Buttock Lift (Lipectomy) Sydney

A Buttock Lift (Lipectomy) describes a surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess skin from the lower back, lifting and tighteneng the buttocks. If combined with an Abdominoplasty (aka Tummy Tuck) then the operation with the resultant circumferential scar is often referred to as a Belt Lipectomy.

For many individuals that have experienced significant weight loss, the primary problem associated with excess skin is largely functional, with aesthetics being a secondary concern. Removing the excess skin in these circumstances improves functional and aesthetic issues – reconstructing your body form.

Many other names have been assigned to surgical procedures designed to treat problems associated with the lower back and buttocks.

Ultimately, the name is not that important, but the explanation by your surgeon as to what their plan entails is far more important.

  • LOWER BACK LIFT – this is an operation and name that would suggest the primary area on concern is the lower back.
  • GLUTEAL LIPECTOMY – this is an operation that would suggest the primary area of concern is the buttocks – excess skin and sagging of the buttocks which requires lifting.
  • BUTTOCK LIPECTOMY – this is simply a less formal term for describing a gluteal lipectomy.


In the following educational video Dr Dona explains the basic reconstructive surgical principles of a Buttock Lift. This video was taken immediately prior to surgery after Dr Dona had made his tentative surgical markings. These markings serve as a guide for how much skin (and associated fatty tissue) Dr Dona intends on removing.

Buttock lift procedures are often performed following a prior abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) due to the reasons demonstrated in the video.

The outcomes shown are only relevant for this patient and are not a guarantee that you will have similar results, even if you have a similar body type or shape. Results may vary due to many factors including an individual’s genetics and lifestyle.

This patient had a prior Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) and in this video she was undergoing a Buttock Lift. This is effectively a two-stage Belt Lipectomy.

The Surgery

Buttock Lift surgical procedure

After massive weight loss, all parts of the body are affected by excess skin, with some areas more problematic than others. It is uncommon for excess skin problems to be isolated to a single region of the body. Therefore, the reconstructive decision process must be tailored to address everyone’s specific concerns. As such, the surgery and its associated scars is dictated by the issues that need addressing.

Areas of concern that need to be assessed in determining the precise surgical plan include:

  • Buttocks
  • Back – lower and mid back
  • Flanks
  • Upper outer thighs
  • Abdominal wall – standard full abdominoplasty assessment
  • Mons/pubic region

Assessing these areas will establish the optimal surgical plan (and associated scars) that will be necessary.

As far as a Buttock Lift is concerned, the scar will be along the upper buttock, along the sides and extend a variable distance along the lower abdominal wall. Of course, if it is combined with an abdominoplasty as part of a belt lipectomy, then it is a circumferential scar within a standard “belt line”.

These issues will be discussed with Dr Dona and a surgical plan created to best address your concerns.



Combining a Buttock Lift with other surgical procedures

As stated, these operations are often required in individuals that have experienced massive weight loss, with the subsequent excess skin and tissue affecting multiple parts of the body. The common areas of concerns include the arms, breast, back, tummy and thighs. It is therefore not uncommon for these patients to request and require surgery in these areas.

As stated, a buttock lift is often combined with a tummy tuck as part of a Belt Lipectomy. These operations can also be combined with Breast Reduction and Arm Reduction (Brachioplasty) procedures.

Ultimately the patient’s general health, logistics and finances are all considered in determining what is the appropriate surgical pathway to take to address all areas of concern. Typically, more than one operation is required in a staged manner to ensure a safe and effective pathway to address all areas of concern.

Recovery & Potential Complications

Buttock Lift recovery process

Whilst the postoperative discomfort us generally far less than that experienced with a Belt Lipectomy, the postoperative recovery and potential complications are similar.

Take a look at our BELT LIPECTOMY page to learn more.

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