Day case or 1 night
General anaesthetic or local anaesthetic +/- sedation
immediate, up to 6 months to settle.
Buttock lift surgery also called a "bum lift" or "gluteoplasty" aims to shape and lift the buttocks by removing loose skin and excess fat from the buttock area. The results are a fuller, rounder, perkier, and more aesthetically pleasing bum. This procedure has increased in popularity in recent years as fashion and trends have begun to favour larger and more shapely derrieres.
Day case or 1 night
General anaesthetic or local anaesthetic +/- sedation
immediate, up to 6 months to settle.
The medical term for buttock lift surgery is gluteoplasty but you may find that this name is less commonly used than the term buttock lift or bum lift. Although it is related to other procedures such as Brazilian butt lifts and buttock augmentations, it is a different treatment entirely.
A buttock lift involves removing excess skin from the buttocks and tightening the muscles with stitches. This helps to raise the position of the buttocks and reduce the appearance of sagging. A buttock lift may be a good option for you if you are conscious that you have sagging skin or excess fat around your buttocks. It aims to:
A buttock lift is becoming an increasingly popular cosmetic treatment in the UK. Many people are unhappy with the size, shape, and position of their buttocks. Therefore, the ideal buttock lift candidates are individuals who wish to enhance the appearance of their buttocks by removing loose, saggy skin and excess fat.
You may wish to consider a buttock lift if you:
When you speak to your surgeon about what you are unhappy with, they will be able to adjust the procedure to suit your individual needs. Furthermore, you may be able to combine this technique with other treatments such as liposuction, a thigh lift or a tummy tuck.
A buttock lift can help to create a more pert appearance of the buttocks and restore fullness or roundness. Some people may find that they are unhappy with the shape of their buttocks following a large amount of weight loss, or due to aging and genetics. Therefore, if you are unhappy with the positioning or fullness of your buttocks, then a buttock lift may be able to help you.
As a result, a buttock lift aims to:
Finally, it is important that you discuss with your surgeon your reasons for having a buttock lift and your desired outcomes. This is so he or she can understand your expectations from a buttock lift procedure. In order to make sure that you are as happy as possible with the final results, you should also discuss your desired outcomes from the surgery during your consultation. They will be happy to answer any questions that you may have at any stage of the process. Additionally, you can find more information about this on the buttock lift consultation page.
A buttock lift procedure can last 1 to 3 hours. You may need to stay in the hospital for one night or you may be able to leave on the same day if your procedure is a day case.
A buttock lift procedure involves the following steps:
You will need to sign a consent form for the procedure before you have it. meet with your surgeon and anaesthetist before the operation. This is often either on the day of the surgery or at your preoperative assessment a few weeks before. Here, they will discuss the procedure with you and inform you of any risks and complications. It is important you are aware of these to be able to make a fully informed decision. Of course, they will be happy to answer any questions that you may have and hope to put your mind at ease. You will then need to sign the consent form before the surgery can go ahead. Your surgeon will discuss your expectations from the treatment and any last minute concerns. They may draw lines on your buttocks to mark out the treatment area.
On the day of the surgery, you will meet with your surgeon and anaesthetist. Your surgeon may draw lines on your buttocks with a surgical marker to mark out the treatment area.
Once you are ready, you will be taken to the operating theatre where your anaesthetist will either numb the treatment area or put you to sleep. A buttock lift procedure can be done using either local or general anaesthetic. Your surgeon will discuss which anaesthesia type is most suitable during your consultation. If you opt for a local anaesthetic, you will be awake during the surgery but will be under sedation so that you are not fully conscious. Each type of anaesthetic has its own risks and benefits which your surgeon will discuss with you before the surgery.
Once you have been given your anaesthetic, your surgeon will then start the procedure.
For a buttock lift procedure, there are different types of incisions that a surgeon may make. The type of incisions that your surgeon chooses and where the scars will be located will have been already discussed with you in your consultation. These different types of incisions are dependent on a number of factors including:
When you are in theatre, your surgeon will clean and drape the treatment area to keep the procedure sterile. During the operation, your surgeon will make incisions into your buttocks to remove thin layers of fat, tissue, and skin. He or she will also strengthen the underlying muscles and suture them in place to hold your buttocks in its new lifted position.
