Lower Body

Buttock Lift

What is it?

A buttock lift or Brazilian butt-lift is a surgical procedure that adds volume and lifts the buttock to leave a more youthful and desirable buttock shape.

The procedure uses fat grafting to shape and lift the buttocks naturally. In the past, buttock implants were used to create a similar look. These have now been superseded by fat grafting due to the infection risk associated with inserting a foreign material and the unnatural feel of implants, particularly when sitting.

What to expect

A buttock lift is performed under general anesthetic. Fat cells are collected from the area around the buttocks and abdomen using liposuction. This, in itself can result in a better harmonised look. The liposuctioned fat is then purified and injected into each buttock. This adds volume and lift.

Just under a third of fat cells will reabsorb, however about 70% of volume will survive. The volume of fat required to achieve an uplifted profile varies but, as a general rule, around 300mls of injected fat per buttock is usual.

Following surgery, you will have small dressings around the areas of liposuction and fat grafting. A compression garment will be usually put on in the operating room, for you to wear securely. Depending on the extent of the surgery, buttock lifts are normally performed as a day case procedure. Occasionally, you may require an overnight stay. The incisions created are stitched with dissolving stitches. You can usually go back to work after a week to 10 days.

What results can be achieved?

Buttock lifting takes fat from where it is not needed and re-injects it into an area where you do need it. It creates a fashionably youthful, shapely buttock profile, which can help to boost self-esteem and give you the confidence to wear a broader range of clothes. Some women are born with a flat bottom or develop sagging tissues as a result of natural ageing or weight loss. A buttock lift can help to give you the body shape you desire.

Possible risks

All surgery carries risks and cosmetic surgery is no exception. Fortunately, there are rarely any significant complications associated with buttock lift surgery, which is a commonly performed procedure.

After surgery

Most people experience mild discomfort after fat grafting that is easily controlled by painkillers. You should wear the compression garment day and night for six weeks to offer extra support and speed up your recovery. Avoid sitting for long periods of time and, if you can, sleep on your side for three weeks after surgery. Fat grafts need time to develop a blood supply and too much pressure risks graft loss.

You will be invited to the clinic for a wound check a week after surgery. Your surgeon will advise you about showering, getting the incision sites wet and massaging the grafted areas to promote recovery. You should refrain from physical exercise for six weeks after surgery. By three months, the majority of the swelling will have subsided.

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Common risks

The risk of most types of cosmetic surgery is similar and these will be discussed with you during your consultation.

You can help to minimise certain risks by following your surgeon’s advice and instructions after surgery. Chest infection, problems with wound healing and tissue damage are particular complications in smokers. For this reason, you may be asked to quit smoking prior to surgery. Some of the common risks of buttock lift surgery include:

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  • Minor discomfort – this can be treated with over the counter painkillers.
  • Minor swelling and bruising – your surgeon will advise you how long this will last based upon your individual procedure.
  • Scarring – Scars will be positioned so they are hidden within normal clothing as much as possible. Scars fade over months to become paler and less obvious. However, they will always be present and visible when you are undressed. In most people they will be thin and silvery, but in some they can stretch, move or become red and sensitive. In some cases you may need scar revision surgery.
  • Dissolving skin stitches not holding properly – if this occurs the stitches may need to be removed under local anaesthetic.
  • Stitch granuloma – sometimes a tender lump or abscess can occur at the stitch site. This is generally more common where the skin is thinner, such as in front of or behind the ear. The stitch may need to be removed or it may be treated with antibiotics.
  • Unpredictable buttock shape – The final buttock shape is unpredictable, but your preference will be taken into consideration during the planning stages. Initial post-op
    swelling will take time to settle, normally around three months. After that time you will have a better idea of the final shape. You should be aware that your buttock will change with ageing, or as a result of weight change. This means you may need revision surgery at a later date.
  • Asymmetry – No paired structures in the human body are perfectly symmetrical and you should not expect your buttock lift surgery to achieve total symmetry. It relies on the surgeon’s artistic eye. The buttocks should look the same, but may not measure exactly the same. Your surgeon will discuss this with you at your initial consultation.
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Your surgeon will give you aftercare advice to help you to mitigate any symptoms and promote more rapid recovery.

