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op culture certainly touts the popularity of a generous derriere. In music, artists like Nicki Minaj, Meghan Trainor, Jennifer Lopez, and Iggy Azalea have all cashed in on the boost of their booty. The internet exploded when Paper magazine released Kim Kardashian’s cover photos, highlighting her ample posterior. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, buttocks augmentation saw an increase of 21 percent from 2015, with buttocks lifts showing a significant increase of 32 percent.

BACKSIDE, FRONT AND CENTER

t is indeed the year of the rear, but it’s not just trend-seeking augmentation; it’s also those with the desire to retain their youthful figures. “As we age, we lose fat from our bottoms as well as our faces, hands, and breasts,” explains Constantino Mendieta, M.D., a Miami-based plastic surgeon specializing in buttocks augmentation. “Everything starts drooping. It’s in

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vogue to re-shape and lift the butt.” “People now come in asking for one of four types of butt,” explains Dr. Mendieta. “There is the perky Jessica Biel, the in-between Jen Selter, the more ample Kim Kardashian or J. Lo, and, the most extreme, Nicki Minaj. Three years ago I was performing about 200 gluteal augmentations a year; now I’m doing about 350.”

CHOICE CUTS AND BUTTS

o what are the options for a designer derriere? The gold standard for buttocks enhancement is gluteal fat transfer, also known as the Brazilian Butt Lift. It involves the removal of fat using liposuction from the stomach, love handles, or other areas of excess and then re-implanting the fat into the buttocks. It can be done under local anesthesia in two to three hours. The result? A rounder, fuller looking derriere. “Transferring fat is not 100 percent predictable in terms of how much will remain after it’s been injected, and how long it will last,” reports Z. Paul Lorenc, M.D., an aesthetic plastic

surgeon in New York City who performs fat transfer. “It has a 50 to 75 percent retention rate, but there is some individual variability. We are getting good results—but I’d be happier if we got it to 100 percent.” These results have improved over the years due to refinements in the procedure, such as adding more stem cells to the fat. Cell-assisted fat transfer involves removing fat from one area of the body and dividing it into equal parts. Stem cells are

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