Buttock Lift/Buttock Augmentation

Gluteal sculpting, buttock lift, and buttock augmentation are designed to improve the shape of a woman’s buttock. This is done by filling out the contour of the buttock area and giving a more pleasing and harmonious contour to the hips, lower back, and thighs. There are multiple options available, from minimally invasive fat injections to full gluteal lifts with augmentation. After a thorough consultation with Dr. Mancoll, he will be able to advise you on the best options for your desired look.


Ideal Candidate

You may be a good candidate for gluteal sculpting, buttock lift, and/or a buttock augmentation procedure if you are in good emotional and physical health. Ideal candidates should be close to their ideal body weight and should not smoke. Patients should have realistic expectations about the procedure.


Gluteal Sculpting

Excess fat around the buttocks in the lower back, hips, and thighs can hide a woman’s real shape. With liposculpting, the excess fat in these areas can be removed, and the natural shape of the buttocks can be revealed without any need for augmentation or lifting.

This procedure is done with the help of the VASERlipo™ ultrasound technology. It takes between 2 and 4 hours, depending on how many areas are treated, to fully frame and reveal the gluteal shape.

Buttock Augmentation (Brazilian Buttock Lift)

This procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis, usually with deep sedation or general anesthesia. The buttock augmentation (also referred to as the Brazilian buttock lift) procedure may take anywhere from 2 to 6 hours depending on multiple factors, including the amount of fat removed, how many areas are to be treated, and the patient’s desired size/shape of the buttocks. To achieve the maximum results, it is usually done in conjunction with liposculpting of the lower back, hips, and thighs. The contour and lift effect is achieved by re-injecting your own fat into the buttock area. This allows Dr. Mancoll to fill out those areas that are depressed or out of balance with the rest of the buttock area.

Buttock Lift

For patients who are happy with the overall size but don’t like the laxity or droopiness of their buttock, a formal lift procedure can be performed. This would include an incision at the upper part of the buttocks well hidden within the bikini line that would allow for the excess skin of the buttock and outer thigh area to be removed. This operation typically can be done in 3 to 4 hours under general anesthesia. After consultation with Dr. Mancoll, the proper procedure for your desired look can be determined.


The total cost of gluteal sculpting, buttock lift, and/or buttock augmentation is determined by various factors, including:

  • Number of areas treated
  • Surgical time
  • Facility fees
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Surgical fees
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Post-surgery garments

Because buttock lift/buttock augmentation surgery is considered a cosmetic procedure, it is not usually covered by insurance. Even for those patients who have lost a great deal of weight, it is very unusual for insurance to approve this procedure. Feel free to contact the surgical coordinator for pricing and to request more information about this or other cosmetic procedures.

Potential Risks and Complications

As with any surgical procedure, there are certain risks associated with a buttock lift/buttock augmentation, such as scars, infection, bleeding, asymmetries, postoperative discomfort, and adverse reaction to anesthesia. Although significant complications are uncommon, patients should understand that any surgery, performed for any reason, has risks and should not be taken lightly.

Dr. Mancoll prides himself on his ability to communicate with his patients and tailors each discussion to the patient’s individual needs. Dr. Mancoll and his staff will spend time helping you understand your procedure. You should feel free to ask questions at any time, and if you don’t understand the information, we will be more than happy to go over it again.


After surgery, bandages and a specialized compression garment are worn. Although pain and swelling may be present, these symptoms can be alleviated by prescribed medication. Patients can usually return to work within 3 to 5 days, depending on the type of procedure they have and the type of work they do. Strenuous activity and exercise should be avoided for the first 3 or 4 weeks following surgery. Limitations of sitting and lying on your back may be recommended for up to 5 weeks.


We welcome you to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John S. Mancoll by calling Mancoll Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery at (757) 305-9185 or filling out our online contact formDr. Mancoll has been voted by his peers as one of Coastal Virginia’s Top Plastic Surgeons. He is devoted to helping each individual patient achieve the best results possible.