Brazilian butt lifts are popular amongst both men and women who want to increase the size of and sculpt their buttocks, creating a shapelier appearance overall.
One of the most common queries that patients have is when and how they should start exercising after their surgery. Naturally, you don’t want to lose the fat that was just transferred to the butt, so what exercises should you be doing to maintain your new appearance?
This article will outline the things you need to know about exercise as a Brazilian butt lift (BBL) patient.
Brazilian Butt Lifts: When to Exercise
Clinics such as Ritz Plastic Surgery recommend waiting at least a month if not six weeks before resuming any exercise. Not only will this give your body enough time to recover after a procedure of this nature but it gives the transferred fat cells time to stabilize and establish their own blood supply, which will be necessary for the cells to survive.
By exercising too soon, the transferred fat cells will more than likely be absorbed or destroyed. Over and above this, most patients will still be dealing with some bruising and swelling during the first month. They will also need to wear a compression garment, which can make exercise a little more difficult.
Maintenance Exercises for BBL Patients
To achieve the results of a Brazilian butt lift, liposuction is required to remove excess fat cells from areas such as the arms, thighs, stomach and waist. These fat cells are then transferred to the buttocks where they are shaped in order to form shapelier buttocks. It’s important to note that a Brazilian butt lift should not be used as a weight loss procedure.
Following your butt lift, it’s still important to maintain a healthy routine, which means eating healthy and exercising on a regular basis. If you don’t exercise but continue to increase your caloric intake, weight gain becomes a real possibility and it will affect the results of your procedure. However, your results will only be affected should the weight gain be dramatic.
Enhancement Exercises for BBL Patients
Any exercises that target the buttocks will help you maintain and, in some cases,, enhance the results of your Brazilian butt lift. Some of the exercises that should form part of your routine include lunges, donkey kicks and squats.
Using a resistance band to complete sidestep squats, deadlifts and step-ups, will also target the glutes. If you are not too keen on weight training, you should consider spinning, hiking or pilates if you want to strengthen your buttocks and enhance your results.
Brazilian Butt Lifts: Exercises to Avoid
Once you’ve spent four to six weeks recovering from your procedure, you can start getting back into a regular workout routine. Since your own fat cells are used to increase the size and enhance the appearance of your buttocks, this area is vulnerable to weight fluctuations. Basically, if you gain weight, the fat cells will expand. The opposite applies if you lose weight.
If you usually participate in exercises such as HIIT or Cross Fit, there’s a high chance that your results will be affected. Since you can’t choose where you lose fat cells, there is no guarantee that the transferred fat will remain.
If exercise is an important part of your life, bring this up with your surgeon during your consultation so that you can reintroduce the right exercises into your routine at the right time. Your surgeon may also be able to recommend a trainer who can help you to maintain the results of your BBL procedure.
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