Sam Speron, M D, F A C S

Board Certified
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

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Chicago Buttock Lifting

Women and men who have loose upper buttock skin and fat that is concentrated in the back and upper buttock can benefit from excisional back lipectomy (butt lift). Sometimes these conditions are inherited. In other instances, substantial weight loss may cause the back and upper buttock skin to become flaccid. A butt lift also can tighten muscles that have been separated and weakened by pregnancy. The procedure may somewhat improve the appearance of stretch marks, especially those located in the lower back.

Am I a good candidate for excisional back lipectomy?

You may be a good candidate for buttock lifting if you have one or more of the following conditions:

  • excess or sagging back and upper buttock skin
  • A butt that protrudes and is out of proportion to the rest of your body
  • Back muscles that have been separated and weakened
  • Excess fatty tissue that is concentrated in your lower back and upper buttock skin

If you plan to become pregnant or lose weight in the future, you should discuss this with your plastic surgeon. Scarring from previous back surgery may limit the results of your buttock lift.

Your Personal Chicago Butt Lift Consultation

During the consultation, you will be asked about the results you would like to achieve from butt lift plastic surgery. This will help your surgeon to understand your expectations and determine whether they realistically can be achieved.
How will my plastic surgeon evaluate me for butt lift plastic surgery?

Your plastic surgeon may examine your back and buttock areas while you are standing as well as lying down. Your skin tone and the degree of loose skin in these regions will be assessed. Your surgeon also will evaluate the amount of excess fat in your lower back and upper buttock areas and the condition of your back muscles.

You should come to the butt lift plastic surgery consultation prepared to discuss your medical history. This will include information about any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, pregnancies, previous surgeries and medications that you currently take. It is important for you to provide complete information.

Will my insurance help cover the cost of surgery?

Butt lift plastic surgery, as an aesthetic (cosmetic) procedure, generally is not covered by insurance. Insurance reimbursement may be available for that portion of the procedure that is not cosmetic. Many factors determine your eligibility for coverage, including the specific terms of your insurance policy. A letter of predetermination may be required by your insurance company prior to surgery. Your plastic surgeon or a staff member in your surgeon's office will discuss these matters with you.

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.

Understanding Chicago Buttock Lift Risks

Fortunately, significant complications from buttock lift surgery are infrequent. Every year, many thousands of people undergo successful aesthetic surgery of the abdomen, experience no major problems and are pleased with the results. Anyone considering surgery, however, should be aware of both the benefits and risks.
I understand that every surgical procedure has risks, but how will I learn more so that I can make an informed decision?

The subject of risks and potential complications of buttock lift surgery is best discussed on a personal basis between you and your plastic surgeon, or with a staff member in your surgeon's office.

Some of the potential complications that may be discussed with you include bleeding, infection and reactions to anesthesia. Tissue loss along portions of the horizontal incision is a possibility when the buttock lift is very extensive. This complication, which delays healing and prolongs recovery, is more common in patients who smoke or have medical conditions such as diabetes. Revisionary surgery is sometimes helpful in certain instances where incisions may have healed poorly.

Following surgery, occasionally, fluid may accumulate under the skin. Removal of this serum is a painless process but may require several visits to the plastic surgeon's office.

You can help to lessen certain risks by following the advice and instructions of your plastic surgeon, both before and after buttock lift surgery.

Your Chicago Butt Lifting Surgical Experience

The goal of your plastic surgeon and the entire staff is to make your surgical experience as easy and comfortable for you as possible.
How should I prepare for cosmetic butt lift surgery?

If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop smoking well in advance of surgery. Aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs can cause increased bleeding, so you should avoid taking these medications for a period of time before surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with additional preoperative instructions.

Cosmetic butt lift surgery may be performed on an outpatient basis. If this is the case, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you for at least the next day or two. When cosmetic butt lift surgery is performed in conjunction with other procedures such an abdominoplasty, a short hospitalization may be required.<

What will the day of cosmetic butt lift surgery be like?

Your excisional back lipectomy may be performed in a hospital, free-standing ambulatory facility or office-based surgical suite.

Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. Often, a general anesthetic is administered, so that you will be asleep throughout the procedure. Cosmetic butt lift surgery is usually not performed using local anesthesia and intravenous sedation. When surgery is completed, you will be taken into a recovery area where you will continue to be closely monitored. In many instances, small drain tubes will have been placed within the back tissues to help avoid accumulation of fluids. Gauze or other dressings may be applied to your back and covered with tape or an elastic bandage.

You may be permitted to go home after a few hours, unless you and your plastic surgeon have determined that you will stay in the hospital or surgical facility overnight.

How will I look and feel initially?

The day after surgery, you will be encouraged to get out of bed for short walks to promote blood circulation. Although you may not be able to stand up completely straight, it is best if you do not sit for long periods of time during the first several days. Straining, bending and lifting must be avoided, since these activities might cause increased swelling or even bleeding. You may be instructed to sleep on your back with a pillow under your knees.

Any surgical drains probably will be removed within a week following surgery, at which time your dressings may also be changed or removed. Depending on the cosmetic butt lift surgery technique used, you may be instructed to wear a support garment for several weeks. Generally, stitches will be removed in stages over a period of approximately 3-4 days.

You will notice swelling and bruising, which is to be expected. The bruising and much of the swelling will disappear over a period of weeks. However, it may be months before all swelling subsides and you see the final result of your excisional back lipectomy.  You may also notice some numbness over portions of the back and buttock area, and this may persist for several months. Incisions will initially be red or pink in color. They will remain this way for many months following surgery and may even appear to worsen before they finally begin to fade.

