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How Should I Sleep After a Buttock Augmentation?

Posted May 05, 2020 in Buttock Augmentation

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According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), buttock augmentation is the fastest growing plastic surgery procedure. And its popularity is understandable; a well-shaped, lifted butt can change the entire silhouette of a person.

Before and after results of a women who underwent a butt augmentation.

If you have ever considered this procedure and are worried about the recovery process, we are here to answer all of your burning questions.

What Should I Expect From My Buttock Augmentation Recovery?

Patients usually report feeling some level of discomfort after a buttock augmentation with fat grafting, but this is easily managed with pain medication.

After the procedure, patients are monitored for a few hours and typically return home the same day.

You will need to wear a support garment 24/7 until your surgeon informs you otherwise.

Can I Sleep on My Back After Buttock Augmentation?

You cannot sleep, sit, or rest directly on your buttocks for at least two weeks after your augmentation. When you sleep, it must always be on your side or your stomach. Additionally, you must avoid sitting or placing any pressure directly on your buttock. The only exception is using the toilet. This is because putting pressure on your buttocks by lying or sitting down for an extended time can deform or stiffen the newly transplanted fat cells, ruining the intended result.

Your plastic surgeon will monitor your recovery and advise when you’re ready to sit in a modified position. This is typically done by placing a pillow under your thighs, or with a “donut” seat, both of which help to reduce pressure on the buttocks.

Additional butt augmentation recovery aids include:

  • Boppy pillow: Although nursing mothers commonly use these, they can be of great use when placed under the thighs because they allow for support of the legs without putting pressure on the transplanted fat cells.
  • Body pillow: A body pillow makes sleeping on your stomach or side more comfortable for those who are usually back sleepers.
  • Cane chair with sling-style seat: This seat supports the thighs but allows the butt to hang off the back edge.

For most patients, regular sitting is allowed at approximately eight weeks after surgery.

How Long Do I Need to Take Off Work After Butt Augmentation?

Your plastic surgeon will give you the go-ahead for when you can return to work. Usually, patients begin to resume light daily activities one week after surgery and return to work within 10 to 14 days.

When Will I See Results From My Buttock Augmentation Procedure?

After the surgery, there will be some residual swelling that will start to reside within a week or so. After this, your results will become noticeable with improved contouring of the lower body and a curvier butt.

Most patients see final results within six months of the procedure (since the body will absorb some of the transferred fat).

How Long Do Results Last?

By choosing a qualified plastic surgeon, your buttock augmentation surgery should provide long-lasting results. However, weight gain or loss can significantly alter the appearance of the transferred fat. The best way to ensure optimal results is to maintain a stable weight.

Interested in Learning More?

If you are ready for a buttock augmentation consultation, schedule an appointment with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Todd B. Koch by calling (716) 631-1220 or by filling out our online contact form.