Buttock Lift Summary

The butt lift procedure is a cosmetic surgical procedure that is performed to enhance the shape and firmness of a patient’s rear end. Patients who have a butt lift achieve a rounder, fuller, firmer rear end without the use of butt implants. It is often done after a patient loses an excess amount of weight or on older patients who have lost elasticity and volume in their skin tone.

Length of the procedure: 2 to 3 hours

Hospital Stay:Most patents are released form care within 2 days their procedure.

Recovery before traveling home: Patients seeking a butt lift through medical tourism can return home within 17 to 21 days of their procedure.

Travel Tip: It is best to plan to stay after you have butt lift to accommodate post operative care. Most surgeons require a follow-up visit in the days immediately following the procedure. Additionally, the nature of the procedure makes travel uncomfortable initially. Choose a comfortable, handicap accessible hotel room to recover in after you have been released from care.

Procedure Details

Your surgery will begin with the administration of general anesthesia. First, the surgeon will remove fat from one area of the body using liposuction. Most likely they will harvest this fat from your back, abdomen, hips or thighs.

After they have removed the fat from the body they will purify the fat cells. They will select only the best of the fat tissue that was removed from your body and inject that fat into your rear end. They will make several injections at various depths to create a fuller, rounder butt.

Another method of butt lift is used for people with excessively loose skin. During this butt lift procedure the excess skin is cut away. The surgeon may also tighten the skin above the upper buttocks.

After the Procedure

After the procedure you will be taken to recovery. Your vitals will be monitored carefully during this time. When your vitals are stable you will be moved to a regular hospital room.

After the butt lift procedure you cannot sit directly on your butt for 3 weeks. This helps promote healing and ensure that the desired results are achieved. You will also be required to wear a compression garment to reduce swelling and bruise after your procedure.

Self care after butt lift:

  • No sitting directly on your butt for 3 weeks
  • Wear compression garment for 2 weeks
  • Return to work in 3 weeks
  • Light activity for 1 month


Generally, most patients satisfied with the results of their butt lift. However, the results of this procedure heavily depend upon the patient’s compliance with their post surgical care instructions. When post surgical care is met and the procedure is performed correctly the results of this procedure can last for several years. That said, it is important to note that most patients experience swelling for up to 3 months post-op.

Risks and Complications

As is with any procedure there are risks associated with the butt lift procedure. The following is a list of the most common risks and complications:

  • Reaction to anesthesia or medication
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Breathing problems
  • Scarring
  • Hematoma
  • Swelling
  • Seroma
  • Inadequate results
  • Uneven buttocks
  • Lumps
  • Fat necrosis
  • Contour irregularities in the buttocks
  • Fluid loss

Contact your physician if any of the following occur:

  • Bruising or swelling increases
  • Swelling and redness are persistent
  • Redness near incision increases
  • Pain increase or is severe and uncontrolled by medication
  • Rash, nausea, headache or vomiting occur
  • Temperature is 110.5 degrees or higher
  • Drainage of surgical wound is green, yellow or has a foul odor
  • Bleeding of surgical wound is increased or uncontrolled with gentle pressure
  • Loss of feeling or motion