Your surgeon will make the incisions in one of the following ways:
An upper buttock lift is considered to be a more intense method of surgery where the surgeon will make an incision at the top of your buttocks. They then remove any excess underlying tissue and reposition the buttock to enhance its appearance. An upper buttock lift can leave a long scar at the top of the buttocks but is effective in lifting the position of the buttocks.
A lower buttock lift incision may be a suitable option if you have mild to moderate sagging only. This involves the surgeon making an incision in your lower buttocks where there is a natural crease. This allows them to remove excess tissue from the lower end whilst lifting the crease upwards. This method results in a less visible scar as it lies in the natural crease line and therefore may be more discrete.
A butterfly buttock lift procedure gets its name from the shape of the incision which starts from the central crease and carries on upwards and outwards like the wings of a butterfly. This method is effective in tightening the skin. However, a butterfly buttock lift may not be of benefit to people who require repositioning or lifting of the buttocks via the muscles.
Another option for mild sagging is a lateral approach to the buttock lift. This involves the surgeon making an incision into the outer side of each buttock and is a good choice for people who wish to limit their scarring and who do not have dramatic sagging or large amounts of excess fat and skin.
Once your surgeon has successfully performed the buttock lift and any other associated procedures that you may opt for, they will close the incisions with either absorbable or non-absorbable stitches. These may then be covered with dressings which will help the healing process.
Finally, when the operation is complete you will return to the ward. If you have the surgery as a day case, you will need to wait for a few hours before returning home. This is because you need to recover properly from the anaesthetic first. The nurses on the ward will be able to help you with anything and will care for you until you go home, or during your overnight stay.
You will meet your Medbelle surgeon for an initial consultation. This will usually last between 15 mins to one hour. During your buttock lift consultation, you will be able to discuss a number of things with your surgeon including:
It is important that you share all of the above with your surgeon as he or she will then be able to recommend the best option for you.
Your surgeon will then examine your buttocks and the amount of excess skin and fat in and around them. Furthermore, they may also wish to take confidential medical photos of your buttocks for your records. Your surgeon will work with you to come up with the most suitable treatment plan. They will base their decision upon:
Being honest with your surgeon about what you would like to achieve from a buttock lift procedure is very important. You must make sure that you speak to your surgeon clearly about the expectations and desires you have.
To help you do this, we have listed a few questions that you should consider asking during your consultation:
Remember that there is no such thing as a silly question! Your surgeon would much prefer you to ask them about anything that concerns you so that they can help to put you at ease whilst you decide whether to go ahead with the procedure.
Most surgeons strongly recommend a two week “cooling off period” between your consultation and having a procedure. This is to ensure that you have had time to think everything through and know that this is the right choice for you at this time.
Before you consent to surgery, it is vital that educate yourself and are aware of all of the potential buttock lift risks and complications. If you smoke, have a high BMI or have any serious medical conditions it can increase the risk of complications occurring during and after surgery.
Some of the potential buttock lift risks and complications include:
All surgical procedures come with some general risks. These include:
Your surgeon and anaesthetist will talk you through these potential risks before you have your procedure along with pre- and post-operative care advice. It is important that you follow your surgeon’s specific advice as it will help reduce the chance of any risks and complications occurring.
A common complication of surgery is minor bleeding and bruising. You should expect to see some small amounts of bleeding around the incision after the operation. If bleeding occurs, it is usually either during or immediately after the operation. Bruising is to be expected after buttock lift surgery, but should settle within 1-2 weeks.
If you notice a large amount of bleeding or if bleeding occurs up to two weeks after the procedure, you should seek medical attention straight away.
Infection is a risk that comes with all surgical procedures. If your wounds become infected, you should notify your surgeon as soon as possible. Most of these infections are only mild infections that develop around the wound and delay the healing time. These minor infections often settle down with a short course of antibiotics. A more serious infection may require a return to the hospital or a further procedure.
