Buttock Lift Surgery

Medically known as gluteoplasty or butt lift, it is a cosmetic procedure that aims at improving the shape of a person’s butt. Excess fat and skin from heredity factors, ageing, or after significant weight loss in the gluteal region can drastically be enhanced with this plastic surgery procedure. make sure that it should not be confused with a ‘Brazilian butt lift’ that add volume making use of fat transfer, this surgery involves only removing fat and skin through liposuction and excision. Every year, many people undergo this procedure and are happy and satisfied with the results.

Buttock Lift Surgery

When can you consider a buttock lift surgery?

  • • In case your gluteal region makes you feel self-conscious
  • • If you have undergone massive weight loss and are close to your ideal body weight
  • • If you have extra fat deposits, sagging and loose skin
  • • If the excess fat and skin cause mobility problems or makes you uncomfortable

Who is the right candidate for a buttock lift surgery?

Excess deposits of fat and skin in the gluteal region can add bulk to your body parts making you frustrate as your body does not achieve the desired shape. If any of these conditions match with you then you are an ideal candidate for this procedure.

  • • Your weight loss procedure has been stable for more than a year and you are not expecting to gain further weight. For the best results, body contouring procedures should not be performed for nearly two years following the start of a weight loss program.
  • • You have lost significant weight through exercise and dieting or undergone bariatric surgery
  • • The layers of fat deposit beneath your skin are relatively thin
  • • You are in good physical health and have no chronic medical conditions such as heart disease or diabetes.
  • • Ageing and pregnancy has left you with cellulite beneath the waistline and loose skin.
  • • As smoking slows down the process of healing and increases chances of serious complications both after and during the surgery, you should not smoke. In case you smoke, make sure you quit smoking at least six to eight weeks prior the surgery.
  • • You have excess skin, skin laxity and sagginess of the buttocks.
  • • You live a healthy lifestyle and diet. Problems like protein deficiencies can interfere with the process of healing.

If you are in overall good health, have realistic expectations and positive attitude towards life then you are the right candidate for this procedure.

Detailed information of the procedure

How is a buttock lift surgery done?

The entire surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and lasts between three and four hours. There are several techniques and approaches to perform this procedure, however generally:

  • • The incision is made at the top of the buttocks, in the groin, hips, or under the buttock cheeks for removing excess skin and pulling the remaining skin taut.
  • • Liposuction might also be used for further contouring of the buttock region or thigh for achieving a balanced appearance.
  • • Incisions are sutured and closed in layers to make sure that the skin remains tight.
  • • Dressings and drains are placed and generally a compression garment or gridle has to be worn to reduce swelling and tighten the remaining skin.

What are the options?

The plastic surgeon would examine the quality of your skin and accordingly would decide how much excess skin has to be removed along with the body shape. Also, available options will be discussed with you. If large amount of skin has to be removed, you might consider undergoing a lower body lift then will further help in removing skin around the hips, buttocks, stomach and thighs. If removal of skin will cause a loss of volume to the buttock, a buttock augmentation might be recommended as well.

What will buttock lift incisions and scars be like?

Incisions for this procedure might include a large incision hidden below the buttock by the crease oron the top of the buttocks in the back. If liposuction is also performed, the scars will be relatively smaller and will disappear and be mostly inconspicuous.

Recovery and aftercare

The plastic surgeon would discuss with you recovery and aftercare in detail during initial consultation. You will be informed when can you return to normal work and activity. Once the procedure is done, you and caregiver will get detailed instructions about post-surgery care that might also include information about:

  • • Potential signs and symptoms of complications
  • • Normal symptoms and changes that you will experience
  • • Drains, in case they have been placed

It is important to adhere to the instructions given by the surgeon for faster recovery and beautiful results.

Immediately after the procedure

Usually, a patient is bandaged after the surgery. You have to wear compression garments, and you might have some surgical drains inserted in the treated area. Once you know how to take care of drains, you will comfortable in moving and walking. You might have to stay in the hospital for two to three days, or more.

  • • When the effect of anaesthesia wears off, you will experience discomfort and pain. If the pain is long-lasting or extreme, contact the doctor immediately. There will be swelling and redness after the procedure. in some cases, swelling will remain for weeks after the months. Consult the surgeon to find out if your swelling, pain and redness is normal or a sign of complication.
  • • Make sure you have someone at home to take your care. You will need a lot of help during recovery. Make sure that you do no work at least for two weeks after the procedure, or as recommended by the surgeon. No strenuous activity for at least six to eight weeks post-surgery. If you small kids at home, arrange for someone who can take their care for two weeks.
  • • Your surgeon will tell you how to sleep and sit, use of pillows for minimizing the tension on incisions, facilitating thinner scar, and reducing pain.
  • • Drains do not only remove accumulated fluids within the incisions but also controls swelling. You will be asked to measure the amount of fluid output in your drains daily. Once the output is low, your drains will be removed in the surgeon’s office. Drains are removed within two to three weeks of the procedure, however this duration might extend as well.

How long does it take to recover from the procedure?

Buttock-lift procedure is quite extensive and you will take nearly three to four weeks to resume normal activities. Full healing might take several months. Quitting smoking and being in good health would help in faster recovery after the procedure, improve results, and also prevent complications.

How long will the results of the procedure last?

Results of the buttock-lift procedure are long-lasting. Like with other surgical procedures, aging, pregnancy and weight fluctuations would take a toll on the body as well as the results of the buttock lift. If you will not gain weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle, you can enjoy a youthful and attractive contour for many years to come.

Visit plastic surgeon as and when prescribed

If you want to ensure safety and enjoy beautiful results, it is very important to visit the cosmetic surgeon’s office for follow-up evaluation as and when scheduled or whenever you notice any changes in your buttock lift. Also, do consult the surgeon in case of concerns and queries.

Costs associated with the buttock lift surgery

Cost involving buttock lift in India is comparatively lower than other countries. To know the exact cost involving the surgery, discuss about it in detail during initial visits. Although the cost for buttock lift varies from surgeon to surgeon, we make sure you consult the doctor who has expertise in performing this procedure. There are multiple factors that affect the cost of buttock lift, and it is always a good idea to talk about it in the initial consultation.

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