A buttock lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the buttocks. It may be done as part of a tummy tuck (belt lipectomy) or lower body lift to contour the buttocks, groin, thighs and abdomen.
A buttock lift alone won't add any volume to the buttocks. But sometimes, a buttock lift is combined with an augmentation procedure to alter the shape or size of the buttocks with implants or fat grafts.
During a buttock lift, excess skin and fat are removed from the buttocks. The remaining skin is then repositioned to create a more toned look.
As you get older, your skin changes and becomes looser. In addition, sun damage, fluctuations in weight and genetic factors can contribute to poor skin elasticity. These factors can cause your buttocks, as well as other parts of your body, to sag.
A buttock lift is typically done in combination with other body contouring procedures. You might consider a buttock lift if you:
Keep in mind that a buttock lift won't change your skin quality.
A buttock lift isn't for everyone. Your doctor might caution against a buttock lift if you:
A buttock lift poses various risks, including:
Like any other type of major surgery, a buttock lift poses a risk of bleeding, infection and an adverse reaction to anesthesia.
Additionally, if you're having a buttock augmentation procedure when having a buttock lift, discuss the potentially serious side effects that can occur when you're using your own fat (autologous fat grafts), such as infection complications and even death.
Initially, you'll talk to a plastic surgeon about a buttock lift. During your first visit, your plastic surgeon will likely:
Before a buttock lift you might also need to:
A buttock lift is done in a hospital or an outpatient surgical facility. During a buttock lift, you'll be made comfortable with the aid of a general anesthetic — which renders you unconscious.
A tube (catheter) will be placed into your bladder to collect urine. Your legs will be placed in devices called sequential compression boots, which are used to prevent blood clotting during and after surgery.
Your plastic surgeon will make an incision along the lower back, from hip to hip. The excess skin below the incision is pulled up, lifting the buttocks. The extra skin and fat is then removed.
During the procedure you'll be given an antibiotic to reduce the risk of infection.
The procedure typically takes two to five hours.
After a buttock lift, your incision will likely be covered with surgical dressing. One or more drains are typically placed under the wound and close to the incision line to drain any excess blood or fluid.
Your health care team will help you walk as early as the first day after a buttock lift to help prevent the formation of blood clots.
You'll likely feel moderate pain, which will initially be controlled by intravenous pain medication. Drains might be left in place for several weeks after surgery. You'll be shown how to empty and care for your drains.
You might need to continue taking an antibiotic and a medication to prevent blood clots (anticoagulant) after your buttock lift.
After a few days, you'll begin wearing a supportive garment for the next few weeks. This will help prevent fluid buildup and provide support while you heal.
Scar management might include use of silicone sheeting, scar cream and massage. The appearance of your scar will improve over time.
For the first months after a buttock lift, you'll need to take care when moving — increasing your activity level slowly — and avoid positions that strain your incision line to prevent the reopening of the wound. Your doctor will provide instructions. In addition, follow-up visits with your doctor will be needed.
By removing excess skin and fat from your buttocks, a buttock lift can give you a more toned appearance.
Buttock lift results are usually long lasting. Keep in mind that maintaining a stable weight is crucial for retaining your results.