When can I resume my normal activities?

It is important to realize that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals. Depending on the extent of your cosmetic butt lift surgery and your general physical condition, you may be able to return to non-strenuous work anywhere from one to three weeks after surgery. In many instances, you can resume most of your normal activities, including some form of mild exercise, after a few weeks. You may continue to experience some mild, periodic discomfort and swelling during this time, but such feelings are normal. Severe pain should be reported to your doctor.

Any sexual activity should be avoided for a minimum of two weeks, and your plastic surgeon may advise you to wait longer.

Results of Your Buttock Lifting Surgery

Buttock Lifting surgery will enhance your body contour by making your back firmer and flatter and your buttocks lifted and more youthful in contour. You may find that you feel more comfortable in your clothing and are more confident about your appearance.

The incisions from the procedure will heal and fade over time. It is important to realize, however, that the incision lines will be permanently visible. In some instances, they will eventually be only faint lines. Certain individuals may have incision lines that are more noticeable. Fortunately, the incisions for your buttock lifting surgery are usually in locations concealed by most bathing suits and undergarments.
How long will the Buttock Lifting results last?

Unless you gain or lose a significant amount of weight or become pregnant, your lower back and upper buttock should remain firmer and flatter for many years. However, gravity and the effects of aging will eventually take their toll. If, after a period of years, you again become dissatisfied with the appearance of your back and buttocks, you may choose to undergo a second procedure to restore a more youthful body contour.

Post Surgical Buttock Lift Care

After your buttock lift surgery, using certain clinical skin care products can be useful to reduce the appearance of scars and maintain a youthful appearance. Dr. Speron recommends neaclear Liquid Oxygen Firming Body Lotion and neaclearplus Liquid Oxygen Rejuvenating Body Scrub.To reduce the appearance of post surgical scars, he also recommends neaclearplus Liquid Oxygen Scar Advantage.

Maintaining a Relationship with Your Buttock Lifting Plastic Surgeon

You will return to your plastic surgeon's office for follow-up care at prescribed intervals, at which time your progress will be evaluated. Your surgeon will encourage you to schedule routine follow-up evaluations at the frequency recommended for your age group and the procedure performed.

Please remember that the relationship with your plastic surgeon does not end when you leave the operating room. If you have questions or concerns during your recovery, or need additional information at a later time, you should contact your surgeon.

What do our Butt Lifting patients say?
What a difference!" - JG, Chicago
I don't even understand how he did it, but I'm glad I let him do it!" - ID, Chicago
I can't wait until the summer gets here..." - PS, Des Plaines
I finally found someone who could correct what other "expert cosmetic surgeons" had screwed up!" - MP, Chicago

Chicago Butt Lift & Butt Lifting (Excisional Back Lipectomy) Before and After Patient Pictures

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30 year old female before and 3 months after full abdominoplasty.  She had 9 pounds removed during her surgical procedure.  6 weeks after her abdominoplasty, she also underwent a butt lift. 

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30 year old female before and 6 months after butt lift.  She had 11 pounds removed during her butt lifting surgical procedure.  Notice the remarkable improvement in her appearance.

30 year old female before and 6 months after butt lifting.  She had 11 pounds removed during her butt lift surgical procedure.  Notice the remarkable lifting.

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36 year old female before and 6 weeks after Chicago butt lifting.  She had 4.5 pounds removed during her buttock lifting surgical procedure.  Notice the dramatic difference and improvement in cellulite and stretch marks.  Also notice the nice improvement of her upper back folds.  This result is obviously not attainable with liposuction!  Her buttocks and upper legs have also been nicely rejuvenated.

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46 year old female before and 6 weeks after butt lift.  She had 7 pounds removed during her butt lift surgical procedure.  Notice the lifted and rejuvenated appearance.  Notice the slight scar asymmetry (which is still easily within her bikini line).  A scar revision in the office has been offered, but the patient has not felt the need to undergo this yet.

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46 year old female before and 6 weeks after butt lifting.  She had 7 pounds removed during her butt lift surgical procedure.  Notice the vast amount of improvement of her cellulite and stretch marks.  No other procedure can offer this much improvement!

46 year old female before and 6 weeks after butt lift.  She had 7 pounds removed during her buttock lift surgical procedure.  Notice the smoother appearance of her skin.

The Butt Lifting Scars:

Anytime a human being gets cut (with surgery or trauma), scars heal the following way:  Initially they are red, raised and hard.  Within 6-12 months, they are flat, white and soft.  Younger people (<18 years old) have scars that might stay active or red for up to 2 years.  Older people (>65 years old) have scars that might stay active or red for less than 3 months. 

Buttock Lifting (Excisional Back Lipectomy) Chicago Before and After Patient Pictures

42 year old female before, 2 days after and 3 months after a butt lift or excisional back lipectomy.  She had 10.5 pounds removed during her surgical procedure.  She had lost about 100 pounds after a gastric-bypass procedure.  Notice the minimal bruising after her procedure.  She was very happy with the dramatic rejuvenation.  Her scar on the right side widened and a scar revision can be performed in the office (20 minutes) under local anesthesia.  This is an average result.

42 year old female before and 3 months after a butt lift or excisional back lipectomy.  Notice the nice transition zone on the side, even though she can have a bit more skin skin removed here in the furture or if she decided to get a tummy tuck.  This is an average result.  Also notice the dramatic improvement in cellulite and firmness in the buttock and upper thigh region.