Individuals who lose a large amount of weight sometimes battle loose and saggy skin under the buttocks. This wrinkling and flabby skin can not only be annoying for the patient, but it makes wearing certain clothes very difficult. Our Sarasota plastic surgery center offers a surgical butt lift to correct this problem. This is a body contouring procedure that addresses excess and sagging skin on and below the buttocks. During surgery, this excess skin is trimmed away and the remaining underlying tissue is pulled up for a tighter look. Some patients will also desire to augment the buttock in addition to the lift. This can be done via a fat transfer to add volume and shape. This is known as a Brazilian butt lift which can create gorgeous results.
During a traditional butt lift, incisions are placed in a low thong bikini position. This can be easily hidden under swim suits or clothes. Once the loose skin is trimmed away and the underlying tissues pulled tight, the surgeon will essentially “lift” the butt cheeks upward and secure the incision with sutures. A butt lift gives the buttocks a firmer look. The appearance of loose skin, cellulite dimples and wrinkling will be smoother and more toned.
Butt Lift Reviews
"Dr. Engel was very patient with me, explaining the procedure step-by-step. I appreciated that he was straight-forward when communicating with me what to expect during the procedure and the recovery. Results are BEYOND my expectations. I came in with a problem- and he fixed it. Turned out way better than I had expected."- M.H. / Doctor.com / Apr 28, 2016
During a butt lift surgery, general anesthesia is used and is performed in our Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center, most often as an outpatient procedure. Swelling and bruising will last several weeks as the area heals. Scarring is also unavoidable, but every effort is made to make the incision as inconspicuous as possible so that they can be concealed. In most cases, patients will be able to sit down after 2 weeks and will be able to return to their normal routine within 6 weeks.
Butt Lift FAQs
Lift or Lipo?
It depends. Both of these procedures address different cosmetic issues. For individuals who have loose skin or wrinkles under the buttock area, a butt lift is necessary. This procedure may still include liposuction if there is excess fat to be removed. Patients with a healthy skin tone who simply want a smaller buttock may see improvements with liposuction alone. These alternatives can be discussed during the initial body assessment and consultation.
Butt augmentation is a procedure in which implants are used to give the buttocks volume and a shapelier curve. Another common procedure is the Brazilian butt lift, which gives the buttocks the same effect as butt augmentation except instead of using an implant, a fat transfer is performed. It is important to note that although a butt lift improves the firmness of the butt, it does not add volume. Some patients may benefit from a combined procedure that involves a butt lift with a fat transfer or implants.
A butt lift is recommended for those who are close to or at their goal weight. When there is a significant weight gain after this surgery, the surgical results can be compromised. Similar to any body contouring procedure where the shape and contour of the body is enhanced, adhering to a healthy lifestyle with proper diet and regular exercise will help maintain the results for years.
How Bad is the Scarring?
As with most skin removal surgeries, there will be some scarring with a butt lift procedure. The plastic surgeon will make every effort to minimize scarring and their visibility by placing the incisions in areas concealed by clothing. Post-surgery care is very important for effective healing of the wound. Compression garments and topical creams will also help. Over the years, the scars will fade and flatten out.
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- Recovery Time
- 2-4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
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