Question about infectious bacteria in buttocks

Here is a question which I received from a reader who recently had a Brazilian butt lift procedure with another surgeon and was experiencing a bacterial infection:

Dear Dr. Rodriguez,

About Eight weeks ago I had a procedure adding fat from my flanks to my buttocks by my local plastic surgeon. I have been in discomfort ever since. My buttocks are red and swollen in both cheeks. One time every week the surgeon has been removing fluid that has accumulated in my buttocks. He has stated that he released an area in my buttocks that had a deep Cellulite indentation( he had a different name for this). He thought fluid was somehow accumulating in this area and would continue to remove this fluid whenever in go unbearable. I was in tremendous pain this week and went back to the office where he then told me he had gotten the results back from June 21st on the fluid he had collected and I have some kind of bacterial infection inside my body. He has called the local infectious disease dept at Michigan State University And supposedly they will see me next Friday I have yet to hear from them because the office at MSU was closed yesterday… Today my Drs. office is closed So they will contact me on Monday.

My questions to you and I hope you can help me or direct me to a website regarding this is… Why might this have happened? Of course I am a clean person and have been very careful with my personal hygiene. What could this bacterial infection be? I know you are not my Doctor and you may not be able to give me advice but if you could refer my somewhere or forward this to someone who may be able to help you would make my life bearable this week until I can see someone locally. Your web site is very informative. Thank you for being here.

Teresa D


My heart goes out to you, but giving specific medical advice about a particular patient problem over the internet is really not a good idea. Even though you have detailed some important information it is not appropriate for me to comment without having seen you in consultation. If you are having a problem that needs immediate attention, you need to contact your Doctor through his answering service. If that doesn’t work, you need to go to the emergency room.

A website is no place to get medical guidance in a crisis. You really need to be evaluated in person by a doctor.

By Dr. Ricardo L. Rodriguez MD Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Cosmeticsurg Baltimore, Maryland Ricardo L. Rodriguez on American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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