A butt augmentation (also known as a gluteoplasty or buttock lift ) lifts and tightens the skin of the buttocks. Excess skin is removed and the surrounding tissue repositioned to create a more youthful and pleasing body contour. This procedure is not to be confused with a Brazilian butt lift, which adds volume to the buttocks using injections of the patient's own fat to increase projection and create a lifting effect.
A butt augmentation typically takes from between three and six hours. It is usually performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis.
When it comes to buttock lifts, there is no one method used by all plastic surgeons. The way your case is dealt with depends on your body shape, the amount of skin and fat to be removed and the state of your general health.
However, lifting the inner thighs generally requires short incisions made laterally at the top of the buttocks. Some plastic surgeons make incisions in the front of the groin and on the hips as well. This full circle is called a full buttock lift . After the incision or incisions have been made, excess skin and fat is detached from the underlying muscles of the thighs and removed. The skin is then reshaped and pulled up to the waist over the muscles and drains are placed beneath the skin to remove excess fluid that may cause delays in healing. Once the plastic surgeon is satisfied that you will not suffer as the result of fluid accumulation beneath the skin, you are then sutured up. The loose skin is then pulled up, like a pair of pants, trimmed and then sutured back together.
After the buttock augmentation surgery is over, a sterile dressing is applied to the wounds and the patient is placed in a compression garment. A compression garment is simply an elastic girdle that tightly holds the skin in to reduce swelling and aid in the natural tightening of the skin.
Butt Augmentation Recovery
You are advised not to sit for a week following the procedure. Most patients can return to work after 2 weeks, provided there is not a lot of extended sitting. Strenuous activity or extended should be avoided until at least 4 to 6 weeks have passed. It is important that your incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during this time.
As with all plastic surgery, it is important to understand that these guidelines can vary widely based on the patient's personal health, the techniques used, and other variable factors surrounding the surgery. Any severe pain should be reported to your doctor.
The only way to know if butt augmentation surgery can achieve the outcome you want is to consult with our board certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Ellenbogen. We can review your goals and present your butt augmentation options.