Prophylactic Precautions for Liposuction/brazilian Butt Lift to Prevent DVT or PEs?

Is it wise to ask for anticoagulant prescription from the doctor to prevent the risk of DVT or PE? If you're flying internationally for the procedure, how long should you wait until it's safer to take a long (15 hour) flight?

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Deep Venous Thrombosis

T he surgeon should assess you according to the Caprini scale, as to your risk factors for hypercoaguability. Any long surgery under general anesthesia is a risk. The average risk is 1in 52000. Depending on the physician practice after assessing the Caprini scale  will have to discuss the pros and cons of using blood thinners. As for traveling immediately after surgery will increase your risk of DVT significantly.

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Prophylactic Precautions for Liposuction/brazilian Butt Lift to Prevent DVT or PEs?

         The indications for anticoagulants prior to Brazilian buttlift are well known, but I have not given this medication in a thousand or so buttlifts.  The reason is simple.  If the patient has enough risk factors to be moderate to high risk for surgery, I will typically not operate on these patients.  It is generally accepted that 2 weeks after surgery is a safe time to take a long flight like that, provided frequent standing and walking breaks are taken.  Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of Brazilian buttlifts each year.  Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

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