Have you ever heard of a buttock lift? You most certainly have. We live in an era where “big butts” are glorified, and having curves has become the most desired goal for a woman’s figure, no matter your race or social background.
It certainly looks like we have returned to our ancestors, who, driven by evolution, believed that having big hips and butts was a sign of fertility that could ensure procreation and descendants.
Today is not such a matter of biology and evolution, but rather the result of fashion and social media expansion. But be it as it may, the “big butts” are here to stay for a long time, leaving behind those skinny and flat model body types so coveted 20 or 30 years ago.
No wonder the Brazilian butt lift (BBL) has become the most wanted and performed surgery in the last years. In the United States, nearly 26,774 Brazilian butt lifts were performed in 2018, which was a 61% increase since 2014, according to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)… So, let’s get into it!
Medical Solutions Barcelona
Written by Dr Osama Bahsas Zaky
Written by Dr Osama Bahsas Zaky
Updated on June 29, 2021
WHAT IS A BUTTOCK LIFT?
A buttock lift, also called butt lift or bum lift, is a cosmetic procedure that aims to improve the overall appearance of the buttocks, mainly shape and contour. However, a simple buttock lift surgery won’t add volume to your butt.
The butt lift is done in case of having extra or sagging skin due to poor elasticity. This is especially true for people with important weight fluctuations or dramatic weight loss. Also, it is influenced by genetic factors, pregnancy, the normal aging process, and sun damage.
The excess skin and fat are removed through a long incision along the lower back that can extend from hip to hip. It may also go around the sides and onto the front, or be hidden underneath the buttock by the crease. Then, the skin below the incision is pulled up and stitched to give a taut and more toned appearance.
In doing a buttock lift surgery, there is an improvement of the tone of the underlying tissues and skin covering the buttocks. Also, your plastic surgeon could complete this butt reshaping by doing some liposuction of the surrounding problematic areas, such as thighs, groin, and abdomen; or even perform a tummy tuck to improve the lower body contour.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A BUTTOCK LIFT?
You may consider a Buttock Lift if you:
- Had a dramatic weight loss and ended up with extra skin.
- Have maintained a stable weight for approximately 6-12 months.
- Have a normal weight but hope to improve the shape and contour of your buttocks (not add volume).
- Don’t expect an important weight loss in the future.
- Are not a smoker. Smoking has been proven to decrease blood flow in the skin and can slow the healing process.
- All of the above, and you are in good health with clearance from your primary care physician after an in-depth preoperative assessment. You don’t have type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or any other chronic condition.
On the other hand, if you are currently overweight, with a BMI greater than 32, your doctor will probably advise you against doing a Buttock Lift!
WHAT CAN I EXPECT THE DAY OF SURGERY?
The Buttock Lift is an invasive procedure performed in a surgical facility under general anesthesia or regional anesthesia (you are conscious but numbed from the waist down) plus sedation. It has a duration of 3-6 hrs, depending on if more complementary procedures are done.
During and after the surgery, your legs will be placed in devices known as sequential compression boots to prevent blood clotting. Also, the incisions will be stitched closed and covered by surgical dressings, and small/thin tubes called drains will be temporarily inserted in the wound to drain excess blood or fluid.
You most likely feel moderate pain and discomfort in the first 48-72 hrs, which will initially be controlled by intravenous pain medication. Additionally, you will receive antibiotics and anticoagulants (medication to prevent blood clots).
HOW IS THE RECOVERY AFTER A BUTTOCK LIFT?
Buttock lift procedures are considered major surgery, so you should brace yourself and prepare because you will have to follow some special instructions down to the T.
The in-hospital stay length depends on the extent of your surgery and could be 24 hrs or two nights before you go home. The drains can be a nuisance, but they are an important aspect of healing! These might be left in place for several weeks after surgery, and you will have to learn how to empty and care for them.
Also, you will have to wear a compression garment to avoid swelling and support the tissues for several weeks, and the first days you won’t be able to sit directly on your butt, so you will have to sleep on your side or your stomach.
You’ll be very careful when moving, increasing your daily activity level slowly. Moreover, you will have to do your best to avoid positions that put a strain on your stitches to prevent the reopening of the wound site.
Two-three weeks after the surgery, when your doctor allows it, you will reassume your normal activities. However, you should not engage in any strenuous activities, including lifting, for four to six weeks. Complete healing will take months.
ARE THERE ANY RISKS WITH THE BUTTOCK LIFT?
