According to a recent survey, Louisianans are researching butt implants more than any other plastic surgery procedure. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at Louisiana State University Health New Orleans Dr. Oren Tessler says having a bigger behind is the latest trend, especially with celebrities.
"Larger and fuller buttocks are getting more media attention, especially in the last few years. People want to emulate that and want to have that look for themselves," says Tessler.
Tessler reminds those interested in the procedure that it's actually an augmentation, not a lift. He says it’s also never a good idea for patients to come in with a photograph of what they’d like their hindquarters to look like after surgery.
"Expectations can be unrealistic," explains Tessler. "You try to speak to the patient to see how much augmentation they want, and then formulate a specific plan with the them to try to meet their goals in a reasonable and safe manner."
Tessler says women look at Kim Kardashian and other famous celebrities and want to have a similar body. But he says there are some significant risks associated with the procedure.
"You're limited in how much volume you can add. After a certain amount of volume that you add, risks are increasing significantly," says Tessler.