Buttock Lift

Also known as butt lift or gluteoplasty

Excess skin and fat from aging, heredity factors, or after dramatic weight loss in the gluteal area can be drastically improved with a buttock lift. Not to be confused with a “Brazilian butt lift,” which adds volume using fat transfer, this procedure involves only removing skin and fat through surgical excision and liposuction. Every year, thousands of people undergo successful buttock-lift surgery and are pleased with the results.

When to Consider a Buttock Lift

  • If you have loose, sagging skin and extra fat in your buttocks.
  • If you recently experienced dramatic weight loss and are close to your ideal weight.
  • If your gluteal area makes you feel self-conscious.
  • If the excess skin and fat make you uncomfortable or cause mobility problems.

Pros

  • Your buttock area will look smoother and more toned.
  • The results will be long-lasting.
  • Any discomfort caused by excess skin will be alleviated.

Cons

  • Full recovery could take several months.
  • Future weight fluctuations can affect results.
  • The procedure could result in loss of volume in the buttocks.

Am I a good candidate for a buttock lift?

Excess skin and fat in the gluteal area can add bulk and frustrate your efforts to achieve a slimmer, more sculpted body through weight loss. If any of these conditions apply to you, then you might be a good candidate for buttock lift:

  • You have undergone bariatric surgery or significant weight loss through dieting.
  • Pregnancy and/or aging have left you with loose skin and cellulite below the waistline.
  • You have significant skin laxity, excess skin, and ptosis (sagginess) of the buttocks.
  • The layers of fat below your loose skin are relatively thin.
  • You do not smoke. Smoking slows down the healing process and increases the risk of serious complications during and after surgery. If you smoke, you must quit at least six weeks before surgery.
  • Your weight has been stable for at least a year, with no further weight loss expected. For optimal results, body contouring should not be done for about two years following the start of any massive-weight-loss program.
  • You are in overall good health without chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease. People in poor health are not good candidates for body contouring procedures. You must obtain clearance for plastic surgery from your primary care physician or from doctors treating you for medical conditions.
  • You have a healthy diet. Problems such as protein deficiencies can interfere with healing.