Hi, I’m Dr. Sanjay Parashar; a plastic surgeon with over 25 years’ experience. I have performed well over 10,000 surgeries overall, which include over 500 Buttock Lift surgeries.
Here I will provide you all the information you need to make an informed decision regarding Buttock Lift surgery, and to prepare yourself for it. If after this, you still have more questions, I’d be delighted to answer them in an in-person consultation. Read on…
Buttock Lift Surgery – Also commonly (though incorrectly) referred to as Brazilian Butt Lift, or BBL, or Buttock Augmentation, or Gluteal Augmentation
A firm, well-positioned backside adds a lot not just to your looks, but also to your confidence levels, and allows you more freedom to wear shapely, and well-fitted clothes. It’s no wonder then that celebrities have been pioneers of the butt lift surgery and have rapidly popularized it.
Due to natural factors, ageing, or due to weight changes, your buttocks may have loose or sagging fat, and an unappealing shape. If you are unhappy with the flabby shape and looks of your butt, you can get shapely hips and glutes too.
A traditional or standard buttock lift surgery seeks to make your backsides tighter, firmer, and perkier. It is important to note that, by itself, this surgery does not really alter the shape and size of your buttocks. If you want to change the size or shape, you will need to combine it with other procedures, such as Brazilian Butt Lift, or buttock implants, or liposuction, or gluteal reshaping.
There are 3 stages that are important for you to go through before achieving the desired results:
Stage 1: About Buttock Lift surgery - What you need to know before your initial consultation
There’s a certain degree of information you should have regarding the Butt Lift surgery even before your initial consultation with me. This information will help you be better prepared and have a more meaningful consultation session.
A Butt Lift is a surgical procedure with the main objective of giving a tighter, shapelier, and more youthful appearance to your gluteal areas.
A Buttock Lift is different from a Buttock Augmentation, and they are both different to the Brazilian Butt Lift or BBL (see following section). Your surgeon should guide you on which surgical option is most appropriate for providing you the desired buttock shape and size.
To give you that aesthetic buttock shape, requires the services of a highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeon, with an artistic flair, and working with a trained support team to attain the best results.
Buttock Lift is done under general or twilight anaesthesia (local anesthesia with IV sedation). It takes 2-3 hours to complete and is usually done as an outpatient procedure, with the patient going back home the same day.
Often, people choose to combine a Buttock Lift with complementary procedures such as Body Lift, Belt Lipectomy, or Tummy Tuck/ Abdominoplasty, to achieve more comprehensive results.
Although often used interchangeably, there are differences between a Buttock Lift, a Buttock Augmentation, and a Brazilian Butt Lift. Let’s understand the differences.
Traditional Buttock Lift
A Buttock Lift surgery is done to remove excess/ loose skin and fat around the buttocks and improve the shape and firmness of the buttocks. The traditional buttock lift does not result in major changes to the size and shape of the buttocks but addresses the tightening of your posterior area. It is an intensive surgery.
Brazilian Butt Lift
A Brazilian Butt Lift or BBL is a buttock augmentation surgery via fat transfer. It serves a dual purpose – it removes excess fat via liposuction from an alternate body area, and inserts that into your buttocks – with the objective of enhancing your buttocks using your own body fat. It is a less invasive surgery than the traditional buttock lift and is ideal for those who do not have much sagging gluteal skin/ tissue and have sufficient fat reserves in other body parts for the fat transfer.
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Buttock Augmentation with Implants or Butt Implants
Small or flat (hypoplastic) buttocks can be made fuller, and more rounded with a buttock augmentation procedure that involves placing soft, shaped, silicone implants in the buttocks. Butt augmentation using implants does not correct sagging buttocks, and if you need to treat sagging buttocks too, you will need to complement the procedure with a buttock lift.
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Allied procedure – Lower Body Lift or Belt Lipectomy
After your initial assessment, I will suggest which procedure is best suited for you based on various anatomical factors, and your desires.
Due to natural factors, pregnancy, excessive weight fluctuations, or due to ageing, the skin and tissue structure around the buttocks changes, losing elasticity and volume, and causing the appearance of droopy skin, folds, and wrinkles. This happens equally among women and men.
For people who want to eliminate such issues, and restore youthfulness to their backside, a Buttock Lift is the best solution to achieve a more youthful and perkier look.
Buttock Lift is a popular procedure, and safe when done with a trained expert, and highly qualified plastic surgeon. In the hands of a lesser skilled surgeon, the surgery could result in serious complications.
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While it is true that women undergo most buttock lift surgeries worldwide, there is no reason for the surgery to be restricted to women. Buttock Lift for men is getting increasingly popular as men too desire that firm backside, which they are unable to get through diet and exercise.
If you are an adult – male or female, in generally good health, ideally a non-smoker, with realistic goals of what can be achieved through Buttock Lift, you can potentially be a good candidate the surgery.
