After a significant weight loss, this patient has a droopy backside. The posterior Butt Lift changed her body shape to be more lean.View Patient Details
Butt Lift Procedure
What is a posterior Butt Lift?
A posterior butt lift is a skin-tightening procedure which eliminates loose, hanging skin from above the buttocks, which elevates the buttock tissues to improve the contour of the entire buttock. It can be performed as a solo procedure, or as part of the total body lift. The procedure improves the contour of the buttock and makes it 'perkier'.
What problems does a Butt Lift address?
Patients who have loose skin above their buttocks are the best candidate for this procedure. The extra skin must be eliminated to get the best lift. A posterior butt lift can address the following concerns:
- loose skin above the buttocks
- low, hanging buttocks
How is a posterior Buttock Lift procedure performed?
Butt lift procedures are performed under IV anesthesia in our AAAASF Accredited Surgery Center in Baltimore, Maryland. This type of anesthesia is used to reduce nausea in the post operative procedure and eliminate some anesthesia risks associated with General Anesthesia.
For this butt lift technique, an ellipse of skin and fat is cut out from the upper part of the buttock at the junction with the lower back. After this skin is excised, the skin is sutured back together so that there is no loose skin above the buttocks. This allows for a true elevation of the buttock tissues and a reshaping of the entire butt. In combination with a liposuction of the hips or thighs it can result in a dramatic reshaping of the entire backside.
In order to remove the excess skin and tissue, a scar will appear where the skin is joined back together. I am very careful to plan the scar so that it is hidden along the bikini line so that it is hard to detect, even when wearing a bikini bathing suit. The butt lift is easily tolerated as an outpatient procedure.
Note: This is a very different procedure from the Brazilian Butt Lift, which 'lifts' the butt by injecting your own fat into the buttocks. The Posterior Butt Lift is different because it removes the excess skin.
Can I have a posterior butt lift *and* fat injections?
Yes, I can lift the butt by removing excess skin and then also inject the buttocks with fat. However, this is more involved, and sometimes must be done in two operative sessions.
What are the Pre-Operative requirements?
During your consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon it's important to listen to all of the pre-op instructions your surgeon gives and discuss all of the surgery and outcome concerns you have.
- Your BMI (Body Mass Index) must be less than 35 kg/m2. This is calculated based on your height and weight, and is important to reduce the risk of post op complications.
- Quit smoking 2 weeks prior to surgery
- Stop taking multivitamins, herbals, and aspirin two weeks prior to surgery
- Have an Physical examination (H&P) and CBC (anemia detection) to clear you for surgery
- NPO after midnight the night before surgery
What is posterior Butt Lift recovery like?
Following surgery, patients are advised to be on bed rest for the first few days. The first follow up visit to the office is usually at day 5-7. You should not sit for one week so as not to stress the operated area. You may return to work at 2 weeks only if you do not do a lot of extensive sitting.
Butt Lift Before and After Photos*
See our patient gallery of Butt Lift Before and After Photos, all performed by Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with over 20 years experience. Please note that all of these patients have given written consent to use their photos at our web site. We are very grateful for their participation in patient education!
Having Your Surgery in Baltimore, Maryland
Our office is only 30 miles from BWI airport and 20 minutes from the downtown Amtrak train station. Give us a call at +1-410-494-8100 or Contact Us online to set up a consult. We're happy to schedule a time for you to visit our offices or participate in a virtual consultation, after which I'll be able to explain your options fully to help you decide if a butt lift is right for you.
Updated October 19, 2015
Ricardo L Rodriguez M.D.
Board Certified Plastic Surgery
Note: Patients depicted in photos and videos have provided written consent to display their photos online. Every patient is unique, and surgical results may vary. Please contact us if you have any questions.