Butt Lift

Gluteal shaping, sometimes referred to as a butt lift, can enhance the appearance, shape, and feel of the buttocks. This procedure is designed to help people who have a flat behind, too much fat in the buttocks, insufficient fullness, droopiness, or loose skin. While there are several different techniques that can be used for gluteal shaping, the goal of every butt lift is to make the buttocks more shapely, round, firm, lifted, and attractive.

The Benefits of a Butt Lift

Butt Lift Options


  • Excess fat accumulation can cause the buttocks to look disproportionate or unattractive. It may also contribute to the appearance of cellulite on the buttocks.
  • Liposuction uses a cannula and suction device to target and permanently remove excess fat from the backside with minimal scarring.
  • After liposuction, the skin will appear smoother, the buttocks will be firmer, and your backside will look more balanced and attractive.

Fat Injections

  • Flat buttocks or buttocks that lack volume do not have sufficient fat to form the rounded, shapely appearance that so many people desire.
  • Fat injections use liposuction to remove fat from one area of the body, and then the fat is purified and strategically injected into the buttocks. This process is also known as a “Brazilian Butt Lift” and includes the added benefit of improving the contour of another area of your body where there was too much fat.
  • After fat injections, your buttocks will look subtly and naturally rounder and fuller.

Butt Implants

  • Buttocks that are naturally flat or lack volume can be enhanced with butt implants.
  • For those who do not qualify for fat injections or for those who desire more significant butt enhancement, permanent butt implants can be surgically inserted into or above the gluteal muscles.
  • The results of butt implants are permanent and can help the buttocks appear and feel significantly fuller, rounder, and shapelier.

Skin Excision

  • Excess skin, especially after moderate to severe weight loss, can cause the buttocks to appear droopy and flat.
  • Surgical excision can remove excess skin from the buttocks and tighten the remaining tissues.
  • After surgical excision to remove excess skin, the buttocks will be firmer, tighter, and more attractive.

Alleviating Your Concerns

The recovery experience varies depending on the procedural technique. Nonetheless, patients should plan to rest and limit themselves to light activities for the first week or two after surgery. It is best to walk around often after surgery to improve circulation and reduce the risk of blood clots in the legs. Pain medications can be used to alleviate discomfort, and any swelling, bruising, and discomfort should subside by a few weeks after surgery. All patients should avoid sitting as much as possible for two to three weeks so as not to compromise their results. More specific instructions will be provided for you before your surgery.
The amount of scarring will vary depending on the type of butt lift technique used. For liposuction and fat injections, scarring will be minimal and inconspicuous. For implants and surgical excision, there will be some noticeable scarring because of the surgical incisions used. These scars may be in the gluteal crease, in the creases where the cheeks meet the thighs, or at the top of both cheeks. It is best to avoid exposing the incision scars to sunlight so that they do not darken. Any scarring will fade over time and can easily be hidden by clothing.
Anesthesia is used to prevent pain and ensure patient comfort during the procedure. During recovery, any discomfort can be alleviated with pain medications. Tenderness in the treated areas should subside after a few weeks.
Good candidates will want to enhance their buttocks but should otherwise be in good physical condition. Candidates must also have realistic expectations and not smoke or be willing to quit for several months around the time of the procedure.
During your consultation, Dr. Mesbahi will help you determine which butt lift technique may best suit your needs based on your body and aesthetic goals. For example, those who desire subtly natural results may be most suitable for fat injections. On the other hand, those who desire more dramatic changes or who do not have enough fat to harvest for fat injections are better suited for butt implants. As another example, those with excess fat or skin may benefit most from liposuction or surgical excision. Dr. Mesbahi will discuss all your options with you before recommending which procedure will be best for you.
Depending on your procedure, you may begin to notice some results immediately after the procedure. The final results will not be visible until swelling has sufficiently diminished after several weeks. After fat injections, it may be several months before you see the final results.
The results of butt lift surgery are long lasting to permanent. Implants offer permanent enhancement, and fat injections offer permanent enhancement once the injected fat has fully grafted into the tissues. With liposuction and surgical excision, the results can be long lasting to permanent but may be adversely affected by future weight gain or aging. To ensure the best long-term results, maintain a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and a balanced diet.

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