Brazilian Butt Lift
Conveniently located to serve St. Louis, Missouri
Body contouring has evolved in plastic surgery and more emphasis is being placed on removing fat from areas where it is not wanted and then placing or injecting fat into areas where it is desired. The buttocks is recognized as a symbol of youth, health and athleticism. Weight loss may result in a flat and droopy buttocks.
A Brazilian Butt Lift involves liposuction and sculpting of the torso and fat injection, or transfer, into the buttocks. Depending on your desires, the goal may be an athletic buttocks, a “projecting” buttocks or a more shapely buttocks. Equal emphasis is placed on liposculpting the lower back and flanks as much as the actual injection of fat to sculpt the buttocks into the desired shape.
Dr. Cabbabe incorporates his experience with reconstructive and cosmetic surgery of the body to give his patients the best results possible to meet their desires. He is an expert in cosmetic, reconstructive and minimally invasive body surgery. Many bariatric surgeons refer their patients to Dr. Cabbabe for his expertise. During your consultation, Dr. Cabbabe will carefully examine you and will make recommendations in order to help you achieve your desired result prior to surgery.
Prior to Surgery
Dr. Cabbabe requests that all patients take iron (ferrous sulfate) supplementation, approximately 300 mg three times a day, for 3 weeks prior to surgery. This helps patients increase their red blood cell counts prior to surgery and makes recovery much smoother for patients.
Do NOT take any aspirin, plavix, or ibuprofen at least 10 days prior to surgery. Coumadin or any other type of blood thinner prior to surgery. Dr. Cabbabe may also recommend that you stop any hormones or oral contraceptives to reduce the risk of blood clots in the legs around the time of surgery.
It is helpful to have a recliner to sleep on for the first week or two when you transition to a bed. Extra compression garments, including FAJA’s in different sizes, are helpful as your size will decrease after swelling goes down. Female urination devices can be purchased on Amazon to be used while garments are worn.
Eat a healthy diet and avoid alcohol at least 48 hours prior to surgery to maintain hydration around the time of your procedure. Nicotine usage leads to a well – known higher rate of complications including infection and should be stopped at a minimum of 3 weeks prior. Take this as an opportunity to quit smoking forever to enjoy the health benefits long – term as well as improved skin texture with less wrinkling.
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Prior to surgery, Dr. Cabbabe will place markings on the planned areas of liposuction and the planned areas of fat injection on the buttocks. The skin is cleaned and prepped with antiseptics. Sterile towels and drapes are placed around the areas to be treated. Dr. Cabbabe injects local anesthetic/numbing solutions into the planned areas of liposuction through tiny incisions using cannulas. After waiting a period of time for the solution to work, fat is removed by vacuum suction until the desired result is achieved. SAFELipo is used as needed in areas such as the abdomen, hips and thighs.
Patients are then flipped over onto their abdomens and further skin cleaning is done prior to resuming liposuction of the back and flanks. A significant amount of attention is directed to sculpting the lower back to create an aesthetically desirable shape. The fat is purified and washed then injected carefully to sculpt the buttocks to the desired shape.
After the procedure is finished, compression garments will be placed. You will be asked to have someone present who can drive you home after the procedure. There will be some leakage of fluid for 24 to 48 hours after the procedure from the liposuction sites. Patients are asked to avoid sitting or putting pressure on their buttocks for prolonged periods of time for approximately 2 weeks. Sutures may or may not be placed over the small incisions, depending on the amount of drainage anticipated.
Your Brazilian Butt Lift will be performed in a hospital or surgery center in St. Louis, MO.
Most patients are able to go home the same day. If large – volume liposuction(>5 Liters) is done, you may be asked to stay overnight for monitoring. Pain medication and antibiotics will be prescribed at the time of discharge. Some type of compression garment is provided. There may be some numbness of the surgical area which slowly improves with time. Patients are able to shower within 24 hours. Recovery time is approximately one to two weeks. Dr. Cabbabe will ask you to wear compression garments for 2 weeks after surgery to help minimize swelling and maximize your result.
Heavier patients (BMI >30) experience more complications. Complications include lidocaine toxicity, bleeding after surgery, fluid collections which may result in infection, thickened scars, skin necrosis, asymmetries, skin irregularities, blood clots and fat embolism. These may require additional procedures to correct.
Dr. Cabbabe takes measures to prevent complications including appropriate use of antibiotic, leg sequential devices to prevent blood clots in the legs and careful tissue handling to prevent skin necrosis.