Buttocks shape and proportions are two key elements in having a body that is well-proportioned and attractive.
With butt lift surgery, a skilled plastic surgeon can improve the look of the buttocks.
A traditional butt lift does not add any volume to the buttocks, though dermal fillers or a fat transfer can be used to augment the area without the need for implants.
What is a butt lift?
A traditional butt lift is a type of cosmetic surgery involving the removal of excess skin from the buttocks, which tightens the skin.
This surgical procedure is different from a Brazilian Butt Lift, or BBL, which combines a liposuction procedure and fat transfer. A conventional butt lift only removes excess skin.
Butt lifts are frequently combined with tummy tuck procedures. This helps to tighten up the area and improve bodily contours over a larger portion of the body.
If you undergo a butt lift, your buttocks will flatten, which is why many people combine the procedure with a fat transfer or implant procedure to add volume to the area. This is much like how those who undergo breast lifts often combine the procedure with breast implants.
Those benefiting most from a butt lift procedure are those who have experienced rapid weight loss, leaving them with unsightly excess skin.
A butt lift may be appropriate if you:
- Have recently lost a large amount of weight, but your weight has remained stable for at least six months.
- Are currently overweight and unable to lose much weight through diet and physical exercise alone.
- Currently have a normal weight but desire enhancement in the look of your lower body.
Butt Lift Cost
The cost of a butt lift procedure varies widely and will depend upon factors unique to your individual situation.
Some factors that go into the cost include the specific plastic surgeon performing surgery, geographical location, and if the procedure is combined with other types of cosmetic procedures.
To learn the exact cost of your butt lift procedure, schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon of choice.
Butt Lift Procedure
A butt lift can be performed in either a hospital or a surgical facility. It is an outpatient procedure, allowing you to return home shortly after the procedure, assuming you have arranged for someone to drive you home. The procedure is performed using general anesthesia, meaning you will be asleep the entire time.
Once the anesthesia has fully taken effect, your plastic surgeon will form an incision that runs from hip to hip on your lower back. They will pull up the excess skin under the incision, lifting your buttocks. They then remove the fat and extra skin.
A buttocks lift procedure can take between two to five hours to complete.
Butt Lift Recovery Timeline
Here is what you will likely experience after you have returned home to recover from your butt lift procedure.
First Few Days
Following your butt lift, the required incision will be covered up using a surgical dressing. Your plastic surgeon will also place one or more drains to allow any accumulated blood or fluid to drain from the site of the incision.
During the first few days, you will be encouraged to walk around some to help prevent the development of blood clots. Other than that, count on getting plenty of rest. Remain hydrated throughout your recovery.
You will likely be experiencing some degree of pain and discomfort, which can be alleviated by prescribed pain medication. Use all of your medication according to the instructions that you were given.
During this time, you will also be provided with a supportive garment to wear during the next few weeks to prevent accumulations of fluid and offer support to the surgery site while you are healing.
First Two Weeks
If you are provided with topical scar management products, you will be using them at this time to diminish the appearance of the surgical scar.
Next Few Weeks and Months
The first month of your butt lift recovery is when you will need to take the most care when moving around. Avoid positions that could strain the surgical site and possibly reopen the wound.
You should be able to slowly increase your activity level during this time. When you meet with your plastic surgeon for follow-up appointments, they will let you know what level of activity is appropriate for your individual situation.