You can consider a traditional Buttock Lift for the following reasons:
- You don’t want to change the size of your buttocks, just tighten them
- If you have flabby, drooping, or sagging skin and tissue around the buttocks
- If you’ve had major weight loss, and your gluteal area makes you self-conscious
During our initial consultation, I will evaluate the seriousness of your condition and the need for you to undertake this procedure.
Buttock Lift results are long-lasting, provided you maintain a stable body weight, and have a healthy lifestyle.
Of course, the natural aging process may still alter the shape and look of your buttocks, as can major weight fluctuations.
Butt Lift surgery is usually done as an outpatient procedure, and the patient goes back home the same day accompanied by a friend or relative.
However, since it is an extensive surgery, the recovery process is a bit longer. It will be 2-3 weeks before you can resume regular activities, and could be 12-16 weeks before strenuous exercise or heavy lifting is permitted.
Strictly following the recommended post-recovery plan will help you recover faster.
Importantly, the skill the surgeon who performs your buttock surgery also affects your recovery period. When we meet, I will share actual cases of my patients and what enabled their quick recovery.
Every surgery carries some risks, but at this stage of my experience and expertise, I have been successful in eliminating the following risks:
- Life threatening risks such as Thromboembolism, etc.
- Infections of any kind
- Excessive Bleeding
Some of the risks that I have been able to reduce significantly are:
- Anesthesia risks
- Scars of the port
- Skin unevenness
- Skin laxity
- Contour deformities
- Over correction
- Under correction
There are some risks that are unpredictable and out of my control:
- Improper skin retraction
- Recurrence of fat (including sagging fat) due to weight changes
The cost of a buttock surgery varies based on the following factors:
- Type of surgery done – Buttock Lift, or a composite surgery, involving one or more allied procedures, and extent of correction needed
- Hospital/ Clinic used for the surgery
- Skill & expertise of the plastic surgeon
Since Buttock Lift is usually done as a cosmetic procedure, insurance does not cover the cost. If, however, you can demonstrate a proven medical reason for undergoing the surgery, part of the cost may be claimed through insurance. You must check with your insurance provider about your eligibility. It is therefore important that you are fully aware of the total costs of the procedure, from initial consultation to follow-ups, to need for multiple sessions/ surgeries, so you can make an informed decision.
Another significant aspect to take into consideration, besides just the costs, is your comfort factor with the facial plastic surgeon, and your faith in the surgeon’s expertise. Pay a bit more – but be sure, and be comfortable with your surgeon.
To know the cost applicable for your specific case, please book a consultation.
The choice of your best surgeon for Buttock Lift is a decision to be made with due care. While cost is a relevant consideration, there are other more important factors that should determine your decision:
- Qualifications and certification, specifically plastic surgery related certifications and memberships, such as membership of American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
- Years of experience as a plastic surgeon, and number of surgeries done
- Number of Buttock Lift surgeries done, and frequency thereof
- Proof of work – before/ after images
- Patient testimonials
- Surgeon reputation
- Your comfort factor with the surgeon, his manners, his patience in answering your questions
- Surgeon’s philosophy regarding patient safety
You are planning an extensive and demanding surgery, so it’s very important that you decide wisely.
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The clinic or hospital for your Butt Lift surgery should be carefully chosen. Ensure that the facility is licensed. A hospital is not necessary for this surgery, an accredited/ licensed clinic is just fine.
The clinic should have a licensed anaesthetist on board, competent nursing and operations staff, and the surgical room should be clean and hygienic.
Ministry of Health (MOH), Dubai regularly conducts inspection of all medical and surgical facilities in Dubai and license is granted or renewed only if the prescribed conditions regarding hygiene, safety, etc. are met.
My medical center – Cocoona Center for Aesthetic Transformation, in Dubai, UAE is an MOH-licensed clinic, and we are permitted to perform surgeries under local anaesthesia. We also have competent anaesthesiolgists on board, and a full team of caring and professional nurses, patient counselors, and other support staff.
Now that you have all the base information regarding Buttock Lift, you should take the next step of booking the initial consultation.
Stage 2: Initial Consultation – My questions to you
During our initial consultation, I will first ask you certain questions, then explain the Buttock Lift procedure to you, and then answer all your remaining doubts and concerns.
At the end of the consultation session, my goal is to have clarified to you fully and clearly what you can realistically expect from your surgery, assessed your eligibility for the surgery, satisfied all your concerns and doubts, and assured you of my capability to provide you the best results. Having done that, I will connect you with my patient counsellor, who will handle the routine aspects of preparing you for your prospective surgery.
- Why do you think you need Buttock Lift?
This is an important question for me, and your response to this question will help me assess whether you are a good candidate for the butt lift surgery. If I assess that you are clear about what is bothering you, and that it matches reality, and you have realistic expectations from the procedure, I will be glad to help you achieve the desired outcome.
- What is your medical history?
