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Buttock lift

What to Expect During A Buttock lift

A buttock lift or butt lift is purely a cosmetic plastic surgery that is more concerned with improving the tone and tautness of the skin rather than adding structure or volume to the backside. A true buttock lift is an invasive surgical procedure that requires several incisions, general anesthesia and about four weeks in recovery time.

People commonly mistake a buttock lift with other procedures such as buttock implants and body contouring. A butt lift surgeon simply raises and tightens the skin over the buttocks. Buttock implants add volume and structure to the posterior and lower body contouring involves the use of liposuction to contour the shape of the buttocks by vacuuming out excess fatty tissue. In essence, buttock implants are used to make a rear end look bigger and rounder and liposuction is used to make a rear end look smaller. The purpose of a buttock lift is to make the rear end appear less saggy, dimpled or wrinkled.

Are You an Ideal Candidate for a Buttock Lift?

  • Loss of skin elasticity in the buttock area due to extreme weight loss or aging
  • A saggy appearance in the buttock area due to hormonal changes, extreme weight loss or aging
  • Thighs that have a crinkled, dimpled or flabby appearance due to lack of exercise or cellulite
  • Buttocks that appear asymmetrical or lumpy due to burns, wounds or other types of trauma
As a buttock enhancement surgery, its ultimate aim is to give you smoother, more attractive buttocks. As skin is pulled up and over the buttocks it also gives your thighs a more toned and sleek appearance.

What is the Procedure in Buttock Lift Surgery?

This type of procedure typically takes from between three and six hours. It is usually performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. It can also be performed in tandem with a lower body contouring, a thigh lift or butt implants.

If the idea is to reduce the size of your posterior, a plastic surgeon will often recommend liposuction be done in tandem with a buttock lift to achieve the effect of drastic, yet natural looking weight loss.

When it comes to buttock lifts, there is no one method used by all plastic surgeons. The way your case is dealt with depends on your body shape, the amount of skin and fat to be removed and the state of your general health.

However, lifting the inner thighs generally requires short incisions made laterally at the top of the buttocks. Some plastic surgeons make incisions in the front of the groin and on the hips as well. This full circle is called a full buttock lift. After the incision or incisions have been made, excess skin and fat is detached from the underlying muscles of the thighs and removed. The skin is then reshaped and pulled up to the waist over the muscles and drains are placed beneath the skin to remove excess fluid that may cause delays in healing. Once the plastic surgeon is satisfied that you will not suffer as the result of fluid accumulation beneath the skin, you are then sutured up. The loose skin is then pulled up, like a pair of pants, trimmed and then sutured back together.

After the buttock lift is over, a sterile dressing is applied to the wounds and the patient is placed in a compression garment. A compression garment is simply an elastic girdle that tightly holds the skin in to reduce swelling and aid in the natural tightening of the skin.

How painful a buttock lift is usually depends on the individual’s personal tolerance for pain and also on how drastic the operative procedure was in a hospital on a full morphine drip and intravenous catheters. As buttock lifts take place in the proximity of the rectal area, patients are also given rigorous instructions as to how to handle their personal hygiene to avoid spreading bacteria from the that region to the surgical wounds.

Buttock Lift Surgery – Recovery Period

The total healing time for most buttock lifts is usually four to six months and if all goes well bruising and swelling usually subsides within a month. Still it may be weeks before you can sit down without discomfort. Keep in mind that you may have to wait as long as three months before you can exercise, run or engage in any kind of strenuous activity.

It is important, before getting a buttock lift, to have realistic expectations of the procedure. A buttock lift does not add volume or shape to an existing posterior but it can give it a sleeker, more toned appearance.