Butt Lift

A butt lift surgery removes excess, drooping skin caused by aging or significant weight loss. This procedure gives patients a firmer, tighter, more contoured appearance to the buttocks.

Butt Lift Overview - Everything You Need to Know

The Skinny

Butt Lift
avg. recovery
4 weeks
Is permanent
Surgical Procedure
$2000 - $10000

About the Procedure

Last Updated: 08.05.2021

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.


Butt Lift addresses concerns such as:

Recovery Notes

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.

Ideal Candidate

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

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.


  • removes sagging skin
  • removes excess skin
  • improved body contours


  • long recovery
  • overall volume loss

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