For the first two weeks after surgery, patients should avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time. Recovery times vary, but patients are usually back to work after one to two weeks, and must wear compression garments for six weeks. Dr. Perez will schedule follow-up consultations to monitor your recovery and determine when it is safe to resume exercise and other activities.
Brazilian Butt Lift Safety
There has been a lot of recent press coverage regarding the safety of the popular cosmetic surgery known as the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL). This surgery, popularized by changing fashions and certain celebrities, like the Kardashians, is one of the fastest growing aesthetic procedures in the United States. Unfortunately, like every surgery, when not performed properly by adequately trained professionals in an accredited facility, the Brazilian butt lift can be risky and even deadly.
In a recent report, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reported the mortality rate for the Brazilian butt lift could be as high as 1:3000. This is higher than any other commonly performed elective plastic surgery procedure. Because of this, the ASPS, International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS), and the International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics and Science, formed the Task Force for Safety in Gluteal Fat Grafting. After much research, the task force came up with a set of guidelines designed to improve the performance and safety of the Brazilian butt lift.
The Task Force for the Safety in Gluteal Fat Grafting, which represents board certified plastic surgeons that are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, made several recommendations and offered a set of guidelines to be followed by anyone performing a BBL. The following is a set of general and specific recommendations regarding BBL Safety:
The Brazilian butt lift should only be performed by plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
Fat should not be injected anywhere near the deep pelvic vessels, specifically the gluteal veins and arteries
Fat should be injected only in the subcutaneous layer of the buttocks (i.e. the plane of tissues under the skin and above the gluteal maximus muscle).
Fat should only be injected with blunt-tip cannulas
Proper patient positioning, such as the jack-knife position, should be utilized to avoid inadvertent entry into the gluteal muscles
A maximum of four liters of pure fat can be removed in one surgical setting
Strict attention should be paid to the patient’s overall health, vital signs, and temperature before, during, and after the BBL surgery
Thus, the Brazilian butt lift is a safe procedure when performed on the appropriate patient, by an experienced and properly trained plastic surgeon, and in a safe facility. Dr. Jaime Perez, at the Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with nearly 20 years of experience performing BBLs, liposuction, and fat transfer to all areas of the body. He is committed to patient safety and stays up to date on BBL safety protocols, research, and guidelines. To discuss your BBL surgery call Dr. Jaime Perez today: 813-877-3739.