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Buttock Lift


Excess skin, sagging buttocks from aging, heredity factors, or dramatic weight loss can be considerably improved with a buttock lift. A buttock lift treatment gives more contoured and toned bottoms and hips by removing excess fat and skin from the area.

By tightening and lifting the skin over the buttocks, this surgery may make the buttocks appear less saggy, dimpled or wrinkled. A buttock lift surgery gives visible results almost immediately after the procedure, but it may take several months to achieve the final look. A buttock lift does not make your existing buttocks more voluminous and shaped, but it may make your buttock area look sleeker and more toned.

The Procedure

Buttock lift surgery is generally performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. At the start, the surgeon makes incisions on the side of the thigh and buttocks in strategic areas, followed by removing excess fat and skin. Next, the skin is then tightened and sutured in layers. Before the surgery, the patients can consult the surgeon about the best places to hide their incisions.


Is a Buttock Lift the right choice?

Good candidates for buttock lift are:

  • Individuals with loose, sagging skin or excess fat in the buttock area
  • Individuals who have recently experienced massive weight loss and are close to their ideal weight
  • If the excess skin and fat cause mobility or related problems

Recovery from Buttock Lift

After the surgery, a sterile dressing is applied in the area and you will need to wear a compression garment or elastic girdle for six weeks to tightly hold the skin in place to ease out the swelling and help in the natural tightening of the skin. Your surgeon will advise you about the recovery process and when you will able to return to your normal level of activity and work. Generally it is recommended that you keep away from work for two to four weeks and do not drive for two weeks and also avoid physical exercise until advised.

As a follow-up procedure, your wounds will be checked two weeks post-surgery. Your surgeon will see you after 6 weeks for a follow-up assessment, and also as required until you have fully recovered. Always make sure to attend any post-operative appointments for a quicker recovery.


Is buttock lift the same as Brazilian buttock lift?

Buttock lift surgery is a procedure performed to enhance the appearance and size of the butt using processes like grafting, fat transfer and sometimes a combination of the two. When a physician uses the latter, fat transfer, to carry out the procedure, it is often called a Brazilian Buttock lift.

Is a buttock lift better than getting Butt implants?

Butt implants are ideally for those who wish to increase the size of their buttocks. Moreover, doctors suggest implants to patients who have less fat and have a difficulty in gaining weight. A buttock lift allows more precision as fat can be easily shaped and placed in the areas that need it the most.

Why should I go for a Buttock lift?

People often want an enhanced buttock for aesthetic reasons and boost their social confidence. You can also go for a buttock lift if:

  • You have sagging, flat or wobbly butt
  • Your butt is not in proportion with rest of your body or is too small
  • You often have improper fitting clothes making you self-conscious
  • You want it to look more sensuous to complete your ideal appearance

How do I know if I am the right candidate?

If you are apprehensive about the lack of volume or the fullness of your buttocks, and you are more than 18 years old, physically fit, and emotionally stable, then you are an ideal candidate for a Butt lift or augmentation.

How long does the results last?

The good news is, most of the transferred fat stays where it is forever. However, these fat cells behave same as other body fats and are subjected to weight fluctuations. Therefore, following the surgery, patients must maintain their weight rather than trying to lose it.

What happens during the procedure?

The procedure includes making around 2-3 inch long incisions along the crease of the buttocks. Following this, excess fat and skin is removed or extra fat tissues are placed under the muscles to shape the butts. The skin is then tightened and closed in layers.

Are the incisions visible?

No the incisions are strategically made on the crease of the lower portion of the buttock, between the cheeks and the back of your thigh. So, they aren’t directly visible. In fact, within 3 weeks of the surgery, the incision marks will diminish and will completely disappear whilst you start attaining a fuller buttock.

How much time does the whole process take?

The surgery lasts for 2 to 3 hours depending on the complexity of the procedure. You may, after the surgery, require staying in the hospital for another 2 to 3 days until partial wound recovery.

How do I prepare for the surgery?

Before the surgery, your doctor may ask you to:

  • Quit smoking
  • Get tests done, including a blood test
  • Avoid taking aspirins or other medicines to reduce the risk of bleeding
  • Take a few medicines recommended by your physician
  • If you do not have enough fat, you may be asked to gain a few pounds prior to the surgery

What happens after the procedure?

Prior to the surgery, the surgeon will apply a surgical dressing on the wound and ask you to wear compression garment for support, reducing swelling and natural skin tightening. While, the swelling goes away in about 3 weeks, complete recovery takes up to 4-6 months, until which you might experience mild pain in the operated area.

What risks and complications can occur?

If performed by an experienced surgeon, most buttock lift procedures have a high success rate. However, like most cosmetic surgeries, there can be some chances of risks including:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Numbness

Can a buttock lift be reversed?

While it is considered a permanent procedure, there is scope for revision using alternate procedures like liposuction and fat injection.

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