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Buttock Lifts (Gluteoplasty)
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A surgical procedure to remove excess fat and loose skin in the buttock area, sometimes combined with liposuction

Length of Surgery

2 – 5 hours


Outpatient with an overnight stay



Back to work in...

1 – 2 weeks

Back to the gym in...

3 – 6 weeks

Treatment Frequency



Infection; blood clots; allergic reaction to the anesthetic; hematoma; seroma; skin necrosis; unfavorable scarring; poor wound healing; asymmetry

Duration of Results


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Buttock lift Surgery Costs*

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons quoted the national average for Buttock Lifts is approximately $4,664.  This is only the surgeon’s fee, you should be aware that you may incur other fee’s such as: facility fees, anesthesia, and medication.

If you are considering having buttock lift surgery but want to explore more about the financing options available before you make your decision, PLEASE CLICK HERE. You can discuss your financial options with your surgeon, and find out if there are any loans of flexi-payment plans available to you.

Am I a candidate for buttock lift surgery?

You may be a suitable candidate for buttock lift if you have:

  1. Poor skin tone in the buttock area - characterized by loose or excess skin, stretch marks and cellulite
  2. You are physically and emotionally healthy
  3. You are a non-smoker
  4. You have realistic expectations for what buttock lift surgery can accomplish for you
Certain medical conditions and medications may affect whether you are a suitable candidate buttock lift surgery. Check with your buttock lift doctor.


What is a buttock lift Procedure?

Buttock lift (gluteoplasty) is a surgical procedure to remove excess fat and loose skin in the buttock area and may be combined with liposuction to further improve body contour.

The buttock lift procedure involves cutting the skin high up on the side of the thigh and buttocks, removing excess fat and trimming away the excess skin. Liposuction and implants may also be used to create the results the patient desires. The scars are strategically placed at the waistline or below to minimize their appearance while wearing swimwear or underwear.

The buttock lift operation takes two to five hours to perform under general anesthetic and normally involves an overnight stay. If it is combined with other procedures you will spend more time in theater.

Buttock lift Surgery Procedure Steps

Step 1 - Anesthesia

  1. The buttock lift operation is normally carried out under a general anesthetic. Sometimes, an epidural (which numbs the body from the waist down) may be used.
Step 2 - The incisions
  1. The gluteoplasty surgeon will make an incision across the top of the buttock and, depending on the extent of the operation, sometimes along the sides as well. Crescent shaped sections of skin and fat are removed and the skin is pulled together. Sometimes the operation is performed in combination with liposuction where a fine cannula is inserted into the incisions to vacuum away the unwanted fat deposits.
Step 3 - Closing Up
  1. The skin is pulled together over the new body contour, the incisions are sutured and drains to remove blood or other fluids may be inserted.
Step 4 - The results
  1. The results of your buttock lift will initially be obscured by swelling, which may take three to four months to disappear. Your final gluteoplasty results will then begin to emerge.


Buttock lift Surgery Recovery and Healing Steps

Swelling and bruising will be present for ten to fourteen days after the buttock lift, and discomfort and tightness in the buttock area is common for the first 24 to 48 hours. You will wear a supportive compression bandage over the area to help with the reduction of swelling and tightening of skin.

Most patients are back to work within a week or two. Vigorous physical activity should be avoided for about three to six weeks. It is important to stay as mobile as possible during the buttock lift recovery time to promote good circulation and effective healing.

Buttock lift Side Effects and Surgery Risks

Buttock lift side effects include:

  1. Swelling
  2. Bruising
  3. A tight feeling in the buttocks
Buttock lift risks and complications may include:
  1. Infection
  2. Blood clots
  3. Allergic reaction to the anesthetic
  4. Hematoma (collection of blood under the skin)
  5. Seroma (build-up of fluid)
  6. Skin necrosis (skin death)
  7. Unfavorable scarring
  8. Poor wound healing
  9. Asymmetry


Questions to Ask a Surgeon about a buttock lift procedure

Knowledge is power so arm yourself with the facts before making any decision about buttock lift surgery. Here is an essential checklist to help you find the right Perfect Yourself Surgeon.

  1. Am I a good candidate for buttock lift surgery?
  2. Are my described expectations realistic?
  3. Where is the buttock lift surgery performed?
  4. How long will the procedure take?
  5. What kind of anesthesia is used?
  6. What is your experience in performing buttock lift surgery?
  7. Can I see your qualifications?
  8. Ask to see any buttock lift surgery before and after photographs of recent surgeries?
  9. What percentages of your buttock lift surgery patients have had significant post-surgical complications? (surgeons should disclose this information to you)
  10. Who will be assisting my surgery? Can I see their qualifications?
  11. How much will my buttock lift surgery cost?
  12. Do you offer patient financing? (Flexible payment schemes for your surgery)
  13. Will you repeat/correct procedures if the agreed goals are not met? If this is the case, will I be charged again?
  14. Ask to observe the exact procedure you are considering before you decided to have surgery if you are unsure (this could be on videotape or in real life).
  15. What is the recovery and healing period for buttock lift surgery? When can I resume full normal activity?
  16. Have you ever had your malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked, suspended?
  17. Ask for and follow up on patient references (these can be invaluable to finding out what your surgeon is really like and the level of customer satisfaction he/she has received in the past)


Surgeon Checklist

Surgeon Checklist

Knowledge is power so arm yourself with the facts before making any decision about Buttock Lifts (Gluteoplasty) procedures; click here for an essential check list to help you find the right Perfect Yourself plastic surgeon.

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