The Risks of “Big Butt” Surgery

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What’s the Buzz on Big Butts?

Many women spend a lot of time and a lot of money at gyms and salons in an attempt to trim down some specific parts of their bodies.  At the same time, other women are spending even more money to bulk up in parts of their anatomy where it matters. But no, these gals aren’t trying to build trophy-winning biceps; they’re paying for treatments that allow them to be broad where a broad should be broad. Of course, that’s in the derriere, rump, booty, bum, or buttocks, more casually referred to as the butt; and a big butt is what they are going for.

While butt surgery hasn’t overtaken breast enhancement yet as the most widely availed-of plastic surgery procedure, buttock enhancement is notably the fastest growing sector in that industry.

Innately Attractive when Endowed

It would be of interest to know that the craze of acquiring a nice and big butt is not founded on a mere fashion construct such as those that declare that grotesque features are “in” or “must haves,” no matter how unattractive they may truly be. The male preference for big butts in women is a natural hard-wired preference in all men.  The primeval mind in every man causes him to subconsciously seek female partners who can bear and raise healthy children. This inclination is an evolutionary trait that persisted as it helped ensure the continuance and proliferation of the species.

In its most basic sense, the urge for sexual gratification is driven by a desire to procreate and immortalize one’s genes through offspring. For this reason, people seek traits in their partners that suggest superior ability in childbearing and child rearing. Women are attracted to taller and more robust men because this physical advantage suggests better chances of survival and dominance over others who compete with them for food and resources. In the same way, men look for anatomical traits in women that suggest that they will make good mothers and be able to care for children. Thus, men are involuntarily attracted to hearty feminine complexions and healthy red lips suggesting health and longevity, ample breasts that suggest ability to feed babies, and most of all, sufficiently large hips and those lovely big butts that indicate their ability to bear and deliver babies without any trouble.

Working the Illusion

It is interesting to note how female fashions in various cultures throughout the world over many centuries attempted to accentuate the size of the lady’s derriere through clever placement of material, garters, and clasps, or even wearing corsets and panniers under one’s gown to produce the illusion of a tight torso sweeping out into wide hips. In today’s world wherein ladies’ fashionable attire consists of a lot less cloth, women have found other means of presenting their big butts. This is through the wonders of butt surgery that makes it possible for women to actually have these big butts, no matter what they wore, and even if they wore nothing at all. The illusion is no longer achieved by attachments on one’s undergarments or clothing, but through in-house attachments appended to the human body. Surgeons refer to butt surgery as “gluteoplasty” meaning reshaping of the buttocks. These procedures were generally indicated to correct deformities in the gluteal musculature of the buttocks, but have become more popular in the pursuit of beauty or sex appeal among women who just wanted to have big butts.

The dangers associated with butt surgery became a big issue in Venezuela a few years ago. Venezuela is an extremely beauty-conscious country, having won the Miss Universe pageant seven times, Miss World six times, and Miss International seven times, despite having a population only around 10 percent that of the United States. With an obsession for beauty pageants that seems almost like a religion, the Venezuelans are also the biggest customers of clinics offering butt surgery, with one in every 3,000 people in the country having gone under the knife to get big butts. When an economic downturn caused the country’s currency to fail, the favorable exchange rate of the U.S. dollar to the Venezuelan Bolivar fuerte made butt surgery very much more affordable to Americans. This sparked off a massive medical or cosmetic tourism industry as Americans found it cheaper to fly to this South American country to get their big butts than having it done back home. The country became the butt surgery capital of the world.

The downside in this big boom in butt surgery in Venezuela is the difficulty in regulating a rapidly flourishing industry, especially when it attracts tourist dollars. As feared, deaths attributed to butt surgery started to rack up and constitute cause for alarm by government, the medical sector, and potential patients. Wanting to flaunt a big butt hardly seems like justifiable cause for risking death. But where’s the danger?

The Real Risks of Butt Enhancement

Every surgical procedure has accompanying risks simply because of the incision, blood loss, infection risk, and anesthesia. Butt surgery, however, has its own share of dangerous elements. The biggest hazard is the implanted material, itself.

Traditional gluteoplasty employed autologous transfer of body fat meaning fat that is removed via liposuction from the patient’s own body is reinjected in locations in the buttocks where it would create a pleasingly big butt. Body fat, however, being a natural and organic substance and a source of energy in the human body, could inevitably be assimilated into the person’s tissues, or even be metabolized through ketosis as in the case of women attempting slim down through a low carb diet.

Thus, a more robust material was needed to implant into the patients for a more permanent or longer-lasting butt augmentation. Silicone, which is a synthetic polymer composed of the element silicon, oxygen, and a few other elements was the obvious alternative to human fat or saline.

For butt surgery, the silicone is either injected directly into the body in its liquid or gel form, or built into a pre-shaped packet that is surgically implanted underneath the gluteus muscle. The latter will not likely result in a more natural look and feel because the implanted material does not disperse throughout the musculature. The former, however, while able to produce more appealing results, has been found to be hazardous, to the point that silicon injection was banned in Venezuela, the butt job hub of the world.

Biopolymer injection is considered dangerous because the substance, being a mixture of silicone and some organic material such as animal fat, provokes an antigenic reaction by the human body’s immune system which is primed to detect, tag as a threat, and repel any invasive organic substance that enters the body tissue. These biopolymers have raised red flags in the butt surgery industry because of the possibility of triggering excessive inflammatory reactions in the body, the possibility of the material migrating to other parts of the body and causing complications, and the high risk of suffering side effects and infection after the procedure.

Inevitably, most of the risks taken by women getting butt surgery are as plentiful and horrendous as those associated with any other invasive medical procedure. The best recourse to take in ensuring one’s safety when trying to get a big butt is to shun the bargain basement clinics or medical facilities that offer discounted rates but do not cover you with guarantees.

In butt surgery, as in all medical procedures, one should never compromise health by cutting corners. Be wary of butt surgery clinics that offer you unbelievably low prices accompanied by fantastical promises such as looking like J-Lo or being the next Miss Venezuela with your risk-free big butt. You always get what you pay for in the end.

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