17 things you need to know about butt lifts, non-surgical butt lifts and the so-called “non-surgical Brazilian butt lifts”
Lack of exercise, excess calorie intake, sitting down for long periods of time and the normal ageing process all take their toll on the skin, muscles and connective tissues of the buttock area. Liposuction can also leave the bottom area with excess skin.
The result is fascia and skin looseness, excess fat accumulation, cellulite and water retention, manifesting as an enlarged, droopy bottom with puffy and spongy skin.
Below you can read an extensive analysis of the causes of the sagging bottom appearance, all the major treatments and what you can do yourself to lift and improve the appearance of your bum with exercise.
Everything you wanted to know about surgical and non-surgical bum lifts [minus the marketing BS]
Butt exercises are great for bum muscles, but they do nothing for skin:
The best technology for non-surgical butt lift: high power, deep-acting radio frequency
HIFU for skin tightening and non-surgical butt lifting? Too many complications and low effectiveness.
BIG bum? That could be a problem with most non-surgical “bum lifting” treatments around
What about the banana rolls?
Cellulite on bum
Butt lift surgery?
Brazilian butt lift (BBL) surgery?
Non-surgical Brazilian bum lift (BBL)? Bubble butt without surgery? They don’t exist.
What the celebrities pretend to do and what they really do…
Non-surgical bum lift with electromagnetic muscle stimulation? Good luck with that…
Electromagnetic muscle stimulation for bum lifting vs squats. No comparison, squats win any day.
Now, if money and time is not a problem…
Non-surgical Brazilian bum lift with injections (fillers): filling yes, lifting no
Butt enlargement with suction cups? That’s sooo 1990s…
Non-surgical: lifted yes, bigger no
How to tighten skin, remove cellulite and lift your bum non-surgically
What are the causes of soft, "saggy" buttocks?
Lack of exercise, especially of the gluteus maximus muscle
Excess calorie intake
Sitting down for long periods of time
The normal ageing process
The result of the combination of those four factors is connective tissue/fascia looseness, skin looseness, excess fat accumulation, cellulite and water retention on the buttock area, leading to an enlarged and saggy/droopy bottom with puffy, spongy skin.
On the other hand, by removing excess fat, dieting as well as liposuction, can leave you with excess skin on the butt area, further worsening the saggy / spongy / droopy / puffy look and feel.
Squats and pelvic thrusts are great for butt muscles, but they do nothing for skin
Your butt muscle, the gluteus maximus is the only muscle in the body that you cannot have too much off: the bigger it is, the nicer the shape of your bum. Use the “one-legged squats”, “donkey kicks” and “pelvic thrusts” we mention here to lift your bum from the inside:
Squats with dumbbells are great for building the gluteus maximus muscle, but they can also build up the quads, leading to bulky thighs in some women. So although some squats are good, a lot of squats aren’t.
Deadlifts with a barbell isolate the butt muscles more than squats, but they are quite a dangerous exercise for the less experienced lifters, so they are not the best choice for most women. I would skip them for one-legged squats, pelvic thrusts and donkey kicks, outlined below.
One-legged squats (or even one-legged leg presses on the machine) place more emphasis on the butt and less on the quads, thereby helping lift your butt, without giving you bulky thighs.
"Donkey kicks" are also great to isolate your butt muscles, leading to a natural non-surgical bum lift (but, like all butt exercises, they still do nothing for your skin and cellulite on the bum). Make sure you do donkey kicks with ankle weights - 2-6 lbs are fine for most women.
Pelvic thrusts with a barbell are another great way to specifically build your gluteus muscles and thereby lift your bum, without bulking up your thighs
Hip extensions is another great exercise to isolate the gluteus muscles and you can do it with a strong resistance band or on the hip extension machine at the gym
However, exercises do nothing to address the problem of sagginess, puffiness and sponginess of the skin itself and connective tissue (fascia) underneath it, which allows gravity to drag the whole bum down.
[At our clinic we strongly recommend those exercises to help lift the bum from within, while we suggest high intensity, deep tissue radio frequency to help lift the bum from the outside. Read more below.]
The best possible option for non-surgical bum lift: High intensity, deep tissue radio frequency
As explained above, intensive gluteus maximus work will lift the bum from inside (muscle and deep connective tissue), but quite often some help is needed to lift the outside (skin and superficial connective tissue).
At the moment of writing this (summer 2019), the most effective technology available for skin tightening lifting is cooled, high intensity (250-300 Watts), deep tissue radio frequency. Nothing else really works.
Other types of radiofrequency are also commonly advertised (due to lower cost or due to ignorance), such as superficial radio frequency (bipolar/tripolar/octipolar/whatever-polar) and/or low intensity radiofrequency (below 250 Watts), or both.
However, these are just too superficial and/or too weak to provide any significant results, with the difference between expectations and results bridged with hype and fake before and after photos.
