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A butt lift is a procedure that offers individuals the opportunity to attain tighter and more toned buttocks through cosmetic surgery. Natural body changes, such as aging and weight loss, can leave the rear-end sagging with unwanted loose skin. Patients who experience a massive weight loss may have significant wrinkling and loose skin under the butt where it meets the upper thigh area. During butt lift surgery, Orange County plastic surgeon, Dr. Marguerite Bernett, removes this excess skin and the tissue on this area is lifted and secured to create a nice, tighter, and more toned appearance. A butt lift is a skin tightening technique, and it should not be confused with butt augmentation, which involves a natural fat transfer or implants to add shape and volume. In many cases, it is common to combine a butt lift, with an augmentation technique for an optimal aesthetic outcome.


A surgical butt lift is reserved for patients who have loose, hanging skin on and under the buttock. Weight loss patients are usually great candidates for this procedure because once the weight has been lost, the skin typically does not shrink back to its natural state. This surgery removes this skin and creates a normal appearance.


Butt lift surgery typically consists of incisions made underneath the butt cheeks, where the cheek meets the upper thigh. During the procedure, any loose or hanging skin will be cut away and the remaining skin will be lifted and pulled securely into a new position. Sutures are used to securely hold the skin in its new position. In some cases, liposuction may be needed to remove existing, unwanted fat pockets. After the healing process, there will be minimal scarring, however, it will not be visible because of the placement of the incision.


Taking approximately 2 hours to fully complete, butt lift surgery is an outpatient procedure generally performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation. There will be bruising and swelling near the incision area, and walking will be difficult the first few days after surgery. A full recovery from this surgery is usually evident within 3-6 months. With a healthy lifestyle and diet, the surgical results should last a lifetime.


The overall cost of butt lift surgery varies among patients based on their individual needs as well as if liposuction is needed. Patients should expect to pay between $5,000-$10,000 for this procedure.


A surgical butt lift can create dramatic improvement to the rear-end, especially for weight loss patients seeking to finalize their personal transformation. This surgery creates a tighter butt, a shapelier silhouette, but more importantly, it allows patients to be free to wear the clothes they desire, move about more freely, and exercise without having a saggy butt. For more information on this skin tightening procedure, we invite you to call our plastic surgery office today and schedule your consultation.

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