By BRENDA REASBY
“Oh my gosh, Becky, look at her butt!” is what plays in the minds of some women as they compare their bodies, particularly their bums, to celebs and role models such as J-Lo, Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj.
With new statistics showing that the cosmetic procedures like butt augmentations are increasing, women as young as 18 are pushing for that Brazilian butt look.
According to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of butt augmentation procedures has increased 43 percent, jumping from 806 procedures performed in 2010 to 1,149 in 2011.
There are a number of different ways one can get a bigger bum and that may be one reason why the various procedures have become so popular. One option is gluteal implants, a tissue-durable silicone based device that can be placed under or over the gluteal muscles.
Another option called fat grafting uses liposuction. In this procedure, excess fat is withdrawn from other areas of the body (most commonly the abdomen), and injected into the gluteal region. Liposuction is not recommended for those who are thin and don’t have much fat to transfer.
There have been cases when patients have combined these two procedures.
“Fat grafting is the most popular and safest treatment patients go for,” said a nurse from the Lake Country Plastic and Hand Surgery in Waukesha, Wis.
“A patient gets up to no more than 35 percent of fat taken from an area of the body,” she said. Tissue failure is also prevented with this type of procedure, making it the most natural way to enhance a woman’s shape and build.
The risks and complications of receiving either one of these two procedures vary. After surgery, the patient cannot sit on her bum for at least two weeks or engage in physical activity. A padded, support garment is often worn for a short period of time to help to ease the discomfort. Tissue swelling almost always occurs after surgery and if one doesn’t follow through with orders, infection is a risk.
Paresthesia (tingling, numbness) is also a side effect that accompanies the procedures. The skin covering a gluteal implant can become blotched and stretched. Also, nerve injury can arise if implants are placed on a sensitive nerve. Fluid collections can also develop.
Medications and drugs must be taken with the right dosage or one can become intoxicated, nauseous or anxious. The central nervous system can be affected, giving the patient blurred vision, respiratory complications or even seizures.
Beauty and health are the two main reasons why a person might turn to butt augmentations. Dr. Tracy McCall, cosmetic surgeon for 17 years at Lake Country Plastic and Hand Surgery, said, “We like to make sure a person is doing this for themselves; otherwise, they’re going to end with an unsatisfactory result. I don’t like to hear ‘my boyfriend wants me to have a bigger butt.’”
Not only are the procedures done to raise a person’s confidence, but also for therapeutic reasons. Those who’ve had traumatic injuries might turn to butt augmentations due to damaged tissue and bone deformities. Those with major weight loss may receive a body contouring procedure, which involves rearranging and enhancing fat tissues of the gluteal region or a lower body lift.
These cosmetic surgeries do not run cheap. Gluteal silicone implants cost about $10,000. Liposuction is roughly around $2,000 a procedure, depending on which part of the body one has the procedure and how much fat is transferred. Most health insurance plans do not pay for butt augmentations because it is considered an elective procedure.