Combination procedures continue to be the rage in our practice. Patients love to receive the benefits of having only one surgery accomplish numerous goals with only one anesthetic, one recuperation and only one time off work. That also translates into a financial benefit since the second (and third) procedures are billed at a lesser cost… everyone loves to pay less and get more!! One area of frustration and confusion is which procedures can be combined and which cannot. There are some specific circumstances that just won’t work together. Probably the one procedure that is hardest to combine with others is a Brazilian Butt Lift. This procedure transfers fat from other areas to the buttocks region. Liposuction is done to harvest fat from places like the hips, thighs and abdomen. The fat is processed or purified to get rid of the extra blood and fluid and then it is injected into the buttocks to round that area out and fill it in to get a better contour. For that procedure it is essential to avoid pressure on the freshly transferred fat. Excess pressure can cause the fat to move around and get into the wrong place, or even kill off the delicate fat cells. To prevent this, we have you sleep lying on your tummy and only sit for short periods of time for the first 2 weeks. For surgeries on the breasts or abdomen, we have to do the opposite to avoid pressure on the front, so if we were to try to do a Brazilian Butt Lift with either a tummy tuck or breast enhancement, there would be no safe position to place you in, and you cannot stand up until you are healed! In that situation, we typically do the Brazilian Butt Lift first, so we can utilize all of the excess fat from the abdomen for transfer, and then about 3 months later go back and do the tummy tuck and/or breast procedure.
D4: Brazilian Butt Lift: Who is a candidate:
D5: Can I combine cosmetic procedures:
D7: Mommy Makeover: Safety During Surgery