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A buttock lift is a surgical procedure to raise the buttock that has sagged due to aging, genetics, weight loss, or simple gravity. Excess skin can also be removed to enhance the look of the buttock, resulting in a more flattering, toned and contoured butt and thigh area. The resulting appearance can help with fitting into those skinny jeans again or boosting overall self-esteem. Buttock lift should not be confused with the “Brazilian Butt Lift”, where fat is injected into the buttocks to increase volume and provide a lifting effect.
Ideal candidates for a butt lift should be close to or at their ideal weight before undergoing the procedure. The butt lift isn’t intended to remove significant fat deposits; it is therefore important to have a realistic and positive outlook regarding the procedure. Sometimes a thigh lift is performed at the same time since both areas are close proximity to each other.
Buttock lift surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia, local anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, your plastic surgeon will create incisions along the surgical site, remove excess skin, and reposition remaining skin. At the end of buttock lift surgery, incisions are closed with sutures and bandages, and temporary drainage tubes are sometimes placed under the skin.
Patients usually return home the same day as their butt lift procedure. Most patients are advised not to sit for the first week after the procedure and to avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time, as this will put added stress onto the treated area. Increased swelling of the area should lessen over the next few weeks and normal activity can continue with 4-6 weeks.
As with all surgical procedures, buttock lift surgery carries a slight risk of complications. These may include edema, risks associated with the anesthesia, sagging skin, pain, cardiac complications, blood clots, or poor wound healing. Patients experiencing excessive bleeding, chest pain, abnormal heartbeats, or shortness of breath should contact their plastic surgeon immediately. Complications can be minimized by choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon for your procedure and following all instructions carefully.
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