Thursday, January 15, 2009

Buttock Lift

What is a buttock lift?

Any procedure that removes excess skin and soft-tissue laxity to correct or improve the shape and contour of the buttocks can be referred to as a buttock lift.

As with any "lift" procedure--whether it is a breast lift, face lift, etc.--the amount of skin and soft tissue laxity that is present determines the extent of the incision and subsequent length of scar that is needed to correct the laxity and achieve the best contour possible.

Where is the scar located for a buttock lift?

The short answer is wherever the patient prefers it. The best location, however, is at the level and in the shape of the underwear line. Imagine a pair of appropriately sized and located underwear that are worn snug. The indentation of the underwear line gives a good idea where the final buttock lift incision should lay.

What is the recovery process like?

Surprisingly straightforward. Most of my patients who have undergone combination procedures including a buttock lift have reported that the recovery process was fairly easy with more of a general feeling tightness rather than significant discomfort.

No special restrictions are needed. Patients are allowed to sit and sleep on their back. I recommend using plenty of cushion and minimizing sitting in one place or position for extended periods of time.


The buttock lift procedure can be performed in a variety of ways but (no pun intended) the general idea is to remove the excess skin and soft-tissue laxity by resection tissue using an incision at the level of the top portion of the underwear line. It can be combined with buttocks augmentation or with a body lift (circumferential abdominoplasty). The recovery process is fairly straightforward.

All the best,

Dr. Repta
Phoenix/Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon