What would you do if you were told not to sit down or lie on your back for weeks (plural!) while recovering from a butt lift?
Maybe that’s not the first think you’d be thinking about if the words “butt lift” were on your bucket list. But stick with us here. There were over 25,000 buttock augmentations and lifts performed in 2014, according the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). The majority of those procedures involved fat transfers (known, catchily, as the Brazilian butt lift), but whether the operation relies on injections or implants, the surgery is the (relatively) easy part. Recovery is brutal: Brazilian-butt-lift patients are not supposed to sit for three weeks, and they’re often instructed to sleep on their stomach and side for months.
That was “unmanageable,” says Vanessa Kamau, a San Diego lawyer who traveled to Atlanta two years ago for said lift. So while she was recovering, she devised the Curve Cure, a set of three inflatable cushions. The first is a 16-inch-thick plastic mattress with a round depression in the center where the patient can rest her sore and swollen backside when lying down (below). A built-in air pump inflates or deflates the mattress. Deflated and folded flat, it fits in a shoulder bag for patients who, like Kamau, travel to other cities for this procedure.
Also included in the Curve Cure package are an inflatable head pillow and an inflatable fanny cushion with a back rest that’s designed to take pressure off the buttocks when the patient is seated. (Yes, we could insert a cheap joke or bad pun here, but we won’t stoop so low.) The set will be available in July from doctors or on curvecure.com for under $500, says Kamau. She introduced her invention at the ASAPS annual meeting in Montreal a few weeks ago, and the response from plastic surgeons was overwhelming enthusiastic. The next stop, she hopes, is an appearance on Shark Tank.
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