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How to Make the Right Clothing Choices after Your Butt Lift Surgery

It can seem impossible to get the butt you want. Even after hours and hours in the gym squatting, lunging, and climbing the stair master—you may still be struggling to achieve full, round, proportional buttocks. Especially if you have an athletic body and are physically fit, the time you spend working on cardio and other parts of your body can even end up shrinking your butt.

So, how do you get the curves you’ve been dreaming of? A butt lift might be the answer. In just a few hours, Dr. Sajjadian can provide you permanent results and a more proportional, dramatic, and attractive body contour. By using specialized fat transfer techniques, butt lifts provide holistic transformations, both filling out your backside and trimming targeted “problem areas” such as the abdomen, lower back, love handles, and thighs. This procedure has become a hot trend across the county and has seen a tremendous increase in the number of butt lifts performed each year.

Even with such meteoric popularity, though, our patients still have questions about what results will look like, and how to safely choose what to wear while recovering and getting used to their new body contour. After a lifetime of living in and dressing a specific body type, it can be shocking to realize clothes fit you very differently post-butt lift. Getting used to the shift can take time. It is completely normal to feel a little unsure of what to buy or what styles will look good a few months after you see the gorgeous final results of your procedure.

Embrace this chance to rebuild your wardrobe and wear what you want and what makes you feel good. There are several fashion tips and tricks for once you fully recover. Before then, it’s essential to dress carefully to help your body heal quickly and efficiently.

If you want to learn more about how to make the right clothing choices after your butt lift, read on. Dr. Sajjadian and his expert team are here to help you. We have extensive experience providing butt lifts to people of all ages and body types and can answer any of your questions about how to stay safe, comfortable, and looking your best from day one of recovery onward.

To get in touch with us for advice, scheduling a consultation, or any other reason, please give Dr. Sajjadian’s Newport Beach, CA, office a call at 949-515-0550 today.

 What to Wear During Recovery

You’ve successfully completed your butt lift surgery, and after getting cleared to be driven home by a friend or family member—you begin the recovery process from the comfort of your bed. What now? How and when can you return to your normal clothes? Are there any special considerations for how to dress during this initial healing period?

Before you head home, Dr. Sajjadian will give you a compression garment to wear. This underwear-like item of clothing is specially designed to help your body heal and relieve the swelling you’ll naturally experience after your surgery. Though these compression garments are by no means as flattering as lingerie, they are a vital part of your recovery process.

Most garments look a bit like Spanx or a partial body-suit. They cover a portion of your legs and the entire buttocks. By hugging your body’s curves, the compression garment works to shape and support your new, fuller posterior while helping your body retain as much transferred fat as possible.

During your first days at home, you’ll need to wear your compression garment morning, noon, and night. That means no showers either until Dr. Sajjadian approves you to take off your garment for bathing.

Staying Comfortable In Your Compression Garment

Your garment should fit like a glove, and if it doesn’t, it’s important to let us know. Ideally, you will experience a snug and supportive fit. Think of it like a full-body bandage—similar to medical wraps you would place on a sprained ankle or knee. It shouldn’t be uncomfortable for sleeping. Any squeezing or noticeable sensations of pressure or discomfort should be immediately checked on. You can look at your skin and note any irregularities, and be sure to contact Dr. Sajjadian.

In most cases, we recommend wearing your compression garment anywhere from three to six weeks after surgery. And at first, you’ll need to keep it on 24/7 (except for bathing once you get the go-ahead). 

After you make it through the initial healing phase, most patients only need to wear a compression garment for 12 hours of the day. You can choose between wearing it in the day or night time to best suit your schedule and comfort.

When it comes to choosing clothing to wear on top of your compression garment, look for clothing that provides room to breathe and move, and feels great. Lush cotton sweatpants, flowing dresses, and pajamas are all perfect options. You’ll probably experience some soreness, especially in those first few days, so pick out outfits you love. That way, you not only prevent excess pressure to your healing buttocks, you’ll help boost your spirits and self-confidence.

As for sleepwear, follow the same general principles: stay comfy and roomy. Open sleep clothes, large t-shirts, or loose pajama pants all work. Be advised that you may need to sleep on your front or side during the healing process. Before you know it, you’ll be through with this first part of the recovery process and back in your usual underwear.

After the Compression Garment Comes Off

After a few weeks of wearing your compression garment, you’ll see a considerable improvement in the shape and fullness of your buttocks. Once Dr. Sajjadian approves you returning to your regular underwear, you can really begin to show off your new hourglass figure. That means finding clothes that compliment your bigger booty. You’ll likely experience a change in jean size (even if your waist stays the same) and that some skirts and dresses that used to fit perfectly may now ride a little bit too high.

