Does your butt look a little flat to you? When sagging skin or lax muscle tone is the issue, a buttock lift can result in a more youthful, curvaceous appearance for patients. Dr. Dalia Sattler is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is well versed in the art of surgery, both in practice and in theory. Dr. Sattler makes it her personal mission to use her attention-to-detail in order to provide her patients with the results they are seeking.
If you are looking for a way to enhance your aesthetic in a natural looking, subtle way, a buttock lift may be right for you. Contact Dr. Sattler’s office today to schedule a consultation for the buttock lift procedure.
About Buttock Lift
The buttock lift contours the gluteal region to reduce sagging of the skin and muscles. Under general anesthesia, the buttock lift procedure removes the excess skin that contributes to the appearance of flat or sagging buttocks. Dr. Sattler achieves a natural aesthetic by making an incision as low as possible so the resulting scar will be discreetly covered by underwear or bikini bottoms. After cutting away the excess skin, what remains is then tightened and lifted into its new position to provide the patient with a natural appearance. During the buttock lift surgery, it is possible to further enhance the patient’s aesthetic by combining the procedure with liposuction and/or fat grafting to achieve the desired results.
Buttock Lift Candidate
A candidate for the buttock lift would be an individual who rapidly lost significant weight, resulting in a loss of volume in the buttocks. This decrease in size may have caused the skin to begin sagging or the gluteal area to become flattened, causing an undesirable appearance.
If you believe you are a candidate for a buttock lift surgery, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
Other appropriate candidates for a buttock lift surgery are individuals who have lost muscle tone and skin elasticity due to aging or genetic predisposition. Ideal candidates for buttock lift surgery are in good health and do not have pre-existing conditions that could pose a risk during surgery or impact their ability to heal.
Before any procedure provided by our office, the patient will have a private consultation appointment to complete a physical examination and record the patient’s medical history. The consultation is the patient’s opportunity to discuss their desired outcome and have their questions answered by Dr. Sattler. During the buttock lift consultation, the patient will be provided with detailed information about the buttock lift, including risks, benefits, and limitations of buttock lift surgery. Dr. Sattler will review post-operative care instructions and expectations with the patient.
Should the patient have any concerns about the buttock lift, the consultation is their opportunity to address them with Dr. Sattler in order to feel comfortable moving forward with the procedure.
The buttock lift procedure is tailored to each patient based on anatomy and preferences. Dr. Sattler will take several photographs of the patient’s buttocks to help them visualize how the surgery can provide them with their desired look. Afterwards, they will be oriented to the best approach to their buttock lift surgery, should they be considered an appropriate candidate for the procedure. During this consultation, Dr. Sattler will also discuss any additional procedures that may assist in providing patients with the best results. Due to this individualized approach to the buttock lift surgery, cost will be dependent on the patient’s treatment plan and surgical approach.
The BBL vs. Buttock Lift
The Brazilian Butt Lift, or BBL as it has come to be known in popular culture, is a surgical procedure in which fat is removed from a patient’s undesirable areas, such as the abdomen, flanks, thighs, and back, through the use of liposuction. This fat is then purified and transferred to the buttocks to increase volume and projection. The result is usually a more obvious change in the appearance of the patient’s body.
The buttock lift surgery is preferred when there is minimal desire to enhance the size and shape of the lower body. The buttock lift removes the excess skin from the gluteal area and tightens it for a more subtle change in the appearance of the body with no augmentation.
Preparing for Surgery Day
In preparation for the day of the patient’s scheduled surgery, the patient is directed to abstain from smoking for a predetermined time period before and after surgery to aid in the healing and recovery process. The patient will be advised to refrain from taking certain medications such as aspirin, which increases bleeding. The day before the buttock lift surgery, the patient is to fast from food at least 8 – 12 hours prior to the scheduled appointment time and to fast from fluids at least 2 hours before surgery.
