Buttock lift surgery is a procedure that reshapes the buttocks by reducing excess skin, and depending on the patient’s individual needs either reducing or increasing the amount of fat in the buttock, resulting in smoother skin and a firmer, rounder, better-proportioned contours of the buttocks. In some patients a better-shaped buttock contour can be achieved from fat injection alone (Brazilian Butt Lift, or BBL).
A buttock lift is designed to tighten the skin and improve the contour of the buttocks, giving a firmer, rounder, better-shaped contour. This is achieved by removing excess skin and in many cases increasing the amount of fat in the buttock by fat injection (transfer).
Buttock lift surgery is an individualised procedure and may not be suitable for everyone. Always talk to your Specialist Plastic Surgeon before making a decision. Your surgeon will assess your condition and general health, and plan the treatment that is best suited to you.
Buttock lift surgery is not suitable for people who are:
Buttock lift surgery may be a good option for you if:
You should be mindful that, even following good healing and good surgical results, visible and prominent scarring can develop. Your surgeon will limit scar length and try to position each scar in the least conspicuous position. Nonetheless, scars may be more noticeable than you anticipated. It is important that you have realistic expectations of the surgery and that you discuss potential outcomes with your surgeon.
General anaesthesia is required for buttock lift surgery. Modern anaesthesia is safe and effective, but does have some risks. Ask your Specialist Plastic Surgeon and anaesthetist for more information. Your surgeon and/or anaesthetist will ask you about all the medications you are taking or have taken, and any allergies you may have. Make sure you have an up to date list before the surgery.
Modern surgery is generally safe but does have the potential for risks and complications to occur. Some general risks of surgery include:
Specific risks and complications associated with buttock lift surgery include:
Buttock lift surgery can be performed in either an accredited day surgery or a hospital, depending on your general health and the extent of the procedure. A short hospital stay may be required in some instances. Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will advise on the best option for you.
Before undergoing surgery, it is important that you:
You will also be asked to provide a complete medical history for your Specialist Plastic Surgeon including any health problems you have had, any medication you are taking or have taken, and any allergies you may have.
You may be advised to stop taking certain medicines such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), aspirin, and medicines that contain aspirin. You may also be asked to stop taking naturopathic substances such as garlic, ginkgo, ginseng and St John’s Wort as they may affect clotting and anaesthesia. Always tell your surgeon EVERYTHING you are taking.
You may be given medicines to take before the surgery, such as antibiotics.
Your surgeon will also advise you if any other tests are required, such as blood tests, X-ray examinations or an Electrocardiograph (ECG) to assess your heart.
Prepare a “recovery area” in your home. This may include pillows, ice packs, a thermometer and a telephone within easy reach. Make sure you arrange for a relative or friend to drive you to and from the hospital or clinic. Someone should also stay with you for at least 24 hours after you return home.
Your surgeon should give detailed preoperative instructions. Follow them carefully.
Following your surgery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions. You may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a supportive garment to minimize swelling and to support your operation site as it heals. A small, thin tube may also be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.
You will need to take at least a few days off work to rest. Avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise, swimming and strenuous sports until advised by your surgeon.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, notify your surgeon immediate:
Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on post-operative care. These instructions may include:
Be sure to ask your surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period, such as:
Scars are an inevitable part of any invasive surgery. Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will endeavour to minimise scarring and to keep your scars as inconspicuous as possible. Scars are hidden in the natural crease at the top of the buttocks. Scars may fade with time and become barely noticeable over time.
This is unusual initially. However, as with all surgical procedures, revisional surgery may occasionally be necessary.
Cost is always a consideration in elective surgery. Prices for individual procedures can vary widely between Specialist Plastic Surgeons. Some factors that may influence the cost include the surgeon’s experience, the type of procedure used and the geographic location of the office.
Costs associated with the procedure may include:
Circumferential thigh lift:
A surgical procedure to correct sagging of the outer and mid-thigh
Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness
Blood pooling beneath the skin
Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to achieve relaxation
Also called lipoplasty or suction lipectomy, this procedure vacuums out fat from beneath the skin’s surface to reduce fullness
A drug injected directly to the site of an incision during an operation to relieve pain
Lower body lift:
Surgical procedure to correct sagging of the abdomen, buttocks, groin and outer thighs
Excess skin that hangs and becomes wet or infected underneath
Medial thigh lift:
A surgical procedure to correct sagging of the inner thigh
Stitches used by surgeons to hold skin and tissue together
Visit the Plastic Surgery Glossary for more medical terms.