The Brazilian butt lift is a less invasive procedure that is performed for cosmetic purposes. The surgery is used to add projection and enhance the shape of the booty. During the surgery, the excess fat is removed from different areas of the body via liposuction and then injected into the buttocks. The fat grafts make the buttocks bigger, shapelier, and aesthetically appealing.
One of the common questions I often hear from my patients pertains to the follow-up after the Brazilian butt lift. BBL is a major procedure, and like all other major surgeries, patients will be required to follow up with the plastic surgeon after the procedure. You must be sure to follow up because that is part of the operation. If you don’t follow up with the surgeon, the risk of health and aesthetic complications will be greater for you.
Why is the follow-up important?
Now that you have had your Brazilian butt lift, you need to learn about the follow-up care. All patients who undergo the procedure will be advised to come back for a follow-up visit. The follow-up visits are critical to the surgery because it lets the surgeon take a look at how well you are recovering and whether there are any signs of complications.
If you fail to appear for a follow-up, you may increase your risk and the recovery process may be hampered. How many follow-ups you may need depends on how well you recover, whether you experience any complications, and your outlook about your health after the procedure.
What to expect during the follow-up
The plastic surgeon may schedule a number of follow-up appointments during the months following the Brazilian butt lift. Some patients will be required to visit the doctor even years after the original operation.
During the follow-up visits, the doctor will examine your buttocks and check whether the desired aesthetic improvement has been achieved or whether the outcomes are gradually evolving. It is important to note that the results of BBL evolve gradually over a period of several months.
Secondly, the doctor will examine the incisions at the fat donor sites. As stated earlier, the surgery is performed by using liposuction to remove the excess fat from areas of your body such as the abdomen, sides, flanks, and upper back. This means there will be incisions on the fat donor areas. During the follow-up, the doctor will examine the incisions and look for symptoms of complications. The surgeon will also check whether the scars are developing normally.
You will also get specific or additional instructions during the follow-up visits. If there are any complications, the doctor may prescribe certain medications or provide more instructions for postoperative care. The surgeon will ask questions like whether you are feeling any pain and discomfort or have any other signs of complications like a rise in temperature, vomiting, and sickness.
If you get new instructions, be sure to follow them religiously. Normally, the follow-up consultation takes place when the wounds are healing. If the doctor notices that the wound is not healing properly, the surgeon may give medicine or recommend extra procedures that can help improve your recovery.
The plastic surgeon may also advise you to stop taking certain medications during the recovery period. If you fail to follow this advice and end up taking those medications, they could delay or affect the healing process. Taking certain medications may also cause bleeding. During the follow-up consultation after a Brazilian butt lift, the doctor will also analyze your health and ask questions about any medications you may have taken.
During the follow-up consultation, the plastic surgeon will also check the wound and make sure it has been properly cleaned and the dressing has been changed. If the wound is not taken care of, the risk of infection would be greater for you. Before the consultation, be sure to make a self-analysis of your health and come up with certain questions to ask the doctor.
The doctor will also explain the aesthetic outcomes of the procedure to you. The surgeon will tell you whether you are healing normally or whether there are any complications and need additional procedures. If the surgery is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, chances are you will heal normally and would not require any additional procedure or medications. However, if a mild infection occurs, the doctor will prescribe oral antibiotics. If the infection is severe, you may need IV antibiotics.
The follow-up with the plastic surgeon will occur every month for several months. When your doctor is sure everything is proceeding normally, you will be told to come for a follow-up every six months. After two appointments, you will be advised to come for a follow-up once a year.
These follow-up appointments are critical to your smooth and safe recovery. If you experience any health or aesthetic complications, you may discuss it with your surgeon during a follow-up consultation. The follow-up appointments will also help build a strong relationship between you and your plastic surgeon, which will in turn help you in the long run.
The Brazilian butt lift is a major operation that is used to enhance the aesthetic quality of your buttocks. The primary recovery after surgery usually lasts for two weeks; however, full recovery takes about six weeks. After the surgery, you will be required to follow-up with your plastic surgeon. The follow-up appointments are very important. The doctor will examine the surgical wound, take a look at the aesthetic improvements in your buttocks, analyze your health, and tell you whether you are recovering normally or if there are any complications.
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