also named liposuction or liposculpture, is a surgical procedure
designed to remove deposits of excess fat to create a desired
body contour. Although liposuction is not a weight loss technique,
it can effectively eliminate excess fat deposits in particular
areas of the body, including the buttocks, restoring a more
proportionate and healthy body contour. The goal is to create
a natural rounded curve to the buttock that recalls the look
of the slim, well-proportioned youthful body.
tendency to accumulate fatty deposits on the buttocks may be
inherited, and these deposits are often resistant to diet and
exercise. Both men and women become discouraged at having lost
unwanted pounds without seeing a significant change in this area.
The overall proportions of the body may appear unbalanced and
the extra bulk can keep clothes from fitting well. In these cases,
liposuction can successfully trim excess fat in the buttock area
creating a desired balance and symmetry to the body.
is buttock liposuction performed?
surgery, the surgeon will mark the areas of the body where the
fat is to be removed. An intravenous (IV) line will be inserted
in a vein in your arm to make the fluid level in your body remain
the procedure, the surgeon makes a tiny incision in the skin,
typically in or near the buttock crease, and inserts a thin tube
called a cannula into the fatty area. The cannula is used to
break up the fat deposits and sculpt the area to the desired
proportions. The excess fat deposits are suctioned out with a
powerful vacuum, leaving the skin, muscles, nerves, and blood
the super-wet technique, a saline solution containing a local
anesthetic and adrenaline is injected into the area to be treated,
which makes the fat deposits easier to break up and extract.
This extra fluid also minimizes trauma to the surrounding tissue,
reducing swelling and post-operative pain. The administration
of adrenaline also decreases bleeding during surgery, further
tumescent technique involves injecting a solution with a local
anesthetic into the areas to be treated prior to suctioning.
An incision is made near the area from which the fat is to be
removed; and a specially designed surgical tube, called a cannula,
is placed through the incision into the fat. The cannula is attached
by flexible tubing to a vacuum pump that removes the fat by suction
as the cannula is manipulated beneath the skin. Compared to other
conventional liposuction techniques, the tumescent technique
is more precise and accurate. This procedure minimizes blood
loss, removes more fat and has a faster recovery time.
relatively new method, ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL),
uses sound waves to liquefy the fat after the injection of fluids.
Like the super-wet and tumescent techniques, UAL minimizes trauma,
bruising and blood loss. UAL is particularly useful on fibrous
areas of the body.
surgeon will choose the best technique for you. The particular
technique will be determined by a combination of factors, including
the precise area to be treated, the amount of fat to be removed,
his/her training and experience, and your individual preferences.
long does buttock liposuction take?
liposuction generally takes one to two hours per area treated
type of anesthesia is used?
liposuction is usually performed using local anesthesia along
with a light sedative to make you feel drowsy and relaxed. General
anesthesia may also be used, causing you to be asleep during
the whole procedure.
is the procedure performed?
procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, in the surgeon's
office-based surgical suite, an outpatient surgical facility,
can I return home and resume normal activities?
is no hospital stay required and you should be able to return
to work within a few days to several weeks, depending on the
type of activity your job requires. All normal activities may
be resumed within six weeks.
do I prepare for buttock liposuction?
your initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss the changes
that you would like to make to your appearance. Since the appearance
of your buttocks is a matter of personal perception and preference,
you will need to discuss your concerns in detail so your surgeon
can determine the appropriate alternatives. You also should make
arrangements ahead of time for someone to drive you to and from
your procedure and to assist you with your daily activities during
your recovery period.
to your surgical procedure, the surgeon will perform a complete
health history and physical examination to evaluate your overall
weight, your skin and muscle tone and the overall distribution
of fat deposits. In particular your surgeon will ask you about
any problems you have had with high blood pressure, blood clotting
or a tendency to develop large scars.
of your allergies, medications and previous surgeries should
be brought to your surgeon's attention at this time. Specific
instructions to assist you in preparing for this procedure will
be given to you after the health history and physical is complete.
Depending on your individual health status, the instructions
may include guidelines regarding your diet, alcohol intake, smoking
and which medications to take or avoid. Your experience will
be much smoother if you remain compliant with your surgeon's
precautions are necessary during recovery?
of the bruising and swelling should subside within three weeks.
Compression bands must be worn for several weeks to ensure the
shape of your buttocks. Please ask your surgeon for after care
instructions specific to your case, as these will assist you
during your recovery period.
are the possible complications after buttock liposuction?
surgery, some patients experience dimpling, lumpiness, numbness,
scarring, discoloration, or sagging skin in the treated area.
Follow-up surgery may be needed to correct these problems. UAL
liposuction may cause friction burns to the skin or to the internal
serious complications include blood clots, infection, excessive
fluid loss leading to shock, fluid build-up in the lungs, and
drug overdose. The removal of large amounts of fat, multiple
procedures, and the use of general anesthesia is associated with
increased risks of serious complications. It is always important
to be informed about the possible complications before any surgery.
Be sure to discuss any concerns you may have with your surgeon.
results can I expect after buttock liposuction?
the first couple of days, your hips and legs will be stiff and
sore. In addition, you may experience some pain, burning, swelling,
bleeding or temporary numbness. Your surgeon will prescribe medication
to alleviate any discomfort.
surgeon may prescribe an antibiotic ointment to prevent infection
at the incision sites. Your stitches will be removed in a week
to 10 days, unless they dissolve on their own. You will be fitted
with a compression band to cut down on swelling and to hold your
buttocks in its new shape until the tissues have adjusted.
the normal aging process affects the firmness and elasticity
of the skin, older patients may not experience results as dramatic
as those typically achieved in younger patients. Although liposuction
cannot alter skin quality or muscle tone, and should not be a
substitute for regular exercise and a balanced diet, your arm
will always be slimmer than it was prior to this procedure.
liposuction is often performed in conjunction with a buttocks
lift or with thigh liposuction. Most people are pleased with
the new contour of their buttocks and often feel a boost in energy