Lifting the Buttocks - Buttock Lift
With age, after pregnancy or weight loss the buttocks can become droopy. The sagging muscles and subcutaneous fatty tissue cause the buttocks to lose their once shapely rounded form.
This results in:
- Insufficient volume in the uppermost part of the buttocks.
- Excess volume in the lower buttocks.
The result is a square behind.
With a Buttock Lift we ensure that the skin of your buttocks is made firmer.
A buttock lift can be performed as a single procedure as well as in combination with liposculpture, lipostructure or buttock prostheses. At the Wellness Kliniek we differentiate between 4 possible procedures for lifting the buttocks.
- Buttock lift
- Buttock fold correction
- Buttock lift with implants
A procedure to lift the buttocks can be performed on an outpatient basis, as day treatment, and under intravenous sedation. Sometimes it is necessary to be admitted overnight. After the treatment you normally wear an elasticated trousers for between 3 to 6 weeks.
With a buttock lift we remove excess skin and fat to improve the shape of the waist, hips and buttocks.
The surgeon makes an ellipsoidal shaped incision at the lower back.
The incision runs from hip to hip.
Sometimes the incision ends at the waist.
Buttock Lift: Operating technique
A buttock lift procedure lasts between 1 and 2 hours, depending on the nature of the procedure.
- Before the surgeon starts the buttock lift procedure he will carefully mark the skin that needs to be removed.
- The surgeon makes an ellipsoidal shaped incision so that the excess skin can be removed.
- The saggy skin is carefully detached from the underlying layers of muscle and fat.
- The skin is lifted, the excess skin and fat is removed.
- The underlying tissue is stitched in layers with dissolvable thread.
- The skin is carefully stitched with non-dissolving thread.
- Sometimes drains are inserted to allow any fluid to escape from the wound.
- The drains are removed after a few days.
After the operation the incisions are covered with a dressing. You will be dressed in a special elasticated trousers, for which you were previously measured. Then you are taken to the recovery room with heart monitoring equipment. An hour later you can usually be transferred to your private room.
During the consultation with the plastic surgeon all aspects of the treatment will be discussed: which buttock corrective procedure is best for you, the expected results, possible risks, position and length of the scar and necessary aftercare. The doctor will assess whether you are a suitable candidate for buttock corrective surgery.
Risks and Complications
Fortunately medical complications are rare thanks to modern sedation techniques. General surgical complications that may occur after any operation are: bleeding, infection, sensory disturbance, thrombosis, a wound that refuses to heal or an allergic reaction. Specific complications for procedures to lift the buttocks are scars that heal badly, discolouration of the skin after bleeding and fluid retention. It is important that you stop smoking before the operation in order to avoid any undesired complications.
Buttock lifting (the removal of excess skin from the buttocks) can be performed under intravenous sedation. A general anaesthetic is absolutely unnecessary. The great advantage of modern sedation techniques is that they are much safer than a general anaesthetic. You are asleep and feel no pain whatsoever. A few hours after your procedure you feel fit and well and are spared the often unpleasant side-effects of a general anaesthetic. You can usually return home or to your hotel the same evening after your treatment.
Buttock Lift: Aftercare and Recovery
After the procedure you will be given special aftercare instructions. It is important that someone comes to pick you up as you are not allowed to drive yourself after having plastic surgery. During the first 24 hours after you arrive home you must also be accompanied by a responsible adult.
An elastic bandage is worn, depending on the doctor's advice, day and night for a period of 3 to 6 weeks. The elastic pressure bandage provides support, helps prevent swelling, accelerates the skin and scar healing process.
- The scar must be kept dry until the stitches have been removed.
- The external stitches are removed 1 to 3 weeks after the procedure.
- You may then shower with luke warm water, but not yet take a bath.
- The subcutaneous stitches will dissolve by themselves.
- Make sure you allow yourself a minimum of 2 weeks to rest following the operation.
- After 1 week you can resume light activities.
- After 6 weeks you can resume sporting activities and lifting.
After having the buttocks lifted you must take into account the fact that the procedure will leave you with a visible scar. The scar does fade in time but will always be visible to a certain extent.
The first 3 months after the procedure the scar will be red and lumpy. It then becomes less angry-looking. After 12 to 18 months the scar is fully mature. Until then it is important that you protect the scar well from the sun.
Shortly after the procedure the results will be visible. You will only be able to judge the results properly after the swelling has almost disappeared. This takes between 6 to 12 weeks. The final result is only visible after the wound, the subcutaneous tissue and the scar are completely healed. This takes about a year.
The result of a buttocks lift is permanent.
Lifting the Buttocks
Is this treatment suitable for me?
Your decision to undergo surgery must be made for the right reasons. The exact position of the scar and details of your post-operative recovery must be discussed in detail in advance.
The plastic surgeon will consider all the possibilities and suggest the most suitable procedure to achieve the best results for you.
Of course you can also use our special Next-Day-Surgery Service.
We try to keep our waiting lists as short as possible. We can usually see you within 6 weeks for this particular procedure.