As different as this summer will feel this year, it’ll remain the same in lots of ways, too. We’ll still enjoy soaking in the sun’s warmth for a passing moment and the cool stillness that arrives at dusk. We’ll still savor the unique sensations of grass and sand between our toes and the scent of something, anything, grilling nearby.
And we’ll still hate the way our butts look in shorts and especially bathing suits.
No such poll exists, but if it did, I’m sure it would indicate that the butt is one of the features that many of us want to change most about ourselves. It wasn’t a surprise when, a few years ago, butt enhancement surgery became one of the fastest-growing cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States.
At its height, there was a buttock procedure being performed every 30 minutes, on average, in this country, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. That included both butt implants and butt augmentation, or the Brazilian butt lift. While implants were largely responsible for that initial surge, doctors have been steering their patients more toward the Brazilian butt lift over the last couple of years because it’s considered to be a much safer procedure, the recovery’s a lot easier, and the results tend to be far more positive.
What’s the difference between the two procedures?
For implant surgery, implants are placed beneath the gluteal muscle through an incision in the buttock cheeks. It’s typically a two- to three-hour procedure. Afterward, patients are encouraged not to sit directly on their implants for three weeks because the pressure could cause them to shift out of position. And the recovery period generally lasts about two weeks.
The Brazilian butt lift is done in two parts. First, fat is liposuction-ed out of the patient’s abdomen, hips, or thighs. It’s then cleaned and separated and injected into the patient’s butt. It’s about a one-hour procedure. And patients are usually back to work and their normal lifestyle 24 hours later.
Why is the Brazilian butt lift trending?
Since the grafted fat is being taken from another area of the body, the Brazilian butt lift is kind of a two-for-one procedure: Contour an area of concern and gain a shapelier butt in the process. Plus, since the grafted fat is your own tissue, there’s no risk of an allergic reaction or rejection.
The procedure also allows for more flexibility. Depending on the amount of available fat, you can upgrade to a Kim Kardashian-esque butt or simply add a touch more curve to your natural shape. Implants, on the other hand, are molded to specific sizes and volumes.
If you’ve always thought of butt enhancement surgery as something a small group of women somewhere are having done, it’s much more widespread than that. And that’s because they’ve discovered a wealth of confidence in finally addressing a feature they longed to change and never thought they could.