When you head out to shop, there are a few stores, locally and online, that cater to a post butt lift body type. VICI and Daisy Lane, both based in Newport Beach, are beloved by our patients. Fashion Nova (the brand made famous by the Kardashians) and Zulily have excellent online selections of clothes cut for every body type.

Some general fashion tips that celebs and big booty women alike swear by:

  • Dark, solid colors look great on a fuller butt
  • Clothing that highlights your waist will show off your hourglass figure 
  • If you haven’t before, try out some angular shirts, pencil skirts, edge-sleeved dresses, and tops—favorites of Beyonce and Kim K
  • Treat yourself to a new pair of heels to accentuate your new curves

Let’s Talk About Jeans

Of all the questions we receive from our butt lift patients, concerns about when and how to wear jeans come up again and again. In general, we recommend our patients wait a bit longer than the initial six weeks of healing before wearing tight pants or jeans. Even though you may be able to return to your regular activities, giving your body some extra time to avoid squeezing is always a good idea.

But let’s make one thing clear: a loose-fitting pair of jeans is perfectly okay to wear, even early on. You don’t need to avoid denim itself—it’s just the cut and style of snug pants that can cause discomfort or hinder a flawless healing process.

If it’s tighter than your compression garment, you shouldn’t wear it while you’re healing. Tight-fitting clothes may restrict blood flow to your buttocks, and this can lead to a loss of the transferred fat cells. By avoiding skinny jeans and tight pants, you help your body retain as much of the fat tissue as possible.

Once you’ve made it eight weeks past surgery, you should be able to return to jeans and skin-hugging styles. Of course, each body is unique, and so is your healing process. If you have concerns about a particular item of clothing, please contact us, and we can let you know if it’s okay to wear during your recovery.

Jeans to Show Off Your Butt Lift

Now you know when it’s okay to wear jeans, but which pairs best compliment your new figure? Here are a few of doctor and patient-certified jeans you’ll love.

Levi’s 811 Curvy Skinny Jeans

Levi’s 811 Curvy Skinny Jeans are designed with curves in mind. They are specially cut and contoured to prevent gapping and provide a body-hugging fit. Post-butt lift, that means you’ll be able to comfortably wear these all day long, with no bunches or worries about a waist that’s too loose. Plus, the simple and elegant design is perfect for business casual and everyday usage.

Fashion Nova Classic High-Waist Skinny Jeans

Known as “The Kylie Jenner Jeans,” Fashion Nova’s Classic High-Waist Skinny Jeans have been tested by Instagrammers and fashion bloggers around the globe to rave reviews. Fashion Nova has gone the extra mile when it comes to choosing washes and sizes. You can customize in-seam options, and pick between five colors—all for under $35.

Our patients love them for their comfort, stretchy fabric, and cut. These high waisted jeans will make your new butt the star of any outfit while being easy to pull on and breathable enough to wear throughout a busy day.

Fashion Nova Make It Bounce Booty Shaping Jeans

Another beloved Fashion Nova find, the Make It Bounce Booty Shaping Jeans are for those days you want to do nothing but show off your amazing new butt. With a design to thin out and lengthen your legs, you will be looking like a goddess in these. Featuring Fashion Nova’s signature stretch denim and skinny fit, these jeans look like they take work to put on, but provide comfort and confidence all day long.

J Brand Jeans

Our patients love J Brand Jeans, and all of their styles are worth checking out after your butt lift. Their jeans offer superior quality, just enough stretch, and never look strained. The high-rise pair is a particular favorite, thanks to its perfect booty contouring cut.

When to Start Shopping for Your New Wardrobe?

Before you head out to redo your wardrobe post-butt lift, there are some things to consider. First, and most obviously, is your recovery period. You’ll only be able to wear certain loose items of clothing during this time, and that places a good deal of restriction on what you can try on. Also, though you’ll see a considerable increase in your butt’s volume immediately following your procedure, your final results take a bit longer to develop. Once you’re entirely through the recovery period after your body naturally reabsorbs some of the fat cells Dr. Sajjadian injected during your surgery (up to 40%)—you’ll have a clear idea of what your new butt is going to look like.

We recommend waiting until you’re fully healed to do the big shop for new looks. With that said, finding comfortable, flattering, loose clothing to wear during recovery can be a great way to begin getting used to your new shape and provide a mood boost.

Further Questions? Contact Us

Wondering how your butt lift is going to change what clothes fit you best is entirely normal. Changing your body’s contour takes time to get used to, but it’s an incredibly exciting opportunity, as well.

If you have any questions or concerns about what to wear after your procedure, Dr. Sajjadian can help. He is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon and has extensive experience coaching patients through every phase of butt lift recovery from day one to years out. We are here to help you feel comfortable and confident.

To contact us or schedule a consultation, please call our Newport Beach, CA, at 949-515-0550 or reach out on our website.

