Will Butt Lift Help with Loose Skin Due to Rapid Weight Loss?

Hi, I'm a young male in my early twenties and I am seriously considering surgery for my posterior. The problem is, I'm not exactly sure of what I need done. I was an overweight teen (about 5'3" 200lbs).

I lost a lot of the weight too quickly and now have loose skin. I'm 6'0" 150lbs now and my only problem is this sagging skin on my backside. It's nothing drastic but it is noticeable. I've read a bit about lower buttock lifts but there isn't a ton of info. on it. Is this the procedure best suited for my needs?

Doctor Answers 13

Buttock lift to correct loose skin combined with fat transfer

Congratulations on your large weight loss!  With such a massive weight loss, the buttocks can look deflated and droop. If there is a great deal of skin laxity, a buttock lift which elevates and tightens the buttocks is the best option. The choice for placement of the incisions is either at the upper portion of the buttocks along the waist line or on the lower portion of the buttocks in the crease. I frequently combine the a buttock lift with fat transfer performed at the same time.

I would recommend a consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

Best regards, Andrew Lyos, MD, FACS

Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Butt lift can help tighten the loose skin after weight loss

Patients today have multiple choices to change the contour, shape, and skin of their butt. In a patient who has experienced significant weight loss and who now has loose skin, they may benefit from a butt lift. Remember that the recovery process after the surgery is significant and for best results you should only work with a board-certified plastic surgeon who is a great deal of experience and butt augmentation, butt contouring, and butt lift techniques. They will be able to examine your tissue and determine which combination of these procedures will help you meet your goals.

Pat Pazmino, MD, FACS
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Buttock lift

You are the ideal person for a BUTTOCK LIFT, with or without buttock enhancement.

The incision follow the upper curvature of the buttock, and the skin is pulled up, the excess removed. The scar will be with in the swimsuit.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Butt lift to correct loose skin.

You have to understand that you did have an XXL suit and right now you want this size medium . But we do have limited places in which we can cut the skin and pull tissue, why? basically because of the blood supply . In your case in specific it is possible to do an improvement by doing the butt lift , but probably this will not be enough, why, because you did also loose volumen, and this has to be replace to give you the best result possible.

Francisco Sauceda, MD
Mexico Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Correcting Loose Skin After Massive Weight Loss

Congratulations on your weight loss!

There are pros and cons to performing your lift from underneath in the crease and from above the buttocks. Excising the excess skin from the bottom can distort the contour and distinction of the buttock curve from the thigh. Performing the lift from above will make the butt look flatter and you can lose the rounded contour of the butt. Both can result in a wide, disfiguring scar.

I would recommend that you remove the excess from above and consider fat transfer to regain volume and fullness of your butt. 

Gabriel Chiu, DO
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Butt Lift After Weight Loss

Congratulations on the weight loss!  Unfortunately, you now have a problem we are seeing very commonly in patients that have lost a large amount of weight.  That is there is more skin than there is volume in the buttocks.  In your case, I would treat this by using buttocks implants to replace some of the volume in the buttocks so that you look great in your jeans again.  I would at the same time, recommend a lower buttocks lift to remove the extra skin that is hanging below the buttocks crease.  This combination can provide dramatic results and can be done in one surgery.  Best of luck in your journey!

Sacha Obaid, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 135 reviews

Loose buttock skin can be surgically removed

If there is excessive skin in the crease under the buttocks, a very straight forward excision of this skin will solve the problem.  It is quite a long scar, but will be totally hidden in all clothing.  This can also be combined with fat grafts to the buttocks for more volume if desired.

Good Luck!

David Finkle, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Butt lift to correct sagging buttocks skin after massive weight loss.

I think your best option would be a "butt lift" with an incision just above the top of the buttocks. Most often this incision can be placed in a location that will still allow you to wear a bathing seated and cover the resultant scar. Many times this type of excision is combined with a circumferential abdominoplasty. However it doesn't sound as though you are having a problem with your anterior abdominal wall. Skin needed to be tightened in this area a circumferential abdominoplasty would be ideal. Good luck

John J. Edney, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Butt lift following weight loss

You are a great candidate for a buttocks lift following your weight loss.  You will need skin removal with a waistline scar.

David Stoker, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Butt Lift, Dr. Adibfar, Plastic Surgeon , Toron


You have a moderate to severe deflation of your buttock in conjunction with excessive loose skin .

You should benefit from a buttock lift with incisions that may extend towards the front for a more smooth results 

In order to prevent or minimize any flattening of the buttock a gluteal muscle based dermal fat flap should be created for further projection.

You may also need some free fat transfer either primarily or as a second stage should you desire even further projection. 

Thank you

Ali Adibfar, MD, DDS
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 79 reviews

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