Aging and significant weight loss can result in a drooping and sagging buttocks. For these patients, a butt lift can provide a more youthful appearance by improving the contour, shape and firmness of the buttocks. Also known as a buttock lift or gluteoplasty, it is occasionally confused with the “Brazilian Butt Lift,” which enhances volume with fat transfer. The butt lift differs in that it involves the removal of skin and fat through liposuction and surgical excision.
Good candidates for Butt Lift surgery have:
- Excess sagging skin in the buttocks
- Wrinkled thighs with dimpling
- A stable ideal weight with a healthy lifestyle
Before the Surgery
- During your initial consultation, Dr. Jonathan Lee—our board certified plastic surgeon in Calgary—will discuss your desired results and perform a thorough evaluation of your buttocks and body shape, size, and proportions. He will determine if you are a good candidate for a butt lift and make a recommendation tailored to your specific goals.
- Dr. Lee may also recommend combining your butt lift with other body contour-enhancing options such as liposuction. Pre-treatment photos will be taken and any potential risks and complications will also be discussed.
- Dr. Lee always encourages his patients to bring in photos of body shapes and sizes that they find attractive. This often helps in the discussion and visualization of the target goals.
Dr. Jonathan Lee (MD, FRCSC) is an experienced, Canadian and New York fellowship-trained Plastic Surgeon based in Calgary. Well-established, he is board certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and specializes in both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.
How is Butt Lift surgery performed?
- The procedure is performed under a general anesthetic and takes between 2 to 4 hours to complete.
- An incision is made extending from the top of the buttocks to the hip and groin area.
- Excess skin is trimmed and the remaining skin is pulled tight
- Liposuction is frequently used to help contour and shape the buttock area
- Incisions are closed with dissolvable stitches and drains are inserted
- A supportive compression garment is applied
After the Surgery
Most patients are able to return home two hours following the surgery.
Patients undergoing this surgery should be prepared to keep all weight off their buttocks during the first 2 weeks after surgery. Standing or lying on your belly is ok, but sitting should be avoided during this period.
Most patients will experience some pain along the buttock area but this usually settles within several weeks. Dr. Lee will prescribe you a pain reliever to ensure your comfort. Most patients can return to work after 2 to 3 weeks but no strenuous activity or lifting is advised until at least 4 to 6 weeks after the surgery.
A supportive compression garment is usually worn for the first three weeks following surgery in order to reduce swelling and aid in the healing process.
Dr. Lee will typically see you one week following the surgery to ensure everything is healing well. The incisions leave scars but these are usually well concealed beneath underwear and will fade with time. The next visits will be after 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months and 1 year.
Although most people will notice an improvement in their body contour immediately after surgery, swelling will often obscure the final result. Most of this swelling settles within 3 weeks but any residual swelling may continue to resolve over the course of three months.
In order to maintain the results of your surgery, Dr. Lee always recommends that you maintain a stable weight with a healthy diet and exercise routine both before and after your surgery.