Skin laxity is the defining characteristic of patients who are candidates for a buttocks lift. It may be caused by genetics, although it is more frequently seen in patients who have gained and lost an excessive amount of weight. Usually done with other procedures such as a thigh lift or abdominoplasty, a buttocks lift involves the removal of excess skin and fat at the thigh and lower back area, resulting in tighter skin of the gluteal region which creates an improved, more rounded, firmly shaped and toned butt and thigh contour. This may be cause some swelling immediately after the operation, but it usually subsides after several weeks to months. Sutures are removed between the fifth to tenth day after the procedure. This is done under general or regional anesthesia with the patients confined for a few days in the hospital.
After the procedure, patients will have pressure dressing or garment at the treated area to help control the swelling. Patients are advised that there will be swelling, tightness, minimal pain or discomfort and numbness. However, these conditions are transient and resolve spontaneously during the next several weeks.
For Better Healing:
To improve healing and minimize swelling, patients are advise to avoid the following for 2 to 3 weeks : smoking, alcoholic beverages, aspirin, NSAID’s like mefenamic acids, vitamin E supplement, steroids, herbal tea or herbal medications.