Brazilian butt lift (BBL) involves a combination of lipo 360 and fat transfer to the buttocks for buttock volume enhancement and simultaneously creating an hourglass figure with 360 lipo. All types of fat transfer procedures involve liposuction as the first step followed by purification of the harvested fat and then re-injection into the buttocks to increase volume. Best BBL results involve the creation of a toned and sculpted midsection and larger and more shapely buttocks.
Why should I feed the fat after BBL?
Once patients have completed a full recovery from their BBL Surgery, they will want to make sure their BBL results are maintained over time without the buttocks getting smaller. BBL involves fat transfer and therefore maximising fat cell survival becomes a priority after any type of BBL procedure.
How long does it take for fat to settle after BBL?
Whilst every patient is different, in general, the final results of BBL surgery will be visible between 3 to 6 months. During this time the fat cells remodel before settling into the final position with a fresh blood supply to provide nutrients to the fat cells.
How much fat survives after BBL?
Any type of fat transfer procedure including BBL does not result in 100% fat cell survival. A small percentage will be naturally absorbed by the body. Factors which determine fat cell survival include:
- The total quantity of fat injected
- The tightness of the buttock’s skin
- How closely do you follow your post-operative BBL instructions including not sitting on your buttocks for the first two weeks
Fat cell survival is approximately 70 to 80% after a BBL and any transferred fat that survived the process becomes a permanent part of your buttocks.
It’s important to avoid any pressure on your buttocks for the first two weeks after BBL surgery. During this period, the fat cells are delicate and do not withstand compressive forces well. Minimising any disturbance to these healing fat cells is extremely important. This is to ensure that the fat cells develop a new blood supply which will ensure their long-term survival.
You can maximise the results of your BBL procedure by using a special BBL recovery pillow which helps you to sleep comfortably without exerting any pressure on the buttocks.
Wear your compression garment
You must make sure to wear your BBL compression garment continuously for the first six weeks after surgery. The purpose of the garment is to speed up the resolution of post-operative swelling and helps to minimise discomfort. You should focus on wearing loose-fitting clothes during the recovery period to prevent any indentations in the healing areas. This ensures that the new blood supply to the fat is preserved.
Keep mobile but avoid strenuous activity
Once you get home after having a BBL, it’s important to stay mobile and walk around the home whilst you are recovering to encourage blood flow in the legs which helps to prevent venous thromboembolism. You should avoid strenuous activities to prevent the loss of fat cells. Your doctor will advise you when light activities can be recommenced. It is important not to do too much too soon to make sure you get the best results.
Feed the fat to ensure a high level of BBL fat cell survival
It is very important during the BBL recovery period to eat a nutritious diet full of healthy calories so your healing is quick and smooth. It is not appropriate to undertake any form of dieting in the recovery period as your fat cells need extra nutrients to ensure their survival. Examples of foods we would recommend to promote the best BBL recovery include avocados, nuts, seeds, olive oil and foods high in omega-3 fatty acids. You should avoid junk food including burgers, chips or fried chicken.
If you would like to learn more about how to feed fat cells after BBL, please get in touch with us and our nursing team will be able to advise you appropriately.
Remember to keep well hydrated as the early healing phase will require extra water intake to fuel your recovery. Fat cells require a blood supply to maintain fat cell viability and drinking plenty of water helps to flush out inflammatory cells which may have a negative effect on wound healing.
Maintain a stable weight
It is very important to avoid fluctuations of weight after having a Brazilian butt lift. Gaining excessive amounts of weight after the surgery may affect the outcome of the procedure and you may not achieve the results you had hoped for. Extra fat can actually distort the results of your BBL procedure. Losing large amounts of weight through excessive dieting can also affect the results of the procedure with a reduction in the size of the buttocks.
If you would like to learn more about how to feed fat after BBL surgery, please get in touch with us today and speak to one of our friendly and knowledgeable patient coordinators to book a face-to-face consultation with an expert BBL surgeon in London.