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Dealing with loose or wrinkled skin on or under your rear end can be discouraging, especially for if you’ve been careful about your diet and exercise regularly. Sometimes significant weight loss can cause this type of issue, while other times it’s simple genetics. Either way, a loose, wrinkly butt is never ideal—which is why our San Francisco practice recommends a gluteal sculpting procedure, also known as butt lift surgery. 

This procedure is designed to address problem areas with skin tightening and removal to reveal a higher, tighter contour. Our happy patients love their plump, lifted backsides, and gain confidence because of the new taut skin underneath. 

Our San Francisco butt lift procedure is performed by plastic surgeon Dr. James Anthony, and can be done in conjunction with other body sculpting surgeries such as an abdominoplasty, a thigh lift, or a lower body lift.

Am I an Ideal Candidate?

Unfortunately, once the skin loses its elasticity, it's incredibly challenging to lift the area without removing or tightening the skin. The ideal candidate for our San Francisco butt lift surgery is someone who has tried diet and exercise to improve their buttocks, with no luck. 

Dr. Anthony might recommend a butt lift to mature individuals with sagging skin, or to young individuals with excess loose skin from weight loss. He also offers “thong lift” procedures, which can lift and eliminate excess skin from the inferior area of the buttocks. Candidates who have previously been pregnant might also notice a difference in the nature of the skin around their buttocks.

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Dr. James Anthony does amazing work and has amazing patient care. I am very nervous about having any kind of surgery and he made me feel so comfortable. He went above and beyond my expectations. He genuinely cares about his patients needs and the successful outcome of his work. I am also very appreciative of the kindness of his entire staff.


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Dr. Anthony’s Surgical Technique

If you’ve chosen to undergo a butt lift procedure by itself, it will be performed on an outpatient basis the day of your surgery. When the butt lift is combined with other surgeries, Dr. Anthony may recommend that you be admitted to the surgical center for overnight observation for the beginning stages of your recovery. The surgery itself can be performed in around two hours while under general anesthesia. 

Incisions are made beneath the crease of your buttocks, where the thigh and bottom meet. For a thong lift procedure, incisions are made vertically on the inner portion of the buttocks. Excess skin will be trimmed away so the skin remaining can be lifted to a more appealing position. The muscles will be simultaneously tightened as well. 

Sometimes it’s recommended that liposuction be added to the surgery for the best results. When the procedure is finalized, your incisions will be sewn closed and monitored in the recovery area by our skilled team of medical professionals. As with every procedure, Dr. Anthony brings his artistic sensibility and high level of skill to the table, ensuring that your results are natural and exactly what you’d hoped for.

What Can I Expect After My Butt Lift?

Following your butt lift surgery, you can expect swelling and bruising around and on the surgical site, which can last a number of months. It may be uncomfortable to sit in a normal position for a while, so we advise that you obey the after-care advice Dr. Anthony will give you. You will also have follow-up appointments with him so he can monitor your recovery and keep a close eye on your healing incisions.

It’s not uncommon for the buttocks to be uncomfortable for the first week. As the swelling decreases, you will start to notice your surgical results. For some, results may not be noticed for a full year after their surgery. After recovery, any scars that remain visible can typically be concealed beneath undergarments or a swimsuit. If you have concerns or questions, please contact us. 

Uplift and Rejuvenate Your Rear

If you’re interested in a San Francisco butt lift, call us for more information or to schedule a consultation. This skin tightening surgery minimizes loose skin on and around the buttocks to create a sexier backside, as well as a voluminous silhouette. Contact us to schedule a consultation today to learn how we can get you the butt you want.

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How much does a surgical butt lift cost?

The price of a butt lift procedure varies from patient to patient. During your initial consultation, Dr. Anthony will go through your questions and desired outcome to create a customized treatment plan that fits your budget. We will also talk with you about specific out-of-pocket costs and payment plans.

What is the difference between a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL), a surgical Butt Lift and Liposuction?

A BBL adds fat to the butt area without any incisions; a surgical Butt Lift uses incisions to lift the butt and remove extra skin; while Liposuction is designed to remove excess fat around the buttock area.

Will I have visible scarring?

As with most surgical procedures, some scarring is to be expected. Dr. Anthony takes care to ensure that scarring is as minimal as possible, and only makes incisions in the natural folds and contours of your body so that they are more easily concealed.

What happens if I gain weight after surgery?

The results of a butt lift procedure can be compromised by significant weight gain after the procedure. We only recommend a butt lift if you’re close to or at your goal weight. You’ll also want to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine to maintain your results after a butt lift surgery.

Can I also get implants during a butt lift procedure?

While a butt lift procedure creates a firmer and tighter appearance to the buttocks, it doesn’t add volume. A butt augmentation uses implants to create more volume in the buttocks, while a fat transfer procedure uses your own fat from elsewhere in your body to then transfers it into the buttocks. Both a butt augmentation and fat transfer procedure can be combined with a butt lift surgery if you want to further enhance your results.

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