A Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is a popular cosmetic surgery amongst women and men that is designed to increase the size of the buttocks and sculpt a person’s lower body shape.
Understandably, many clients who choose to undergo the procedure ask about exercising to maintain their BBL results. Many also want to know what are the best types of exercise to do and what should be avoided, as well as the effects weight loss can have on their new body shape.
Here, we share the answers to some of the common questions we are asked about exercise and the butt augmentation surgery.
When can I exercise after Brazilian Butt Lift surgery?
Cosmos Clinic advises BBL and Liposuction patients wait 4-6 weeks before resuming their workout program. This allows the body time to recover after cosmetic or plastic surgery and for the transferred fat cells to stabilise in the targeted area optimally with an established blood supply. Exercising before this time can impact the fat transfer and therefore, the overall BBL results.
Up until this time, BBL patients will still be experiencing some degree of swelling and bruising and will be wearing their compression garments at least part-time making it more difficult to exercise comfortably.
Do I need to exercise to maintain my BBL results?
The Brazilian Butt Lift procedure combines Vaser Liposuction to remove excess fat and contour the body shape. The fat cells removed are then transferred into the buttocks and surrounding areas to enhance the appearance of your behind.
While BBL and Vaser Liposuction removes body fat, they are not weight loss procedures.
A regular exercise routine, along with a healthy diet, is essential if you want to maintain the body contouring and toning results long term.
If you don’t exercise and your caloric intake increases exceeding your energy expenditure, you’ll be at risk of weight gain. This could occur in the treated areas of the body as well as the BBL fat. However, the actual body shape may not change significantly and will remain in proportion unless the bodyweight gain is dramatic.
Are there exercises that can help enhance my BBL?
Workout routines that target the glutes are ideal for maintaining and even enhancing your BBL results. Some of the more popular buttock exercises include squats, lunges, weighted bridges and donkey kicks.
Sidestep squats using resistance bands, step-ups and deadlifts are also great options for targeting your butt muscles.
If strength and weight training are not for you, there are other exercises that target the gluteal muscles such as hiking, pilates, kickboxing and incline bike riding. These cardio-based butt workouts are also great fat burning methods to help you maintain your newly acquired curves.
Compare a Brazilian Butt Lift Workout to BBL surgery here.
Should I avoid any particular exercise after BBL surgery?
After the 4-6 week recovery period and with the approval of your cosmetic surgery team, you are encouraged to return to your workout routine.
As BBL surgery uses your own fat cells to increase the size and enhance the overall shape of your buttocks, it is vulnerable to some changes if you gain or lose weight. Simply put, if you put on weight, your fat cells will grow. If you lose weight, your fat cells will shrink.
Too much high-intensity fat-burning exercise, like HIIT or Cross Fit workouts, may result in the shrinkage of your buttocks. As you can’t target areas of the body for fat loss, there is no guarantee that you won’t lose the new fat in your buttocks. It’s worth keeping in mind, your fat cells will grow again if you gain more weight.