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Facts about buttock lift

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    General anesthesia
    Operation requires an overnight stay (price includes overnight stay)

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    Operation time

    2 to 3 hours

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    Recovery time

    2 to 3 weeks

Buttock lift

Buttocks may start to sag through aging or after extreme weight loss, giving the appearance of a “square” backside. Firming creams and plenty of sport usually lead to disappointing results. A buttock lift is often a possible solution.
At your first consultation, the plastic surgeon will be able to tell you whether a buttock lift can be performed on you. And whether the result you want to achieve from a buttock lift can be reached. During this consultation, the plastic surgeon may show you before and after photos of a buttock lift.

What does the buttock lift cost

  • L Operation with local anaesthesia
  • O Operation requires a overnight stay (price incl. overnight)
  • N Operation with general anaesthesia (price inclusive narcosis)
Buttocks lift
€ 3450

We guide you step by step before, during and after treatment

01 Consultation

Plastic surgeon

The consultation is always held with the plastic surgeon who will be carrying out your procedure.
At this first consultation with your plastic surgeon, you will discuss the medical aspects of a buttock lift and what you are wanting to achieve from it. They will take photos and then examine your buttocks.
In front of a mirror, you will have the opportunity to tell the plastic surgeon what you would like to have done and they will let you know if they can meet your expectations. After this, they will show you before and after photos of buttock lift procedures they have previously performed.
The plastic surgeon will also discuss the pros and cons of buttock lifts, possible complications and any risks with you. The consultation will take about 45 minutes altogether.


Following on from your first consultation with your plastic surgeon, you will have an appointment with your consultant. The aim of this appointment is to tell you about the general aspects to be arranged with respect to your buttock lift. 

02 Procedure

You are expected to arrive at the Boerhaave clinic half an hour before your procedure. 

The buttock lift is carried out under general anaesthetic and takes approximately 1 hour. A thin tube will be inserted into your arm (a drip), through which the anaesthetic is administered.

During the procedure under general anaesthetic, your vital signs, such as pulse, heart rate and respiratory rate, will be monitored by the anaesthetist and their team.
An incision is made above the buttocks, via which the plastic surgeon removes the excess skin. The scar will fall below the bikini line. After stitching together the wound, the plastic surgeon will apply a support bandage to the buttocks.

03 After care and recovery

After the buttock lift, you will stay overnight at the clinic. After the operation, you will be taken to the recovery room, where your blood pressure, heart rate and other vital signs will be monitored. You will stay there for about half an hour. You will then be moved to a bed in the day care department, where you will stay for the night. You cannot go home until the following morning.

In the first few days after a buttock lift, your buttocks will feel painful. You may also feel slight pressure around the treated area. The skin around the treated area will be taut and stretched. This is because the skin has to adjust to the new size of the buttocks. You may also feel muscle pain.

As with every surgical procedure, the body takes time to recover. The treated area will initially be bruised, sore and swollen. The scars may also be reddish in colour and raised immediately after the buttock lift. You shouldn’t worry about this, as it is your body’s natural reaction.

Scar cream

At your first check-up, you will be given a scar care cream to take home with you. Once the wound has closed and the scabs have disappeared, you can start applying the scar cream. If you apply this cream to the closed wound twice a day, you increase the chance of the wound healing nicely.

04 Results

The results of a buttock lift will not be visible until after a couple of months. The results of a buttock lift generally have a long-term effect. However, if the skin and muscle tissue continue to sag, it may be necessary to undergo another procedure.


The scars will initially be red and swollen after a buttock lift, but this will start to fade after a couple of weeks. You must not expose the scars to the sun for the first few months after your buttock lift. Nor should you leave them exposed under a sunbed. So remember to apply the scar cream to your scars and stay out of the sun. After the first year, always use factor 30 or higher when you are in the sun, to protect your skin.

05 Risks and complications

It is important you are aware that every surgical intervention can entail risks and complications. Plastic surgery procedures are in principle carried out on healthy people, so the risks and chances of complications are low.

The chances of complications arising are luckily rare. You can help reduce certain risks by carefully reading through the instructions you are given prior to your buttock lift.

Possible complications of a buttock lift may be:

  • Haematoma (blood clot under the skin which has to be removed)
  • Adverse reaction to the sedation
  • Haemorrhaging
  • Infection
  • Change in sensitivity
  • Permanent scars
  • Damage to underlying structures
  • Unsatisfactory aesthetic result.


Patients who smoke or use tobacco or nicotine products (such as nicotine patches and chewing gum) at the time of their surgery have a greater risk of complications, such as skin loss and impaired wound healing. People who are exposed to passive smoking may also have an increased risk of complications such as these. What’s more, smoking may have a negative effect on the anaesthesia, which may in turn lead to an increased risk of bleeding. People who are not exposed to tobacco smoke or nicotine-containing products have a significantly lower risk of such complications. It is important not to smoke for at least 2 weeks prior to the operation and to keep this up for the entire recovery process.

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