How to Prepare for a Brazilian Butt Lift? 2023

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Mai Delacruz

Mai Delacruz
Personal Fitness Trainer & Health Coach

Updated on 1/30/2023

The surgeon will want to evaluate your health status and lifestyle habits before performing a Brazilian butt lift (BBL). Making healthy choices before surgery, along with completing some preoperative labs and tests, can help improve your recovery time.

You can prepare for your BBL by knowing what to expect on the day of surgery if you're nervous about it. Your surgery day will look like this.

 

Location

An outpatient BBL procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or local anesthesia.1 Once your surgery is completed, you may be asked to stay in a waiting area for a few hours before being released to your designated driver.

You won't be able to drive yourself home because of the medication's side effects. You'll need someone to pick you up after the procedure.

You should arrange for someone to help you out while you recover if you live alone or take care of children at home.

Choosing what to wear

On the day of your surgery, wear comfortable clothing that you can easily put on and take off. It is likely that your surgeon will provide you with specific instructions regarding what to wear. It's generally a good idea to avoid:

  • Deodorant
  • Products for hair
  • Piercings and jewelry
  • Makeup
  • Perfume
  • Sunscreen or lotions

A body wash with antibacterial soap may also be recommended before surgery in order to reduce your risk of infection.

Drinks and Food

The night before surgery, it's best to avoid eating or drinking after midnight.2 Since you'll be under anesthesia, eating or drinking isn't safe. When you have an empty stomach, you are less likely to experience serious complications such as nausea or aspiration (food or fluid in the lungs).

Please let your surgeon know if you end up eating too close to the time of your scheduled BBL. Regardless of the consequences, safety must always take precedence.

Depending on the details of your BBL, your surgeon will give you specific instructions on when to stop eating. It is generally recommended that solid foods, dairy products, and alcoholic beverages be avoided eight hours prior to surgery.

To help you stay hydrated before your procedure, your healthcare provider may allow or even encourage you to drink clear liquids for up to two hours beforehand. You can drink clear liquids such as water, plain tea, Gatorade/Powerade, apple juice, cranberry juice, gelatin, and some popsicles.

Pre-surgery food and drink restrictions should always be followed according to your surgeon's instructions. Before eating or drinking anything, call the office with any questions. Your operation may need to be rescheduled if you do not take this precaution.

Drugs

To prevent excessive bleeding, you may need to avoid medications and supplements that thin your blood before your procedure.

These include:

  • Aspirin
  • Coumadin (warfarin)
  • Fish oil supplements
  • Garlic supplements
  • Ibuprofen
  • Plavix (clopidogrel)
  • Ximlagatran
  • Vitamin E supplements

Complications can also arise from birth control pills and estrogen patches or creams. Prevent potential problems by avoiding over-the-counter medications and dietary supplements before your BBL.

Bring these items with you

Be on time for your surgery appointment and bring any required paperwork and identification. Pack light since you won't be staying overnight.

Computers, tablets, jewelry, and other valuables should be left at home. Bring a pair of glasses instead of contacts if you usually wear them.

Make sure your cell phone is charged and you pack a soft cushion for the ride home. During the first few weeks after a BBL, you shouldn't sit directly on your bottom, so ask your surgeon what type of cushion you should get to ride home safely and comfortably.

Changes in lifestyle before surgery

During your preparation for cosmetic surgery, adopt healthy lifestyle habits to help your body recover faster. Maintaining a good routine before your procedure will help you stay on the right track afterward.

Exercising

Physical activity is beneficial both before and after surgery. Squats, lunges, and deadlifts should be included in your weight-training routine before you consider a BBL. You may not need to undergo surgery if you perform these compound movements on your backside.

Nutrition

Ensure that your body has the proper nutrient stores for a speedy recovery if you decide to go forward with a BBL. To support wound healing, a balanced diet that includes all of the essential food groups will provide key vitamins, minerals, and proteins.

Nutrients to focus on include:

  • Among the protein-rich foods are eggs, meat, beans, nuts, and dairy products
  • A good source of vitamin C is fruits and vegetables, such as strawberries and spinach
  • Meat, seafood, and whole grains are good sources of zinc

Preparing for surgery requires controlling blood sugar levels for those with diabetes. Track your blood sugar regularly and work with your healthcare provider to achieve tight glycemic control.7 High blood sugar impairs wound healing and increases infection risk.

Smoking

Using nicotine products or smoking cigarettes reduces the rate of recovery after surgery. If you slip up and fall back into bad habits, it's never too late to quit again. It's best to stop smoking at least four weeks before your procedure.

The more you abstain from smoking, the better your body will be able to retain oxygen levels during surgery.8 Smoking puts you at a higher risk of blood clots, pneumonia, and other infections.

 

A Word From Hip Dips

Despite the fact that BBL is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, it is still a serious medical procedure. You will have the best chance of a successful and speedy recovery if you follow your surgeon's recommendations prior to surgery.

How well your body handles a BBL procedure and how long it takes you to feel like yourself again afterward can be greatly influenced by your choices before the procedure. Make positive lifestyle changes to benefit you during the recovery process as a result of the surgery.

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