Gluteoplasty, commonly known as a buttock lift, shapes and forms the buttocks while making it look less saggy, dimpled or wrinkled. A buttock lift is very different to a buttock augmentation.
The ideal patient for a Gluteoplasty (buttock lift) would be an individual who is at their goal weight; however they have excess skin around the buttock and upper thigh area. This would also be a great procedure for somebody who has lost skin elasticity on the thigh, hip or buttock area.
The aim of a buttock lift is not to remove excess fat, but rather excess skin.
For patients who have good skin quality and tone, however they have excess fat around the sides of the buttocks; liposuction might be the best procedure to get you the results that you are looking for. Not everybody is a good candidate for this procedure, it is best that you discuss this with your plastic surgeon. For example, if you have phlebitis (inflamed blood vessels) you unfortunately will not be a candidate for this surgery.
Should you be considering weight loss, complete the exercise before going ahead with a buttock lift otherwise you will experience the same loose skin as before the surgery. Please note that a buttock lift is not a substitute to losing weight. This procedure usually takes several hours, depending if liposuction or any other procedure is involved. It is always recommended that you have a partner or a loved one take you home from hospital and care for you for the first few days.
It is of utmost importance that the patient takes note of the post-surgery advice from the surgeon. The results of the procedure will be noticeable almost immediately; however it might take a few months for your final results to fully develop. It is recommended to avoid strenuous activity for up to three months after the surgery.
The results of the buttock lift could very well last for up to ten years, depending on how the patient ages, and weight gain or weight loss.