7 Smart Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery Tips

From the world’s biggest celebrities to countless Instagram models, bigger, fuller butts have taken the spotlight and aren’t going anywhere. But achieving the butt of your dreams can seem impossible. Even after months (or years) of squatting, lunging, and leg curling, you can still miss out on the hourglass figure you want. The Brazilian butt lift provides a more sensual body contour and a lifted, youthful look to your lower body. Plus, as the procedure includes liposuction, you’ll benefit from a full-body transformation.

That’s why the Brazilian butt lift has grown into one of the most talked-about and successful cosmetic procedures available, and now counts itself among the top 10 most popular plastic surgery procedures around the globe. Since 2000, the number of annual procedures has skyrocketed by 256%.

As the Brazilian butt lift uses your body fat liposuctioned, purified, and reinserted into your buttocks, the results look and feel entirely natural. If your body changes over time, your backside will, too—no need to worry about implants becoming unproportional. For patients who maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise, a BBL can provide results to last a lifetime.

These are just a few of the reasons more and more people each year choose to undergo a BBL. For Dr. Sajjadian and countless other board-certified plastic surgeons around the country, the rising popularity of this procedure means we get calls all the time from curious patients wondering about the surgery and how to have a flawless recovery process.

For most of our patients, the No. 1 (and sometimes only) concern before committing to a Brazilian butt lift is the associated recovery period and downtime. It can seem daunting to take on such a serious commitment, but we are here to help. Dr. Sajjadian will work with you to determine a personalized treatment and recovery plan, but every BBL patient can benefit from learning some tips.

If you have any questions about the Brazilian butt lift or your recovery process, don’t hesitate to call our Newport Beach, CA, office at 949-515-0550 today.

1. Avoid Sitting Down

While it seems simple, avoiding sitting can be one of the most challenging parts of your butt lift recovery. Take a few seconds and think about how often you sit throughout the day. Sitting is an instinctive response whenever we get tired. At work, you might sit at your desk for hours at a time. We sit down to eat our meals, and we sit if we go see a movie. Usually, most people even sit for a little while on the edge of our beds when we go to sleep or wake up. Once you have your butt lift, however, you’ll need to avoid sitting during your initial healing period. 

What’s the big deal with taking a seat? During your procedure, Dr. Sajjadian transplants a precise amount of purified fat cells into your buttocks. These newly transplanted cells require special care while they settle, heal, and begin to be accepted by your body. During your recovery process, no matter how careful you are, your body will reabsorb around 30 to 40% of the fat tissue. This phenomenon is a completely normal and expected part of the recovery process.

However, sitting down on these newly relocated cells puts them under pressure, restricting blood flow. Not only can this lead to some cells shifting – affecting your final results and butt shape – but it can also lead to a greater portion of the cells dying. In the worst-case scenario, this can cause unwanted indentations.

The same general idea applies to sleeping on your back, so during recovery, you’ll need to sleep on your front or side. Putting a pillow between your legs can help keep you in position. If you’re worried about unconsciously turning over, talk to Dr. Sajjadian during your consultation, and we can discuss a range of body pillows and other methods to ensure you don’t cause any issues while you’re asleep.

How To Sit If You Have to

In some cases, there isn’t any option but to sit down. While, as we’ve mentioned, you should do your absolute best to keep pressure off your healing butt, life happens. There are a few general tips to keep in mind if you find yourself in a situation where you have to sit: 

  • Minimize sitting time to no longer than five minutes, especially during weeks one and two
  • Stand up between sitting periods to stimulate blood flow
  • During the critical two- to six-week post-op period, always sit on a doughnut-shaped cushion

If possible, when sitting these techniques can also help relieve pressure:

  • Sit backward on your chair. Turn the chair around and sit, leaving your buttocks off the seat, place your arms on the chair back, and either leg on the sides of the chair. 
  • By sitting on the back of your thighs, you can leave your butt off the ground. You can gain further elevation by placing a pillow or cushion under your thighs, as well. 

2. Don’t Soak or Drive

As driving a car requires placing pressure on your butt, you’ll need to avoid driving for six to eight weeks post-op, minimum. The same goes for any prolonged soaking. Until you have completely healed and Dr. Sajjadian has given you the go-ahead, you should avoid baths, hot tubs, pools, and the beach. After the first few days of recovery, you’ll be able to shower regularly.

3. Maintain a Healthy Diet

Keeping your weight stable and eating plenty of nutrient-rich, healthy foods is one of the keys to making sure your recovery goes well and that you see ideal results. As much as you might want to jump back in with your workout routine, you’ll need to stay away from the gym or any strenuous physical activity until Dr. Sajjadian clears you to do so. Especially during the early stages of recovery, you want to be sure not to take on any weight-loss diets or exercises, as your body’s natural fat-trimming mechanisms can affect the newly transplanted fat.

