Last updated date: 23-May-2023
Medically Reviewed By
Dr. Anas Walid Shehada
Originally Written in English
Aging, sun damage, pregnancy, significant weight fluctuations, and genetic factors may all contribute to poor tissue elasticity, resulting in buttock sagging. A buttock lift, also known as a gluteal lift, improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports the buttock skin and fat.
What is Buttock lift?
Butt lifts are cosmetic procedures that contour and improve the gluteal region by removing or repositioning sagging skin and removing or adding volume to the butt cheeks. A basic butt lift eliminates excess fat and volume (through surgical excision or liposuction). A Brazilian butt lift (using fat transfer) or butt implants, on the other hand, can add volume to increase your buttocks and produce a more shapely profile.
Buttock lifts are not meant to remove extra fat from the buttocks or to increase volume to the buttocks. To enhance volume, fat grafting, buttock implants, or auto-augmentation (where some of your own tissue is left beneath the skin) can be employed. Liposuction is occasionally used to improve contouring.
Excess sagging skin and fat are removed to provide a smoother and more attractive shape. A typical gluteal lift will not increase the size of the buttock, but it may enhance a dimpled, uneven skin surface. This operation can be combined with a body lift or done individually.
Why get a Butt lift?
Excess skin, fat from aging, genetics, or drastic weight reduction might cause your buttocks to droop and your skin to sag. Butt enhancements have also grown in popularity across the world, with round, firm buttocks typically considered as a mark of femininity and sensuality. A butt lift may be ideal for you if you wish to restore the youthful form of your butt or add volume to your butt cheeks.
A butt lift is a great option if you have any of the below concerns:
- You have drooping, loose skin in your buttocks.
- Weight loss, pregnancy, or the aging process have caused your buttocks to appear loose, sagging, or flat.
- You have extra fat or skin that causes discomfort or movement issues.
- Your butt is either too little or too large for your body type, and you want a more balanced appearance.
- Your butt is too flat or square, and you'd want to see more curves.
- Clothes and swimwear do not fit properly on your figure
Below are some of the benefits of a butt lift:
- Get a smoother and more toned butt
- Alleviate any discomfort caused by excess skin
- Improve the shape and projection of your butt
- Get a more proportionate body
- Add volume to your butt for a more shapely look (with “Brazilian butt lift” or butt implants)
- Create a more youthful or curvaceous appearance
- Get long-lasting results
- Look better in clothes and swimwear
- Improve your self-image and self-confidence
Who is a good candidate for a Buttock lift?
In general, buttock lift candidates include:
- Individuals with significant soft tissue looseness in the gluteal area
- Healthy individuals without medical conditions that impair healing or increase risk of surgery
- Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals for what gluteal lift surgery can accomplish
- Individuals committed to leading a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and fitness
What Should I consider before getting a Butt lift?
Please consult with your aesthetic plastic surgeon for more information on what is unique to you.
- You must be in good overall health and free of chronic medical disorders like diabetes or heart disease. Buttocks operations are not recommended for those who are in bad health. Your primary care physician or any doctors who treat you for medical concerns must give you permission to have cosmetic surgery.
- You are unable to smoke. Tobacco use impairs recovery and raises the chance of significant problems during and after surgery. If you smoke, you must stop smoking before having surgery.
- You must eat a healthy diet. Protein deficits, for example, might impede healing.
- If you've just lost a lot of weight or had bariatric surgery, you should be close to your optimum weight. Your weight must have been steady for at least six months, with no additional weight reduction anticipated. Butt lifts should not be performed until about two years following the commencement of any severe weight-loss program. This period allows your skin to shrink as much as possible while also stabilizing and optimizing your diet, all of which will assist in your recuperation.
- A standard butt lift could result in loss of volume in the buttocks (if you are not also getting BBL fat transfer or implants).
- If you are really thin and want a considerable increase in volume, butt implants may be necessary to reach the desired size since you may not have enough additional fat to transfer.
- Butt implants may slide postoperatively or some of the fat may be reabsorbed, resulting in asymmetry.
- Because of postoperative swelling, the full benefit of this procedure may take three to six months to become apparent.
- Because of gravity and age, your butt lift results may gradually deteriorate over time (if you are not getting implants).
- Future weight fluctuations may have an impact on your results.
- The recuperation period will be determined by the operation or combination of treatments performed. In general, the healing period in the buttock area is somewhat longer and more painful than in other body parts since this region is used for physical activities such as walking, jogging, and even standing.
Brazilian Butt Lift
Brazilian butt lifts are specialist fat transfer procedures that enhance the size and contour of the buttocks without the use of implants. Liposuction is used to remove excess fat from the hips, abdomen, lower back, or thighs, and a part of this fat is then surgically injected into the buttocks.
With Brazilian butt lift surgery, a skilled cosmetic surgeon can improve the proportions of the entire lower body, assisting a patient in losing fat in common "problem areas" and enhancing the buttocks, with long-lasting results.
Why have a Brazilian Butt Lift?
The form and size of a person's buttocks are mostly controlled by heredity; the look of the lower body is influenced by both your skeletal structure and how your body stores fat. A balanced diet and exercise can help you lose weight and tone your muscles, but many patients are nevertheless unsatisfied with "flat" buttocks that lack form, despite leading a healthy lifestyle.
By reshaping the buttocks and surrounding areas, such as the hips, lower back, and thighs, Brazilian butt lift surgery can help overcome the effects of genetics. You might use a Brazilian butt lift to:
- Enhance the curves of your lower body
- Reduce fat pockets on your hips, thighs or belly while adding fullness to the buttocks
- Help clothing fit more attractively
- Give a more youthful, aesthetically pleasing shape to flat buttocks
- Enhance your overall proportions by improving balance between your upper and lower body
Am I a good candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift?
