BUTT LIFT* The butt lift is a major operation. It involves major incisions and the surgical removal of saggy and excess skin from the butt, besides the removal of excess fat. However, there are patients who consider the butt lift a simple and risk-free procedure. The fact is that the butt lift involves major risks, just like all other plastic surgery procedures. The butt lift is additionally risky because it involves skin removal. If you are considering the butt lift surgery, be sure to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Share your complete health and medication history with the plastic surgeon and discuss the associated risks. You should undergo the procedure only if the benefits of the procedure are greater than the risks and if the sagginess in your butt is genuinely affecting your self-esteem. What are the risks? There are many risks involved in the butt lift procedure. First off, there is a risk of excessive bleeding because the procedure involves surgical skin excision and major incisions. Secondly, if you have a history of blood clotting, you may experience blood clotting after the procedure. After the procedure, your body will be traumatized and exposed to potential infections. There is also a risk you may experience seroma and/or hematoma. Seroma is basically the collection of fluids discharged from your body at the surgical site and trapped under the skin. On the other hand, hematoma is a condition that involves the discharge of blood from the body, which gets trapped under the skin and becomes clotted. Other risks associated with the butt lift include anesthetic reactions (the surgery is performed under general anesthesia), abnormal scarring, the death of skin, general dissatisfaction with the achieved results, prolonged pain and postoperative swelling, change in butt sensation that may be permanent or temporary, and poor and slow wound healing. There are many factors that can trigger or increase the above-mentioned risks during or after the butt lift procedure. It is critical for patients to discuss these factors with the plastic surgeon and make a judicious decision. Let’s take a look at the factors that can increase the risks and how you can ensure your safety during and after the procedure. Inexperienced plastic surgeon and surgical errors If your plastic surgeon is inexperienced, the risks associated with the butt lift surgery would increase for you. Your safety and the success of the procedure depend to a greater extent on the surgeon’s experience, training, and skills. When looking for a plastic surgeon, be sure to do proper research and choose only an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon to undertake the procedure. Also, make sure to ask a lot of relevant questions from the surgeon during the consultation. For example, you can ask about his experience, past patients, and board certification. Health condition Your health condition is the second important factor that would determine the level of risks during and after butt lift surgery. Patients with poor health condition would be exposed to greater risks. During the consultation, make sure to share your full health and medication information with the doctor. For example, if you have diabetes, heart disease, or any other major disease, you will be at higher risk. Patients suffering from diabetes may experience excessive bleeding and poor wound healing after the surgery. If the disease is extremely serious, you should avoid going under the knife. Use of medications There are many medicines that can trigger complications during and after butt lift surgery. For instance, taking blood-thinning medicines like aspirin trigger excessive bleeding during and after the surgery. If you are taking any medications, be sure to bring this information to the knowledge of your doctor during the consultation session. You may be advised to stop taking certain or all medications or change the dose a few days before the surgery. Smoking Smokers are exposed to more risks during and after butt lift surgery. For example, if you don’t stop smoking, you may suffer from blood clotting and poor wound healing after the surgery. Smoking causes the blood to become clotted and stop oxygen from flowing to the incisions. This causes slow and poor wound healing. After the surgery, your risk of blood clotting will be higher because you will spend most of your time in bed. Smoking will catalyze the blood clotting, which means you could be exposed to life-threatening conditions. If you are smoking, be certain to share this information with the surgeon. The doctor may tell you to stop smoking two weeks before the procedure and remain a non-smoker during the recovery period. Doing so would not only keep you safe during and after the surgery but also improve the aesthetic results. Other factors Other major factors that can increase the risks during and after butt lift include the poor administration of anesthesia, carelessness during the recovery period, failure to follow the surgeon’s instructions, failure to wear compression garments, and the failure to take the prescribed medications. Make sure that a board-certified anesthesiologist is administering the anesthesia. Also, avoid engaging in physically demanding activities like sports, exercises, running, weight lifting, jumping, etc. You would be advised to wear compression garments after the surgery. Be sure to wear them for the recommended time period. If the doctor has prescribed medications, make certain to take them on time and according to the doctor’s instructions. Conclusion A butt lift is a plastic surgery procedure to treat saggy and hanging buttocks. The procedure involves incisions and the surgical removal of excess skin and fat from the butt. While the surgery delivers good results, there are many risks associated with it. The risks have been discussed in detail above along with the main factors that can trigger those risks. It is important for patients to do their research about the risks and go under the knife only if the benefits of the surgery are greater than the associated risks.