Individuals who have excess or saggy skin around the buttocks as a result of weight loss often visit board-certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Armando Soto, at Aesthetic Enhancements Plastic Surgery in Orlando for butt lift surgery. Unlike the “Brazilian butt lift,” the primary goal of which is to increase the volume of the buttocks, this procedure improves the shape of the body by removing excess skin of poor quality, and re-suspending the remaining skin and tissues of the hips and buttocks, resulting in a much more youthful and attractive silhouette. There are various reasons that cause the skin on and around the hips and buttocks to sag, and the correct procedure for you will depend on the details of your examination and your ultimate goals. Dr. Soto's training and experience in advanced body contouring will allow him and his team to bring all modern options and techniques to bear for you and maximize the chances of achieving the look you desire.
In a buttock lift procedure, incisions are usually made along the upper curvature of the buttocks. These incisions are carefully planned so that they can be hidden by most garments- including bathing attire. The loose, excess skin is removed in a creative pattern so as to result in maximum improvement in shape for the individual patient. Liposuction is sometimes performed as an adjunct of this procedure, when necessary to maximize the outcome, and when safety allows. Once the loose skin is trimmed away and the underlying tissues are re-suspended, Dr. Soto completes the final closure. A butt lift gives the buttocks a firmer, more youthful look. The appearance of loose skin, cellulite dimples, and wrinkling will be smoother and more toned.
Butt Lift Reviews
"Incredible Brazilian Butt Lift - What a Transformation - Wow- what an artistic surgeon! An incredible lipo that was done that totally amazed me. I have an hour glass figure. I went in for a lipo consultation for my belly and lovehandles. I ended up with a brazilian butt lift which is removing fat from the belly and love handles and put that same fat back to my butt area.He created a well rounded butt which I never had before. What an amazing transformation! My doctor was no doubt a professional in his field. After my consultation he highly recommended the brazilian butt lift for me and I am so glad I listened to him and did it. First day after surgery was difficult, but after that every day is better. I can't sit on the butt for 4 weeks, very challenging but well worth it. "- 1. / RealSelf / Nov 16, 2009
"Brazillian Butt Lift - Amazing Job - Orlando, FL - I am so glad that I had this procedure done. I was looking for a quick way to change my body and get rid of all the fat that I so much disliked. I definitely hate working out and Dr. S had the perfect solution for me, a Brazilian Butt Lift. I got rid of the the love handles that made me look square. Not to mention that my butt has a fuller look and I now have a tiny waste line, the perfect hourglass shape. My confidence has been boosted and I feel great about myself. Thank you Dr. S for such an amazing job! "- R. / RealSelf / Jan 20, 2010
"Exactly the Change in Body Shape I Was Looking For! - Orlando, FL - Although I have always had a small waist, I have always carried a bulk of fat around my hips, thighs and lower abdomen. In the hopes of having a more attractive silhouette, I got liposuction by another surgeon on my hips, inner and outer thighs but the results were not as dramatic as I would have hoped. I then went to consult with Dr. S about what my options were. I explained to him what I was hoping to achieve - I wanted a flat stomach and I wanted my butt to look curvy and round. He explained to me that with a Brazilian Butt Lift, the fat would be taken out of the areas on my body with excess fat and then transfered to my butt. On the day of my surgery, as Dr. S outlined the areas of my body where fat would be drawn. I received liposuction on my hips, outer thighs, knees, lower and mid back, my waist and my entire stomach. I remember him saying while he was drawing on me that that his goal was "to make me look as good as possible from every angle".....and he wasn't kidding! I am now 4 weeks post-op and I can honestly say that this surgery has completely changed my silhouette for the better and I am extremely pleased with the results. It should be said however that this was not an easy surgery. I have undergone surgeries in the past (breast lift, breast augmentation and liposuction) and this was definitely the most painful. If you are considering undergoing this type of surgery, plan to do it during a time where you will not have any major obligations for the first 1-2 weeks post op. Also bear in mind that you cannot sit, lay or put any