More serious risks
The symptoms listed above are normally temporary or without serious consequences. There are some more serious risks associated with cosmetic surgery, which will be discussed with your surgeon as part of the initial consultation.

Thigh Lift

What is it?

A thigh lift is a surgical procedure that reshapes the thigh by removing excess skin and, in some cases, fat. This can be caused by major weight loss. When performing a thigh lift, either medial (inner) thigh skin or outer (lateral) thigh skin is removed, depending on individual needs.

It is advisable to have achieved your target weight and maintained this over a period of months, before thinking about a thigh lift. This is because further significant weight changes could adversely affect the surgical result.

What to expect

A thigh lift is performed under a combination of general and local anaesthetic.

Inner Thigh Lift
This targets the skin and soft tissues of the inner thigh. An incision is made in the groin and extends down the inner thigh towards the knee. A fold of skin and fat is then removed to allow the skin to be lifted and closed to improve the inner leg contour.

Outer Thigh Lift
This procedure aims to tighten the skin in the front and outer part of the leg. An incision is made at the top of the leg, where the lower edge of your knickers sits. Folds of skin are then removed, before pulling the outer thigh skin upwards and attaching it to improve the outer leg contour.

Dressings are applied to the incision area and a compression garment is used to minimise swelling and support the tissues of your thighs as healing takes place. One or more small, drains will be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess fluid or blood that may collect. Dissolving skin sutures are normally used and these wounds will be reviewed a week after surgery.

What results can be achieved?

Excess skin on thighs can be detrimental to self-esteem and self-confidence. It can restrict your choice of clothes and may make it challenging to participate in certain sports such as swimming or tennis. A thigh lift can give you smoother, more toned and youthful looking thighs and a better overall lower body contour. In turn this can boost your confidence and broaden your leisure and clothing choices.

Possible Risks

All surgery carries risks and cosmetic surgery is no exception. Fortunately, there are rarely any significant complications associated with buttock lift surgery, which is a commonly performed procedure.

After surgery

Most people experience mild discomfort after thigh lift surgery, which is easily controlled by pain killers.

It is advisable to take a week to 10 days off work and, during this period, you should take things slowly to help the wounds to heal. You should wear the compression garment day and night for six weeks to offer extra support and speed up your recovery. Bruising and swelling will normally take around six to eight weeks to subside fully. The majority of patients recover well following thigh lift surgery and can return to all normal activities within four to six months.

You will be invited to the clinic for a wound check a week after surgery. Your surgeon will advise you about showering and getting the incision sites wet. You should refrain from physical exercise for six weeks after surgery.

Common risks

The risk of most types of cosmetic surgery is similar and these will be discussed with you during your consultation.

You can help to minimise certain risks by following your surgeon’s advice and instructions after surgery. Chest infection, problems with wound healing and tissue damage is particular complications in smokers. For this reason, you may be asked to quit smoking prior to surgery. Some of the common risks of buttock lift surgery include:

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  • Minor discomfort – this can be treated with over the counter painkillers.
  • Minor swelling and bruising – your surgeon will advise you how long this will last based upon your individual procedure.
  • Scarring – Scars will be positioned so they are hidden within normal clothing as much as possible. Scars fade over months to become paler and less obvious. However, they will always be present and visible when you are undressed. In most people they will be thin and silvery, but in some they can stretch, move or become red and sensitive. In some cases you may need scar revision surgery.
  • Dissolving skin stitches not holding properly – if this occurs the stitches may need to be removed under local anaesthetic.
  • Stitch granuloma – sometimes a tender lump or abscess can occur at the stitch site. This is generally more common where the skin is thinner, such as in front of or behind the ear. The stitch may need to be removed or it may be treated with antibiotics.
  • Asymmetry – No paired structures in the human body are perfectly symmetrical and you should not expect your buttock lift surgery to achieve total symmetry. It relies on the surgeon’s artistic eye. The buttocks should look the same, but may not measure exactly the same. Your surgeon will discuss this with you at your initial consultation.
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Your surgeon will give you aftercare advice to help you to mitigate any symptoms and promote more rapid recovery.

More serious risks
The symptoms listed above are normally temporary or without serious consequences. There are some more serious risks associated with cosmetic surgery, which will be discussed with your surgeon as part of the initial consultation.

Plastic surgery alone cannot change your life but it can give you the confidence to make those changes for yourself.

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