A buttock lift requires IV sedation with local anesthesia, general anesthesia or an epidural. Plastic surgeons utilize three approaches in buttock lifting:
When we utilize the first approach, the patient chooses the areas on her/his body from where we harvest the fat cells, and therefore receives the added benefit of some contouring of another part of the body. We process the fat prior to injection in order to maximize the percentage of injected fat that will survive over the long term. When we inject the fat cells, we utilize state-of-the-art techniques to produce smooth contours and reduce the risk of complications.
When we utilize the second and third approach, we remove skin from the upper buttocks. As we close the wound, the buttocks are lifted and the skin tightened. We also place the lines of tension on the deeper tissues which improves the shape of the buttocks and ensures the scars remain as fine as possible. We usually utilize drains to prevent hematomas and seromas. Our nursing staff applies the dressings and post-op garment.
The majority of patients go home on the day of surgery. More mature patients stay overnight in the hospital setting. We remove the drains in the office, usually three to five days after surgery. Three weeks after surgery, the patient eases into her/his regular exercise program.