Torn Between Getting This Done or Not?

I have wanted to do a BBL for years. I have researched it and now at 40 I want it. I suffer from anxiety already but researching and reading that death may be an option is not comforting. The fact that a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in San Antonio, TX preformed one and "accidentally" punctured an Aorta? Is definitely insane? I have chosen a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Miami. I have done so much research my head hurts. Embolisims, punctured organs, toxicity from Anesthesia?? Please help

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Torn Between BBL

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It is`important to know that any surgery has risks, however, when performed by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, and with good post op care, the chances of any complications are minimal. Its good that you are doing so many research, this way you will be able to find the right doctor for you. Good Luck.

Mexico Plastic Surgeon
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Brazilian Buttlift Risks and Concerns

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Thoracic or abdominal injury along with significant PE and lidocaine toxicity all account for less than 0.1% of problems after liposuction.  

Risk of Brazilain Butt lift (BBL)

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Thank you for your question. I understand your concerns. With a properly done BBL, the risk of embolism, punctured organs, toxicity is relatively low. In our Atlanta office, this procedure is done using IV Sedation reducing the risk of general anesthesia. While doing liposuction, your surgeon should be aware of where his/her instruments are at all times, especially the tip of the instrument. Being aware of this, significantly decreases, if not eliminates, your potential for any sort of organ/vessel puncture. Your best bet is to find a Plastic Surgeon close to you. There are many Plastics surgons in Atlanta who perform these operation safely every week. Good luck

Stanley Okoro, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Puncturing an aorta sounds very extreme, and I think the risk of that happening to you are tiny. There is usually some post op bruising and soreness with liposuction, but intra-abdominal injury is rare.

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Risks of Brazilian Butt Lift

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It is normal to be nervous about any surgical procedure, but serious complications are rare when performed by a board certified plastic surgeon. You have to be comfortable with your decision to have this done.

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Thank you for your question. It is good that you are doing your research, and yes find a board certified plastic surgeon. There are going to be risks in any type of surgery you do. Death rates are low in this surgery (if performed by an experienced board certified plastic surgeon). The chances of embolisms or puncturing an organ is low. Always consult with your surgeon if you are a good candidate for this surgery. Hope this helps, best of luck!

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Anxiety about surgery

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Surgery always provokes some level of anxiety.  It is important that you chose a board certified plastic surgeon that performs a lot of BBLs.  It is a real surgery and there are risks, but major complications are rare.  Injury to the aorta during liposuction is an atypical complication.

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