Buttock Lift (Back Lift)

Buttock Lift or Back lift is a procedure which includes the removal of excess skin and fat from the lateral thighs, back and buttocks.  The incision is a posterior extension of your prior abdominoplasty incision continuing all the way around your back.  The incision is designed to be hidden beneath the bikini line in women and the underwer line in men.  The procedure is used to remove excess skin and fat from the lower back as well as lift the buttocks and lateral thighs to give you an improved body contour. It is typically performed as a staged procedure following an abdominoplasty (panniculectomy) in major weight loss patients.    Depending upon your anatomy fat may be grafted to round the buttocks after it is lifted, which is considered a buttock augmentation, please see buttock augmentation for further information and ask Dr. Capuano if this is right for you.

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Is This Surgery Right For Me?

The majority of the patients who are candidates for this procedure are typically major weight loss patients.  However, this procedure is also helpful to combat the effects of gravity, aging and loss of skin elasticity on your back and buttocks.

Body contouring procedures are helpful if you are frustrated with the sagging skin in your lower body.  The best candidates for lower body lifts are patients who have lost over 50 pounds due to bariatric surgery or dieting, who are non-smokers, who are at a stable weight for over 1 year, and who have loose, excess skin in their lower body that restricts their mobility or causes painful rashes or chafing.  Other excellent candidates include people in whom pregnancy or aging have left them with loose skin and fat below the waistline, on their abdomen, anterior and lateral thighs, hips, and back.  Candidates for lower body lift must be willing to accept a thin circumferential scar around their waist.

Ask the Doctor

Frequently Asked Questions

Length of Surgery:

3-5 hours depending upon your anatomy. General Anesthesia is required and the surgery is performed at a hospital or surgery center.  Overnight stay may be preferred by the doctor and depends upon your anatomy and length of procedure.  

Expected Recovery:

Following surgery, most patients are able to return to work within about 2 weeks, while 6 weeks are required, before return to strenuous activity or lifting.  Final results may not be evident for up to a year.  If staging of procedures is required, , a “road map” is discussed to allow patients a better understanding of the time that will be required to treat their entire body, and to help them establish appropriate expectations.

Common Side Effects:

Redness, drainage, swelling, temporary pain or numbness of the skin, bruising, fatigue (which may last several months)   

Risks of Surgery:

Risks include bleeding, infection, hematoma, seroma, changes in skin sensation, scarring, damage to underlying structures, contour deformity, unsatisfactory results requiring additional surgery and wound dehiscence.

Dr. Capuano consistently achieves excellent results with his buttock/back lifts.  He is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and he would be happy to discuss your options if you are thinking about a buttock/back lift.

How do I schedule an appointment for consultation?

Contact the office of the Northern Center for Plastic Surgery at (201)820-5280 to schedule an appointment.