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When to drive after the hourglass plastic surgery


The hourglass plastic surgery is a modern and innovative procedure to get the hourglass figure–the most famous female body. The hourglass body is popular for the killer curves, wider hips, and smaller waist that make women look more feminine, sexy, and fertile. The hourglass plastic surgery involves the use of your body fat to widen your hips and liposuction of your body areas like the abdomen, sides, and flanks.

One of the common questions I hear is when to drive after the hourglass operation. It is entirely understandable to feel the urge to drive after any procedure. However, since the hourglass surgery involves the grafting of fat in your hips, you should ask your surgeon when exactly you can resume driving after the procedure. Driving early can compromise the results.

The hourglass plastic surgery

To understand when exactly you can start driving after the hourglass plastic surgery, you need to first know what the operation actually involves. The hourglass procedure is for women who have narrow hips or a large waist (or both) and desire to achieve a curvaceous figure that makes them look sexy, beautiful, and more feminine.

So, how does the hourglass plastic surgery deliver those killer curves you have long been longing to get? Well, it is a significant procedure that is performed under general anesthesia and involves multiple procedures. The surgery starts off with liposuction of your body areas that contain fat pockets, specifically the abdomen, sides, flanks, love handles, and upper back. Liposuction of these localized body areas not only sculpts the areas into the hourglass shape, but also gathers donor fat for transfer to the hips.

After performing liposuction on the different body areas, the waist will become smaller, which is an essential feature of the hourglass figure. In the next step, the surgeon will process the collected fat in a centrifuge to remove the impurities and dead fat cells. The doctor will then carefully inject the fat cells into the hips.

The fat cells are incredibly delicate during the first 2-3 weeks after being grafted. Any undue pressure applied to the hips can damage the fat cells or lead to their death. As such, it is crucial to avoid any activity, including driving and sitting, which can trigger complications.

The recovery period and driving

The recovery period plays a vital role in determining when you may resume driving. Your recovery will begin right after the procedure. The primary healing will take place during the initial 2-3 weeks after the surgery. Full recovery will take at least six weeks.

During the recovery period, you may feel the urge to resume driving. It is a natural thing. However, you need to take control of this urge and avoid driving for the period recommended by your plastic surgeon. In my practice, I usually advise my patients to avoid driving during the primary recovery period, i.e., the first three weeks following the hourglass operation.

There are certain things you can do to speed up the healing process, which may ultimately get you approval from your surgeon to resume driving. The first and most important thing is to wear your compression garments for the period recommended by your surgeon. The compression garment is designed to reduce the post-operative swelling and speed up the healing process. It also keeps the fat grafts intact and protects them from possible damages.

Second, you need to avoid sitting, as doing so has the potential to damage the fat cells, which can reverse the improvements achieved via the procedure. You must avoid sitting for 2-3 weeks following the procedure. Also, be sure to avoid physically demanding activities for 4-6 weeks after the operation. Three weeks after the surgery, you may resume driving if your healing behavior is normal and your surgeon approves.

When to drive after the procedure

There is no denying that driving after the hourglass surgery is one of the major concerns. Many patients feel anxious to resume driving. It is essential to understand that when the fat grafts are injected into the hips, they are fragile and can get damaged even by the slightest pressure. You may ask, how they would survive in the long run then?

Well, the fat cells require 2-3 weeks to be vascularized. In other words, they need this time period to get blood supply. After your body has successfully established a blood supply to the fat grafts, the fat cells will become stronger. They will get the necessary nutrients to nurture, expand, and survive even if pressure is applied to the hips. What this means is that the patient must avoid applying pressure to the hips for three weeks following the surgery.

Driving is an activity that involves leg activities, jumps, and pressure on the hips from sitting. Hence it is advised that patients must avoid driving for at least three weeks. If you don’t follow this advice, you may end up losing all the results achieved with the hourglass procedure.

So, here is what happens when you start driving within the first three weeks: pressure applies to your hips when you get into the driving seat because you are sitting. Also, leg activities can apply pressure to hips. Since the fat cells are still very delicate, the pressure either damages them or kills them.

When the fat cells are damaged or killed, the desired results will not be achieved. You will not be able to achieve the hourglass figure because it is the fat grafts that make your hips wider. When they are killed, nothing is left behind to widen your hips. To avoid this situation, you must avoid driving for at least three weeks post-surgery.

Besides driving, you will also be advised to avoid sleeping on your back and sitting for at least two weeks after the procedure because these activities can also kill the fat cells. Furthermore, if you are using medications despite the passage of three weeks, you should still avoid driving because the effects of the medicine may affect your ability to drive properly.

After the passage of three weeks and when you are no longer taking any medications, you should ask the surgeon whether it is safe to now resume driving. If your doctor approves, then you can surely resume driving. However, do not sit in the car and start driving without support. It is important to place a rolled towel under your legs so the pressure is prevented from your hips. Also, place a soft cushion under your butt to avoid any unforeseen risks of pressure to the hips. You must do this for the next week.

When you finally resume driving, you may experience a change in sensation of your hips during the first few days. This is normal and will disappear on its own in a few days. The fat cells in your hips need several weeks (and even months) to deliver the final results and become completely strong like the other fat in your body. You must still be careful with driving until then. Be sure to drive with care and stay within the speed limits. Bumping into things will not only be life-threatening for you but can also compromise the results achieved via the hourglass surgery.

A few months after the hourglass plastic surgery, you will see the ultimate aesthetic improvements. You will notice that your hips have become wider and your waist has become smaller and contoured. The achievement of these goals will sculpt you into the hourglass shape. You will look more feminine, sexy, and fertile. When these goals are achieved, you can drive without any worries or concerns.

However, to sustain the achieved results, be sure to be extremely careful with driving and other strenuous activities in the initial stages. Also, avoid weight loss after the hourglass procedure as it can affect the achieved results. Considerable weight loss can shrink your hips, making them narrow and aesthetically unwelcoming.


The hourglass plastic surgery is a signature procedure of Dr. Wilberto Cortes. The procedure’s goals include sculpting and contouring your abdomen, sides, flanks, widening your hips, and making your waist smaller. When it comes to driving after the surgery, you must avoid it for at least three weeks post-operation. Driving can cause many complications after the procedure, the primary among them being a reversal of the achieved aesthetic improvements. The pressure applied to the hips due to driving can kill or damage the fat grafts. Be sure to ask your surgeon when to resume driving after the hourglass surgery.








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