How long does the butt lift last for before it has to be re-done?

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How Long Does Butt Lift Last

Assuming the butt lift that you are referring to is a fat injection or BBL type procedure the results can last for years (typically 40%) of the fat injected gets reabsorbed quickly.  If the fat however does not take and is reabsorbed then the results may not last longer than a few months.

Results vary by the surgeon's techniques, amount of fat injected and each individual patient.

Please consult in person with an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon prior to making treatment decisions. 

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Longevity of a BBL

Unless a revision is required or you are displeased with results of the BBL, another BBL is not necessary.  About 50% of the fat that is transferred lives and becomes a part of you.  This will hold stable as long as there is no weight fluctuation.  The fat will not move, but gains in weight will distribute differently.  

Kenneth Hughes, MD, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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"Butt lift" as in BBL?

Most women do not need an actual "buttock lift" whereby loose skin above or below the buttock cheeks is excised leaving a relatively long scar.  By adding (lost?) volume to your buttock it will perk up again/more like adding air to a deflated balloon.

Allow me to share with you some information that you may not hear elsewhere. There are only two proven safe and relatively effective methods for Buttock Augmentation and Hip Augmentation: 1) Autologous Fat Transfer (aka BBL) using your own fat, transferring from one area of the body to the other and 2) Buttock/Hip Implants (semi-solid silicone rubber implants that cannot rupture &/or leak). Both are very good options so what it comes down to, like any surgery, is proper patient selection. Indeed because at least 50+ % of the fat transferred will melt away within a year, most patients are not good candidates because they lack an adequate amount of fat to harvest. Another tip is that if you gain weight for the procedure, the fat that you lose first when you go back down to your baseline weight after surgery is in fact that fat that you originally gained and transferred into your don't fall victim to this recommendation.  Although using your own fat is relatively safe, the one serious complication that can rarely (< 1%) happen is "fat embolism" in which some of the fat gets into the blood stream and travels up into the lungs, heart, and/or brain causing serious problems. This complication is more likely to happen with the larger amount of fat being transferred. This can also happen when using fillers like PMMA and hyaluronic acids. Also fillers, when injected in large quantities, have a relatively high tendency to migrate away from the original area they were placed and tend to stimulate a lot of inflammation and subsequent scar tissue/hardening.
Thus buttock/hip implants become a very good, safe, and long term reliable option for most patients seeking buttock augmentation (at least in my practice). I prefer to insert the buttock implants through a single 2 ½ inch long incision over the tailbone (concealed within the crevice between the buttock cheeks) and the hip implants through a ~ 1 inch incision just below the beltline above the hip region. The buttock implant should always be placed under or within the gluteus maximus muscle. In this position, the implant is less palpable, less visible, and does not sag or shift/migrate over time unlike implants placed on top of the muscle. Therefore it is extremely important to seek consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in this procedure. And in this case too, at least in my surgical practice, the infection rate is minimized to ~1%. Glad to help.

Ryan Stanton, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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