Buttock Lift

What is a Buttock Lift?

A buttock lift, often referred to as a “butt lift,” is a surgical procedure aimed at enhancing the appearance of the buttocks by removing excess skin and tightening the remaining tissue. It’s primarily chosen by individuals who have experienced sagging due to significant weight loss, aging, or other factors.

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Types of Buttock Lifts:

Traditional Buttock Lift:

This is the most common method and involves removing excess skin and fat from the upper part of the buttocks. The remaining skin is then tightened and sutured to lift and firm the buttocks. Individuals with significant skin laxity due to weight loss or natural aging, but who don’t necessarily need or want added volume.

Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL):

Rather than simply removing excess skin, a BBL involves fat grafting. Fat is harvested from other parts of the patient’s body, purified, and then injected into the buttocks. This not only lifts but also adds volume.

Butterfly Lift:

Named for the incision shape, this procedure targets the crease between the buttocks. It’s ideal for those with minor sagging, as it focuses on a smaller area. This is often the option for Individuals with mild to moderate sagging who wish for a subtler improvement without extensive scarring.

Lower Buttock Lift:

This technique addresses sagging in the lower buttocks. An incision is made at the bottom of the buttock cheek, excess skin is removed, and the tissue is tightened. This is ideal for individuals who notice sagging primarily in the lower region of the buttocks, often due to age or significant weight fluctuations.

Why Plano Plastic Surgery?

At Plano Plastic Surgery, excellence is our standard. Both Dr. Haidenberg, with his 16 years of experience in cosmetic surgery, and Dr. Yaker, the celebrated force behind Plano Plastic Surgery, have dedicated years to perfecting aesthetic surgeries—from breast augmentations to rhinoplasties and liposuctions. With them, you’re not just opting for transformative results but also genuine care and understanding. Our approach is personal—tailored to every patient’s concerns and desires.

How It’s Done

To ensure patient comfort and safety during the procedure, either general anesthesia or local anesthesia combined with sedation is administered. The surgeon makes an incision in the predetermined area, typically across the top of the buttocks or within the crease. The length, shape, and precise location of the incision depends on the specific lift type and the extent of the lift required. 

Sagging skin is meticulously excised, and underlying tissues are repositioned to offer a more contoured, youthful silhouette. In some instances, liposuction may also be performed to remove isolated fat deposits and enhance the shape further.

If the Brazilian Butt Lift technique is chosen, the surgeon will harvest fat from donor areas, such as the abdomen, thighs, or flanks. This fat is then processed, purified, and skillfully injected into specific regions of the buttocks to augment volume and shape.

Once the desired reshaping is achieved, the incisions are sutured closed. Depending on the surgical strategy, absorbable or removable sutures, skin adhesives, tapes, or clips may be employed. The treated area is often bandaged or wrapped in compression garments. These garments assist in controlling swelling and support the newly sculpted contours as they heal.

Butt Lift vs. Butt Augmentation: What’s the Difference?

A butt lift and butt augmentation are both popular cosmetic procedures designed to enhance the appearance of the buttocks, but they serve different purposes. A butt lift primarily tackles sagging by removing excess skin and tightening the area, giving the buttocks a lifted and firmer look. It’s ideal for those who want to combat the effects of aging, gravity, or significant weight changes.

On the other hand, butt augmentation is all about size and shape. It seeks to increase the volume of the buttocks, either by using the patient’s own fat transferred from other areas (like the Brazilian Butt Lift) or through the insertion of implants. If you’re looking to achieve a fuller, rounder backside rather than just lifting the existing shape, this is the go-to procedure. 

Who is a Good Candidate?

Candidates for a buttock lift are individuals who:

  • Are in stable health and at a consistent weight.
  • Have sagging or droopy buttocks due to aging, genetics, or significant weight changes.
  • Seek a more youthful, toned, and lifted appearance of their rear end.
  • Understand the procedure and hold realistic expectations about the results.

Buttock Lift Recovery and What to Expect

Undergoing a buttock lift can be a transformative experience, and understanding the recovery process is essential for the best results.

Immediate Post-Operative Phase:

After the procedure, patients might feel some soreness, discomfort, and swelling in the treated area. Compression garments will often be provided to help reduce swelling and support the healing tissues. It's important to avoid sitting directly on the buttocks for extended periods during the initial recovery phase to prevent stress on the incisions.

Mid Recovery Phase (Weeks 1-4):

By the first week, the majority of acute swelling and bruising start to diminish. Most patients can return to light daily activities, but it's crucial to avoid strenuous exercise or any activities that put direct pressure on the buttocks. Sitting should be minimized, and if necessary, soft cushions or special pillows can be used to avoid pressure on the surgical area.

Long-Term Recovery:

After the first month, patients typically notice a significant improvement in discomfort and can gradually reintroduce more activities, including light exercises. However, heavy lifting or intense physical activity should still be avoided for at least six weeks post-surgery. The final results become more evident after a few months once the swelling has completely subsided, and the tissues have settled.

Potential Side Effects:

As with any surgical procedure, some side effects are possible. These might include:

• Prolonged swelling or bruising.
• Changes in skin sensation.
• Scarring (which will fade with time).
• Irregularities or asymmetry in contour.
• Complications related to anesthesia or
Regular check-ups with the surgeon are essential to ensure a smooth recovery. It’s also crucial to report any unusual symptoms or severe discomfort to your medical professional promptly.