With age or significant weight loss our buttocks gradually change shape by drooping and sagging. In the past, nothing could be done to correct this unfortunate circumstance. However, cosmetic surgeons are now able to improve the buttock contour with a buttock lift. This surgery can help you regain confidence and a more youthful appearance.
Who is a good candidate for buttock lift?
The best candidates for buttock lift surgery have significant excess skin in the buttock area. Patients who suffer from poor skin quality cannot benefit from liposuction and can only improve the appearance of their buttocks through buttock lift surgery. Ideal candidates are also in good physical and mental health and have realistic expectations about what plastic surgery can do for them.
It is important to be honest about your expectations and goals when meeting with Dr. Rochlin at your consultation. She will review your health history and examine the buttocks to determine if this procedure is right for you. If you are a smoker, you will need to quit for a minimum of 4-6 weeks before surgery to minimize the risk of complications. Smokers are much more prone to delayed healing and wound breakdown.
How is buttock lift surgery performed?
The incision is made just above the buttock, in the bikini line. Excess skin and fat is removed the buttock is elevated superiorly. In some cases, this procedure is combined with a body lift or thigh lift.
Recovery after buttock lift surgery
Expected recovery is between one to two weeks. It is important to begin walking the day after surgery to prevent blood clots from forming in the deep veins of the leg. You can resume light exercise after two weeks and more vigorous exercise after six weeks.
Some bruising is normal after surgery. This usually goes away in the first few weeks. Your incisions will be noticeable immediately following surgery but they will gradually fade and flatten for up to a year after surgery. You will also have some puckering around the incision after surgery. This will smooth out over a month or two.
In your initial consultation, Dr. Rochlin will evaluate your health, determine where your fat deposits lie, and carefully assess your skin tone. She will fashion a treatment plan best suits your needs. If you are a smoker, you will need to quit for a minimum of 4-6 weeks before surgery to minimize the risk of complications. Smokers are much more prone to delayed healing and wound breakdown.