How Butt Lifting Is Performed

Individual factors and personal preferences will determine the specific technique selected to smooth and flatten your back and elevate your buttock.

Generally, a horizontal incision is placed just within your bikini line.

To tighten and lift the buttocks, the surgeon brings loose underlying tissue and muscle together with sutures.

Lower back skin is pulled downward, and the excess is removed. The buttock is lifted to a more youthful and higher position.

Where are the butt lifting incisions placed?

Generally, a horizontal incision is placed just within the bikini line. The length of the incision, which extends laterally toward the pelvic bones, depends largely on the amount of skin to be removed. The contour of this incision will vary somewhat according to the structure of your back and the style of bathing suit or undergarments that you prefer. Your plastic surgeon will try to keep the incision within your bathing suit lines, but this may not always be possible.

Skin of the lower back that contains stretch marks may be removed as well. Any remaining stretch marks may be somewhat flattened and improved, but you should not expect a dramatic change in their appearance.

The procedure may include tightening of the underlying back muscles using sutures.

What are some variations to the common butt lifting technique?

There are many variations both to the design of the incisions and the technique itself. When the amount of loose skin is minimal and the excess fat deposits are located below the navel, a short horizontal incision is all that is necessary. This procedure is called a partial, or "mini," excisional back lipectomy.

Sometimes liposuction may be used alone, or in conjunction with butt lifting, to remove lower back and buttock fat.

Your plastic surgeon will discuss with you the particular method that he or she recommends for achieving the best result in your particular case.

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