Many patients who consider undergoing the Sculptra butt lift incorporate regular exercise in their lives. As Sculptra is better for patients with little to no excess fat who are near their ideal weight, most Sculptra patients are young or athletic women. Returning to their daily exercise routine is always a major concern for these patients.
So can you exercise after a Sculptra butt lift? Yes. Sculptra is injected deep enough into the dermis that any level of exercise shouldn’t be able to affect the filler. The only risk of exercising immediately after is the aggravation of bruising and swelling that a patient may experience due to the Sculptra injections.
Sculptra is a poly-L-lactic acid or PLLA injection that focuses on soft tissue and skin augmentation. Unlike most dermal fillers which are made of hyaluronic acid, the PLLA of Sculptra is primarily designed to stimulate the production of collagen in the body.
Collagen is the most common protein that can be found in the body. Its function is keeping the body strong and firm, holding muscles, skin, and bones together. As we age, we lose collagen and our ability to produce new collagen. As we lose collagen, the structural integrity of our muscles and skin lessens, leading to loss of fullness, loss of volume, and increased wrinkles.
With Sculptra, patients are injected with a filler that rejuvenates and restores volume to the skin while also stimulating collagen production in the area of the injection site. While Sculptra is only currently FDA-approved for facial injections, many doctors and clinics offer it for the buttocks area with overwhelmingly positive results.
The Sculptra butt lift is a great option for patients who want:
Candidates for Sculptra butt lift are those who would like:
The Sculptra butt lift procedure is best performed on patients near their ideal weight. This generally disqualifies them from the traditional Brazilian butt lift, which requires patients to have a source of fat (from the thighs or abdomen) for fat transfer.
With the Sculptra butt lift, most interested women are generally young and athletic, who regularly engage in exercise such as yoga or lifting weights. While lifting weights, yoga, and other exercises are great for keeping the body in shape, they can also prove counterproductive for increasing the size and volume of the butt, as the buttocks can lose fat in the upper area from caloric deficits and intense exercise.
The main concern from athletic women interested in the Sculptra butt lift is the masculine shape of their buttocks due to this loss of fat. While exercises can help develop the gluteus maximus muscle in the buttocks, it can still be difficult to increase volume in the butt while staying fit.
In other cases, patients are simply looking to improve the texture of their skin, removing stretch marks and cellulite.
Yes, it is possible to exercise immediately after a Sculptra butt lift procedure. Patients who undergo a Sculptra butt lift may experience:
These side effects are caused by the trauma on the skin from the injections (usually with a cannula).
Unlike other dermal fillers which are injected superficially or near the surface of the skin, Sculptra for a butt lift is injected deep into the dermis, giving it better access to the collagen production system in the body. Sculptra butt lift may require about 4-8 vials of Sculptra, meaning several injections are needed in various parts of the buttocks every treatment.
Your ability to exercise immediately after the procedure will depend on the amount of bruising, swelling, and soreness on your butt. This can vary from patient to patient, as everyone reacts differently to trauma.
Doctors generally suggest patients to wait 1-2 days for the worst of the bruising or swelling to decrease, but there should be no serious problem aside from soreness if you insist on exercising immediately after.
While exercising, it is important to remember to massage the injection site for five minutes, five times per day for the first five days after the procedure. This will help spread the Sculptra and ensure that collagen production will be stimulated. For most patients, exercise may even help this process.
Sculptra works slowly and gradually, with natural and subtle changes to the butt over time. However, if you are interested in maximizing your results, a light bodyweight routine can give your buttocks an even better boost.
Here are some of the best bodyweight exercises to tone, strengthen, and volumize your glute muscles:
|Step 1||Step 2||Step 3 (Or More)||Reps|
|Squat Jump||With your feet apart pointed forward, bend your knees with your hands bending up to your chest||Jump up high, using your ankles to bounce you off the ground. Land softly and do it again.||For more, jump from one side to another with the Side-To-Side Squat Jump.||15 reps|
|Glute Bridge||Lie flat on your back, bend your knees up so your feet are on the ground, and press your arms down to the sides.||Using your core muscles, press down into your heels and lift your hips upward. Hold for 2-3 seconds, then lower and repeat.||For more, widen the distance between your feet, about half a foot wider than your hips. Now lift your hips, hold, lower, and repeat. This is the Sumo Glute Bridge.||15 reps|
|Single-Leg Glute Bridge||Begin in the same position as the Glute Bridge – lying flat, arms to the side, with knees bent and feet and floor.||Now lift one leg so that you are holding it up at roughly a 45-degree angle. With your lifted leg staying straight, raise your hips, hold for 2-3 seconds, then lower. Repeat.||For more, keep your hips raised and then “walk”, with your feet walking back and forth as you keep your body in position. This is the Glute Bridge Walk.||15 reps|
|Burpee Squat Thrust||Start in a standing position. Now drop down, bending your knees and leaning forward.||With a single movement, drop your hands to the floor and drop your feet and legs back behind you. Press your feet into the floor and hold.||Push yourself back into your previous position, which should look like a squat. Make sure to thrust forward explosively for maximum glute use.||15 reps|
|Single-Leg Deadlift||Start in a standing position. Hold one arm out to your side, and the other arm slightly in front of you, pointed down.||With the leg opposite to your outstretched arm, push it back (keeping it straight) as you bend your torso downward, with your back also straight.||This movement should keep your leg and your torso in a straight motion. Return to your standing position and repeat.||15 reps, and then repeat with other side|
If you are looking to learn more about the Sculptra butt lift, contact us today at Ethos Spa, Skin and Laser Center. Our team of doctors and nurses at Ethos Spa are some of the most trusted professionals in the med spa industry in New Jersey, providing countless patients with Sculptra butt lifts and other procedures over the years.
Call us today and arrange your consultation or appointment as soon as possible. You are guaranteed safety and convenience at Ethos Spa, where the patient always comes first.