Buttock Lift and Brazilian lift
What is it exactly?
With aging, or more commonly after large weight loss, people may be left with empty hanging folds of skin. When this loose skin is surgically removed from the buttock, it is called a buttock lift. As with liposuction, buttock lift is not intended to correct obesity ; the intention is to improve contour.
The ideal candidate
Patients should be at a stable “ideal” weight before surgery.
Buttock lift is designed to tighten loose and flabby skin in the buttock as well as improve the fold between the buttock and thigh. Numerous techniques are described in order to treat different degrees of the problem. Mild cases may be treated with a “butterfly” buttock lift. Lower buttock lifts with or without a lateral buttock lift are considered for moderate cases of loose hanging skin. Finally, upper buttock lifts are required for more severe cases.
Liposuction and fat transfer by using fat injections are powerful complimentary techniques for buttock lift surgery. In fact, given the numerous problems with buttock implants, Dr. Zadeh prefers fat transfer over implants for augmentation of the buttock.
The possible risks
Risks include swelling, bruising, bleeding, infection, scarring, and numbness which may be permanent.
Recovery time / Post- operation
After buttock lifting, it is usually possible to return to work within 4 to 6 weeks, depending on the extent of surgery. Strenuous activities are usually possible after 6 to 8 weeks. Almost all symptoms are gone in 4 to 6 months.
Compression garments are placed at the end of surgery to reduce swelling, prevent collections and help scar down the skin. With smaller cases, initial discomfort is usually easily controlled with prescription pain medication. Bruising and swelling usually subside within 1 to 2 months. It is important to note that minimal to no sitting is required for the first two weeks after surgery.