On the day of the surgery, the patient will arrive at our facility in Hamburg City-Eppendorf. Dr. Sattler will meet with the patient to review the treatment plan and mark up the patient’s body, indicating incision placement and measurements. The patient will be made comfortable in the operating room and will be placed under a general anesthesia by our anesthesia professional. The amount of anesthesia used will depend on a number of factors and will vary from patient to patient. From there, a catheter will be placed to collect urine during the procedure and the patient’s legs will be secured in compression boots to prevent blood clotting during and after the surgery.
Dr. Sattler will make an incision in the patient’s lower back from hip to hip, following the initial markings made directly before the surgery. Afterwards, the excess skin and fat will be removed and the remaining skin will be repositioned and lifted, tightening the gluteal area using absorbable sutures. Depending on the specified treatment plan, buttock lift surgery can take between 2 and 5 hours.
Following the surgery, the patient can expect 1-2 drains to be placed in the incision in order to remove fluid from the surgery site. The drain(s) will remain in place for 1-3 days. The patient will be shown how to care for and clear the drains. The buttock lift incision will be closed using absorbable sutures, so there will be no need for removal after healing. The incision will be covered with non-stick dressings and the patient will be expected to wear a compression garment to aid in the reduction of subsequent swelling. The patient will also be given antibiotics to reduce the chance of infection after surgery.
Regular movement following the surgery is encouraged. However, excessive physical activity, such as exercise or lifting of heavy objects, should be avoided for several weeks or until you receive Dr. Sattler’s approval. Patients usually return to work by week three following a buttock lift procedure.
The patient will be scheduled to meet with Dr. Sattler for an appointment following their buttock lift surgery.
During follow-up appointments, Dr. Sattler will examine the surgery site, inquire about the recovery process, remove the drain(s), and discuss additional aftercare directives, as needed. If patients need more intensive aftercare during their recovery journey, they should inform Dr. Sattler of any adverse experiences in order to receive the best recommendations and care.
Results from the buttock lift surgery will vary depending on the individual’s needs, desires, and genetic disposition. The buttock lift provides a long-term solution for those seeking to enhance the appearance of the buttocks. For best results, it is recommended that the patient maintain a stable weight following their buttock lift procedure.
If you are experiencing loose or sagging skin or laxity in the muscles of your buttocks and are looking for a solution to tighten and shape your lower body, contact Dr. Sattler’s office today to schedule a consultation. We are happy to assist on your journey by providing you with our high standard of care and expertise.
Healing time after a buttock lift will vary from patient to patient. It will take several months for the incision to heal, swelling to remit, and to see your final results. Despite this, you will be encouraged to be mobile very soon after your procedure. You may be able to return to work within 3 weeks after surgery.
Smoking is a risk factor that impacts blood flow, thus, increasing healing time and risk for infection. Also, the risk for heart attack during or after surgery is increased. This is why you will be directed to stop smoking as soon as possible before your buttock lift. It is best to be honest with Dr. Sattler and the treatment team about your smoking habits in order to better ensure the safest surgery and recovery experience for you.
A buttock lift, alone, will not augment your gluteal area. However, if you are seeking more projection or volume, a buttock lift in tandem with liposuction of other areas and fat grafting (BBL) or the use of butt implants will enhance the fullness of the lower body. Speak with Dr. Sattler about your expectations and desires.
The scar from a buttock lift surgery will be below your waistline and will extend from hip to hip. The way the scar will heal will depend on the closing procedure used by Dr. Sattler, aftercare, and your body’s natural healing process. Dr. Sattler takes care to to aid in the reduction of the visibility of the scar from the surgery. You may use topical creams after the surgical dressings are removed. If you have concerns about post-operative scarring, inquire about recommended products that will minimize the appearance of the scar.
You are able to combine procedures with a buttock lift as long as Dr. Sattler is able to safely go about the surgery. This includes taking into consideration the length of time you will be under anesthesia, sides/areas of the body to be worked on, and risk of complications. During your consultation with Dr. Sattler, discuss what you are hoping to accomplish and she will present you with realistic expectations for the procedures.