A butt lift is an aesthetic procedure that reshapes and enhances your gluteal area by removing or repositioning sagging skin and removing or adding volume to your butt cheeks. A standard butt lift removes extra fat and volume (through surgical excision or liposuction).
GOALS OF A BUTT LIFT
Improvement in body contour
Lifted, more youthful, more buttocks
Tighter, smoother skin of the buttocks
CANDIDATES FOR BUTT LIFT
Women or men who desire larger buttocks
Individuals whose buttocks have fallen due to weight loss or the process of aging
What to Expect at your Consultation
Drs. Perrotta and Luppens will devote as much time as necessary to discuss your individual goals and needs with you. After a focused physical examination, your surgeon will provide preliminary recommendations and explain what you can expect from surgery.
Once your surgeon determines his surgical plan, our aesthetic coordinator will produce a written quote, which lists all costs of your proposed surgery so that there are no surprises. At that time, an appointment is set for your pre-op visit.
Much is covered during your pre-op visit. First, one of our highly trained medical assistants will take pre-op photos. Next, your surgeon will explain the surgical technique to you and thoroughly inform you as to what you can expect, including any potential complications. Note that all procedures involve some risk, but major complications are rare. Dr. Perrotta or Dr. Luppens will then obtain a more complete medical history from you and perform a final pre-op physical examination, including a check of your vital functions to ensure that you are physically fit for surgery. All informed consents for surgery will be filled out at this appointment and final payments are due at this time. You will be notified 24 hours prior to your surgery with your arrival time.
A buttock lift requires IV sedation with local anesthesia, general anesthesia or an epidural. Plastic surgeons utilize three approaches in buttock lifting:
Augmentation of the buttocks with the patient’s own fat tissue, harvested from another part of his/her body
Removal of excess skin to smoothen the surface of the buttocks
Higher suspension of deep tissues to elevate and improve the form of the buttocks
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.