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Butt Lifts 101: What You Need to Know

These days, it may seem like everyone is getting a butt lift. So if you’ve been thinking about getting this booty-enhancing procedure but have no idea what your options are, you’re in the right place. 

Here we break down what a butt lift is, the different types of surgical and non-surgical lifts, and all the great benefits.

What is a Butt Lift?

In the most simple terms, a butt lift is a cosmetic procedure that improves the appearance of your butt. From surgical procedures like the Brazilian Butt Lift to non-surgical body sculpting treatments, there are a variety of ways to increase the volume and improve the shape of your butt.

The most common procedures involve fat injections and body contouring treatments. Keep reading to learn the difference between surgical and non-surgical butt lifts.

Surgical Butt Lifts

The most popular, well-known butt lift procedure right now is the Brazilian Butt Lift. Excess fat is removed from the hips, lower back, thighs, or abdomen using liposuction. Then, a portion of the removed fat is injected into the buttocks. This will increase the volume and improve the shape of your butt. 

While a Brazilian Butt Lift is effective and can last a long time, you may experience an intense recovery period after the procedure. Though the pain is typically minimal, you cannot sit or lie directly on your butt for up to two weeks after the procedure, which can be a significant inconvenience. 

Non-surgical Butt Lifts

If you don’t want to undergo the potentially intense recovery period of a Brazilian Butt Lift, you have a few great non-surgical options. The Body FX and Emsculpt treatments are noninvasive options that use advanced technology to give you a great lift without the pain and recovery of liposuction.

Body FX 

Body FX by InMode is a non-invasive body contouring treatment that targets fat and cellulite and tightens the skin. This advanced technology uses electrical pulses to remove unwanted fat cells permanently. 

Body FX is an excellent alternative to liposuction. While liposuction can only remove specific layers of fat and requires a lengthy recovery process, Body FX requires no downtime and is noninvasive and painless. It can also target cellulite, which liposuction cannot do.

This treatment takes about ten minutes, and there is no recovery period. However, you may experience some redness afterward, which subsides quickly in most cases.


Emsculpt is a type of noninvasive body sculpting that uses the only FDA-cleared device to build muscle and burn fat. With HIFEM technology, our Emsculpt device induces muscle contractions accompanied by a rapid metabolic reaction in fat cells. These muscle contractions release free fatty acids, burning fat cells and defining your buttock muscles. 

The treatment is only 30 minutes, causes minimal discomfort, and has no recovery period.


Radiesse is a FDA-approved dermal filler composed of calcium hydroxyapatite crystals. The crystals help your body stimulate collagen and elastin production.  This new collagen production leads to a reduction in signs of aging, adds volume, builds structure, and enhances the shape and couture of the buttock area. 

Target Multiple Problems with One Treatment: Radiesse can be used throughout the body.

In the buttock area, the use of Radiesse can help improve the following areas:

  • Flat Buttocks: Radiesse can help add 20-50% augmentation. 

  • Hip Dips (Hollowed Areas): Radiesse can help fill indentations and dips in the sides 

  • Stretch Marks/Cellulite: Collagen production can help improve the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite.

No Downtime: Radiesse is considered a minimally invasive procedure that takes approximately 30 minutes to perform. There is no liposuction, no incision, and no postoperative scarring. There is little to no downtime and patients can return to most of their daily activities immediately after the procedure.  Immediate and Prolonged Results: Results of this procedure are noticed immediately after the procedure and continue to improve.

Radiesse Butt Lift offers results and is a great alternative to surgery without the risks and downtime of going under the knife. We recommend two treatments for most patients. Find the spa nearest you to schedule your first treatment.

The Benefits of Butt Lifts

Whether it's a BBL or a non-surgical butt lift, there are some much-desired benefits of butt lifts, including:

  • Increased volume of your buttocks

  • Improved shape

  • Cellulite is less visible or removed completely

  • A natural post-treatment look and feel

If you have any questions about which treatment is best for your unique body-sculpting preferences, our experts are happy to help. Find a Skin Spa location near you

Meet the author

Katie Werbowski
Director of Brand Strategy & Development at Skin Spa New York

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