and the rest of your body need time to heal. Start with light walking and work up to more cardio. Then, add in some strength training and increase the length of your cardio. Once you’re cleared completely, you can work your way back up to the extreme workout routine and other exercises you love.
Schedule Your BBL Consultation Today
If you are interested in a BBL surgery, reach out to Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery today. You can set up a personal consultation that will help you get a better understanding of what to expect both during and after a BBL procedure, including when you can get back to exercise and strenuous activities, and how you can boost your fitness without losing the results of your BBL procedure.
Schedule your consultation to get your questions answered and get started on improving your body’s shape with a Brazilian butt lift surgery.