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Considering Butt Lift Surgery? You Need to Know These 3 Things

Thomas Loeb | October 10, 2021 | Posted in Body
young woman measuring results form a butt lift surgery

The Brazilian butt lift has been one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures for quite a while now. It involves augmenting the size and refining the shape of the butt by transferring excess fat from areas such as the hips, thighs, or abdomen. As you might expect, this accomplishes two goals with one procedure: removing stubborn fat bulges from where they are unwanted and creating a more shapely, rounded derriere.

Brazilian butt lift is particularly helpful for women who naturally have a flat posterior. However, before you undergo a butt lift or any other type of plastic surgery, there are a few things you need to know.

Travel surgery can equal health risks

The number of women interested in a Brazilian butt lift continues to grow. Some of them have sought surgery in alternative locations like Mexico, Thailand, and even questionable clinics right here in the U.S. These substandard clinics are typically run by doctors who operate on dozens of patients every day in an effort to maximize their profits. Clearly, a mass production approach to surgery doesn’t lend itself to optimal patient care and safety.

What’s more, these travel surgery destinations typically feature doctors who received training in a specialty other than plastic surgery, such as pediatrics or dermatology. They lack the expertise, clinical skills, and experience to safely perform complex plastic surgeries like Brazilian butt lifts. Surprisingly, it’s perfectly legal to operate in this manner. It’s simply not worth jeopardizing your health and safety for the sake of saving a few dollars. Skip the travel surgery and opt for a real plastic surgery office that operates from a surgical center or hospital.

Is your surgeon really board certified?

Remember those travel surgeons who might not actually have training in plastic surgery? They often advertise that they are board-certified, when in fact, their “advanced training” may have only consisted of a weekend course in plastic surgery. This isn’t only a problem at travel surgery destinations in other countries. In the U.S., medical doctors are legally allowed to treat patients outside their area of specialization as long as they have the patient’s consent. That means your “board-certified” surgeon’s specialization might actually be pediatrics or internal medicine—not plastic surgery.

Just how risky is having butt lift surgery?

In the hands of an experienced, appropriately trained surgeon who has received board certification in plastic surgery, a Brazilian butt lift has an extremely favorable safety profile. However, when a doctor whose specialty is not plastic surgery attempts the procedure, the risk of serious side effects rises. Butt lifts are particularly challenging because the derriere contains a number of rather large blood vessels. If an inexperienced surgeon accidentally damages any of those blood vessels, it could lead to serious, even fatal, complications.

Consult a trustworthy, board-certified plastic surgery in Manhattan

Whether you’re thinking about getting a butt lift or another type of plastic surgery, it’s important to do your due diligence when selecting your surgeon. It’s why well-informed patients in New York City choose Dr. Thomas Loeb—a rigorously trained, board-certified plastic surgeon with well over 30 years of field experience. He is a world-renowned doctor who is committed to ongoing professional development and the highest ethical standards. Check out butt lift before and after photos and call our offices to schedule a confidential consultation with Dr. Loeb.

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