Brazilian Butt Lift

Is Social Media Making You Wish for a Brazilian Butt Lift?

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In today’s digital age, we have become hyper-focused on appearances and comparing ourselves to others — celebrities included. Because of this rise of social media sharing, cosmetic surgeons receive a growing number of requests every year to make people look like their favorite Snapchat filter or internet celebrity.

While popular cosmetic procedures like the Brazilian butt lift can come with benefits, it’s important to have realistic expectations and healthy goals before opting in. If you’re considering a BBL, here’s what you need to know first.

Why 2019 Is Another Year of the Rear

Many cosmetic surgeons deemed 2015 the “year of the rear,” due to the rapidly rising popularity of the Brazilian butt lift. But ever since then, it seems that this rising trend has continued, making every year since then another “year of the rear.”

With celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj and Jennifer Lopez continually making waves on social media for their curves, more and more people are requesting bigger behinds and an hourglass shape with the help of cosmetic surgery.

But there is a darker side to social media’s influence on cosmetic surgery trends. A condition now known as “Snapchat dysmorphia” is a real concern that’s surfaced over the last several years. People who suffer from this condition become obsessed with the way that Snapchat filters make them look — so much so that they want to undergo surgery to look like that in real life. Severe cases can teeter on the edge of body dysmorphic disorder, a mental illness on the obsessive-compulsive spectrum.

Is a BBL Right for You?

This isn’t to say that no one should get cosmetic surgery. But before planning your BBL, you should make sure you want one for the right reasons. An ideal candidate for a Brazilian butt lift will have realistic expectations for their final outcome, realizing that cosmetic surgery is meant to enhance and highlight their natural features, not make them look like someone else entirely. Good candidates are also at or close to their target weight and are in good general health.

If you think a Brazilian butt lift might be right for you, schedule a consultation with an experienced cosmetic surgeon to discuss your goals.

Some women often ask about adding a BBL to their mommy makeover — a customized combination of procedures. While this is a common request, it’s best to discuss the specifics with your cosmetic surgeon, as recovery can be tricky if you’re also including a tummy tuck or a breast procedure in your mommy makeover. While recovering from a BBL, you’ll need to rest on your side or stomach; but a tummy tuck recovery requires you to lie on your back or side.

How to Choose a Cosmetic Surgeon for Your BBL

With so much popularity surrounding the Brazilian butt lift and other procedures fueled by social media, there has also been a surge of unqualified “doctors” offering discounted cosmetic surgery procedures. Before choosing to work with a cosmetic surgeon it is so important that you do some research to make sure that this person is qualified and experienced.

Ask to see before and after BBL photos and client reviews, and always schedule an office visit and consultation before deciding whether or not to go ahead with this particular cosmetic surgeon. The office should be clean and organized, and staff should be knowledgeable and able to answer your questions. And if the “bargain” sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


Is Social Media Making You Wish for a Brazilian Butt Lift?
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Is Social Media Making You Wish for a Brazilian Butt Lift?
Are the benefits of a Brazilian butt lift worth it, and is it right for you? Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gordon Andan of New York Surgical Arts explains.
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