A bum lift is a basic procedure which aims to improve the appearance of a saggy or drooping buttocks area. It may be included as part of a lower body lift or in addition to contouring in the groin or thigh area of the body.
What is a Bum Lift?
Also known as buttock augmentation, a bum lift may involve some form of liposuction, an implant for enhancement or contouring (removing excess skin or fat). It is primarily concerned with improving the aesthetic form of the buttocks. Particularly popular if the bum has lost it’s youthful firmness over time due to loss of elasticity or now experiences sagginess following considerable weight loss.
The Bum Lift Consultation Process
During any consultation it is important to be honest about your expectations and desires for cosmetic surgery. If you are seeking surgery based off of someone else’s comments to seek body contouring, then you will not be advised to go ahead with surgery. Your health is of paramount importance during consultation, so it is vital to be honest regarding your current health and lifestyle. A bum lift may be best performed in addition to other procedures, such as a lower or full body lift.
Risks and any limitations will be discussed throughout the consultation, allowing you to choose a procedure which meets your expectations.
Pre-Surgery Preparation for Bum Lift Surgery
A bum lift is performed in a hospital and so you will be under a general anaesthetic. Meaning you will be unconscious throughout the process. If you feel unwell prior to surgery it is important to inform our team, as it may be wiser to postpone the surgery until you are well again. Illness can cause unexpected complications during surgery.
Prior to any surgery you must stop smoking 6 weeks beforehand. As standard, we advice taking at least 2 weeks off from work in order to recover – perhaps more, depending on the type of work that you do.
What to Expect During Bum Lift Surgery?
A simple incision will be made from hip to hip on your lower back. Excess skin is then pulled, succeeding in lifting the buttocks to ensure a more toned appearance. If hip and bum enlargement is desired, then consider the Brazilian bum lift procedure. Any excess skin and fat will be removed, then the wound will be sealed using invisible stitches.
What is the Recovery Period after Saggy Buttocks Surgery?
Following saggy buttocks surgery it may take between 4 to 6 weeks to recover, though it may be up to 8 weeks before your scar fully heals. You will be able to return to light exercise after 1 week, while normal exercise can resume between 4 to 8 weeks depending on your recovery process.
Who is an Bum Lift Ideal For?
A bum lift is ideal for anyone suffering sagging of the buttocks area due to either losing elasticity over time or following weight loss. In either case, it aims to remove the excess skin and provide better contour to the buttocks area.
Who is Unsuitable?
If you have been told to seek body contouring by someone else then you will not be considered suitable for surgery. This is also the case if you have unrealistic expectations or poor health that may complicate any procedure.
Is a Bum Lift Painful?
Soreness is to be expected and is typical following any surgery, including when you have a bum lift. Bruising and swelling are likely to develop around the wound as it heals. Walking is possible shortly after a bum lift, but to ensure proper healing you should avoid sitting for up to 3 weeks following this type of surgery. You will be given a compression bandage in order to aid the healing process.
Risks or Complications
The majority of patients are very pleased with the results of surgery, only experiencing the common after effects of bruising and some numbness. However, in some cases, certain patients may develop an infection in their wounds, prolonged numbness, some skin loss and a thicker than usual scar. General anaesthesia also comes with the risk of cardiac or respiratory issues, as well deep vein thrombosis. Long-term functional problems are very rare.
Occasionally, it is possible that there may be a level of unevenness in regards to each side of the buttock. But, this is fully explained when it comes to expectations in your pre-surgery consultation.
How Much Does a Bum Lift Cost in the UK?
Due to the individual nature of the procedure costs vary from patient to patient. A bum lift may be combined with a lower body lift, liposuction or more extensive surgery. As a result, a full cost estimation will only be given at the end of your consultation in order to address everything you may require. This will include both the surgeons, general anaesthesia and hospital fees for the whole procedure.