Women with curves who don’t need to go under the knife for a plumper tush may be rejoicing–finally their body type is becoming the hot feminine ideal. But, it might not be for long.
Remember when legs were women’s coveted body part, then large boobs, then flat-chested androgynous bodies–and back again? What’s popular for female body types have always fluctuated over the decades and those trends are reflected in plastic surgery stats.
As it was in the time of Marie Antoinette or Cleopatra, fashion is driven by popular cultural figures. We can thank the rise of cosmetic booties to Kim Kardashian, Beyoncé and other curvy celebs.
Where does that leave the women who got plastic surgery at the height of its popularity?
The Brazilian butt lift (BBL) has become the world’s fastest growing cosmetic surgery, despite mounting concerns over the growing number of deaths from the procedure. What is driving its popularity?
For whatever reason (twerking? the Kardashians?), women everywhere are more and more interested in getting the perfect backside; even butt augmentation surgery is up 16 percent! But instead of the scalpel, we're in favor of an easier method: the Brazilian martial arts-inspired routine created by Brett Hoebel, a Los Angeles trainer who often travels to Rio de Janeiro to learn new ways to reshape the rear ends of his A-list clients.
The BBL is the fastest growing cosmetic surgery in the world, despite the mounting number of deaths resulting from the procedure. What is driving its astonishing rise?
To be successful, a fat graft needs nutrition and so has to be injected into tissue that has a blood supply. Fat can survive if injected into other fat, but up to 90% of it can be absorbed if it is. Fat has more chance of staying in place if it is inserted into muscle – but this is where the risk lies.
The procedure has the highest mortality rate of any cosmetic surgery, but many women are undaunted.
Getting to the bottom of America’s fastest growing cosmetic surgery.
When I hear about problems with the BBL, I think of other “next big things" in plastic surgery that have come and gone, often leaving a trail of complications. In my 10 years on New Jersey’s Board of Medical Examiners, I questioned whether deadly procedures were just performed poorly or whether the procedure itself was flawed.
In the 1990s, liposuction was the “problem child.”
How the Brazilian butt lift, one of the world’s most dangerous plastic surgery procedures, went mainstream.
Black women have always faced immense pressure to make their bodies look a certain way. But if done the "wrong way," achieving that idealized figure can lead to just as much scrutiny and critique as having a body that isn't considered ideal. So today, we're talking about the cosmetic procedure known as a Brazilian Butt Lift, and what its rise in popularity illustrates about the type of bodies that do and don't get valued.
Just like any type of body modification, it’s up to the individual to find what works for them. There should be no hard and fast rules around this or BBL surgery generally – but there should be concern over how this practice is being performed, what regulations are in place, how much information individuals have access to, and whether it’s being done for the right reasons.
So as long as Kardashian, Beyoncé and Minaj continue to be reigning stars of the gossip magazines and look books, the booty will stay on the rise. But who knows what’s coming next.