Butt lift surgery: Types, results, recovery, risks

  • Butt lift surgery is a surgical procedure that reshapes the buttocks through fat grafting, implants, skin removal, and liposuction. Genetics, aging, pregnancy, and fluctuating weight levels can all change the appearance of a butt. 

    A butt lift can give the appearance of smoother skin and lifted buttocks. Buttock lift treatments typically do not increase size but can refine contours. An implant or fat graft with a butt lift surgery can increase the size.

    This article will explore the different kinds of butt lift surgeries, their inherent risks, and how one can prepare for them. It will also reveal what to expect after having undergone this procedure.


    What is butt lift surgery?


    A butt lift fixes drooping flesh by removing excess skin and tissue for a more lifted, rounded appearance. This procedure does not add volume to the buttocks. 

    The ideal candidates for butt lifts are those who have excessive fat or loose skin. Individuals should only undergo this procedure if they are in good health, with nothing else that may cause problems during surgery. Exercises, smoking, and a balanced diet are all factors that surgeons consider before deciding whether someone is eligible for surgery.

    One should have rational expectations of what removing the excess tissue will do for them.


    Types of butt lift surgery:


    There are many different types of butt lifts that surgeons can discuss with patients during consultations. Some surgeries only focus on buttocks lifting, whereas others make them bigger.


    1. Direct butt lift:


    A surgeon will make an incision on either the top or underside of the buttocks, where they will extract tissue that has become loose and unsightly.

    Those seeking to tighten their sagging skin and strengthen the appearance of the buttock area may choose this option. Different factors like age, pregnancy, and genetics contribute to loose skin.


    2. Buttock augmentation with implants:


    Butt augmentation adds volume and rounding to the buttocks, usually by inserting an implant. It requires the placement of a silicone implant under the buttocks tissue.


    3.Brazilian butt lift(BBL):


    A BBL is a surgical procedure that requires fat grafting to augment the size and shape of the buttocks. After removing excess fat from other parts of your body through liposuction- often the hips, lower abdomen, or thighs - a doctor inject that fat into your butt.

    A person who wants a BBL procedure needs to have stored up enough fat elsewhere in their body so that the surgeon can take it away.

    Good skin elasticity on the buttocks and hips is also crucial because this procedure does not address loose skin.




    Any surgical procedure has the risk of bleeding, infection, and a reaction to the anesthetic.

    Other risks associated with cosmetic procedures are the risk of asymmetry, numbness, changes in sensation, and sometimes revisions are necessary.

    If the surgery includes liposuction, a patient faces the risk of developing:

    • hematoma

    • fat necrosis

    • pneumothorax

    • hypertrophic scars

    • infection

    • abscesses

    • seromas

    • cysts

    BBL is one of the riskiest cosmetic surgery options, with the highest death rate among all other procedures. The biggest danger is injected fat entering the lung artery, creating an occlusion in blood flow to the lungs.




    Butt lifts and BBLs both provide immediate results.

    However, with BBL, it takes around one year for the fat transfer to fully integrate into the new area of the body. During that period of time, some changes may happen in the buttocks.

    Increased fat cells in the buttocks will alter their shape when weight fluctuates.




    For the first two weeks after surgery, the person cannot sit or lie down on their buttocks unless they use the washroom.

    The pain is mild and bearable with medication the surgeon could offer or prescribe.

    To sit using a donut pillow, the patient needs approval from their doctor.

    Light physical activity is acceptable one week after surgery. A person can typically go back to work anywhere from ten to fifteen days post-surgery.


    Final Thoughts:


    The butt lift and Brazilian butt lift, a popular surgery that many people undergo to change how they look, have become increasingly popular due to their effects on one's self-esteem and satisfaction with their body.

    Traditional butt lifts will lift and tighten the loose skin without changing the buttock's size. 

    A BBL using fat transfer and silicone implants can increase the size and shape of one's buttocks. Implants are best for people who do not have excess fat for the BBL procedure.

    As with all surgeries, there are always risks when undergoing a butt lift. BBL is one of the riskiest procedures available, so those considering this surgery should speak to a qualified surgeon before making any decisions.