Posterior Body Lift/Butt Lift in McAllen
Almost every post-bariatric patient will need some type of abdominoplasty, whether it is an extended abdominoplasty, a Fleur-de-Lys pattern abdominoplasty, or an Around-the-World abdominoplasty. Sometimes called a Circumferential Abdominoplasty, or Belt Lipectomy, the Around-the-World Abdominoplasty refers to the combination of a tummy tuck, lateral thigh lift, and buttock lift (posterior body lift) to improve the appearance of the entire lower torso by addressing the loose skin on the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks in patients who have undergone massive weight loss (i.e. a Lower Body Lift).
The Lower Body Lift Procedure is performed under general anesthesia with additional local and tumescent anesthesia. An overnight stay in observation may be required if the procedure lasts longer than 6 hours when combined with tummy tuck and liposuction to additional areas. The procedure starts in the prone position (lying on the stomach) to address the flanks and buttocks. The excess skin and underlying fat is removed, the buttocks and posterior-lateral thighs are lifted, and this smoothes the back and buttock region. I typically perform VASER liposuction as part of my Body Lift procedures to further enhance the results. Recovery and exercise restrictions are similar to that of a tummy tuck. The discomfort after surgery is moderate and well managed with oral medications like Tylenol and Aleve. Walking after surgery is very beneficial and is strongly encouraged. Light cardiovascular exercise may begin four weeks after surgery and normal activity at 6 weeks.
Gluteal implants or fat transfer? Due to weight loss and the effects of lifting the sagging skin, we often recommend fat transfer or gluteal implants at the time of the butt lift to address the deflated gluteal region and prevent a flat butt. Unfortunately many weight loss patients no longer have enough fat to harvest and achieve a meaningful outcome with fat transfer, and for these patients gluteal implants provide an excellent result. The long incisions associated with the butt lift procedure provide excellent access for placing the gluteal implants inside the thick gluteus muscle with no additional risks post-operatively. Our patients are often surprised how little pain is associated with butt lift surgery, with or without gluteal implants.
To learn more about butt lift surgery call us to set up your private consultation with Dr. Rodriguez, a double board-certified cosmetic surgeon and an expert in gluteal contour enhancement. (956-687-8346 or 956-350-6561).
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