Butt Lift Surgery (Gluteoplasty)

Tones and tightens the skin of the buttocks

By Stephanie Guler, Senior Content & Social Media DeveloperLast modified: October 13, 2011

Butt Lift Surgery

It's no secret that the buttocks is an important feature on both sexes. Plastic surgery procedures designed to enhance the look of the backside are more popular than ever. Butt lift surgery (also known as gluteoplasty) is one common procedure used to lift and tighten the buttock area, leaving a more youthful, contoured, smooth silhouette.

Butt Lift Surgery Defined

Buttock lift surgery involves removing excess skin and tightening the skin adjacent to the upper buttock region. This plastic surgery procedure is often performed alongside other similar body lift procedures to further enhance the patient's final result.

Benefits Of Butt Lift Surgery

Unlike buttock augmentation, which increases the size of the buttocks, butt lift surgery benefits patients with extra loose, hanging skin in that area of the body. This surgery is a good solution to streamlining the figure following a major weight loss, or the natural aging process. Because butt lift surgery is not used to remove fat from the butt and thighs, patients should be at a stable weight at the time of the procedure.

A Good Candidate For Butt Lift Surgery

A good candidate for butt lift surgery is a non-smoking individual in generally good health. Weight-loss surgery patients who have reached a stable, healthy weight are perfect candidates if they would like to have extra skin removed from the buttocks area. Patients should also have realistic expectations about the results of butt lift surgery as well as a general positive outlook.

Preparing For Butt Lift Surgery

Preparing for butt lift surgery is similar to preparing for many other plastic surgery procedures. The plastic surgeon will perform all pre-op tests to make certain the patient is in overall good health. The doctor might also recommend altering any medication schedules, as well as quitting smoking at least six weeks prior to surgery. 

Butt Lift Surgery Procedure

Within a typical buttock lift surgery procedure, the incision is strategically placed underneath the bikini line to hide the scar.

A tangent curve of skin is cut away from the upper region of the buttocks at the intersection of the lower back. Excess skin is then removed, with the remaining skin pulled tight and repositioned into place. 

Incisions  are closed up with stitches, and drainage tubes are inserted to remove any excess fluid at the surgery site.

Butt lift surgery is commonly performed alongside other post-weight loss plastic surgery procedures like tummy tuck, breast lift, thigh lift, arm lift, liposuction, lower body lift, face lift, and neck lift.

For some patients, butt lift surgery might cause the buttocks to appear flat, and for these cases, buttock implants or Brazilian butt lift surgery is recommended to add volume to the area, for a totally rejuvenated look.

Butt Lift Surgery Recovery

Although this plastic surgery procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis, it is recommended that patients have a caregiver for the first 24 hours of butt lift surgery recovery.

Patients shouldn't sit for a week following the butt lift procedure. Strenuous activity should be avoided for at least a month, as this could damage your incisions, leading to unpleasant scarring and infection. Patients can manage pain with prescribed medications provided by the plastic surgeon. Any extreme amounts of pain or discomfort should be addressed with the surgeon immediately.

All of the swelling should subside within four to six weeks post-op, but full results may not be seen until one year after surgery. Plastic surgeons recommend that patients do not lose or gain major amounts weight during butt lift surgery recovery, as it could alter the final results of the procedure.


Butt Lift Surgery Risks And Side Effects

Butt lift surgery risks and side effects include:

1. Unwanted scarring

2. Hematoma

3. Persistent swelling or fluid build-up

4. Excess pain and discomfort

5. Loss of sensation/numbness at the surgical site

6. Blood clots and/or deep vein thrombosis

7. Risks from anesthesia

8. Asymmetry

9. Recurrence of sagging, loose skin


Experts recommend that patients visit an emergency care center if the following symptoms are experienced post-op: irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, chest pain, excessive bleeding.

Cost Of Butt Lift Surgery

The cost of butt lift surgery in the United States averages anywhere from $4,000 to $15,000, depending on the plastic surgeon, the individual procedure, and the geographical location. Butt lift surgery overseas can cost anywhere from 25 to 75 percent less than the cost of butt lift surgery in the United States. To learn more about the procedure, risks, recovery and costs, contact a butt lift surgeon near you. 

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