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Ricardo L. Rodriguez MD, LLC
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Over the past few years there has been an alarming increase in deaths reported with the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure. The Brazilian Butt Lift is a procedure which extracts fat from unwanted areas, processes the fat, and then reinfects fat into the buttocks area. Most of the recent deaths have been caused by Pulmonary Fat Embolism (PFE) , many of them occurring with frequency in the Miami, Florida area.

I believe there are several factors contributing to this tragic trend. I have been performing this BBL procedure safely with no complications , for nearly 15 years and I think there are many ways to reduce risk. IF you are considering having a BBL, I urge you to read this blog post!

I am part of an International Task Force which has been formed to study the PFE issue. These are my own personal thoughts of what I see happening and how risks can be reduced.

#brazilianbuttlift #fattransfer #PFE #pulmonaryfatembolism #BBL #complications #plasticsurgery #cosmeticsurgery #butt
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Higher BMI (Body Mass Index) increases surgical risk in Cosmetic Surgery

If you are considering an elective cosmetic surgery procedure, your BMI should be at an acceptable level. Find out how your BMI stacks up on the risk scale if you are considering a procedure such as a Tummy Tuck, Brazilian Butt Lift, or Body Lift.
#tummytuck #BMI #surgicalrisks #complications #plasticsurgery
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Read about my journey with adipose stem cells and how I tag teamed with one of my best friends from college .....all the way to the FDA.

Adipose stem cells can be extracted from liposuction fat and injected into your own body in the same operative session to regenerate tissue and even cure some diseases. These cells are not culture expanded and are known as SVF.

The FDA says your (own autologous) adipose stem cells are a drug, subject to pharmaceutical regulation. Two alumni say that's a big fat blunder.

+American Society of Plastic Surgeons ASPS +Jonathan Zelken +Jonathan Kanevsky +Alexandra Condé Green

#adiposestemcells #SVF #regenerativemedicine #xmed
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* Honored to be selected for the RealSelf 500 List for 2016! *

More than 62 Million people a year visit http://RealSelf.com to research elective surgery procedures and connect with local physicians. Patients post questions and photographs, and seek opinions from physicians.

For the RealSelf 500 list, doctors are selected based on commitment to patient education (answering questions) as well as favorable outcomes (patient reviews). The 2016 list of doctors includes 500 specialist selected from the more than 13,000 physicians with a presence on RealSelf.com.

See the RealSelf500 List here: http://www.realself.com/RS500 . Thank you!


#realself500 #topdocs #plasticsurgery
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ASPS recently released the 2016 Procedure Stats for Plastic Surgery Procedures.

Top 2 Cosmetic Surgery procedures in 2016
Breast Augmentation: 290,000 procedures performed
Liposuction: 235,000 procedures performed

Highest growth rate procedures compared to 2015
Butt Augmentation with fat (known as Brazilian Butt Lift): up 26%
Labiaplasty: up 39%
Lower Body Lift: up 34%
Lip Reduction (type of Lip Lift) : up 283 %

Decline in # procedures performed compared to 2015
Breast Reduction
Calf Augmentation

#plasticsurgery #stats # #proceduresperformed #brazilianbuttlift #breastaugmentation #liposuction
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Here I am at the FDA hearings last week to discuss the future of stem cell therapies. The stakes in the outcome of this meeting are HUGE! My goal was to help the FDA see that autologous stem cell therapy should be classified more similar to a tissue (HCT/P 361), than that of a drug (HCT/P 351). Currently all stem cell therapies are lumped together as a drug (HCT/P 351). Autologous therapies are YOUR OWN CELLS, pose no harm to anyone ELSE, and should be treated as your own tissue

The critics who want to keep all stem cell therapies as one classification always point to rogue stem cell clinics. The point I make in this video is that adverse events at stem cells clinics are NOT stem cells gone rogue, but it is practicioners gone rogue. We just need more oversight of the people who run these clinics. But we should NOT RECLASSIFY THE THERAPY to make it nearly impossible for physicians to administer this therapy!! We simply need accreditation for these clinics according to the types of therapy they administer!
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We have recently heard of patients traveling to the Dominican Republic for BBL and other plastic surgery procedures because the prices are extremely low. CAUTION IS ADVISED. Do not pick your plastic surgeon based on price!!!

Patients must check if the surgery center has equivalent Accreditation with AAAASF or JAHCO, and if the surgeon is Board Certificated. Accredited Surgery Centers will have high standards for sterilization of instruments and Operating Rooms with monitoring on a regular basis. Read about the terrible infections that have recently been reported coming out of Dominican Republic Plastic Surgery centers. #plasticsurgery   #infections   #CDC #dominicanrepublic  
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Learn about the difference between a keloid and a hypertrophic scar: #plasticsurgery #scars  #keloid
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How do you get a long lasting fat graft?   The best technique begins with the cannula selection used in the fat extraction during liposuction.   The fat that is extracted from liposuction is what is used for the fat graft.  

Thin liposuction cannulas with small holes allow only the smallest fat particles to be collected. According to research conducted by Dr. Yoshimura, small fat particles make the best fat grafts!

Read more in my summary below. 

#plasticsurgery   #fatgraft   #liposuction   #cannula  
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If you are considering  having butt injections for a more prominent buttocks, there is only one way to go. The surgeon should be using your own fat and he should be Board Certified Plastic Surgery.  Nothing else is acceptable!  

Do not risk your health to go with a cheaper procedure or a professional who is not Board Certified in the Medical Specialty that teaches the procedure.

It's your body! Be good to it!!

#brazilianbuttlift   #buttinjections  
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