Please notify your surgeon or seek medical attention if you experience any of the following:
The incisions your surgeon makes during the buttock lift procedure will result in scarring. Where these scars will be located depends on which approach your surgeon uses and they will discuss this with you before the procedure. However, the amount of scarring you may experience depends on your skin’s ability to heal. Occasionally, some patients experience more severe forms of scarring, known as keloid or hypertrophic scars. Most patients are aware if they are at risk of developing these as they have had them before.
There is always a risk that you may be unhappy with the aesthetic result of your buttock lift procedure. Therefore, we advise that you fully understand the procedure and choose your surgeon carefully. Make sure you spend as much time as you need to discussing your desired outcomes and make your goals clear to your surgeon.
After a buttock lift procedure, the aging process will continue as it does for everybody. As a result, the outcome of your buttock lift may seem to fade over time as the skin naturally becomes a bit saggier. In addition, if you experience a large change in your weight after surgery you may notice a change to the shape and size of your buttocks which is not preventable. You may, therefore, find that you need further treatment to return to the aesthetic that you desire if this applies to you.
Before going in to have your buttock lift surgery, there are a few things that you can do to prepare. These tips will help you to have the smoothest recovery with the best possible results. Here are some general buttock lift preparation tips:
Before you go in for your buttock lift procedure, it is a good idea to do a big grocery shop. This is because you may not feel up to leaving the house for a while after your procedure. Also, it is important that you do not strain yourself whilst carrying heavy shopping bags. It may even be a good idea to cook some meals to put in the freezer so you do not have to worry about cooking for the first few days after the surgery.
For the same reasons, it may be a good idea to allocate some of the cleaning and bigger household chores to another household member or try to get them out of the way yourself before your procedure. It is good to get these chores out of the way so you can focus entirely on your recovery without any extra stress.
To prevent straining yourself after your buttock lift, it is recommended that you remove some mugs, crockery and food items from higher cupboards onto the kitchen counter so that you do not have to reach for them.
Looking after children and animals can be tiring and stressful. You will need plenty of time to rest and recover after your procedure. Therefore, it may be useful to ask your friends and family to look after any young children and pets for the first few days after your operation.
As you will not be able to drive after your buttock lift, you will need to organize for someone to take you home from the hospital. If this is a problem, we can help to arrange transport for you. We also recommend that you have an adult with you for the first 24 hours after the operation. This is in case you were to feel dizzy, unwell or need any assistance.
To help your body heal and recover, try to eat a well-balanced diet after surgery. This should contain lots of vegetables and fruits, be high in protein and low in sodium. You should also drink plenty of water and caffeine-free fluids. Avoid foods with high amounts of sugars and salt.
It is important that you avoid alcohol, smoking and using recreational drugs after your surgery as well as beforehand. Smoking, in particular, can delay the healing process and increases the risk of complications.
You will have to sleep on your front for up to 2 weeks after your surgery. Your surgeon will give you more a precise timeframe as this depends on where your incisions are located. Many people find that after surgery they are more comfortable sleeping with extra pillows. It may be worthwhile to invest in a few more pillows to help you to sleep more comfortably during this time.
After your surgery, you are likely to experience some bruising and swelling of the treatment site. Because of this, many people find it more comfortable to wear loose clothing for a couple of weeks after the operation.
Your surgeon will give you specific advice regarding your buttock lift preparation. It is vital that you follow their advice as it is specific to you and the details of your individual operation.
During your consultation, your surgeon will give you specific instructions for your buttock lift aftercare. It is very important that you follow your surgeons tips as they will help you during your recovery. Your surgeon will give you specific timeframes regarding driving, going back to work and resuming exercise. These timeframes will depend on many factors such as your age, health, the approach used and how active you are. Furthermore, your surgeon will give you specific instructions regarding medication, if any, that you may need to take to help the recovery process.
You can find general buttock lift aftercare guidance below:
After having your procedure, a follow-up appointment with your surgeon will be arranged. This usually takes place one to two weeks after your surgery. During this appointment, your surgeon will check the treatment area is healing and that you are recovering well. They will also check that no complications have arisen, and if needed, carry out any required treatment.
You will need to take some time off work to help you with your recovery. Generally, you will be able to return to work after around two weeks. For an office job, you may be able to return more quickly and for a more physically demanding job you may need up to three weeks off.
