Kim K’s and celebrity influence on our perception of the butt

I read an article on earlier this week called “5 odd body trends inspired by the Kardashians.” The undoubted reason for the article is the recent trend “inspired” by Kylie Jenner (#KylieJennerChallenge) in which people stick their lips in shot glasses, suck all the air out, and have plump, puckered lips. Huh?

How is this a thing?

Don’t think I need to waste a lot of words on the stupidity of this practice. This trend is dangerous, potentially disfiguring, and almost certainly painful. Suffice it to say, this is not a trend that will be invading plastic surgery offices across America. Furthermore, plump lips have been popular in our culture for years; Kylie Jenner did not put them on the map.

Kylie’s big sister is another matter. Kim Kardashian, along with other celebrities like J. Lo and Nicki Minaj, have helped the general public gain an appreciation of disproportionately large butts. Not only on television and in movies, but in songs ranging from Sir Mix-A-Lot (“Baby Got Back,” 1992) to Megan Trainor (“All About that Bass,” 2015), society’s love affair with big booties has blossomed. According to statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, rates of buttock augmentation soared by 86% in 2014, making it one of the fastest growing operations in the United States.

Most popular amongst the buttock augmentation procedures is the Brazilian Butt Lift, which combines liposuction of the abdomen, flanks and back with fat transplantation to the buttocks. This procedure simultaneous narrows the waist while plumping the butt. This procedure can help women strive towards the hourglass figure made so popular by Kim K., with a nearly impossibly tiny waist transitioning to curvaceous buttocks and thighs. A few years ago, Kim Kardashian denied ever having had buttock augmentation surgery, even producing an X-ray of her buttocks which showed no implant of any kind.

Does this prove anything? Not really. The beauty of the Brazilian Butt Lift is that it uses a patient’s own fat, which is natural and already in the butt, to sculpt and fill the buttocks. As a result, even if she did have the procedure, nothing would appear on an X-ray.

Regardless of whether or not she ever had the procedure, Kim Kardashian definitely has had a role in the wildly huge increase in the Brazilian Butt Lift’s popularity in the United States. For that, countless numbers of women owe her a debt of gratitude (and a few men too).

To learn more about buttock augmentation in Dallas, contact Dr. Sam Jejurikar’s office at 214-827-2814.


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