pressure on your butt. I was in a lot of pain for the first week but I stopped taking pain medication after only 3 days. After that, the pain was bearable but I was still uncomfortable, swollen and relatively incapacitated for a little while. You must also wear a garment 24 hours a day for 4 weeks. While this surgery definitely requires some planning and some sacrifice, it is well worth it if you are seriously looking for a change in your overall shape. I have no regrets and having this surgery was one of the best things I could have done for myself! My waist is tiny, my stomach is flat, my back is arched and my butt is big, round and smooth. Also, all of the incisions are virtually gone after only four weeks. I would be happy to answer any questions regarding this procedure that anyone has and I highly recommend consulting with Dr. S to anyone who has been thinking about having this done! "- J. / RealSelf / Jan 26, 2011
"Dr. Soto is such a pleasant person to get to know. He answered all of my questions. He was very hoest with every answer. I am so pleased and happy with my Brazilian Butt Lift. I would definitely refer him to friends and family!"- K. / Healthgrades / Jan 30, 2016
"Editorial review from Citysearch - Dr Soto was recommended to me by a former patient of his. Since being referred, I've undergone two surgeries with him: a Brazilian butt lift and a revision of my breast lift (done by another surgeon years ago). Having been treated by 2 different plastic surgeons prior to my surgeries with Dr Soto left me wary and unsure of ever achieving my aesthetic goals. After my 1st consult, I decided to take the plunge - I could not be happier with my results. Dr Soto's work truly speaks for itself, I look and feel great. Not only does he listen and take time to understand - he ensures that the outcome is nothing short of the patient's goals. He knows how to create an environment of comfort and trust, and is a true visionary in his field. I would highly recommend him to anyone! I have the utmost confidence that he will go above and beyond what is expected. I have a newfound confidence and love for my body!! Dana T., Orlando, FL"- D. / Judy's Book / Jul 08, 2012
Buttock lift procedures are usually performed on an outpatient basis in our internationally accredited, on-site surgical facility in Orlando, and under general anesthesia. If a combination surgery is performed with a butt lift, an overnight stay may be required. Swelling and bruising may last several weeks as the area heals, but most patients are performing light, everyday activities within a few days. Scarring is also unavoidable, but every effort is made to make the incisions as inconspicuous as possible so that they can be concealed. In most cases, patients will be able to return to work after 1-2 weeks, and heavy exercise at 6 weeks.
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Butt Lift FAQs
Lift or Lipo?
It depends. Both of these procedures address different cosmetic issues. For individuals who have loose skin or wrinkles under the buttock area, a butt lift is necessary. This procedure may still include liposuction if there is excess fat to be removed. Patients with a healthy skin tone who simply want smaller buttocks may see improvements with liposuction alone. These alternatives can be discussed during the initial body assessment and consultation with Dr. Soto.
Butt augmentation is a procedure in which implants are used to give the buttocks volume and a shapelier curve. Another common procedure is the Brazilian butt lift, which gives the buttocks the same effect as butt augmentation except instead of using an implant, a fat transfer is performed. It is important to note that although a butt lift improves the firmness of the buttocks, it does not add volume. Some patients may benefit from a combined procedure that involves a butt lift with a fat transfer or implants.
A butt lift is recommended for those who are close to or at their goal weight, with a BMI (body mass index) below 30. When there is a significant weight gain after this surgery, the surgical results can be compromised. Similar to any body contouring procedure where the shape and contour of the body is enhanced, adhering to a healthy lifestyle with proper diet and regular exercise will help maintain the results over the long term.
How Bad is the Scarring?
As with most skin removal surgeries, there will be some scarring with a butt lift procedure. The plastic surgeon will make every effort to minimize scarring and their visibility by placing the incisions within the natural folds under the buttocks. Post-surgery care is very important for effective healing of the wound. Compression garments and topical creams will also help. Over the years, the scars will fade and flatten out.