Pass­ing On

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From Jennifer Lopez to the Kar­dashi­ans, an ob­ses­sion with back­sides has been form­ing over the last decade and, as a re­sult, butt aug­men­ta­tion has be­come the world’s fastest-grow­ing type of plas­tic surgery. What few peo­ple know how­ever is that most of the ad­vances in this field are thanks to one man, Ivo Pi­tan­guy, a worl­drenowned Brazil­ian sur­geon who died last year, at the age of 93. Pi­tan­guy was the pi­o­neer of the BBL, or Brazil­ian Butt Lift, which uses li­po­suc­tion to har­vest fat from one or more ar­eas of the body, and in­ject it into the but­tocks and outer hips. Yet, ac­cord­ing to Dr. Marc Paci­fico, a spokesper­son for the Bri­tish As­so­ci­a­tion for Aes­thetic and Plas­tic Sur­geons, Dr. Pi­tan­guy’s legacy goes way be­yond the BBL. “I think just to men­tion that he was the cre­ator of the butt lift triv­i­alises his con­tri­bu­tion to plas­tic surgery, which is in­cred­i­bly wide reach­ing. For ex­am­ple, Pi­tan­guy sin­gu­larly ad­vanced tech­niques in re­con­struc­tive and aes­thetic surgery like breast re­con­struc­tions and rhino­plasty. He helped us un­der­stand how we tai­lor face lifts, or how we do body con­tour surgery and tummy tucks,” he says. “It is very un­usual in the mod­ern med­i­cal world that some­one can have a pro­found im­pact in so many ar­eas be­cause doc­tors usu­ally spe­cialise in one thing.”

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