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A buttock lift is a surgery that is more concerned with improving the tone and tautness of the skin rather than adding structure or volume to the backside. People commonly mistake a buttock lift with other procedures such as buttock implants and body contouring. A butt lift surgeon simply raises and tightens the skin over the buttocks.
This type of procedure typically takes anywhere from three to six hours. It is usually performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. It can also be performed in tandem with a lower body contouring, a thigh lift or butt implants. 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.
The total healing time for most buttock lifts is usually four to six months and if all goes well bruising and swelling usually subsides within a month. Still it may be weeks before you can sit down without discomfort. Keep in mind that you may have to wait as long as three months before you can exercise, run or engage in any kind of strenuous activity.
It is important, before getting a buttock lift, to have realistic expectations of the procedure. A buttock lift does not add volume or shape to an existing posterior but it can give it a sleeker, more toned appearance.
Risks and Complications
As with any surgery, there is risk of complications related to infection or reaction to anesthesia. After healing, some permanent scarring will remain but the current use of topical therapies can improve your appearance. When proper precautions are taken by the surgical team, complications are typically minimized or prevented.