When patients leave the surgery facility to go home, they are usually groggy for about 12 hours or overnight. It is very important to have someone who can assist you with getting around and taking your medications for at least the first 24 hours.
Make sure that you have all your medications, cold drinks, and towels at your bedside. Most people are nauseated during the first 24-48 hours. Take a nausea pill one hour before taking your pain pills or antibiotics. While it is good to drink plenty of liquids, refrain from drinking plain water or acidic fruit juices as they will make you more nauseated.
Do not be alarmed when blood-tinged tumescent fluid oozes from the sites of fat harvest or liposuction. This is a normal result of liposuction and usually stops within half a day.
The plastic surgeon leaves these tiny incisions exposed so that the liquid spills out, thereby minimizing bruising. You should cover your bed to avoid staining from this fluid. There should not be any drainage from the incision where the implant has been placed. If this happens, please inform your doctor.
There will be some swelling and some minimal bruising which dissipates five to eight weeks following surgery.
Following liposuction, fat injection, or implant placement, you are placed in a support garment. Do not remove this until your doctor instructs you to do so. Usually the patient removes their garment and takes a shower after 2 days. The first time that you remove your garment you will feel like you are going to faint. This is normal. Have someone with you at that time.
After your first shower you need to apply Vaseline or heavy lotion all over liposuctioned areas and the buttock skin to elevate the itchiness that is caused by the skin-drying effects of liposuction. This is a good time for you to start massaging the fat injection areas. You should massage these areas softly about three times a day for about six weeks. Sometimes, patients whose skin was not firm and elastic will experience dimpling of the skin. This can be eliminated or minimized by massaging and early exercise. If you have implants don't get the incision wet until instructed by your surgeon.
For the first two weeks you should sleep on your stomach and not on your back. During this time you should avoid putting direct pressure on your buttock. If you have to sit, use a very soft cushion. From week three until six you should also sit on cushions when sitting for prolonged periods.
All surgical areas stay numb for four to eight weeks. Massage will help to desensitize your skin in order to avoid hypersensitivity or skin irritation.
The most important way that a person can contribute to having a great result is by being meticulous about conducting massage.
You need to meticulously clean your buttock implant incision in the shower and then after with alcohol after each bowl movement, or at least once daily for the first two weeks after surgery.
Patients will also feel a bruise-like or muscle cramp-like pain, particularly in the areas where fat was removed, and which will be addressed through a prescription from your surgeon.
Antibiotics are prescribed to reduce the risk of infection.
It is good to ambulate after surgery in order to prevent stagnation of blood in your legs and to reduce the chance of developing blood clots.
Support garments should be worn 24 hours a day for three weeks, and then during the daytime for the next three weeks. This will help to reduce swelling, and to help shrink the skin, and to form the buttock area.
When Can I Resume Work and Exercise?
Most patients can resume normal activities within two weeks after buttock implant placement, or within one week after fat grafting. After this time you can start gentle walking but must refrain from jogging or doing heavy physical activity or exercising until six weeks after surgery. You can do upper body exercising after two weeks. Most patients return to work within a week after fat grafting and after two weeks from buttock implant placement.
How Painful Is Buttock Augmentation?
Usually, fat injection is much less painful that buttock augmentation with implants. Fat injection feels mostly like a bad bruise while implant placement feels like a bad muscle cramp. These pains are manageable with prescribed medication.
When Can I Resume Sexual Relations?
Fat Injection does not hinder your ability to have sexual relations. However, you should resume sexual activity only as you feel comfortable in doing so. The desire to resume having sex varies from patient to patient. On the other hand, with buttock implant placement you should avoid having any strenuous sex for about six weeks after surgery.
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Dave Stringham is the President of LookingYourBest.com an online resource for plastic surgery procedures. Learn more about butt augmentation and other plastic surgery procedures.
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