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Buttock lift surgery

This website is intended to provide you with general information only. This information is not a substitute for advice from your Specialist Plastic Surgeon and does not contain all the known facts about this procedure.

Lifting of a dropped bottom can be combined with an increase or decrease in size and projection. To refashion a bottom, reshaping of the lateral thighs with lifting and/or liposuction must be considered as a total procedure.

A buttock lift is often performed after a massive weight loss where the skin has been stretched beyond its natural range of elasticity, and has lost the ability to contract.

The incisions are designed to be hidden by clothing and sportswear or to lie in normally occurring anatomic folds. Layered suture techniques are used to carefully close the area of incision in order to maintain the lift, tightening and smoothing the remaining skin.

Procedure Details

A buttock lift is performed under general anesthesia, 3 to 4 hours procedure.

All lower buttock lift techniques tighten the buttocks and back of the thighs. The technique can be extended to help the hips/outer thighs. Loose sagging skin below the incision is removed. The remaining skin in the buttock and thighs is pulled upwards, and the skin is repaired, suspending the tissues and tightening them. This requires positioning the patient on their tummy or side during the procedure. Incision closure is performed in multiple layers over drains, to control stretching and swelling.

Candidates for buttock lift surgery all have extra skin, which must be removed by excision. This differs from liposuction, in that liposuction removes only fat through small quarter inch incisions, but no skin. However, liposuction may be done in conjunction with buttock lifting techniques to smooth and contour areas separate from the effects of the buttock lift excisions.

Again, a thorough discussion and examination are essential to determining a comprehensive surgical plan.

Buttock Lift Benefits /Options

  • Buttocks and possibly outer thighs addressed in one single operation,
  • Tightening extends lower in the back and side of thighs than other circumferential excisional procedures,
  • Can be combined with liposuction in selected areas.

Since the operation achieves tightening of the lower body by excising loose tissue (skin and fat), the lower body lift should be performed when the patient is as close to their desired or ideal body weight as possible. If, for example, the patient has tightening of their buttock and then loses weight, the tightened skin will loosen and become saggy. Conversely, postoperative weight gain will either stretch the skin, which has been tightened, or undo the improvements of the buttock lift.

Because the buttock is lifted and suspended to the skin closure, excessive heaviness in the thighs and buttocks at the time of surgery may prevent a long lasting effect. In such cases, further weight loss may be recommended before performing this procedure. If this is not feasible, liposuction may be an option to thin the thighs and buttocks before attempting excisional buttock lifting.

Am I a good candidate for buttock lift surgery?

Patients who benefit from buttock lift surgery have:

  • Loose skin in their buttocks and back of their thighs,
  • Loose skin in their hips and side of their thighs,
  • Desire a fuller, rounder buttock,
  • Acceptance of the thin scars around the waist,
  • Patients who have had massive weight loss.


  • in Hospital

Overnight stay at the clinic is required 2 nights, which is already included in the price of your cosmetic surgery package.

  • in Budapest

Required minimum stay in Budapest 10 days after the surgery, recommended is 12-14 days after the surgery.

Surgical drains are placed to remove fluid, which accumulates within the incisions. The amount of fluid is measured by the patient on a daily basis. Once the output falls low enough, arrangements are made for removal of the drain in an office outpatient setting. Drains typically remain in place for 7 to 10 days, but may be left longer.

Sutures in the incision closure may require removal. This typically occurs around two weeks after surgery, and this, too, is done in an office as an outpatient treatment.
Compression garments may be placed on the patient to control swelling, to support the suspended tissues, and to smooth and flatten the skin. Placement can occur at the time of surgery, or later, at the surgeon’s discretion.

Activity is determined by the progress of the healing of the incision. Patients are encouraged to walk the day after surgery. Once the drains are removed, movement is easier.
Resuming normal activities can occur four to six weeks after surgery.


Buttock lift surgery