Buttock lift surgery aims to improve the appearance of a sagging bottom area, when diet and exercise haven’t been successful at doing so, through removing fat and skin from the buttock area.
The operation is normally carried out under a general anaesthetic and can take up to five hours. Sometimes, an epidural (which numbs the body from the waist down) can be used.
The surgeon will make an incision across the top of the buttock and, depending on the extent of the operation, sometimes along the sides as well. Crescent shaped sections of skin and fat are removed and the skin is pulled together and stitched into place. A number of techniques may be used to achieve the desired effect, and sometimes the operation is performed in combination with liposuction. Once the procedure is complete, the incisions will be stitched and drains - tubes used to remove blood or other fluids from a wound to help healing - may be inserted.
Following surgery, the buttocks and surrounding regions may be very swollen and bruised for a number of days or even weeks, and you will need to wear a compression garment. If drains are in place, they will normally be removed after 1-2 days. Movement will be minimal and sitting down painful for the first few days. If stitches are not dissolvable, they will need removing after 10-12 days.
You will usually be able to leave the hospital after 1-2 days. You will be required to take around 2-3 weeks off work and strenuous activity must be avoided for 2-3 weeks.
Deep bruising and lumpiness as a result of surgery – particularly if liposuction has also been used - may take up to six months to disappear.
You should expect buttocks that are in better proportion to the body and are more uplifted and firmer, as a result of this surgery.