[At our clinic we only do deep tissue radio frequency with a maximum power of 300 watts. Everything else is a waste of the clients’ money.]
HIFU for skin tightening and non-surgical bum lifting? More like “scar tissueing” and low effectiveness.
HIFU (high intensity focused ultrasound) is also used for skin tightening, but that either doesn’t work / nothing happens (low-medium intensity HIFU); results in skin hardening/scar tissue (high intensity HIFU); or results in more skin looseness (high intensity HIFU).
HIFU does not stimulate skin tightening (collagen contraction or production) like radio frequency does. It actually burns your collagen tissue (euphemistically called “coagulation”) with the hope that your body will then try to repair the burn and build scar tissue on it.
The problem is that scar collagen tissue is not the same as healthy collagen tissue and either feels hardened tissue or - if you overdo it - you end up with one or more hard bumps. In some cases your body fails to create any new scar tissue on the sights of the HIFU burns and you end up with more skin looseness. Not a great idea…
Clearly, as compared to HIFU, high-intensity deep-acting radio frequency is super safe and stimulates the synthesis of healthy, functional collagen , rather than the creation of mini-scars under the skin.
[We have tried HIFU from many different manufacturers and read all the research relevant to HIFU and we are not interested in providing it, especially when we have such a superior technology (high intensity , deep tissue RF) to use instead]
Big buns? That is a problem with 90% of the non-surgical “bum lifting” treatments available
Specifically for larger sizes, the usual low-power / superficially-acting radiofrequency treatments available at most clinics/salons can only scratch the surface - literally.
The larger the size of the buttocks, the more power is needed to provide results. Clearly, the 120 Watt or 160 Watt machines found in most places are a total waste of time and money [at the clinic we use 120 watts for face, so you can imagine how inadequate these treatments are for big - or even the smallest of - bums].
For larger bums 300 Watts and ideally deep acting RF is the only option on the table.
[At the clinic we are proud to be able to treat very large sizes with our 300 Watts of deep-acting RF plus 100 Watts of ultrasound.]
What about the banana rolls?
The fat deposits underneath the butt (at the top of the thighs) are often called "banana rolls".
Their surgical removal results in droopy bottom, as the banana rolls, with all their connective tissue and fat, help provide support to the butt above. Not a good idea to remove them!
The best solution to the issue of banana rolls is to have a strong deep tissue radiofrequency treatment on both butt and banana rolls, in order to lift and tighten the connective tissue in the overall area AND to do loads of butt exercises for the gluteus maximus muscle, as described above.
[When clients present for non-surgical bum lifting at the clinic, we always treat the banana rolls, in order to tighten them, so that they can better support the butt tissue above. They reduce in size but they also become tighter, thereby improving both appearance and structure/function.]
Cellulite on the butt area
Usually saggy skin on the butt area does not come on it’s own. Typically loose skin goes hand in hand with cellulite. This because the same physiological changes that are the causes of a saggy bottom also cause water retention, inflammation, fibrosis and fat accumulation on bum, i.e. cellulite on bum too.
Squats and other bum exercises can indeed lift the bum, as surgical butt lift and Brazilian butt lift procedures can. However, one thing exercises or surgery can is remove cellulite from the bum. And this is where high-power, deep-acting radio frequency is indispensable: it is the best way to get rid of cellulite on bum, in addition to lifting and toning.
Butt lift surgery without fat transfer?
Only surgical removal of skin can offer good results in areas that suffer from loose, saggy skin and obviously this is not applicable on the buttock area, as it leads to shape distortion of the butt and very unsightly scars.
Butt lift surgery without fat transfer is better reserved only for overweight / obese women with quite a lot of excess skin, and it is not relevant to slim, normal weight or even "curvy" women with some butt skin looseness.
[We are not totally against butt lift surgery without fat transfer. However, Brazilian butt lift, where possible, is a much more aesthetically pleasing, though more dangerous, option. Please see below. We also insist on people making an informed decision on what they undertake and what to expect from this kind of surgery. Please note: WE DO NOT OFFER ANY SURGICAL TREATMENTS.]
Brazilian butt lift surgery (BBL): good for 2-3 years, then things start looking South...
The addition of fat in the butt area (the so called "Brazilian bum lift"or BBL) can improve the shape of the bum, but only temporarily: in 2-3 years the fat starts to accumulate sideways and "downwards", especially on patients who put on weight after surgery (90% of patients)…
Fat is known to "eat away" the connective tissue around it, thereby causing the butt to become saggy, droopy and loose. Furthermore, the Brazilian butt lift cannot do anything for cellulite.
So for 2-3 years the Brazilian bum lift is the best option, if performed on the right candidate by a good surgeon. But to maintain it for 10-15 years you must follow a permanent strict healthy diet and exercise regime, which VERY few women do.
