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Is it safe to have a breast lift and Brazilian butt lift in Brazil or do you recommend only having this done in the USA?

Q:

I am interested in having a few plastic surgery procedures (breast lift, Brazilian Butt Lift, etc.) done. Which country is the safest to undergo these procedures apart from the USA and UK?  Would it be safe to have these surgeries performed in Brazil?

A:

The short answer to your question would be YES. Please make sure your are healthy enough to tolerate these types of surgical procedures and such a long anesthetic. Consider a visit to your primary care physician for pre-operative cardiopulmonary clearance BEFORE your surgery. For your own safety it would be best if you were monitored for at least 23 hours after such a combined cosmetic procedure. Extensive travel should include preventive treatment for possible post operative DVT/ PE.

Medical tourism is certainly on the rise mainly due to the cheaper costs overseas. Remember that the Medical-Legal systems in foreign countries often are entirely different than in the USA/ UK. Further, your surgeon should be theoretically responsible for you in the post operative period until you are completely stable/healed. Who is going to take care of you if you have an unfavorable outcome or untoward event? Most contractors do not like having to fix someone else's mistakes.

Best,

Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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