People come to The Plastic Surgery Group in Albany, New York for a buttock lift for many different reasons. Sometimes they have lost weight and their buttocks have sagged. Sometimes they just can't improve the appearance of their buttocks through exercise. Some choose this procedure because their buttocks have become flabby as they have aged. Whatever your reason, chances are excellent that you will see a marked improvement in the shape and tone of your buttocks after undergoing a buttock lift.
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A buttock lift in our Albany practice involves your plastic surgeon making incisions around the area that is going to be lifted. These are usually across the top of the buttocks at the belt line, along the sides of the buttocks following their natural shape, and below the buttocks. The exact placement of the incisions will be carefully decided by your plastic surgeon before your surgery and he or she will make them in areas that your clothing will cover the resulting scars when possible.
Through the incisions, your plastic surgeon will tighten and reshape the loose skin, and in some cases remove excess skin tissue and fatty deposits creating a smoother, more contoured buttock shape.
Sometimes, a buttock lift is combined with other procedures that may include a thigh lift or tummy tuck. Liposuction may also be performed in the area of the buttock lift. Your plastic surgeon will discuss these options with you during your consultation.
A buttock lift usually takes about 2 to 3 hours to complete but may take more time depending on the extent of the surgery. In most cases the surgery will be performed under general anesthesia and you will be able to return home several hours afterwards.
Immediately following your buttock lift surgery, you will wear an elastic girdle-type garment that will help support your buttocks. Your plastic surgeon will advise you how long and when you should wear this garment. You may also experience some mild to moderate pain or discomfort, which can be controlled by medications your plastic surgeon can prescribe for you. You may notice swelling and there may be quite a bit of bruising, which in most cases will disappear within 3 to 4 weeks after your surgery.
Everyone heals at their own rate, so it's important to follow the instructions your plastic surgeon gives you following your surgery. You should avoid strenuous activities for approximately 6 weeks. Most patients return to work within 2 to 3 weeks. You will have several follow-up visits to your plastic surgeon during your recuperation period.
A buttock lift is a relatively safe procedure with few complications. However, as with all surgeries, there is the slight chance of an infection developing or an adverse reaction to anesthesia. These rare complications can usually be controlled with medication. In some cases, patients who undergo a buttock lift may also experience some numbness or tightness that usually will disappear naturally over the recuperation period.
Scarring is inevitable with buttock lift surgery, however your plastic surgeon has the skill and talent to make these scars as unnoticeable as possible. He or she will make incisions in areas that will be covered by your clothing and that will be concealed within the natural folds and creases of your skin. You'll know before your surgery where the incisions and resulting scars will be, and you can discuss this with your plastic surgeon.
Over time, the scars will continue to fade and eventually become far less noticeable; however, they will never completely disappear.
In most instances, buttock lift surgery is considered elective and insurance will not cover it. It is recommended that you discuss your coverage with your insurance provider and with your plastic surgeon.
In most cases, during the first few days to a week following a buttock lift, patients may experience mild to moderate discomfort, which can be relieved with medication. There may also be some swelling or numbness that will usually disappear in a few weeks.
Most buttock lifts are performed on an outpatient basis and patients are able to return home just a few hours after their surgery. In more complicated cases, or if more than one procedure is performed, a brief hospital stay may be necessary.
The results of a buttock lift can last for years, but it's important to eat sensibly and exercise to help maintain your smoother, tighter, more attractive appearance.