For the first four weeks after your surgery, you will need to avoid all sport and strenuous exercise. During this time, we recommend going on gentle walks to keep active, which in turn will help with your recovery. After week four, you will be able to start doing some exercise again. However, you should still avoid strenuous activity and contact sports. After six to eight weeks you should be able to resume all sports and exercise. This includes contact sports and weightlifting. You should ask your surgeon for specific timeframes of when you will be able to return to sport and exercise.
It is important that for at least two weeks after your surgery that you avoid prolonged sitting. You should avoid putting direct pressure on the buttocks as much as possible after your surgery. You can do this by using a pillow to raise your buttocks when you sit down. In addition, you will be encouraged to sleep on your front or sides after surgery. You should avoid sleeping on your back for the first three weeks as this also puts pressure on the buttocks.
You may be given a compression garment to wear after your surgery. Your surgeon will tell you specifically if you need one as part of your buttock lift aftercare and how long you should wear it for. Usually, you will have to wear it for around four to eight weeks. This is to support the buttocks and to ensure that they heal properly. You must follow the instructions that your surgeon gives you regarding how long you must wear this garment for. The purpose of a compression garment is to reduce swelling and help to achieve the best final result.
To help the results of your surgery last as long as possible, you should continue to eat a healthy and well-balanced diet that contains lots of fruit and vegetables. You should try and eat foods that are high in protein and low in sodium and fats. You should try and drink lots of water and caffeine-free fluids. It is recommended to avoid alcohol, smoking and recreational drugs both before and after you have a buttock lift.
Although you will be able to see the results of your buttock lift immediately, it can take three to six months to fully appreciate the final cosmetic results. The results of your buttock lift will be long-lasting, however, the procedure cannot halt the process of ageing or the effects of a large change in your weight. This means that as you get older you may notice the buttocks begin to sag again. Also, gaining or losing lots of weight can change the result of your buttock lift. Therefore, you should try and maintain a stable weight to gain the full benefits of your buttock lift.
Usually, scars tend to be pink and raised in the first few weeks after surgery and will eventually fade to faint white lines over the following months. Once your scars have fully healed, you will be left with a more toned, rounded buttocks. Remember that following your surgeon’s specific buttock lift aftercare advice will also help you to prolong the results of your procedure.
Finally, although you will have an appointment with your surgeon for two weeks after your surgery, you must seek medical attention immediately if you experience the following symptoms:
The results of a buttock lift will be long-lasting, but not necessarily permanent. This is because over time your buttocks may change in size and shape as part of the natural aging process. Similar changes can occur with dramatic weight loss or gain, as detailed below. For the best long term results, you should try and maintain a stable weight through healthy eating and exercise.
A buttock lift removes excess skin and fat but this can come back with weight gain. This may result in an increase in the size of your buttocks. This can, therefore, change the contour and firmness of your buttocks and you may no longer be happy with the results. Drastic weight loss after your surgery will reduce the size of your buttocks and can leave further excess or saggy skin.
The amount that your buttocks change depends on the amount gained or lost as well as your genetics. Small changes in weight may not have a dramatic effect on the shape and size of your buttocks. Therefore, it is recommended that you try and maintain a stable weight after surgery.
Excess skin and fat will be removed during a buttock lift, which of course can cause your weight to decrease. However, this is unlikely to result in a large amount of weight loss and will only affect the buttock area. The amount of skin and fat removed will vary from case to case and so this procedure is not an appropriate replacement for a good diet and regular exercise. If you would like more information or support on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, your Medbelle patient care advisor will be happy to help you.
If you smoke, drink alcohol, or take recreational drugs, then you will be at an increased risk of developing complications during and after your buttock lift procedure. Smoking, in particular, will delay the time it takes any wounds to heal and increases the risk of infection. It is strongly encouraged that you stop smoking and using nicotine products for 6 to 12 weeks before and after surgery. Make sure to follow your surgeon’s specific instructions regarding smoking, drinking alcohol and using drugs before your buttock lift, no matter how much or little you consume. This ensures that you have a smooth recovery and end up with the best possible results from your treatment.