Risks & How to Prepare
A buttock lift poses various risks, including:
- Fluid accumulation beneath the skin (seroma): Drainage tubes left in place after surgery can help reduce the risk of seroma.
- Poor wound healing: Sometimes areas along the incision line heal poorly or begin to separate.
- Scarring. Incision scars from a buttock lift are permanent, but typically placed in areas that aren't easily visible.
- Changes in skin sensation. During a buttock lift, the repositioning of your tissues can affect superficial sensory nerves. You'll likely feel some reduced sensation or numbness.
In preparing for a buttock augmentation and/or buttock lift, you may be asked to get a blood test, take certain medications or adjust your current medications, stop smoking, avoid taking aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs as they can increase bleeding.
What to Expect & Results
During a buttock lift, you'll be comfortable with the aid of general anesthetic — which renders you unconscious. A tube (catheter) will be placed into your bladder to collect urine and your legs will be placed in devices called sequential compression boots.
During the procedure
Your plastic surgeon will make an incision along the lower back, from hip to hip. The excess skin below the incision is pulled up, lifting the buttocks. The extra skin and fat is then removed. The procedure typically takes two to three hours.
After the procedure
For the first months after a buttock lift, you'll need to take care when moving -increasing your activity level slowly — and avoid positions that strain your incision line to prevent the re-opening of the wound. Your doctor will provide specific instructions.
The results of buttock augmentation and/or buttock lift surgery are visible almost immediately. The tissues will settle a little within the first 3-6 months and the scarring can take up to two years to fade to its mature level. Some visible scars will remain, but the overall results are long-lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness. However, most of your initial improvement should remain.