Safety in Brazilian Butt Lifts
By Dr. Michael L. Thornton | Feb 15, 2017
Safety in Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery
Most recently, it has been reported in the news of multiple fatalities associated with Brazilian Butt Lift due to fat embolism (fat particles traveling to your lungs). Unfortunately, many of these fatalities were associated with improper technique and improper surgeon training when performing the fat transfer portion of the procedure. It is important to remember your safety is very important to Dr. Michael Thornton!
Dr. Michael Thornton, a Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon writes, “First, I select only those candidates who are healthy, who can tolerate general anesthesia and who can tolerate prone (on-stomach) positioning during the procedure. Second, I maintain absolute safety protocols during the fat transfer portion of the procedure, whereby I only use specialized blunt or non-sharp surgical instruments (blunt-tipped cannulas) to minimize puncture of blood vessels. Third, I do not inject the fat directly into the deep buttock muscle or near pelvic bones as this may cause accidental puncture of deep veins and may lead to embolization of fat directly to the lungs. Consequently and most importantly, I inject the fat more superficially into the fatty tissue space of the buttock and above the muscle. Lastly, I inject the fat with hand-held syringes using low and controlled pressure and I inject the fat upon removing the cannula (called retrograde injection).”
All of these highly skilled maneuvers and safety measures have the ability to minimize accidental puncture of blood vessels and minimize fat embolism. It is recommended that you seek a board certified surgeon who performs a significant amount of Brazilian Butt Lift procedures and who also has knowledge in the safety measures as part of this type of surgery.
Dr. Michael Thornton is a Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon and Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.