- avg. recovery
About the Procedure
The butt lift procedure is a surgical treatment that excises hanging skin from the gluteal region. Loose, sagging skin can result from aging or extreme weight loss, causing drooping skin on the lower back and butt. By creating a long horizontal incision across the upper butt, redundant skin can be removed and pulled higher to improve the contours of the lower body. It is common to combine this procedure with other surgeries such as a fat transfer to the butt to improve volume, also known as a BBL, or a thigh lift and tummy tuck, also known as a lower body lift. A butt lift procedure typically requires general anesthesia, although depending on the extent of the surgery, can also be completed with local anesthesia and IV sedation. There are several methods to complete a butt lift, with either an incision made horizontally below the waistline and above the buttocks, in a curved V-pattern over each cheek with the V-point within the butt crease, or below each butt cheek placing the scar between the lower buttock and upper thigh. Liposuction may be performed to remove fatty deposits for improve postoperative contours. Excess tissue and skin will be removed for better lower body definition. Deep sutures will be placed to form and support the new contours of the buttocks. Sutures and skin adhesives will be used to close incisions. Protective bandages and drains will be applied for optimal healing and recovery. Results are noticeable after surgery but will take several weeks for initial healing to complete.
The goal of a butt lift is to correct a flat or sagging buttocks and/or asymmetry.
What to Expect
A butt lift surgery removes excess, drooping skin caused by aging or significant weight loss. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a butt lift procedure.
- Stop taking blood thinning medications 4 weeks before and after
- Start taking stool softeners two days before surgery
- Do not take diabetic medications the morning of surgery
- No eating or drinking for 8 hours prior
- General or local anesthesia with sedation
- Incisions made either horizontally below the waistline, in a V-pattern above the cheeks, or beneath each buttock
- Excess skin removed
- Deep sutures placed for support and to create new contours
- Sutures and adhesives to close
- Dressings and drains applied
Butt lift recovery will require at least 2-3 weeks to resume normal activity. Drains will be placed in the incisions to prevent fluid accumulation. Moderate pain is expected. Wear a compression garment to reduce swelling. Full healing typically takes several months with final results determined 1 year postoperatively.
The ideal candidate for a butt lift is generally in good health and is looking to improve the shape of their buttocks and/or remove sagging skin.
Not Recommended For
A butt lift is not recommended for patients who are looking to add more volume to the buttocks area.
Side effects from a butt lift may include bruising, numbness, pain, and asymmetry. Serious side effects can include excessive loss of blood, blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, as well as cardiac and pulmonary complications. There is also a possibility of revision surgery due to unsatisfactory results.