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

The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and can be tailored to a single area on the buttocks or thighs, or can be extended to cover the whole area. In some cases, the buttock lift may be combined with liposuction to remove excess fat over a wider area and free up the skin that needs to be lifted.

Typically, your surgeon will remove tissue at the junction of lower back and buttock. This allows for an elevation of the tissue and a reshaping of the buttocks, hips and the lower back. Buttock cosmetic surgery can also be performed in combination with liposuction of the hips. The removed fat is then transferred into the buttock area. This is ideal for patients with flatter buttocks and can restore their youthful curves.

Whatever your personal requirements, Buttock Lift at the Cadogan Clinic will provide the leading experts and techniques for your treatment at our state-of-the-art, purpose-built, central London facility.

Frequently Asked Questions

You will be able to sit immediately after you buttock augmentation, but there will likely be restrictions on how you can sit and for what length of time. The interesting fact is that most of the transferred fat is placed higher on the buttocks to produce that youthful pert effect.

We sit on the boney part of the pelvis called the ischial tuberosities and fat is never placed here. The question should be “Will I be able to I lie on my back after my buttock augmentation?”. In this case, you will be lying directly on the transferred fat which is trying to pick up a new blood supply to survive. Prolonged pressure should be avoided for 3 weeks. Patients should not be too concerned about displacing the fat, as it is fixed in tunnels but do be sensible. You will also be wearing a restraining elastic corset.

The fat is processed into small globules, each small enough to survive by gaining nutrients via tissue fluid in the short term and then by the connection with local blood vessels. This process will be disturbed and delayed by the aggressive movement. So stay at home for a couple of days, walking a bit further each day. Travelling to work in a week is reasonable with heavy exercise delayed a month.

We are not concerned by the areas treated by liposuction, donor sites for fat harvesting.  They may be bruised and a little sore. The result of the reduction will not be affected by movement or pressure. By all means, lie on them to save pressure on the grafted fat of the upper buttocks.

Here are some techniques to help minimize your discomfort post-procedure:

+ Wear the support garment given to you by the surgical team except for washing. They dry very quickly.
+ Avoid sleeping on your back. Instead, lay on your side or your stomach.
+ Avoid sitting whenever it is possible to stand.

As with all procedures, it is important to allow yourself the proper time to rest and recuperate. It will be tempting to push yourself to get back to normal activities as soon as possible, but you put yourself at risk for unnecessary discomfort and shifting of your treatment if you do. Take the time for your body to settle into its new shape. It will all be worth it when you see the amazing final results of your procedure.

Buttock augmentation by fat transfer is a procedure that moves excess fat from selected areas of your body to the buttocks. This augmentation procedure is a natural way to reshape your buttocks using tissue from your own body.

The alternative is to use Buttock Implants. This analogous to enlarging the breast with silicone implants. Implants are more commonly used in the breasts, but fat grafting has rapidly become more popular than implants for the Buttocks. Implants are less adaptable and cannot be customised to individual shapes. We regard buttock augmentation by fat transfer to be just part of remodelling the whole lower body and back. The fat we use for augmentation will have been carved out the lower back, loins and probably the thighs to recreate the sinuous curves of a ballet dancer.

Safety has become an issue as it is reported that some less well trained surgeons from the USA and Turkey have had deaths. 1 death in 3,000 operations is reported which is totally unacceptable.

It has been shown at post mortem (autopsy) that fat had wrongly been injected into the muscle and thence found its way into vessels leading to the heart, where it clogged vessels of the heart and lungs, killing the patient.
At the Cadogan Clinic we have exact protocols ensuring that only moderate amounts of fat are used and it is only implanted into subcutaneous fat. We have doing the procedure for some years without problems. We are the leading clinic in the Uk for this procedure.

Buttock augmentation by fat transfer (grafting) is also known as the “Brazilian butt lift” because this procedure helps create a buttock shape classically found and appreciated in Brazilian women. However, each buttock augmentation procedure is unique to the individual. The goal of the procedure is not to achieve a standard shape, but to boost the patient’s confidence by helping them achieve the precise look they are after. Make sure to be open and honest with your surgeon about your desired end goal and they will work hard to achieve your desired results.

Fat transfer is an advanced surgical treatment which involves harvesting and filtering unwanted fat cells through liposuction techniques, then reinjecting them to reshape and enhance the natural contours of body, for example, for those individuals who feel that their buttocks lack volume or that their buttocks is out of proportion with the rest of their body.  This is most usually performed under either a local or general anaesthetic depending on the patient and surgeons’ preferences and suitability and can take 3 hours. 

Volume enhancement of your buttocks through fat transfer is suitable for patients who have enough fat in other parts of their body to conduct the transfer. Suitable candidates must have a significant amount of fat on their body and should be overall healthy. Those who unhealthy, or those who smoke, are likely to have a more challenging recovery than those who are healthy.