It’s also essential not to gain a significant amount of weight, as this can distort your results. Beyond the aesthetic benefits of maintaining a balanced, healthy diet, eating well during your recovery helps give your body the fuel it needs to recover quickly. Try to stick to healthy fats (like fish and avocado), lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and complex carbohydrates. All these foods are excellent sources of vitamins and minerals that keep your body running in peak shape. Do your best to stay hydrated, as water and other fluids provide your body even more essential electrolytes, salt, and minerals.

4. Stay Active

Though you should avoid any strenuous exercise or rigorous activities for at least a month post-op, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get up and start moving. After your first week of recovery, taking walks is one of the best things you can do to aid your BBL recovery. You’ll improve blood circulation, speed up healing, and even possibly improve your results.

Along with walking, Dr. Sajjadian will send you home with specific stretches and exercises to help reduce your chance of blood clots forming, improve blood flow, and quicken the recovery process. After your fat cells are healthy and established, you can begin to do cardio again.

4. Keep on Top of Your Pain

As with any surgical procedure, patients should expect some discomfort and even pain during the initial recovery period while your tissue starts to heal. Many of our patients experience extensive bruising and swelling – both in the donor and recipient areas. Dr. Sajjadian will do all he can to minimize these symptoms, but each body reacts to the process uniquely.

You don’t need to grin and bear any discomfort. We will send you home with prescribed painkillers for the first part of recovery, and you can switch to OTC medicine such as Tylenol once some of the pain subsides. Use these tools as directed to make your recovery as easy as possible and stay in a good mood.

5. Ask for What You Need

Keeping your spirits up throughout the recovery process is just as important as your physical health. The first couple of days will be very challenging if you try to do everything alone. Asking for help from a friend or loved one can make all the difference and ensure you feel supported and comfortable throughout these early days.

As BBLs tend to require a few hours of surgical time, your dose of general anesthesia is relatively more significant than for minor surgeries, and full recovery from its effects can take between 24 and 48 hours. Having someone around to help you get home, and assist you in tasks around the house after you get out of surgery, is critical. You’ll be sore, and their help will not only keep you comfortable, but it will also avoid the risk of you injuring yourself or causing complications by trying to do too much, too soon.

6. Wear Your Compression Garment

After surgery, Dr. Sajjadian will send you home with a compression garment to help prevent any swelling, aid in comfort, and make sure you see ideal contouring results. Generally, we recommend you wear the garment for between three and six weeks. Some patients may need to continue wearing theirs for up to eight weeks after surgery, though.

Throughout the first two to three weeks, you’ll need to wear it all day and night. The only time you should take it off is for bathing. After this initial period, we recommend patients wear their compression garment for 12 hours a day. Whether you choose to wear it during the daytime or at night depends on your schedule.

Your garment should be snug, but not tight enough to cause any excess pressure to your buttocks. If you have any concerns about the fit of your garment, or feel any discomfort, inspect the area and contact Dr. Sajjadian.

7. Be Patient With Your Body

Your final results will take time. Be patient with your body as it heals. In the first few weeks, you’ll likely see a significant increase in size, partly due to post-op swelling. Don’t be alarmed if at first, it seems slightly asymmetrical or unproportional to the rest of your body. All this is part of the healing process. Even after the swelling subsides, it can take upwards of six months before you’ll see your final, lasting results.

As we’ve mentioned, even if you avoid sitting and follow all of Dr. Sajjadian’s recovery instructions, your body will naturally reabsorb about 30 to 40% of the grafted fat into your bloodstream. That’s why specific sizes require Dr. Sajjadian to go a little bigger at first. Once you hit the six-week mark, you’ll see how much fat you will retain. From there, if you maintain your weight, your results should be permanent.

With all this advice, it’s crucial to remember that every body is unique and responds differently to surgery. There is no one set BBL recovery timeline. Dr. Sajjadian customizes each part of the procedure to fit your needs, from the surgery itself to all of your post-op instructions (such as how long you should wear your compression garment). Throughout the process, be easy on yourself. If you come up against any questions or concerns along the way, we are always here to help.

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These are just some of the most popular tips to make your recovery process go as smoothly as possible. The most critical piece of advice we can offer, though, is to follow your surgeon’s recovery instructions to the letter, as Dr. Sajjadian will tailor them to your unique situation.

Dr. Sajjadian is one of the few triple board-certified surgeons in the United States. He has experience performing Brazilian butt lifts on patients of all ages and body types, and when it comes to recovery,

we’ve seen and heard it all. If you have any questions or want to learn more, please give our Newport Beach, CA, office a call today at 949-515-0550 or contact us online.