Medically reviewed by Mr. Omar Tillo — MD, MS, EBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast)
Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) provides volume to the butt through fat transfer. However, after surgery, you may need to modify your diet to ‘feed the fat’ and preserve your fat grafts. Here, we’ll explain how you can successfully feed fat after BBL to ensure you get your desired BBL results.
What Does It Mean to “Feed Fat”?
To ‘feed fat’ after a BBL procedure means to eat enough nutritious calories to sustain your newly injected fat grafts. It takes around 3-6 months for the fat cells in your butt to stabilise and become a natural part of your body. During this process, it’s necessary to feed the fat and follow other aftercare instructions to preserve as many fat cells as possible.
Why Do You Need to Feed Fat After BBL?
After the surgeon grafts the fat into the butt, your body needs to integrate those fat cells into the surrounding tissue and connect them to the blood supply in the area. Once this is complete, the newly injected fat cells can survive with nutrients from the blood vessels and will function like other natural fat-storage cells. For this process to work, your body requires energy from vitamins and minerals, which you can provide through a healthy diet.
You absorb around 30-50% of fat cells, which your surgeon accounts for by injecting the maximum amount of fat to produce your desired result. However, to prevent further fat cells from being lost, it’s necessary to feed the fat. Thus, patients who eat a nutritious diet are more likely to obtain a better result.
How to Successfully Feed Fat
Below are some general guidelines on how to successfully feed fat after BBL to help preserve your fat grafts and optimise your BBL results:
Intake of High-Fat Food
Food high in healthy fat provides more energy, helps the body absorb vitamins and minerals, and promotes cell growth. Thus, a high-fat diet will provide the necessary nourishment to help you maintain the results of your BBL. Foods rich in healthy fats include avocados, nuts, fish, eggs, cheese, and full-fat yoghurt.
Target Calorie Goal
We recommend eating at least 2000 calories a day until your fat grafts stabilise in order to fuel your immune system. After surgery, your metabolism significantly increases, so you won’t need to worry about gaining fat all over your body.
In fact, with a low carb and high protein diet, patients often burn excess visceral fat during their recovery that liposuction can’t remove. Additionally, as the newly injected fat grafts will remain unconnected from your blood circulation for 2-3 weeks after surgery, they will not be affected by any increase or decrease in weight during your recovery.
Foods to Avoid
You should avoid foods that increase inflammation as this may lengthen your recovery. The types of food that cause inflammation include processed meats, sugary foods, refined grains, fast food, fried foods, and alcohol. Instead, you should consume whole foods over processed foods as they are more nutritious and better for your immune system, which will help you recover faster.
We encourage patients to take vitamin supplements after the procedure as it provides additional nutrients that you may not get from your diet in sufficient quantities. Our surgeons recommend taking a multivitamin, as it contains a host of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, B, C, D, K; potassium; zinc; calcium; magnesium. Each of these components helps in various ways, including wound healing, promoting cell growth, and preventing infections.
Schedule a Consultation with CREO Clinic Today
If you want to enhance and reshape your butt to achieve your ideal figure, book a consultation with Dr Omar Tillo to discuss your eligibility for a Brazilian Butt Lift. Dr Tillo will examine your eligibility for the surgery, set your expectations, and explain the BEST-F technique he uses to perform BBL surgery which improves its safety and results. Additionally, he will answer any questions about the procedure as well as the recovery process.