Buttock Lift

Buttock Lift

As a result of ageing process, buttocks begin to droop and change shape. A buttock lift is the a complicated procedure for those who have large amounts of loose or sagging skin around the buttocks that needs to be removed in order to reshape the bottom. If you have good skin quality and tone, but your buttocks are flat rather than rounded, buttock implants may be recommended to help produce a more rounded shape to your bottom.

The nature of this operation means long cuts need to be made in your skin and these will obviously leave long scars afterwards. The length of the scar will depend on how much excess skin you have. Typically, the scar will be all across the upper buttock; it might also go round the sides and possibly onto the front. Your underwear can usually hide the scar.

Nearly all types of excess skin can be improved with the traditional buttock lift as described above. However, sometimes, if you only have a small area of excess skin, especially in the lower buttock area, then surgeons can perform a limited cutting of the skin, and the scars are then left in the buttock crease. In this operation, the surgeon is not really lifting the buttock but rather giving a small area a gentle tightening.

During the traditional operation, half-moon shaped segments of skin and fat from underneath the surface of the skin are removed from the buttock area. The remaining skin and tissue are lifted to achieve a tighter and smoother effect.

After a buttock lift, dressings will be applied, and a temporary tube may be put in to drain excess fluid from the area of surgery. Firm elastic bandages are then applied to support the area.

Buttock lift recovery generally takes one to two weeks. You can usually return to work in a couple of weeks, and resume vigorous exercise or contact sports in approximately four to six weeks.

What are the risks and potential complications from Buttock Lift surgery?

Bruising after the surgery is usually quite light but swelling is considerable and it can take up to three or four months to disappear. You may also experience numbness of the skin around the buttocks and it may take several months for the sensation to return.

Like all surgical procedures, there is always a possibility of side effects and, although rare, these can include infection, risks of a reaction to the anaesthetic, blood or fluid collection underneath the skin, nerve damage, blood clots, and an irregular or a “lop-sided” appearance of the buttocks after the operation.

The surgery does produce a permanent scar which, depending on the extent of the cuts, may stretch from hip to hip across your buttocks. Your scars may actually appear to worsen during the first three to six months as they heal, but this is normal. Expect it to take nine months to a year before your scars flatten out and lighten in colour. While they'll never disappear completely, they can usually be hidden by underwear. It may take you weeks or months to feel like your old self again. If you start out in top physical condition, recovery from this procedure will be much faster than if you are out of shape when you have the operation.

The aim of this article is to give you a general information about the surgical intervention in question. You need to make more research about possible complications and risks of this selected procedure in order to make an informed decision. Please note that complications occur more frequently with patients who are obese, smoke, and have a history or lung or other chronic underlying medical conditions.

Smokers are recognized to have a significantly higher risk of post operative wound healing problems with a subsequently higher potential of infection as well as operative and post operative bleeding. Patients should discontinue smoking for two weeks before and two weeks after surgery. Although it helps to stop smoking before and after surgery, this does not completely eliminate the increased risks resulting from long­ term smoking. Smoking also has a long term adverse effect on the skin and ageing process. 

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