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What is a buttock lift?

A buttock lift, or butt lift, is the surgical lifting and tightening of the skin of the buttocks. Most people have a buttock lift for cosmetic reasons to improve the appearance of the buttocks. A buttock lift involves removing excess skin and repositioning tissues to lift and shape the buttocks.

A buttock lift is a common but major surgery that has risks and potential complications. You may have less invasive treatment options. Consider getting a second opinion about all your treatment choices before having a buttock lift. 

Other procedures that may be performed 

Your doctor may recommend other procedures in addition to a bullock life to enhance the appearance of your buttocks or other areas. This is common for sagging or loose skin that results from significant weight loss. Other procedures may include:

  • Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, to remove excess skin from the stomach area

  • Belt lipectomy, or body lift, to remove loose, hanging skin from the waist down. This often includes a buttock lift.

  • Breast surgery to lift sagging breasts

  • Buttock augmentation, sometimes called a Brazilian butt lift, using implants or fat injections to add fullness and roundness to the buttocks

  • Facial plastic surgeries, such as facelift, neck lift, or brow lift, to tighten sagging skin and create a more youthful appearance

  • Liposuction to remove excess fat

  • Thigh or arm lift to remove sagging skin on the thighs and arms

Medical Reviewers: Daphne E. Hemmings, MD, MPH Last Review Date: Nov 28, 2012

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  2. Buttock Lift. Cleveland Clinic. http://my.clevelandclinic.org/cosmetic-plastic-surgery/procedures/body-contouring/buttock-lift.aspx.
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