butt augmentationVoluptuous beauties like Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian and Salma Hayek have graced the covers of countless magazines in the past couple years, so it should be no surprise that the plastic surgery industry has witnessed an influx of butt augmentations.

According to statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgery (APAS), more than $31 million was spent in the U.S. alone on buttock augmentation surgeries in 2010, a whopping 40 percent increase from 2009.

Dr. Jeffrey Roth, a Las Vegas based board certified plastic surgeon, says the increase in curvy role models has affected his practice. Requests for liposuction are down, while buttock augmentations are up.

Unfortunately for those seeking an ample backside, the criteria for an ideal patient is more stringent than it is for those seeking liposuction. First and foremost, patients must be nonsmoking and in good health. Secondly, maximum results can only be achieved if a patient possesses a very small backside to begin with.

“Some of them have a big enough butt already,” Roth says. “They just want a really big butt.”

Even if you are an ideal candidate for butt augmentation, it’s extremely important to weight the risks with the benefits according California based plastic surgeon Dr. Marcel Daniels.

“Be careful what you wish for,” he says. “People need to be educated and understand these are not perfect procedures.”

There are currently two accepted ways to perform butt augmentations. Patients can either elect to use an implant or they can choose to have fat deposits from other parts of their body injected into their backside. Both procedures can be unpredictable, but if performed correctly, they do not pose higher risks compared with other plastic surgeries.

Society’s obsession with large backsides doesn’t appear to be fading anytime soon. If you’re considering surgery, make sure you’re well educated on the topic and that you choose a board certified plastic surgeon for the procedure.

Source: Dr. Birely

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