How liposuction of the buttocks is conducted:

Because the buttocks are curved surfaces, it’s difficult to achieve a smooth and rounded result by liposuction using a standard (large) cannula, with only one or two incision points.  Instead, a microcannula (less than 3 mm in diameter) is generally the instrument of choice, with multiple tiny incisions made that leave virtually no visible scars.  Like other such procedures, the patient undergoes general or local anesthesia with the doctor using the “super wet,”  “tumescent,” Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction (UAL), or in some cases, Power-Assisted Lipoplasty (PAL) method which uses a special cannula that pulses as it suctions.  Following this, sutures are put in place, hidden in the horizontal folds beneath the buttocks when possible (but not all women have these folds).  The time needed for this procedure can vary extremely depending on the amount of fat to be removed and number of incision sites used, but generally takes 1 to 4 hours.

Problems typically corrected with liposuction of the Buttocks:

The buttocks are generally the biggest problem for women trying to lose weight or tighten their body since this is the area where diets and work-out programs prove least effective.  Fat is especially difficult to get rid of from this area when the individual has a gynoid (pear-shaped body), with fat tending to accumulate on the buttocks, hips, and thighs.  Liposuction is rated as quite effective in treating these conditions, shaping the buttocks to fit more easily into clothing, while creating a more flattering silhouette.

Cost of Liposuction of the Buttocks
Buttocks$1,500 – $4,500

Relative popularity:

As of 2013, liposuction of the buttocks is the second-most popular surgical procedure performed in the US.