Buttock Reduction

Treatment information

For a buttock reduction the unwanted fat in the buttock area is removed in the hope of creating a more proportional body symmetry. The excess fat is removed through liposuction of the unwanted fat deposits.

Generally about the treatment

Many people - women in particular - can feel troubled by a large bum. It seems to be a heritable tendency for women to store fat around the backside, and for some it can seem impossible to get rid of, even for those who exercise regularly and eat healthily. Fortunately this problem can be solved by surgically removing the stubborn, excess fat.

The excess fat is removed through a liposuction procedure, where fat and excess fat cells are sucked out. The removal of the fat cells mean that the patient won't gain back the weight in the area, as there are simply fewer fat cells in the area, where fat can be stored.

Fat deposits on the buttocks are usually removed from the lower back area, the back thighs, from under the fold of the buttocks, or from the side of the hips (also known as saddlebags). Due to the variety of areas, the treatment procedure is defined by the patient's individual situation.

For those who wish to have a relatively large amount of fat removed, it may be necessary to combine the operation with a buttock lift in order to remove excess skin after the surgery to give the buttocks a lift.


A perfect candidate for this treatment is a healthy, mentally stable non-smoker with elastic skin and a stable weight.

The purpose of a buttock reduction is not weight loss, but rather a help for people of a normal weight, who wish to have a more proportioned backside but have been unable to obtain this through exercise and a balanced diet.

The procedure

Prior to the operation the surgeon will examine the patient in order to mark the areas requested to be removed by the patient.

During the operation, the surgeon will make a minor incision (most commonly under the fold of the buttock) after which he will insert a cannula in the area where the excess fat is stored.

The cannula is used to break down the fat cells in the areas requested. The excess fat is then removed using a vacuum pump.


A buttock reduction can be carried out under general or local anaesthesia, and can be done as an outpatient procedure, or the patient can be admitted to the hospital if needed.


Throughout the next few days, the patient will feel tired and sore. Mild bruising and swelling may also occur. If the pains become strong the patient will be provided with painkillers.

Risk of complications

Complications for this treatment are rare, but, as with all other surgery, there are some risks.

Some patients may experience lumps, a discolouration of the skin, or a numbness in the treated area. If any of these problems occur, a secondary operation will be necessary.

More serious complications include blood clots, infection, loss of fluid, accumulation of fluids in the lungs, or an overdose of the anaesthesia. These complications are very rare though.

The best way to avoid complications is to follow the surgeon's instructions carefully.

There is a risk of side effects from the anaesthetic used, along with bleeding, poor wound healing, a poor cosmetic result, and blood accumulation.

No form of surgery is risk free, although severe complications are very rare.

Healing and recovery

Soreness and bruises should wear off during the following 2-3 weeks.

It is also necessary for the patient to wear a special tightening garment in order to preserve the desired shape and to reduce swelling. The garment must then be worn for up to 6 weeks after the surgery.

The surgeon will advise the patient to take up light activities shortly after surgery, as this could help the healing process. Strenuous activities should, however, be avoided for the following 6 weeks after the surgery.

Work may be resumed a few days after the surgery.

Duration of the result

The treatment is permanent as the fat cells are removed along with the fat, thus preventing the fat from storing itself in the treated area again. The removal of fat from the buttocks does not have any affect on the rest of the body's ability to store fat.