Suppose your body looks less than its best because of a recent pregnancy or significant weight fluctuations. In that case, you will probably be looking into your cosmetic surgery options so that you can return to the way that you looked before. Many women choose to combine a tummy tuck procedure with a so-called Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) to help them achieve their cosmetic goals.
If you are considering undergoing any cosmetic surgery, you will need some accurate information to help guide your decision. By fully understanding what is involved with the tummy tuck and BBL procedures, you will be giving yourself the best chance to achieve your treatment goals and recover fully and quickly.
Can a tummy tuck and BBL be performed at the same time?
Technically, both procedures can be performed together. The main advantage of doing it this way is that only one recovery period is necessary, and you will save some money by combining the two procedures.
One consideration that you need to be aware of is that a good candidate for a BBL should have sufficient fat deposits. This procedure first requires liposuction to remove fat for transfer into the buttocks.
Some popular donor sites for the needed fat are:
- Love handles
Some patients are advised to gain some weight before the procedure to have sufficient fat to be transferred during the Brazilian Butt Lift.
Some plastic surgeons advise their patients to undergo the tummy tuck and BBL procedures separately. The reasoning is that you would need to stay off of your abdomen while healing from a tummy tuck, and you will also need to stay off of your butt after undergoing a BBL, making it more difficult from a practical standpoint to restful sleep.
Tummy Tuck and BBL Preparations
One week before undergoing your procedures, make sure you have filled all of your needed prescriptions. You will be glad that you did this beforehand so that everything is available, such as pain killers and antibiotics.
You also want to make sure that your house is entirely comfortable and everything that you need is easily accessible since you will find it somewhat difficult to move around as you usually do. Place frequently used items near your bed or wherever you will be spending most of your recovery time.
The Day Before
Here are a few tips the day before undergoing your procedure:
- Perform last-minute chores around your house to ensure that everything is as it should be.
- Set aside some comfortable clothes to wear when you return home. Please put them in an easily accessible area.
- Drink plenty of fluids containing electrolytes during the daytime. At night, eat meals heavy in protein and low in fat.
The Day of Your Surgery
Remain relaxed while your plastic surgeon does their job.
- Avoid eating or drinking anything on the day of your surgery.
- Take a nice, warm bath and realize that it will be a while before you can do so again.
- Dress in comfortable, loose-fitting clothing before arriving for your procedure or procedures.
How much will my tummy tuck and BBL cost?
The cost of cosmetic procedures is very much an individual matter, depending on factors like your geographical location and the plastic surgeon you choose to perform your procedures.
Schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon to get an accurate idea of how much your particular tummy tuck and BBL will cost. They can also answer any questions that you may have about each of these popular cosmetic procedures.
How long will it take me to recover from a tummy tuck and BBL?
If you undergo a BBL first, you should be able to return to work following the first week of recovery, as long as your work does not require heavy lifting or sitting on your buttocks. A tummy tuck should allow you to return to work in around two weeks if it only involves light work. Avoid heavy lifting for four weeks.
How should I sleep after undergoing a tummy tuck or BBL?
As you might expect, you should avoid sleeping on your abdomen when recovering from a tummy tuck procedure, while BBL recovery involves avoiding sleeping on the buttocks. If you undergo both procedures simultaneously, it would be best to sleep on your side so that you don’t place any pressure on sensitive areas that have undergone surgery.
The Bottom Line
Plastic surgery is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Patients sometimes benefit from a combination of procedures to achieve their desired results. So be sure to share any questions or concerns that you may have about any aspect of your cosmetic procedures with your plastic surgeon. They will provide you with the most appropriate recommendations for your situation so that you can finally reveal the very best version of yourself.