Apart from expected risks of any surgery, like bleeding, infection, and blood clots, there is a slight possibility of presenting numbness in the surrounding area or altered skin sensations that generally resolve spontaneously within a year. Also, you could develop a seroma or fluid build-up between the skin and the subcutaneous tissue. That’s why the drains and wearing a compression garment are so important!
On the other hand, from a merely cosmetic point of view, there is a very small chance of having contour irregularities, residual bulges, or scar asymmetries, so you may need a second surgery to obtain your desire results.
PROS AND CONS OF A BUTTOCK LIFT
Buttock lift is a cosmetic surgery specially designed to improve the balance of your figure with long-lasting results. However, it is important to highlight that this surgical procedure, when performed alone, can result in a loss of volume in the buttocks, so every case should be carefully studied.
Also, keep in mind that, even though a Buttock Lift will remove the excess in skin and fat, it won’t change your skin quality. So, you could present with recurrent skin looseness.
Another minor downside is the permanent scar that can take up to a year to fade its appearance, depending on your wounds’ healing. You should allow between 9 – 12 months for your scars to lighten in color and flatten.
BUTT LIFT COMBINED WITH BUTTOCK AUGMENTATION
In most patients, it is essential to add volume to improve the appearance of the buttocks. So, in case of sagging and loose skin, to achieve a truthful butt enhancement a buttock lift plus a buttock augmentation is the right fit for you!
In this case, a regular Buttock Lift could be combined with the placement of butt implants or using fat transfer/fat grafts, commonly known as a Brazilian butt lift (BBL). It is a guaranteed improvement in contour, shape, and size that can benefit the balance of your figure.
The Brazilian butt lift has fast become a popular cosmetic surgery because of its natural appearance and lower risk of complications. It is specially indicated for patients with enough fat stores, good skin tone, and healthy weight.
The BBL technique is not really a buttock lift procedure, as its name suggests. It is essentially putting fat into the buttocks.
It involves taking fat from problematic areas like the abdomen, back, thighs, or even arms through liposuction, using a tube-like shaped device that sucks the fat. Then, this fat is purified, processed, and prepared to be injected strategically into specific buttock areas to give it a fuller and rounder look.
On the other hand, the butt implants are silicone-filled devices placed deep within the buttocks tissue. Your surgeon will make a vertical incision within the vertical butt crease, placing the implants deep within the tissues to achieve an instant volume enhancement.
This option is ideal for very skinny or lean patients, with little or no fat deposits to use to harvest or as donations sites.
GOALS AND EXPECTATIONS AFTER A BUTT LIFT
You will have to wait approximately six months for the swelling to subside and see the definite results. Also, you can expect lasting results for years!
However, to guarantee long-lasting results, you must be on your ideal weight at the moment of surgery, and it is imperative that you don’t have weight fluctuations. A buttock lift is not a substitute for weight loss!
Also, remember that no matter the technique, you need to choose a board-certified surgeon with wide experience in this area. He will listen to your goals, always keeping in mind realistic expectations, and choose the best procedure tailored to your particular case.
Moreover, your surgeon will answer all your questions and explain to you the butt lift procedure, special care, or recommendations plus the possible complications: the good, the bad and the ugly to make an informed decision!
HOW MUCH DOES A BUTTOCK LIFT COST?
Buttock lift surgery cost depends on the technique. In addition, sometimes the lift is combined with a buttock augmentation.
So, without meeting the patient we don’t offer approximate prices as each patient is a different case. But we know that the economic factor is important when it comes to making a decision. Therefore, we offer the possibility for the patient to come to our facilities for a first free no-obligation visit.
You can consult with the surgeon regarding all your doubts and worries. According to your characteristics, we will offer the best solution and the best price for your buttock lift surgery.
With more than 20 years of experience, doctor Jesús Benito is a recognised authority in Spain in plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.
He is a specialist in the intramuscular technique of gluteal augmentation with implants combined with fat transfer.
Doctor Jesús Benito
Specialist in plastic and cosmetic surgery.
- Secretary of the ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery).
- Former president of the Spanish Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (AECEP).
- 2013 Gold Medal (Forum Europa)
Bibliography & Publications:
- Benito-Ruiz J, Fontdevila J, Manzano M, Serra-Renom JM. Hip and buttock implants to enhance the feminine contour for patients with HIV. Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2006 Jan-Feb;30(1):98-103.
- Benito-Ruiz J. “Buttock Lift and hip enhancement with implants”. En: Cosmetic Surgery. Art and Techniques Shiffman, Melvin A.; Di Giuseppe, Alberto (Eds.) 2013, 2013, XV, 1192 p. 86 illus.
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