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A buttock lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the buttocks. Sometimes it is also done as part of a tummy tuck (belt lipectomy) or lower body lift to contour the buttocks, groin, thighs, and abdomen. Buttock lift alone does not add any volume to the buttocks. But sometimes, a buttock lift is combined with an augmentation procedure to alter the shape or size of the buttocks with implants or fat grafts.

The need for Butt Lift

As a person gets older, the skin changes and becomes looser. Also, besides sun damage, fluctuations in weight, and genetic factors contribute to poor skin elasticity. These factors can cause buttocks, as well as other parts of your body to sag.

A buttock lift is typically done in combination with other body contouring procedures. One might consider a buttock lift if :

  • A person has lost a significant amount of weight and the weight has been stable for at least six to 12 months.
  • Is overweight and has not been able to lose a significant amount of weight through physical activity and changes in your diet.
  • Has a normal weight, but wants a dramatic improvement in the appearance of lower body.
  • Has a normal weight, but the skin won't contract after liposuction due to poor elasticity related to aging.
  • Keep in mind that a buttock lift does not change skin quality.

A buttock lift is done in a hospital or an outpatient surgical facility. During the procedure, the person is made comfortable with the aid of a general anesthetic which renders unconscious. The plastic surgeon makes an incision along the lower back, from hip to hip. The excess skin below the incision is pulled up, lifting the buttocks. The extra skin and fat are then removed. During the procedure, the patient is given an antibiotic to reduce the risk of infection. The procedure typically takes two to five hours.


After removing excess skin and fat from buttocks, a buttock lift gives a more toned appearance. Buttock lift results are usually long-lasting but maintaining a stable weight is crucial for retaining the results.