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Saggy Buttocks: Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

As we age or go through certain life events our bodies inevitably experience change. Unfortunately, this change is often negative and leads to people trying to find a remedy.

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Saggy Buttocks: Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

As we age or go through certain life events our bodies inevitably experience change. Unfortunately, this change is often negative and leads to people trying to find a remedy. 

In terms of saggy buttocks, this can be a condition that affects anyone but it is more common in women. The nature of a woman’s body means that they naturally store more fat around the area of the buttocks and hips when compared to men.

Saggy buttocks can cause women to lose their self-confidence. Sagging buttock isn’t something that women have to put up with though. Numerous steps can be taken to perhaps prevent saggy buttocks. When the condition is already evident then there are options such as saggy buttock surgery as well as non-surgical alternatives to consider. If saggy buttocks are something causing you concern then we’re going to share all that you need to know about this condition.

What causes sagging buttocks?

Sagging buttock can be caused by a variety of factors. Generally, these are linked to the gluteal muscles which are the large muscles in your buttocks. These muscles are strong and add to the firm and taut appearance of the buttocks. Saggy buttocks occur due to:

  • Ageing: As we age, the gluteal muscles naturally lose some of their strength and tone. This means that buttocks begin to lose the firm appearance that they previously had.
  • Lack of exercise/poor diet: A lifestyle that sees little exercise and perhaps poor diet choices can add to sagging buttocks. Exercise can help to tone the gluteal muscles and burn calories. When this is lacking excess fat cells sit between the gluteal muscles and skin. This can lead to skin stretching. The look of excess skin can make the buttocks appear as though they are sagging.
  • Sitting still for prolonged periods of time: There are some jobs where sitting still is unavoidable. Unfortunately, jobs that keep you in a sitting position may make a sagging buttock worse. This is because it causes excess fat cells to build up around the buttocks causing them to sag. 
  • Dramatic weight loss: Losing a significant amount of weight can add to a saggy buttock. Excess fat cells cause the skin to stretch. When we lose weight, the skin should go back to how it was previously. As we age, skin loses its elasticity and instead does not return to how it was. This gives the appearance of excess skin that adds to saggy buttocks.

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What are the surgical options to treat saggy buttocks?

It is common for women to explore the option of saggy buttock surgery. Known as a buttock lift, this surgery takes place under general anaesthetic and takes between one and two hours to complete. The reason that women opt for saggy buttock surgery is that the results can be outstanding. Often any saggy buttock issues can knock people’s confidence and stop them from wearing certain clothing, especially swimwear. A buttock lift can change all of this. 

The results of saggy buttock surgery include:

  • Buttocks that have been lifted and reshaped
  • Buttocks with a reduced volume 
  • A more shapely and firmer appearance 
  • The removal of excess fat and skin
  • Skin being repositioned to add to tone and contouring 

By booking a consultation with a specialist you can find out exactly what a buttock lift could do for you. A surgeon is able to assess your needs and ensure that the surgery is the right course of action to meet your expectations. 

Are there any other surgeries that may be beneficial?

While treating saggy buttocks, for many women it makes sense to also remedy other issues that they have around the lower part of the body. This can lead to an overall improved body image and one that boosts confidence. Surgeries that can compliment a buttock lift include:

A thigh lift targets loose and sagging skin around the thighs. This procedure leads to skin that feels smoother and has a firmer appearance.

Otherwise known as a tummy tuck, this targets excess skin on the stomach. It results in a stomach that appears firmer and more toned.

Lipo perfectly complements saggy buttock surgery as well as thigh lifts and tummy tucks. It sees the removal of excess fat and can lead to areas of the body looking more toned and contoured. 

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Are diet and lifestyle linked to saggy buttocks?

Given that saggy buttock has a major association with weak gluteal muscles, there is a clear link between lifestyle and sagging buttocks. Of course, ageing and some genetic factors will also play a part but there are actions that can be taken to strengthen and tone the gluteal muscles and at least delay sagging buttocks. In terms of diet, this alone will not address any issues but can play an important role. Avoiding processed foods, added sugars, and excessive calories are a given. Exercises recommended by the NHS include:

  • Squats
  • Side-lying leg raises
  • Bridges
  • One leg kickbacks 
  • Lunges

These exercises work by targeting the gluteal muscles. They also strengthen and tone muscles in the lower back and upper leg.

Non-surgical options for saggy buttocks

For those who feel that they are not ready for saggy buttock surgery, there are a couple of non-surgical options to consider. Both of these involve being injected around the buttocks and can provide long-lasting results. The options to look at are:

  • Sculptra: This is an injection that stimulates the production of collagen. It is a popular facial treatment but can also be beneficial to the appearance of buttocks. The production of collagen can lead to the buttocks having a more contoured appearance along with added volume.
  • Fillers: Derma fillers are another injectable solution. The active ingredient in this is hyaluronic acid which is a natural substance found in our bodies. Fillers can help fill out hollows and give a smoother and more toned appearance.

Treatments mentioned in this article

Buttock Lift Surgery and Thigh Lift Surgery are procedures to correct drooping of flat buttocks or excess skin on the thighs.

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