Before undergoing the procedure, your suitability for the procedure will be assessed during your initial consultation and examination. During this consultation, your doctor will assess your medical history and will ask you questions about your motivations and goals for this procedure. Your answers must be reasonable and healthy. If the doctor sees you as a good fit, you will move forward with the treatment options.

Ultimately, the final result of your fat transfer to buttocks procedure will depend on your current shape, size, and amount of fat on other parts of your body that can be extracted to be re-distributed. Throughout the years, your buttocks may change in shape and size. This is normal. It’s important to remember that this is because your body naturally changes as you age, not because of a botched procedure. Also, because the transferred fat tissue will behave like other fat in your body, an increase or decrease in weight will cause your buttocks to change. If you gain weight, your buttocks may get bigger. If you lose weight, your buttocks may get smaller. But if you maintain a healthy lifestyle, your buttocks should remain the same size and shape. 

You will see an immediate difference after a fat transfer to your buttocks.

The Cadogan approach is different from most. We see fat grafting to buttocks as just part of a bigger picture. It is rare that we just add volume to the buttocks. We regard a Brazilian Buttock lift as just an element of sculpting the whole lower body, through utilizing liposuction to remove formless fat from the lower back and loins and possibly the upper thighs, then transferring the fat collected into the buttocks area in order to recreate the sinuous line of youth or a dancer. The surplus fat from other places on your body will create a nice firm bottom, while simultaneously removing unwanted fat from those lower back, loins and thigh areas.

However, this all takes time to see the end results in all their beauty. There will be significant bruising following your fat transfer procedure. There will be visible bruising which will settle in after about 3 weeks post-op. As well as the deep bruising of liposuction, which will take 3 to 6 months to settle. Finally, it’s important to note that the grafted fat will lose some volume of perhaps 40-50 % post-op, so you will notice it settling down quite a bit and not being overly dramatic, but instead leaving you with perfect results.

It is recommended to wear a firm corset for a few weeks as the graft takes and to avoid serious exercise at the same time for several weeks following the surgery.

You might want to wait until after 3 weeks when the visible bruising has diminished before heading to the beach. Running any marathons, sports etc., should wait for at least 6 months post-op to ensure that you are fully healed. 

After fat transfer to your buttocks you will notice your results immediately - more evidently within the first few weeks after your treatment when any swelling and bruising have subsided.  The results will continue to improve over the next few months’ as your fat re-distributes itself and settles.

Following your fat transfer to buttocks procedure you will have a waterproof dressing over your buttocks which will need to stay in place for around 10 days’ post-surgery and you may be given antibiotics to avoid infection.  Your consultant may recommend that you avoid sitting on your buttocks for long periods of time following the first two weeks following your procedure.  This allows the transferred fat time to settle in its new location.  After this time, you can resume normal activities and normal sitting patterns without affecting your result.  Where the liposuction has been performed, you will most likely be required to wear a compression garment for around three weeks and avoid exercise for up to two weeks following your surgery.

Fat transfer to buttocks starts from £6750, however this will depend on your particular case. This can only be determined during a consultation with your surgeon, and following that an accurate price can be quoted.

What to expect

Free Consultation with a Patient Advisor

We offer a free, no-obligation 30-60 minute consultation with one of our Patient Advisors. They will work with you to understand your objectives and the results you want to achieve, talk you through the procedure and answer any questions you may have. If you decide that you would like to proceed to the next step and see a surgeon, your Patient Advisor will be happy to arrange this for you. At this point, you will be required to pay a consultation fee. 

Surgical Consultation

The next step is for you to meet your chosen surgeon at the Cadogan Clinic. Your surgeon will use this time to make a comprehensive medical assessment of you, your condition, and your expectations before making a recommendation and personalised treatment plan for you. You will then discuss the outcomes you can expect to see and ask any questions.

The Procedure

On the day of your procedure you will be welcomed at the Cadogan Clinic by your Patient Advisor and dedicated nursing staff. Following a brief medical check, you will meet with both your surgeon and anaesthetist to run through the details of your procedure one final time and answer any last questions you may have.


After the procedure, you will recover in the capable hands of our aftercare team. As we are a day-case facility you can expect your recovery to be complete within 2 to 3 hours. If your surgeon is happy with your results, you will be able to be discharged from the Clinic the very same day. In some cases patients may wish to stay locally in our exclusive partner hotel the day before or after your procedure in order to be close to their surgeon. Talk to us about these options if this is for you. 

After Care & Support

Our care and support continues in the days and weeks following your procedure with our complimentary aftercare programme. This comprised of a series of appointments made with your surgeon and nursing team to monitor your progress and recovery. They will also introduce you to several scar minimization techniques and bespoke products to aid your progress. Our team are also on call to answer any questions you have around your surgery at any time you are concerned.


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