Introduction Butt augmentation surgery is certainly one of the most complicated and complex procedures performed nowadays. While the surgical plan is rather straightforward, the plastic surgeon must be highly experienced and also board-certified to be able to help you achieve the best results possible and reduce the risk of developing a complication. Also, the patient needs to put his trust in the plastic surgeon completely and be dedicated to following his instructions to have a smooth and fast recovery period. Butt augmentation can be performed in two ways: either with silicone implants or the patient’s own fat cells. The surgical plan and the results achieved are different depending on the procedure used; however, the recovery period is similar for both in terms of the expectations of the patient. In this article, we will discuss a few tips that will ensure you have a comfortable recovery after butt augmentation. Exercise patience during recovery One of the most important things that patients need to understand about undergoing plastic surgery is that the results don’t occur immediately in a vast majority of cases. Even in the case of butt implants or fat transfer, despite the fact that the buttocks will be bigger after the surgery, this is not the final result. The final results should be assessed nine to twelve months after the procedure as it takes time for the scars to heal and mature and the side effects to fade. During the initial stages of the healing process, the patient will have swollen and bruised buttocks and will probably also experience pain and discomfort. When implants are used, the pain can be more intense as these implants are inserted either inside or under the gluteal muscles that are involved in most movements of the lower body. This means that moving can be difficult during the first few days and it can be frustrating for the patient to notice that there is a certain lack of mobility often associated with the early days of recovery. Patience is important and patients should be aware of this even before scheduling their butt augmentation. Try not to hurry or do things the plastic surgeon warned you against as this can influence your healing process and even cause delays. If you are worried about the incisions, you need to be patient and just follow the recommendations of the plastic surgeon. Don’t apply any products on the incisions that are not recommended by the plastic surgeon as infections can occur. Use cold packs on the area operated After returning home from the medical facility, the patient will need to rest, but lying on the back is not recommended. This means that patients often find themselves lying on their tummy for the first few days post-op. Avoiding any unnecessary pressure on the buttocks is wise, and you will need to do this for a minimum of three weeks to avoid incision rupture, implant shifting, or the death of the fat cells that were transferred into the buttocks. One of the side effects often associated with the recovery period is swelling. The inflammation occurs after the surgical trauma, and it can take weeks and even months in some cases to fully subside. While additional treatment is not necessary, the plastic surgeon might recommend Arnica Montana supplements and to use cold packs on the operated area. You can use ice packs that you cover with a cotton cloth to avoid the dressings on the wounds getting wet or the skin to freeze. You can start using them as soon as you get home from the medical facility, but make sure not to keep them on the buttocks for more than 20 minutes at a time. You can apply them to different areas to reduce the swelling and have a more comfortable recovery. The ice packs will also help to reduce the pain that can be experienced after the surgery. Do all the shopping before surgery What many patients fail to understand is that the recovery period after a procedure as complex as butt augmentation is not the time to sort out the house, shop, clean, and so on. While it is true that the patient is advised to take ten to fourteen days off from work for the recovery period, this time should be spent resting. The first couple of days will be difficult for the patient or uncomfortable to do many routine activities. For example, standing up for extended periods of time to cook is not recommended and can be very uncomfortable during the initial stages of the recovery process. This is why a good tip to follow is to do all your shopping before undergoing surgery. Make sure to shop for food, drinks, and entertainment for at least three to four days post-op. Also, make sure to have the prescribed pills in the house and anything else that the plastic surgeon might recommend during the beginning of the recovery period. Set up the house so you can easily reach things Even after you go shopping and you have everything you need in the house, there is an extra step you need to take to ensure you have a comfortable recovery. This is to set up the house so you can easily reach things. In other words, make sure that everything is within reach and ready to be used. You can even cook some meals in advance and put them in the fridge or the freezer, so all you need to do is heat them up afterward. Clean the house and also put fresh linen on the bed. You will appreciate the freshness as you will be spending a few days in bed after the surgery. If you have a house with stairs, maybe you will want to set up the recovery room somewhere downstairs if possible or arrange for the things you need to be upstairs with you. Going up and down the stairs multiple times a day won’t be too comfortable during the first few days post-op. Let everyone know at work that you are getting time off The recovery period is not the time to sort leftover issues from work. You most probably won’t feel like working or even thinking about work for at least a few days post-op, so don’t plan on catching up with work during the first week after the surgery. The recommendation would be to make sure your projects are finished and there will be no one requesting your assistance during the initial recovery period. Starting with the second week of the recovery period, you can start resuming work, but only if it doesn’t entail intense physical efforts. Have a friend or family member ready to be with you The first few days after the surgery is when complications such as infections can occur. This is why the recommendation is to have someone around the house to look after you. Having a friend over to help you can also make your recovery period more comfortable. You will certainly appreciate having company and the support that theye can give you during this time when you have limited mobility and increased discomfort. Conclusion The recovery period after a butt augmentation procedure can be a difficult time for the patient if not under the guidance of an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. The procedures performed for butt augmentation purposes either with silicone implants or fat cells are safe and are associated with a smooth recovery process, provided that the patient follows the instructions of the plastic surgeon. In this article, we have discussed six tips for a comfortable butt augmentation recovery. These are having a friend or family member to pick you up after surgery and stay with you during the first 48 to 72 hours post-op, being patient during the recovery period, preparing the house for the return from the medical facility, using cold packs to reduce the swelling in the area, finishing projects at work before going to surgery, and so on. Having a comfortable recovery period with no intense pain or other major discomforts is important as it can help speed up the healing process.