There are various stages of the recovery from surgery and especially from a significant procedure such as an brazlian butt lift.
Immediately after the surgery is common to feel a little dizzy, discomfort and a bit disorientated in association with the medications from your anaesthetic and for managing pain.
The various stages include managing discomfort and the activities of daily living, managing more general household responsibilities, returning to activities including driving and exercise and finally the full maturation of the outcome and scar. These aspects all occur at different speeds.
You will remain in hospital until you are able to manage your discomfort and perform all the necessary routine activities of daily living with the level of support that you will have available at home. This maybe as a day case or after one night in hospital.
You will be commenced on a medication called clexane and taught how to administer it at home. Clexane thins your blood and is administered by injection once a day to diminish your risk of a DVT. This is a very effective precaution and is continued for a total of 10 days for most patients unless there is additional risk.
In the short term when you get home there will be no driving, no significant exertion and you will feel as if you are quite bruised in many areas from both the liposuction and the fact grafting a little like falling down a hill but without breaking any bones. This early discomfort is most noticeable for the first three or four days and then settles very rapidly but the buttocks do remain tight and need special care to reduce pressure using the cushion.
At about one week you are well in control. You can return to driving but still need to use the cushion. The medications are becoming far less necessary to remain comfortable. A relatively moderate discomfort during the day can be ignored when you are busy or thinking of other things that may become more noticeable when you are trying to clear your mind for sleep. Consequently many patients may still take a stronger pain tablet at night.
Patients with a sedentary job and need to be back at work may be able to go back on light duties if they are no longer requiring strong painkillers and especially if they are able to have shortened hours. Most patients will prefer to wait until two weeks if their circumstances permit. If the level of exertion at work can’t be controlled then four weeks off work will be required in uncommon circumstances.
By three weeks you are performing a gentle exercise such as walking quickly. You are in control of all aspects of your recovery and most patients are completely off painkillers. At this stage you will be performing most of your normal activities they will just be a little more slow and deliberate than usual because you will still be avoiding significant exertion and not moving quite as freely as usual to avoid exacerbating any discomfort.
At eight weeks you are liberated! You can discard the cushion and return to all activities even exertion at the gymnasium. You will have both good days when you do a bit more and bad days when you feel the results of those activities.
At eight weeks your scars will appear as a relatively fine pink line. From this point it will actually become pinker and reach its most obvious point for most patients between three and five months.
At about three months most patients feel that they are not reminded daily about the surgery. They are back to their normal activities. The post-operative swelling associated with areas of liposuction will have largely stabilised and resolved. There will be further improvements particularly in areas of liposuction over the next 12 months but these won’t be occurring at a appreciable rate from day-to-day.
At six months result in the buttocks will be close to the final outcome. About two thirds of the grafted fat will remain permanently. The scars will be improving but the full improvement of the scar is slow and takes 18 to 24 months.