Buttock Lift / Butt Lift

The buttock lift is a purely aesthetic operation and is performed mainly after massive weight loss.

The buttock lift is not a rare operation in the field of aesthetic surgery, because, in most cultures, the appearance of the buttocks is of great importance.

For a successful correction of a sunken and flattened buttock, the surgeon must be familiar with the aesthetic standards of the buttocks.

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The following three criteria are of crucial importance for the aesthetics of the buttocks:
even distribution of the buttocks
pronounced V-Zone
beautiful formed diamond-shaped

If you draw a perpendicular and horizontal line through the middle of the buttocks, four quadrants are created which should ideally be about the same size.

The gluteus maximus muscle takes up 80% of the buttocks area and is the main form-determining component of the buttocks. Its origin on the iliac blade and the sacral/tail bone has a long-distance and curved profile and forms with its vis-à-vis a big “V”, the so-called “V-Zone”. The deeper the indentation formed and the larger its surface, the more beautiful the buttocks is considered.

The inner edge of the gluteus maximus proceeds downwards and then curves outwards, and thus forms the gluteal fold. Ideally, the gluteal fold divides at 2/3 of its length, continues with an angle of 45 ° down to the thigh and forms together with the opposite fold a rhombus which is known in the literature as the Diamond-Space.

The buttock lift is technically mature and has little operational variations. After palpation of the origin of the gluteus maximus, the skin is cut and lifted from the muscle fascia. The prede efined amount of lift corrisponds to excess of skin that will be removed.

For a successful buttocks lifting, tightening the slack is not enough, it is necessary to provide for an aesthetic volume distribution as well. Therefore, it is often necessary to add volume in order to improve the contour in the upper buttock area. This can be achieved by a dermis flap, autologous fat transplantation or silicone implants.

Before & After Photos Buttock Lift

Here you can see two examples of buttocks tightening. In Europe, this procedure is relatively rare compared to the US. The Buttock lift is usually performed together with a tummy tuck, this is called a body lift.

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1. What methods of buttocks lifts are there?

There is only one method. At the upper edge of the buttocks a V-shaped skin incision is performed, the skin dissected to the muscle fascia, and the excess skin is brushed up and removed . In addition to the desired lift of the buttocks, form correction may also be done.

2. What are the methods of form correction?

Most often, it is necessary to add in volume in the upper buttock area. This can be achieved by dermis flaps, autologous fat transplantation or silicone implants.

3. Where is the scar of a buttock lift?

It runs v-shaped approximately at the level of the iliac crest from top lateral towards the bottom crease of the column and symmetrically opposite.

4. How long will the surgical outcome last?

If there are no massive weight fluctuations, the results last a long time. Gravity may cause the seat to drop again so you have to repeat the operation several years later.

5. Will insurance pay for the procedure?

The buttock lift is a purely aesthetic procedure and will therefore never be covered by health insurance.

6. Is general anesthesia used in a buttock lift?

An operation of this magnitude must be performed under general anesthesia.

7. How many nights must I stay in hospital?

In general, you must count on two to three nights stay in hospital.

8. What complications can occur?

The most common medical complications, due to the size of the wound area, are bleeding, wound infection and slow wound healing. Aesthetic complications may include asymmetrical scars and pulling of the anchor sutures. With careful work, medical complications are very rare. The frequency of aesthetic complications is rather determined by the routine of the operator.

9. When is one “operational” after a buttock lift?

After about 10 days. At home, during convalescence, the seated position should be avoided for a period of 14 days. In order to avoid pressure on the scar, one should lie on the stomach or side.

Terms & Costs
First Consultation

The first consultation takes up to 30 minutes and costs EUR 180. For consultations lasting longer than 30 minutes EUR 250 will be charged. All other consultations are free of charge.

If you purchase the Enzyklopaedia Aesthetica book “Bauchdeckenstraffund & Bodylift” (Tummy Tuck & Bodylift) ( EUR 34.90 ) the first consultation is free of charge! You can purchase the book during your first visit in the ordination or order it online.

Surgical preparation for performing the procedure

The surgical preparation includes a blood test (so-called ” complete blood count “), a chest X-ray, and a surgical release by a general practitioner or internist. If you are insured in Austria and the procedure is medically indicated, there are no additional costs. The same applies to the OP-release by an internist or general practitioner, who is contracted with the usual social security institutions in Austria. In our medical center, there is an internist that the insurance considers a physician of choice. In this case, the insurance will cover about 50% of the cost.

Hospitalization – inpatient (overnight)

EUR 1.350 – 3.500,- depending on the length of the operation, number of nights, room type (suite, single, triple) and hospital.


In general, the procedure is performed under general anesthesia, therefore an anesthesiologist is needed for surgery. The cost of the anesthesia varies depending on the duration of the operation between EUR 400-1.200, – on average EUR 600-800 is to be expected.

Surgical fee

Depending on the length of the operation and the accompanying supplementary measures, the fee is between EUR 2.500-5.500. On average, a fee of EUR 3.000-4.000 is to be expected.


Visits are included in the surgical fee.


Check-ups are included in the surgical fee.

Preparation for Surgery

A buttock lift is performed in principle in an ISO-certified operating room in a hospital.

For a period of 14 days before the operation, anticoagulants (aspirin, Marcoumar, vitamin E, etc.) should be avoided as this can delay blood clotting. Also alcohol and sleeping pills should be avoided as far as possible, because they reduce the coagulating ability of the blood and thus increase the risk of bleeding. The consumption of cigarettes should be reduced to a minimum as much as possible. Nicotine has a vasoconstrictive effect, which can lead to impaired wound healing.

For surgery under general anesthesia, the following additional tests are necessary:

  • Lung X-ray and ECG
  • CBC including HIV and Hepatitis A, B and C.
  • Operation approval by a general practitioner or internist.

Please note that the test results may not be older than 10 days at the time of surgery. Please bring all the results for the procedure to the hospital.

Please come 2.5 hours BEFORE the procedure on the day of surgery to the hospital and sign in at the porter. After completing the admission formalities you will be placed in your room. On request, you will receive an infusion, which reduces your thirst.

When tightening the buttocks, please count on a hospital stay of one to three nights.

Surgical Checklist
  • OP-date plan
  • OP-date set (take vacation, compensatory time or sick leave, arrange for child care if necessary, etc.)
  • Two weeks before the surgery, complete the necessary preoperative exams (blood lab, X-ray, EKG, surgical release)
  • A preoperative interview will take place the day before the surgery. It will assess the findings, discuss final details and sign the consent form. An instruction sheet will be given to you by the assistant to complete and bring to the hospital.
  • Arrive at the hospital 2.5 hours before surgery to complete admission formalities. If requested, an assitant can accompany you to help shorten the time before the surgery.
  • Discharge from the hospital usually happens on the day of the surgery. Please do not drive yourself. Take a taxi or let yourself be picked up.
  • At home, relaxation and recovery should be in order. Avoid strenuous activities.
  • 1st Follow-up Visit (about 5-7 days after surgery) Change of bandages
  • 2nd Follow-up Visit (approximately 10 days after surgery): Removing the stitches.
  • 3rd Follow-up Visit (approximately 20 days after surgery)
  • 4th Follow-up visit (approximately 30 days after surgery)
  • Further follow-up visits will take place one, two and six months after surgery
  • Final follow-up control after one year