A Brazilian butt lift can be an excellent way to improve the shape and size of the buttocks; however, some patients are better suited to the procedure than others, and it is critical to have realistic expectations about the surgery, recovery, and results. In general, if you agree with the following, you are a good candidate for a Brazilian butt lift:
- You want a buttock augmentation without implants
- You have good skin tone in the hips and buttocks
- You have adequate fat stores in other areas to harvest for injection into the buttocks
- You are willing and able to avoid sitting directly on your buttocks for several weeks
A Brazilian butt lift, despite its name, is not a traditional "lifting" procedure; it does not address loose skin on the buttocks. Thigh and buttock lift surgery may be a better option if you are bothered by excess, sagging skin on your buttocks or thighs.
What Happens During the Surgery?
In a hospital, a buttock lift is performed when the patient is totally sedated with anesthetic. Unless the buttock lift is performed as part of a belt lipectomy or other cosmetic surgical treatment, an overnight hospital stay is typically not required. The procedure takes about two to three hours. Individual surgeons may employ a variety of approaches. On the operating table, the patient usually lies on their left side. This allows access to the waist, outside thigh, and gluteal region. If liposuction is required, it is performed first.
Following liposuction, a horizontal incision is made along the iliac crest on the lower back. The extra skin is removed by the surgeon through the incision. The skin is pushed upward, and the incision is closed with sutures. This tightens and raises the thighs and buttocks. Only one side is worked on at a time. After finishing the left side, the patient is switched onto their right side and the process is repeated.
In the recovery room, the patient awakens. The affected region will be wrapped. To remove fluid from the wound site, drains may be inserted into the skin. To minimize nausea following anesthesia, water and a small snack (crackers or cookies) may be supplied. Most people can go home after roughly an hour of recuperation. An adult must accompany the sufferer home.
The incision closes in around six weeks. At first, the scar may feel lumpy or elevated. With time, it should flatten and fade. The scar may take a year or more to grow.
Swelling is noticeable following surgery. The majority of the edema goes down within the first 12 weeks. Swelling might last anywhere from six months to a year. Every patient is unique. Mild to severe soreness is common following surgery. Prescription drugs are administered to help with recuperation. Bruising is also possible. For the first few weeks, patients may be recommended to sit or lie down exclusively in particular postures. Compression garments may be used after surgery to minimize edema.
A buttock lift does not qualify as significant surgery. Most patients need one to two weeks off from work to recuperate. The surgeon will tell the patient how long it will take to be able to drive again, as this will depend on the specific gluteoplasty procedure that was performed.
Risks and Complications
For individuals in good general health, an excision-based gluteoplasty (without fat transfer) is deemed safe. Complications from fat grafting with Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) may be somewhat greater. Some individuals prefer to have a buttock implant instead, however buttock prosthesis can be difficult at times. After losing weight, a typical buttock lift does not usually require increasing volume to make the buttocks fuller. The dangers of skin reduction surgery are considerably fewer than those of BBL and buttock implant surgery. Whatever sort of butt lift you pick, the most critical step in protecting your health is to select a reputable surgeon.
All surgery carries risks. Minor complications occur more frequently than serious ones. Possible complications may include:
- Necrotic skin
- Blood clots, which can be fatal
- Keloids, permanently red, or raised scars
- Seroma, which may require draining
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Poor reaction to anesthesia
- Rippling and skin irregularities
- Dog ears or bunching of the scar
- Poor cosmetic result that requires a revision surgery
Buttock Lift Surgery FAQ
1. Will there be a scar?
Every procedure leaves a scar. Scars can be reduced by using correct scar location and management. A long horizontal scar is usually placed on the lower back during a buttock lift to tighten the skin and lift the buttocks and thighs. Clothing should, ideally, disguise the scar. In some cases, the scar cannot be hidden.
Scars might take up to a year to form. Inform your surgeon during the appointment if you have a history of poor scar healing. The scar should eventually grow to a faint line that blends in with the surrounding skin. The scar from an excision-based gluteoplasty is extremely lengthy. Patients should be willing to accept a surgical scar in exchange for firmer, lifted buttocks and thighs.
2. Does health insurance cover butt lift surgery in Australia?
The majority of patients pay for buttlifting treatments out of pocket. Insurance does not cover cosmetic procedures. Some post-massive weight loss patients in Australia may be eligible for a Medicare rebate if the procedure is deemed medically necessary, such as during belt lipectomy. Strict rules apply. More information is available from your surgeon. Because most gluteoplasty procedures are cosmetic, some surgeons offer payment plans and special financing to help make the out-of-pocket cost more affordable.
3. How does a traditional gluteoplasty differ from BBL?
The goal of an excision-based buttock lift is to raise the skin on the buttocks and thighs. It is frequently performed after a patient has lost a large amount of weight to address drooping skin. Unless implants, fat grafting, or cosmetic injectables are employed, it does not increase the size of the buttocks. A Brazilian Butt Lift is unique. BBL is a surgical fat transfer technique that increases the volume of the buttocks. The patient's own body fat is extracted and applied to the buttocks. In some cases, injections of synthetic materials are used instead of fat. These procedures may be more dangerous than a traditional gluteoplasty, which only addresses loose skin.
After weight reduction, a buttock lift (gluteoplasty) is a surgical operation that lifts and tightens loose skin on the buttocks, outer, and inner thighs. A horizontal incision is made right above the buttocks on the lower back. The extra skin is removed by the surgeon. The buttocks and thighs are lifted as the incision is sutured closed.
Medically Reviewed By
Dr. Anas Walid Shehada