The butt is comprised of skin, fat and tissue, and ages similarly to how the face ages: fat naturally atrophies and the skin of the butt becomes loose. As this happens, the underlying structures begin to lose their support and the butt as a whole begins to fall downward. “Overall, the aging process tends to cause the buttocks to drop,” says Coralville, IA Plastic Surgeon Al Aly, MD. “In addition to it dropping, the butt crease (the line that runs just under the cheeks) begins to lengthen. In a younger butt, it’s short.” Factors like weight gain and loss, failing to exercise, skin elasticity and genetics all contribute to changes in the butt. “The shape and appearance of how an aged butt looks depend greatly on what it looked like when it was young,” adds Dr. Aly.
Butt changes due to aging…
Skin: Since the skin on the buttocks is rarely exposed to the sun, it’s usually pale in color and in pretty good shape. But if there’s been major weight gain or loss, it can be quite slack. With age, the skin on the butt can also become crepey as collagen and elastin break down.
Fat: As we age, it’s common for fat to get stored in the butt and the areas around it, like the thighs, hips and saddlebags.
Sagging: A host of factors cause the butt to sag, like excessive fat, loss of elasticity and the aging process itself.
Cellulite: Cellulite can affect a butt of any age, but as the skin begins to change and more fat gets stored in the butt, cellulite becomes more apparent. Even if you didn’t have cellulite on your butt when you were younger, the chances of it occurring later in life are pretty high.
Butt Crease: In a young, perky butt, the butt crease (the line that extends outward from right under the butt) is short. But as projection changes and the but begins to droop, the crease line becomes longer.
Treatments that can help…
There are a number of ways to slow the drooping process, even if it’s already started. One of those is heat, using Accent XL technology. These treatments target the skin but not the muscle, although they usually do flush out fat cells in the process. Someone with a small amount of saggy skin may benefit from a skin-tightening procedure. The next is good old exercise. If your butt is to big, it’s usually due to body fat. Cardiovascular exercises are best for targeting excess fat in the butt since they target it from different angles. Keep your heart rate around 70% above your resting rate for more than 20 minutes to effectively burn fat. Try power walking on an incline, elliptical machines (with your posture upright and the weight in your heels), even yoga can elevate your resting heart rate to burn fat. If you feel your butt is too wide, plyometric movements should be done to activate fast-twitch fibers in the legs, in turn sculpting the butt. Crab walks with resistance bands, kettle ball exercises and frog hops are a few to try out. One of the best exercises for a lift of the butt is the pigeon stretch, followed by 10 squats (making sure the knee never passes the tip of the toes), one with each leg, while keeping the glutes squeezed tight, and finish with instability pumps on each leg. If you are trying to plump up a flat butt, add some weight’s to the squats, lunges or single leg step backs.