One last thing about Brazilian butt lifts. They have the highest mortality rate of all surgical cosmetic procedures.
The undeniable fact is that BBL (brazilian butt lift) surgery is the most dangerous surgical cosmetic procedure (with abdominoplasty, a.k.a. “tummy tuck” being second). According to a 2017 study by the American Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation, anything between 1 in 2351 to 1 in 6214 people died from this procedure, usually due to fat embolism. This means that BBL is 3-5 times more dangerous than the second more fatal cosmetic procedure, abdominoplasty (a.k.a. “tummy tuck”, with a fatality rate of 1 in 13,147 people) and 10-20 times more dangerous than the average of all surgical cosmetic procedures (fatality rate 1 in 55,000 people).
[We are not against cosmetic surgery - we just insist on people making an informed decision on what they undertake and what to expect both immediately and five years down the line. Please note: WE DO NOT OFFER ANY SURGICAL TREATMENTS.]
Non-surgical Brazilian bum lift (BBL)? Bubble butt without surgery? They are as real as a pink unicorn.
Don’t waste your time and money, these only exist in the imagination of some unscrupulous practitioners, who take advantage of the naive and the gullible.
Despite claims made by such practitioners on Instagram (where else?), no machine and no non-surgical treatment in the world can add volume (i.e. fat) to your bum to create the round "bubble butt" / "Brazilian bum" look, out of a flat or out of a small bum.
The “Brazilian bum” / “bubble butt” look is possible only with surgical fat transfer (or, to a much lesser extent, with very intensive gluteus maximus exercise for several months).
But there is no such thing as a non-surgical Brazilian butt lift. It is as real as a pink unicorn.
You can indeed have a "NON-SURGICAL BUM LIFT" with high-intensity, deep-acting radiofrequency (not the low intensity bipolar RF advertised by those practitioners), but NOT a "NON-SURGICAL BRAZILIAN BUM LIFT", as these practitioners advertise.
You cannot possibly increase bum fat with a machine that supposedly reduces fat - this is absurd and delusional. Such claims are only good as cheap B-list celebrity PR stunts and titillating tabloid spreads - nothing else. Do not believe the lies and the ridiculously fake "before and after pictures" on Instagram. You will be disappointed.
Virtual reality versus… real reality
Here is an example of such a misleading celebrity PR stunt about getting an alleged “bubble butt” without surgery. What the celeb actually had to do in the end to get an actual “bubble butt” look was actual Brazilian butt lift surgery.
No matter what some practitioners say, you can’t add fat or muscle to your bum with a machine to get a “Brazilian bum”. Reality check.
[Needless to say that when someone asks us at the clinic to perform a non-surgical Brazilian butt lift, we explain to them the truth, and if they still want to believe in the pink unicorns they saw on Instagram, we just turn them away.]
Instant bum lifting within minutes after one treatment? It only exists in fake before and after photos, not in real life
The same applies to instant "bum lifting" results promised with 1-4 monthly sessions, sometimes advertised on Instagram (where else?) to even occur “within minutes after one treatment”. This is pure and utter BS. The structure of your connective tissue does not change in minutes or hours, neither in one, two, three or even four monthly sessions. Your body needs regular, repeated stimulation to change. Otherwise, nothing happens. The only thing that changes minutes after one session are the pixels on the Photoshopped fake pictures.
The laws of biology do not change because some impossible types on Instagram or some B-list celebrities claim so. The body needs time (i.e. several weeks) and repeated stimulation (i.e. several regular treatments) to change long-term, not minutes and a couple of monthly sessions.
Sadly these people claim to lift someone’s bum in 1-4 monthly sessions because it suits them, while at the same time they give celebs 10-15 weekly sessions to achieve the same thing. This means that they are honest with the celebs who get the freebies and dishonest with their clients who pay them with hard earned cash.
So don’t believe the hype: 1-4 monthly sessions of light, superficial radiofrequency will achieve nothing. For bum lifting something like 12 weekly sessions with strong, deep radio frequency (and if possible, other technologies combined with it) is needed.
[Despite using 3x times stronger radio frequency than those instant miracle treatments, combined with ultrasound and electro-mesotherapy, we are modest and responsible in our claims with our clients. We just sell the strongest bum lifting technology available, we don’t sell miracles.]
“Get a non-surgical bum lift by building butt muscle with four electromagnetic muscle stimulation treatments”. Good luck with that…
That’s the latest fad: pay three grand for four sessions of the latest “muscle building” machine, “equivalent to 20,000 muscle contractions”, and you will have a pert, lifted bum in two weeks. Nice try. However, life doesn’t work this way.
The principle of “trophic muscle stimulation” and the hype of “build muscle while you watch TV” is decades old, with many such iterations appearing, disappearing and then reappearing again and again over the last four decades. But the outcome is always the same: results are typically weak and not come anywhere close to the ones produced by good, old heavy duty squats or similar exercises.
