Buttock lift plastic surgery procedure is aimed at improving the appearance and firmness of buttocks that may have sagged due to aging or other factors. The procedure involves removal of excess skin, and lifting and tightening of the skin over the buttocks to reduce their sagginess, wrinkles, or dimples. The procedure may be recommended for individuals who are unhappy with the saggy condition of their buttocks, and are unable to achieve the desired results with diet and exercise to correct the condition.
People who have experienced loss of skin elasticity in the buttock area due to aging, genetics or other factors such as a major weight loss, may be suitable candidates for buttock lift. Cellulite may cause dimpled, crinkled or flabby skin in some individuals, which can also be corrected with thigh lift. An ideal candidate for this surgery would be a non-smoker, having realistic expectations and a positive outlook towards the surgery, and having the commitment to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle for the long term following the surgery.
At the time of initial consultation for buttock lift, the patient should discuss various aspects related to the health status, aesthetic desires and lifestyle. The more the plastic surgeon knows about the patient’s goals and desires, the better he can design the procedure to suit the patient. Previous surgeries, medical treatments and any existing medical conditions should be discussed with the surgeon, including the use of current drugs and supplements.
The surgeon will evaluate the patient’s health and risk factors, examine the body, including measurements of various body areas, and take images for medical records. Various buttock lift treatment options and techniques will be discussed with the patient, including their expected outcomes and potential risks.
Buttock lift may be performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation, depending on various factors. The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis. In some cases, the surgeon may combine this procedure as a part of body lift or perform it along with tummy tuck surgery. Several approaches to buttock lift surgery are used today, and the plastic surgeon will choose an approach that is most appropriate with the patient’s anatomy and the extent of skin and tissue to be removed.
One of the common techniques involves making the incision at the waist or a little below the waist. Through the incision, the surgeon will remove the excess skin and fat by detaching it from the soft tissue. Skin over the buttocks will then be tightened and smoothened and closed in layers. Dressing or bandages will be applied following the surgery. The patient will have to wear a compression garment to support natural tightening of the skin and expedite healing.
The goal of a buttock lift is not to reshape the buttocks or add more volume to them, but it will provide a slimmer and more toned appearance. Results can be seen almost immediately after the surgery, but full and final results may take several months to develop. Results are usually long lasting, and patient should maintain a healthy and active lifestyle to enjoy the results of the procedure for several years to come.
Mild to moderate pain and discomfort may be experienced by a patient following buttock lift. The surgeon will prescribe medications to manage the condition. Bruising and swelling will be visible for the first few days, and may fully subside within two or three weeks. Complete recovery and development of full results may occur over a period of three to four months following the surgery. Heavy lift and strenuous exercises should be avoided for up to three months.