Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon, Dr Randal Haworth weighs in on these celebrity lifts in this article featured on Zwivel.
In terms of Hollywood beauty standards, the butt holds a hallowed place. Look no further than the pages of your favorite gossip mags to find butt augmentation examples.
Big-bootied ladies who are pioneers in the posterior procedure include Kim K. and Heidi Montag. While some of these augmentations are impressive feats of cosmetic surgery, others have fallen flat. In this piece, we weigh in on different celebrity cases and tell you if they got it right.
The Rise of the Butt Augmentation
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), buttock augmentations are on the rise. In 2016, buttock fat grafting rose in popularity by 26% from the year before while the number of butt implants grew by some 18% in the same time span.
Whether it’s the Brazilian butt lift, implants, or illegal filler injections, celebrity cases can teach us a valuable lesson on the importance of choosing a good plastic surgeon.
“Whereas years ago buttock augmentation was uncommonly performed, it has become a popular, ‘mainstream’ cosmetic surgery procedure in the past half-decade,” notes Layton, UT plastic surgeon Dr. York Yates. “Although a good result in plastic surgery always starts with the achievement of the patient’s goals, there are some concerns with the long-term effects of extreme volume enhancement on the stability of the skin and soft tissue,” he warns.
In addition, fads change and in this plastic surgeon’s opinion it is only a matter of time before the extremely large buttock is again viewed as ‘overweight’ rather than curvy.
The Pull to Plump the Derriere
Novel procedures often translate into hot trends and butt augmentations are no exception. Surgeons are honing their skills to create plumper backsides that are more natural-looking every day.
Fat grafting procedures are probably the reason why Kim Kardashian’s behind appeared natural when visualized using an X-ray. With results like that, it’s no wonder this procedure is on the rise. To sweeten the deal with grafting, the fat inserted into the butt is usually taken from the tummy. Data shows that these procedures are gaining popularity with patients who want a two-for-one lipo and augmentation procedure.
Recipe for Success
According to the plastic surgeons we talked to, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to the perfect butt lift — it’s all about meeting patients’ expectations.
“A good butt lift or augmentation can mean different things to different people,” explains Murrieta, CA plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Eichenberg. “There are some common themes. Big, round, full and healthy looking are almost always good, but too big can draw too much attention because at some point it will not look natural. Of course, for some women, looking augmented or extra-large is the idea.”
Massachusetts-based plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph A. Russo agrees. “I think celebrities with the most well-done augmentations are the ones that are not blatantly obvious or oversized,” he said. “Celebs with great shape and proportions… Basically, the ones you may not realize have had it done but simply look great.”
“Teen Mom 2” reality star and mother of three Kailyn Lowry went under the knife in 2016 at the hands of the famed Dr. Miami (Dr. Michael Salzhauer of Bal Harbour Plastic Surgery in Miami). Lowry documented her Brazilian butt lift on social media, noting that she has long struggled with body image issues and that the procedure helped her be at peace with her body.
Dr. Randal Haworth cites Lowry’s case as a good example of a lift gone right. “A Brazilian butt lift or butt augmentation with good results will make the waist and thighs look smaller, which in turn also brings the torso into more harmonious proportions. It also can make the buttocks appear rounder and more toned or reduce any drooping or sagging,” he says.
The world’s best-known adult entertainer does not shy away from discussing taboo plastic surgery procedures. The Queen of Porn has had plenty of surgical hiccups that include implant removals and a botched vaginoplasty. She admitted to her castmates on “Celebrity Big Brother” that she had “a little somethin’-somethin’” done to her butt, but we don’t have details on the procedure. Dr. Haworth points to Jameson’s case as an example of not-so-great surgical handiwork, along with Blac Chyna and former Playboy Playmates Kristina and Karissa Shannon.
“When the results of a buttock augmentation, whether via fat or implants, are so exaggerated as to result in disharmony with the surrounding torso, the net visual effect can be downright bizarre,” Haworth cautions. “For example, if your bottom is overly round and big, you can actually look shorter than you really are. Additionally, we as plastic surgeons do not have long-term data as to how these comically large buttocks may age and sag over time.”