Let's face it. Big booties are here to stay. The backsides of Kim K, Cardi B, and Nicki Minaj have been gracing magazine covers, television screens, and smartphones for years, and have helped herald the return of the big booty. If your derriere is looking a little flat in comparison, there are plenty of ways you can plump it up and join the butt revolution.
Why So Big
Like large breasts and long legs, an oversize derriere is a matter of preference. Some like it and some don't. For those that do, it is about creating the whole package. An hourglass figure -- with a large chest, tiny waist, and fuller behind -- is an ideal they want to achieve. A larger butt can also help balance out a woman who may feel "top heavy."
Butt Lift Workouts
As with any body part, regular exercise can help get it into shape, and when we are talking about your gluts, that means squats. Lots and lots of squats. In fact, Khloe Kardashian, another big butt maven, swears by them. She even collaborated on a video discussing a variety of squats you can do at home for Vogue. Depending on your individual, genetic makeup, however, exercise may only get you part of the way to the butt you want. Developing your glutes is still a good long-term part of any exercise routine and healthy lifestyle.
When exercise and genetics aren't enough to pad your bottom, surgery can be the answer. Gluteal augmentations can be achieved via two methods: implants or a butt lift. While the methods of the two procedures are very different, the end results are quite similar.
Like breast enlargements, butt augmentations can be achieved with a pair of matching, silicone implants. Your surgeon can help you determine what size implant will work best for your body type and desired hip-to-waist ratio to create an hourglass figure. This procedure is often combined with body contouring, liposuction, and even breast augmentation to achieve the desired results.
The second option is fat transferring or fat grafting, which is often referred to as a Brazilian butt lift, or BBL, for short. Simply put, the procedure takes fat from other parts of your own body, usually your stomach or love handles, and transfers it to your rear end. Many patients like this surgery because it is like getting two surgeries for one: lipo and a butt lift. This procedure doesn't always have an optimal outcome if the patient is very slender.
Procedures to Avoid & Why
There is a third way to get a plumper butt. It is, however, dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. Injectable silicon is being marketed and administered by unlicensed people in sketchy settings. Cardi B claims to have received hers in the basement of an apartment building in the Bronx and the FDA has issued a strongly worded warning against the illegal procedure. The Food and Drug Administration goes on to explain that many of the injections are not medical grade silicone, but rather industrial-grade silicone that is extremely dangerous and, quite possibly, life-threatening. No butt is worth your life. Working with a licensed professional in a health care setting ensures optimal safety.
Whether you choose a lift or implants, the post-op is ... different. Like other cosmetic surgeries, you are required to wear a compression garment. Unlike other surgeries, however, you aren't supposed to sit -- for eight whole weeks! If you absolutely must sit down, you are required to use an inflatable, "donut" pillow to sit upon, much like those used by hemorrhoids sufferers. Not only is it initially uncomfortable to sit, but it can disturb the fat cells and restrict the blood flow to the area.
Whatever your feelings are about the big booty movement, butt implants, and the Brazilian butt lift, be sure to work with a qualified, experienced, and licensed health practitioner. Get in touch with a professional such as Dr. Robert J. Troell, M.D., F.A.C.S.