I will inquire about your past surgeries, and past and present conditions like any past surgeries, medical illnesses, allergies, ongoing medications, etc., to gauge your suitability for surgery, and which technique of surgery will be best for you.
- What are your expectations?
This will help me understand your desire and expectations. I will than analyse if they are realistic or unrealistic. I will explain to you what to expect, and whether I will be able to meet your expectations.
The traditional Buttock Lift process involves removal of excess fat and skin from the buttock area. I have significant expertise in the standard or traditional Buttock Lift, surgery. The surgery will be done either at an accredited day care surgical facility such as my medical center Cocoona, in Dubai, UAE or a hospital, depending upon your choice, and anesthesia considerations.
Understanding the process involves knowing about anesthesia, the surgical steps, post-procedure recovery, return to normalcy, risks involved, and expected results.
- What anesthesia is used?
The procedure will involve some form of anesthesia.
It is usually done under local anesthesia with IV sedation, or general anesthesia.
- What are the surgical steps during the procedure?
The surgical procedure has 4 stages:
Stage 1 – Administering the anesthesia
Stage 2 – Making the incision/s based on the type of surgery being done, existing buttock shape, volume of sagging skin & tissue, and extent of correction needed.
Stage 3 – Closing the incisions with self-dissolving sutures, or ones that might need manual removal.
Stage 4 – View the results once the swelling has dissipated.
I will customize the plan for each patient, depending on the issues to be corrected, and your expectations.
During our initial consultation, I will explain the procedure as appropriate to your specific case.
At this stage, you are likely to have some more questions for me to clarify. Some such questions are covered herein. I will be glad to answer these and any other concerns you have.
- Where will the incisions be made?
There are 4 possible incision options for a traditional buttock lift surgery, depending on the nature and extent of correction needed:
- Upper Butt Lift – Incisions will be made across the top of the buttocks from hip to hip. This technique is used to correct sever cases of sagging.
- Lower Butt Lift – In cases of mild/ moderate sagging, incisions will be made at the bottom of the buttocks, and the lower crease of your butt will be pushed upwards.
- Butterfly Butt Lift – To tighten sagging tissue, without repositioning the buttocks, a “butterfly” incision is made from the central crease of the buttock, going up and outwards.
- Lateral Incision – To rectify mild sagging in the hips and buttock edges, and to reduce scars, a lateral incision is made on either side of the buttocks.
- What are the recovery steps immediately after the procedure?
After completing the procedure, as the effects of the anesthesia wears out, there will be mild to medium pain and discomfort which will be managed with pain killers. You will need to wear special compression garments to support the buttocks, keep the skin in place, and minimize swelling for up to 3 weeks, or longer. Drainage tubes may also be put in place to drain excess fluids from the incision sites for up to 7 days. You will also need to take oral antibiotics for a few days.
If the surgery is an outpatient one, you will be able to go home the same day, accompanied by a family member or friend.
On the day following the surgery, you are advised to remain in bed all day, and to move your hands and feet regularly just to keep blood circulation going. By the second day, you can walk slowly around the house. You will need help at home for the first 2-3 weeks for the routine household chores, and taking care of the children.
For the first 3 weeks after surgery, you will need to avoid putting pressure on your buttocks. It is recommended to lie or sleep on your stomach or side. Sitting should be avoided for 10-14 days, except for using the toilet. After 2 weeks, you can sit, but you should put a “doughnut” pillow or cushion under your hamstring muscles, but not touching your buttocks, so your buttock is elevated, and there is no pressure on it.
After a week or so, the sutures are removed, and general check-up is done. Most of the swelling disappears within 2-3 weeks, and you can resume work then.
You should avoid strenuous exercises, bending and lifting weights for at least 12-16 weeks, and until after my express permission.
When will the results be visible?
In most cases, you will see some improvement immediately, and then gradually notice further improvement. After the swelling disappears, which is around 2-3 weeks, you will be able to see the impact. Full results are visible in 3-4 months with a traditional buttock lift.
The incision marks will take much longer to fade – up to 1 year.
Stage 3: The Next Steps …
After our detailed initial discussion, almost all matters would have been clarified. You will then get a handbook that explains the details of before and after care, medications to avoid, risks and complications, financial agreement, consent and permission forms, medical history form, etc. Please spend some time reading the booklet completely.
My patient coordinator will get back to you with cost details applicable to your surgery, and the booking protocol, and will also answer any questions you may have in the run-up to the surgery.
Then a pre-operative appointment will be arranged wherein we will do a medical check-up, measurements, surgical planning, photographic documentation, and other necessary paperwork.
Finally, on the appointed day, I will perform the Buttock Lift surgery, transforming your posterior looks to a more youthful, perkier, and sensuous appearance.
It is absolutely essential to have a family member or friend to drive you back home after the surgery, and later, to do the household chores, and take care of kids for the first 2-3 weeks.
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A Butt Lift is a surgical procedure with the main objective of giving a tighter, shapelier, and more youthful appearance to your gluteal areas.