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About Buttock Lift

A buttock lift or butt lift can radically improve the appearance of the buttock, resolving issues like excess fat and skin caused by aging, hereditary factors, and dramatic weight loss.

Although they affect the same area, a buttock lift is not the same thing as regular buttock augmentation or a Brazilian butt lift. A buttock lift removes excess skin from the buttock area, keeping it tight and well shaped. In contrast, buttock augmentation uses either fat transfers or implants to improve volume in the area.

In general, the results of a buttock lift are very long lasting. However, major life changes such as pregnancy and aging will still impact the body and may affect the results of your buttock lift procedure. Maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle, exercising regularly and avoiding putting unnecessary strains on your body, can have a massive impact on how long your results last.

How is it performed?

First, your surgeon will make a small cut in the hips, usually either at the top of the buttocks or in the groin. They will then use this to remove excess skin and tissue, pulling the skin tight across the gap once this is done. Your surgeon may suggest that you have some additional liposuction to contour the area and achieve a more natural and balanced look. Your surgeon will then close any incisions using stitches or sutures ensuring the skin remains tight until the procedure is complete. Any necessary drains will be inserted, before the wound is dressed. Your surgeon will usually recommend you wear a compression garment of some kind to reduce swelling and keep the skin’s shape.

What are my options?
During your consultation, your surgeon will decide the best option for you. This will usually be based on your physiology, your skin quality, and the volume of tissue that will need to be removed. If you have a large amount of skin you would like removed, your cosmetic surgeon may recommend an additional lower body lift to aid this. Other combinations, such as buttock augmentation or liposuction, may be suggested in order to achieve your desired look.

What will my buttock lift incisions and scars be like?
The incisions made during a buttock lift will either be at the top of the buttocks, underneath in the crease of the buttocks, or occasionally in the groin. If liposuction has been recommended, then you will have additional small scars that are mostly unnoticeable and will fade in time.

Is it right for me?

Ideally, you should have maintained a stable weight for at least a year before surgery, and do not intend to lose further weight. If you have undergone a massive weight-loss program in the previous two years, then you should not have any body contouring procedures.
For optimal results body contouring should not be done for about two years following the start of any massive-weight-loss program. It is important that you inform your doctor of any chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, as this will heavily impact your safety during surgery. If you are in poor health then it is likely that you will not be a good candidate for a body contouring procedure, like a buttock lift.

You must obtain clearance for plastic surgery from your primary care physician or from doctors treating you for medical conditions. If you are in good general health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.

What result can I expect?

Usually the results of buttock lift procedures last for a very long time. As with anything, if you undergo significant physiological changes, such as weight fluctuations, pregnancy and aging, these will take a toll on the results of your buttock lift. If you maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid unnecessarily stretching your skin, gaining weight, or direct sunlight, then you can enjoy a youthful contour for a long time. For safety, as well as the most beautiful and healthy outcome, it’s important to return to your plastic surgeons office for follow-up evaluation at prescribed times and whenever you notice any changes in your buttock lift. Do not hesitate to contact your surgeon when you have any questions or concerns.



  • Your buttock area will look smoother and more toned.
  • The results will be long-lasting.
  • Any discomfort caused by excess skin will be alleviated.


  • Full recovery could take several months.
  • Future weight fluctuations can affect results.
  • The procedure could result in loss of volume in the buttocks.


Your cosmetic surgeon’s staff will assist you with moving and teach you how to take care of your drains properly before you leave. Your surgeon’s staff will help you get comfortable walking and moving and teach you how to take care of your drains before you are discharged. Once the anaesthesia wears off, it is likely that you feel some pain, but this should be easily remedied with normal pain medication. If it is extreme or long-lasting you should contact your physician. You will also find that you have some swelling, bruising and redness in the procedure area that can remain for several weeks.

You must make sure that you have lots of help at home, as you will find yourself very weak after surgery. It will take at least a couple of weeks before you begin to feel more like yourself, but you should still ensure you don’t undertake and strenuous activity for the first two months after surgery. After surgery, your surgeon or his staff will explain to you how to properly sleep and sit, including how to use supports to reduce pain and reduce scarring.

Recovery Time
It is essential you follow all patient care instructions given to you by your physician. This will usually include information about which compression garments to wear, how to take care of your drains, how to take any antibiotics or painkillers, if prescribed and the level of activity that is safe for you to undertake. Your surgeon will also provide detailed instructions about the normal symptoms and how to spot any signs of complications.

It is important to realize everyones body is different and so the amount of time it takes to recover varies between individuals. Buttock-lift surgery is quite extensive and will require two to three weeks of recovery before you can resume normal activities. Full healing will take several months. Being in good health, not smoking and having help after surgery will increase the speed of healing, improve your results and prevent complications.

Limits & Risks

Fortunately, significant complications from buttock-lift surgery are infrequent. Your specific risks will be discussed during your consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk.

Some potential complications of all surgeries are:

  • Adverse reaction to anaesthesia
  • Hematoma or seroma (an accumulation of blood or fluid under the skin that may require removal)
  • Infection and bleeding
  • Changes in sensation
  • Scarring
  • Allergic reactions
  • Damage to underlying structures
  • Unsatisfactory results that may necessitate additional procedures.
  • Blood clots in your legs or lungs

You can minimize the risk to you by carefully following the instructions and advice of your plastic surgeon before and after your cosmetic surgery procedure.


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