Dr. Hootan Daneshmand
Buttock Rejuvenation Surgery or Brazilian Butt Lift
Butt Lift in Bakersfield, CA
We exist in the age of the highly desired “Kim Kardashian figure,” which generally means big breasts, little waist, and a big butt. Only some people can achieve this figure from exercise and diet alone. Because of this fairly new beauty standard, butt lift surgeries have become much more popular over the last 10 to 15 years. There are a few different types of butt lift surgeries out there including a direct butt lift, a brazilian butt lift, and a butt augmentation. Below, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Daneshmand explains the details of each surgery, including their risks and results.
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What is a Butt Lift?
A butt lift is one of many body contouring procedures that can improve the appearance of the buttock area by making it rounder, smoother, and perkier. The cosmetic surgeon may do this through fat transfer techniques or by removing sagging skin. A buttock lift procedure may be performed along with a lower body lift, or it may be performed on its own.
Types of Butt Lifts
There are many types of butt lifts that patients can choose from depending on their current health and aesthetic goals. Some butt lift procedures are more invasive than others, therefore requiring a longer recovery time. Your board-certified plastic surgeon can review your medical history, perform a physical exam, listen to your aesthetic goals, and tell you which of the following procedures is right for you.
Think of a direct butt lift as a tummy tuck for the buttocks area. A surgeon will make a long incision at the top of the butt (around the panty line), cut off the excess skin and excess fat, pull the gluteal area tight, and then sew the incision back up.
A direct butt lift doesn’t make the buttocks look fuller or bigger. Instead, it makes the butt appear less saggy and smooths out the skin texture. This type of buttock lift surgery may be best for people who have had a recent dramatic weight loss, and therefore have lots of loose skin in the gluteal area.
A brazilian butt lift (BBL) is probably the most widely known type of buttock lift surgery. A brazilian butt lift surgeon will take the patient’s own fat from other parts of the body – through a procedure called fat grafting – and inject it into their butt in order to create a voluminous, round butt.
Patients must have good skin tone and enough fat in other areas of the body in order to undergo this procedure. That’s because the extracted fat will likely come from other fatty areas like the stomach, hips, or thighs.
A brazilian butt lift surgery may be best for people who are looking for a less invasive procedure, a more voluminous butt, and a shorter recovery time.
A buttock augmentation is just like a breast augmentation, but for the butt. The goal of this procedure is to create a larger, rounder butt with silicone buttock implants.
Butt implants can come with more risks and discomfort than breast implants. They can be uncomfortable to sit on every day, they can look unnatural, and they can shift in and out of the butt pocket (especially if an inexperienced surgeon performed the procedure). For these reasons, many plastic surgeons may recommend the other buttock lift procedures over this one.
Common Reasons Why People Get a Butt Lift
People may undergo a buttock lift procedure for a variety of reasons, but the bottom line is that they want their butt to look more aesthetically pleasing.
Buttock lift surgery is incredibly common among people who have undergone bariatric surgery (AKA: weight loss surgery) and have experienced significant weight loss as a result. Dramatic weight loss can lead to sagging skin all over the body, even in the bottocks area. If this loose skin is causing a significant drop in self-esteem, the person may choose to resolve it with a buttock lift.
People who are already at an ideal weight may just want to add volume to their butt through a brazilian butt lift surgery, especially if they can’t achieve their desired butt shape or volume through a healthy lifestyle.
Lastly, some people may want to change the shape of their butt if they have body image issues such as body dysmorphia. Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a mental health condition in which a person is obsessed with their body shape or a specific physical flaw. Their perceived flaws or body image may be very minor or a part of their imagination.
As a result, people with this disorder may go to extreme measures to “fix” their body or physical flaw. They may resort to an extreme dieting or exercise program or they may undergo countless unnecessary surgeries. Many board-certified plastic surgeons turn away patients with BDD, because despite what the patient believes, the cosmetic surgery likely won’t fix the way they perceive themselves.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Butt Lift?
Good candidates for a butt lift include people who:
- Practice a healthy lifestyle and a healthy diet
- Don’t smoke
- Are at a stable weight with no further weight loss expected
- Don’t have chronic medical conditions such as heart disease or diabetes
- Don’t have body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) or any other major mental health condition
How Does a Butt Lift Work?
The exact surgical procedure will depend on which type of buttock lift you are undergoing. Surgery length and recovery will also heavily depend on the type of procedure you choose. Your butt lift will likely be an outpatient procedure, meaning that you can go home to recover on the same day as the surgery. Additionally, you will likely receive general anesthesia.
If you choose a direct butt lift procedure, this is what you can expect. Your plastic surgeon will make a large incision in the lower back/upper buttock area, remove excess skin, pull the remaining skin tight, and sew you back up. Your surgeon may also place drains around the incision site.
If you choose a brazilian butt lift surgery, your surgeon will make a few small incisions in order to remove extra fat from your stomach, hips, or thighs (called liposuction or surgical excision). They will do this with a cannula, which is a small suctioning tube. Then, the surgeon will inject this fat directly into the buttocks.
A butt augmentation surgery will be performed similarly as a direct butt lift. The surgeon will make a large incision across the lower back, create a pocket beneath the skin and fat, and then insert the butt implants into that pocket.
Butt Lift Recovery Time
Again, the healing process for a butt lift heavily depends on the type of procedure you choose, so it’s important to have realistic expectations before you go under the knife.
Recovery from a brazilian butt lift is probably the quickest and least painful out of all of the butt lift procedures. You only have to care for a few small incisions around the buttocks area and the area where the surgeon suctioned out excess fat. You can expect to make a full recovery within 3 to 4 weeks.
Recovery from the other two butt lift procedures may be longer and more painful for some people because of the large incision across the top of the butt. Your surgeon will provide you with instructions on cleaning your incision and emptying your drains. People can expect to fully recover from these surgeries within 6 to 8 weeks.
It’s important to note that you cannot sit on your butt for several weeks after a buttock lift, except for when you need to use the toilet. For many people, this is the hardest part of the recovery process. Additionally, your surgeon will likely prescribe pain medications, antibiotics, and anticoagulants during your recovery. Although you will likely experience some pain and discomfort after your surgery, it’s crucial to get up and walk around as much as you can in order to prevent blood clots.
Will Weight Fluctuations Affect My Butt Lift Results?
Yes, significant weight fluctuations can affect buttock lift results, especially if you got a brazilian butt lift. Remember, your surgeon basically transferred more fat cells into your buttocks. That means that they can grow or shrink with future weight fluctuations. This may create results that you don’t like.
If you underwent one of the other types of butt lift procedures, your results can still change overtime due to weight fluctuations. However, the results may not change as much as BBL results would.
Risks and Complications of a Butt Lift
Every single surgical procedure comes with its own set of risks, mostly due to the local or general anesthetic used. Before you go under the knife, keep the following risks and complications in mind.
- An adverse reaction to general or local anesthesia
- Skin sensation changes if the nerves were damaged around the incisions
- Incision infection
- Necrosis, which is tissue death
- Seroma, which is fluid build up beneath the skin
- Hematoma, which is blood buildup beneath the skin
- Only a small amount of fat cells being absorbed into the butt (if you underwent a brazilian butt lift procedure)
- General discomfort caused by butt implants, if you got them
- Butt implants that shift and move beneath the skin
- Cosmetic results that you don’t like