Hartford Courant / Dr. Constantino Mendieta

Apparently, We Like Big Butts, Plastic Surgeons Report

April 17, 2015

The rump, the bum, the keister, the booty, call it what you will, but it’s growing on us.

The cosmetic sands of time have shifted. The hourglass figure has new proportions. The double-wide backside has come into vogue. Bottom sculpting is trending up, breast enhancements are actually down.

Yeah, once the butt of many jokes, the butt is getting the last laugh.

And if you have not been blessed with sufficient acreage in this area, well, fret not. You have options, increasingly popular man-made options.

A nationwide survey of its members conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has found that butt augmentations doubled between 2013 and 2014. (We are assuming this is per pair, not per cheek.)

These trend lines were for both types of butt enhancements, silicone implants, and procedures in which fat is transplanted from other areas of the body.

“I’m seeing women 17 all the way up to 70,” Miami surgeon Dr. Constantino Mendieta recently told NBC News. “It’s big in the nursing homes.”

Oh My.

Credit marketing by plastic surgeons, social media, and celebrities such Iggy Azalea, Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian for leading from behind.

Unlike Lopez and Azalea, who possess other talents, Kardashian was only famous for being famous until her backside caught fire, so to speak. A recent magazine photo shows her standing almost erect while a champagne glass is balanced on her protruding asset. (Don’t try this at home.)

The whole backside enhancement trend caught me by surprise. For as long as I can remember, women have always been trying to keep that address as a single zip code. Now there are these things called “pump parties” where clients go and let amateurs shoot them full of silicone and self image.

It is, of course, dangerous. An uncertified woman from Philadelphia who bills herself as the “Michelangelo of the buttocks,” is currently standing trial for murder after a dancer she injected died.

What I don’t understand is why those looking for a wider beam don’t just go the old-fashioned, time-tested route and overeat. I mean, an ingestion of Ben and Jerry’s seems a heck of a lot more pleasant than an injection of industrial grade silicone.

Anyway. There is, I think, good news in this tokus trend for men. Might the six pack abs give way to the one-pack beer belly.

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