A buttock lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that can be done to improve the appearance of the buttocks.
It is done as part of a belt lipectomy or lower body lift to contour the buttocks, groin, thighs and abdomen.
During a buttock lift, excess skin and fat are removed from the buttock. The remaining is repositioned to create a more toned appearance.
You might choose to have a buttock lift if your buttocks appear saggy due to weight loss, ageing or genetics. A buttock lift can also boost your body image.
The main reason for a buttock lift procedure is aging, your skin changes and becomes looser. In addition to aging, sun damage, fluctuations in weight and genetic factors can contribute to poor skin elasticity.
This can cause your buttocks, and other parts of your body to sag. A buttock lift is typically done with other body contouring procedures.
You might consider a buttock lift for the following reasons:
- If you have lost a significant amount of weight.
- Are overweight and have not been able to lose a significant amount of work through physical activities and changes in your diet.
- If you have a normal weight but want a dramatic improvement in the appearance of your lower body.
- If you have a normal weight but your skin will not contract after liposuction due to poor elasticity related to aging.
A buttock lift is not a procedure for everyone.
You doctor may caution against a buttock lift in the following cases:
- If you have a severe chronic condition, such as heart disease or diabetes.
- If you plan to lose a significant amount of weight.
- If you have a body mass index that is greater than 32.
- If you are a smoker.
- If you have an unstable mental health condition.
Here’s what you can expect before, during, and after your buttock lift procedure.
A buttock lift is performed in a hospital or an outpatient surgical facility. You will be comfortable with the aid of general anesthesia during this procedure, as it renders you unconscious.
A tube (catheter) will then be inserted into your bladder to collect urine. Your legs will be placed in devices known as sequential compression boots, these devices are used to prevent blood clotting during and after the surgery.
During the procedure. Your plastic surgeon will create an incision along the lower back, from hip to hip. The surplus skin below the incision is the pulled up, lifting the buttocks. The extra skin and fat are then removed.
During the surgery, you will be given an antibiotic to lower the risks of infection. Special warming devices will also be utilized to help you maintain normal body temperature. This procedure usually takes two to three hours to complete.
After the procedure. Following a buttock lift, your incision will likely be covered with a 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.
Members or your health care team will help you walk as early as the day after the buttock lift, this is done to prevent the formation of blood clots. You will likely feel moderate pain, which will initially be controlled by intravenous pain medication. Drains might be left in place for one to three weeks after surgery.
Your doctor or a member of your health care team will guide you on how to empty and care for your drains. You might also need to continue taking an antibiotic and anticoagulant for 10 days after your buttock lift.
You will also wear a supportive garment for up to four weeks after your buttock lift. This will aid in preventing a buildup of fluid and provide support while you heal.
Your doctor will elaborate on how to care for your scar. Scar management might include the use of silicone sheeting, scar cream, and massage. The appearance of your scar will continue to improve with time.
For the first months after a buttock lift, you will need to take care when moving, increasing your activity level very slowly and avoiding positions that strain your incision line to prevent re-opening of the wound.
Your doctor will give you specific instructions. In addition, will need to schedule follow-up visits with your doctor over the course of the next year.