Am I a Good Candidate for a Butt Lift?
- Do you feel that you have too much fat on your hips and lower back?
- Is it difficult for you to delineate where your back ends and your buttock begins?
- Do you think your buttock has an abnormal, flat, or asymmetrical shape?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be a good candidate for a buttock lift. Dr. Jayesh Panchal is happy to discuss whether or not butt augmentation is right for you. Call Genesis Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa at 405-340-9949 to schedule a consultation at one of our convenient offices in Edmond and Norman, Oklahoma.
What Is a Butt Lift?
A buttock lift is a better alternative to silicone buttock implants, which often create and abnormal shape and many complications. Buttock lifts are the latest technique that avoids the problems with buttock implants.
This surgery involves re-injecting fat removed from the buttocks other areas via liposuction back into your buttock in very specific areas creating a natural-looking contour. Using your own fat also minimizes the risks of complications.
The procedure is sometimes known as a Brazilian butt lift for the nation that developed the technique.
Dr. Panchal has been performing buttock lifts since 2007 and was one of the first to perform buttock augmentations with fat in Oklahoma. His consistently excellent results with more than 50 patients were presented at the American Aesthetics Society meeting in May 2011 in Boston.
Since 2007, he has performed over 200 more buttock fat augmentations with a very high satisfaction rate among both men and women.
Planning Your Surgery
During your initial consultation, Dr. Panchal will examine the areas that need liposuction, estimate how and where he will re-insert fat, determine the location of the small incisions, and discuss the final outcome that you can expect. The amount of liposuction necessary varies depending on the person, but Dr. Panchal’s ultimate goal is to reshape your buttock so that it looks aesthetically appealing and proportional.
Dr. Panchal only performs buttock lift surgery at outpatient surgical centers, such as Oklahoma Surgicare in Oklahoma City. If a large amount of liposuction is needed, or if liposuction is combined with another procedure, an overnight stay at the surgical center may be required.
Buttock lifts are performed under general anesthesia—which means you’ll be asleep during the surgery. The duration of the procedure may vary from 2-4 hours depending on the amount of fat that needs to be removed and re-injected.
The Butt Lift Surgery
Buttock lift surgery is performed in two steps: liposuction to remove fat and strategic re-injection of fat to create shape. The incisions through which the fat is removed and inserted are small (1/8 of an inch) and will be barely visible after surgery. Additional incisions may be necessary only if this procedure is combined with a tummy tuck.
See examples of buttock reshaping performed by Dr. Panchal in our before-and-after gallery!
Liposuction is performed using power-assisted liposuction. Dr. Panchal uses the latest technique and equipment to perform liposuction. This unique technique allows Dr. Panchal to use a hollow tube (liposuction cannula), which vibrates very rapidly to easily break up fat cells. This allows Dr. Panchal to quickly remove large amounts of fat through a small incision. He uses special cannulas to prevent rippling in the skin, which creates an unnatural look.
The liposuction is performed at the hips, buttock, lower back and upper back. The goal is to enhance the curve of the lower back creating a distinction between the back and the buttocks. Dr. Panchal takes great pride in giving patients a very natural look.
After liposuction, Dr. Panchal can then re-inject the cleaned and purified fat back into areas where you lack definition. The most common area to re-inject fat is into the outer and central buttocks to further enhance the shape. The re-injection is performed very selectively into various zones and requires a high level of understanding of the underlying shape. The final shape is customized to create a well-rounded and aesthetically pleasing buttock shape.
Even performing liposuction of the lower back, buttock and hips without any fat re-injection can dramatically alter the shape of your waist, back, and buttocks.
What Are the Risks of Butt Lift Surgery?
A buttocks lift is a very safe surgery if performed by an experienced surgeon and if the volume of fat removed is kept below 5-6 liters. If the volume of fat removed exceeds 5-6 liters, it can produce excess movement of fluid and can create complications from fluid overload. Dr. Panchal always removes fewer than six liters, keeping the risk of complication to a minimum.
Patients may notice some temporary irregularity in their skin surface and moderate swelling. The swelling generally disappears in a few weeks, but swelling in a few, heavily altered areas may last for up to 3 months. Some areas may feel firm for 3-6 weeks.
In rare cases, small areas of fat may not completely soften and may become infected. This rare condition may require additional surgery to remove this small area of fat.
Returning to Normal Life
The healing process takes many weeks. It is important to be patient and wait 3-6 weeks for the swelling to subside before evaluating your results. A small amount of fluid may drain from the incision site for the first few days following your buttock lift. Any unnatural firmness in the buttocks will gradually begin to soften and feel normal after about 3 weeks.
Generally, patients can go back to work within a few days if liposuction is very limited. It may take a few weeks if the the liposuction was extensive or if you have had additional surgery in conjunction with the liposuction (for instance, a tummy tuck). The stitches do not need to be removed. They will dissolve in 10 days to 2 weeks.
Your New Look
Once the swelling subsides, you will notice the difference in the shape of your buttocks. With every passing week, you will continue to see the change until 3-6 months after surgery. Remember, you will have to eat healthy and continue to exercise, so that you can maintain the result of your buttocks lift.