Even with the stronger contractions that the latest tech provides, you would still need 10x to 20x such sessions for good results to justify your three grand - not 4x sessions.
Or vice versa, with the current pricing of £3000 for 4x sessions, you would need to pay £7.5-£15k for your 10x to 20x sessions, money which not even billionaires will pay, because they are not stupid (although they are naive enough to pay £3000 for the 4x miracle sessions - and I have met some of them)...
Now if you don’t buy into the “you only need four sessions” hype, and pay £3000 for 12x sessions instead (i.e. £250 per session, a realistic price point for affluent or semi-affluent people), then you may be happy with the results. But you will not be happy with just 4x sessions - at any price.
[We do not offer this treatment at the clinic, because the £800/session price tag does not justify the results. And with the realistic £250/session we would like to charge this equipment is simply loss-making. Give it a coupe of years (perhaps 2021?) and with competition prices will drop to £250/session.]
Electromagnetic muscle stimulation for bum lifting vs good old squats: no comparison - squats win any day
Compared to magnetic muscle stimulation, 5x sets of 12x one-legged squats or “deadlifts“ or “pelvic thrusts” or “donkey kicks” just take just twenty minutes (as opposed to 40-60 minutes at the clinic with the muscle stimulation machine, plus travelling time to the clinic), they cost £0/session (as opposed to £800/session) and they actually offer superior results to any muscle stimulation machine, even the very latest and greatest fad one.
And no, your 5x12=60 heavy duty squats at the gym are not inferior to the “20,000” passive contractions with the machine - they are actually superior to them. Ask anyone with a master’s (or even bachelor’s) degree in sports science and they will absolutely agree.
Now, if you can’t build muscle with squats because of low anabolism, and you think that perhaps the machine will help you build muscle instead, well, think again. The machine cannot make your endocrine system more anabolic. Actually real exercise, with real “huffing and puffing” will stimulate more anabolism than laying down and getting passive contractions by a machine. Not to mention neuromuscular coordination, core engagement and functional muscle activation.
Of course, the new electromagnetic - or the old fashioned electrical - muscle stimulation will only work on your muscles inside and will do nothing for your skin outside. So if you skin is loose and has cellulite then you will still need to have a deep, strong radiofrequency treatment, perhaps combined with other technologies, to tighten, smooth and lift the actual skin.
[For clients who ask us what is preferable - electromagnetic muscle stimulation or butt exercises - our answer is crystal clear: butt exercises. They are free and they are ten times more effective!]
Now, if money and time is not a problem…
…and you are too lazy to do some squats, then you can have both electromagnetic muscle stimulation AND deep, high-power radiofrequency. Otherwise the best choice is to spend your money on RF for your skin and do good old squats, deadlifts, thrusts or kicks for your muscles for free.
buttock injections (fillers): a temporary rounding of the bum, but not a lift.
As opposed to surgery, hyaluronic acid or similar filler injections for “bum enlargement” / “non-surgical Brazilian bum lifting” offer minimal, unnatural and temporary results: as they are broken down, continuous "filling" is required every few months.
And of course nothing is lifted: the bum may indeed become more round, but that’s all. Skin and deep connective tissue (fascia) does not become tighter to lift the bum from the outside, neither the gluteus maximus muscle is engaged to lift the bum from the inside. Temporary volume is just added and that’s all. Volume - not lifting.
This is the worst of all options.
Bum enlargement with suction cups…
Just like suction cup breast enlargement, bum enlargement with suction cups is a very old and low tech option and equally pointless. I cannot believe that in 2019 people are still trying to enlarge their breasts or bum with suction cups. It beggars belief…
Lifted yes, bigger no
All in all, if you have a small or flat bum and unless you are prepared to have Brazilian butt lift (BBL) surgery (with all its shortcomings, such as increased risk of complications), you should forget about the words “Brazilian”, “bigger” and “bubble“ next to the word “bum”. Non-surgically, these things are impossible.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a non-surgical bum LIFT (without “bubbles” or Brazilians!) then the best possible option available today is high-intensity, deep-acting radio frequency, as described above. Find a good reputable practitioner with good equipment and be prepared to have 6-12 weekly sessions for good results. Don’t fall for “bubble butt” “transformations” “in one session”…
[At the clinic we always suggest 6-12 sessions - never one or two. And we never take fake before and after photos with downlighting “before” and flash frontal lighting “after”. Our before and after pics use identical lighting before and after and they are never photoshopped.]
How to tighten skin, remove cellulite and lift your bum non-surgically
The strongest possible technologies for skin tightening, butt lifting and cellulite removal are high-power, deep-acting radio frequency, high-power cavitation and electro mesotherapy (only if it utilises highly concentrations of actives, though), and for this reason this is what we offer at LipoTherapeia - get the facts below.
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