Most cosmetic surgeons will ask for medical clearance before they will do butt lifts or other cosmetic procedures, says Constantino G. Mendieta, MD. Medical conditions such as obesity, uncontrolled diabetes and high blood pressure—along with diseases such as lupus—might mean surgery must be postponed temporarily, or even permanently. Discuss with your surgeon what to expect from the procedure, possible side effects, and how long it will take to get back into your regular routine. Remember, a butt lift isn’t as simple as getting a Botox injection to smooth away wrinkles.
What type of anesthetics will be used? Often, general anesthesia is used; other times, regional anesthesia. Which is your surgeon recommending and why?
Have a clear understanding of what the surgery is supposed to do and what will happen afterward. Will you wake up from surgery in a recovery room? How long do patients usually stay there? Will there be medication if you feel nauseous or are in pain?
Let a family member or close friend coordinate your affairs, the discharge instructions and the medications you will take once home. And follow through on all of your surgeon’s recommendations.