The stars fuelling the dangerous new bum craze
In the age of the super-sized bottom, record numbers of women are requesting butt-boosting operations. But experts blame celebrities for driving the risky trend and warn that it can even be lethal…
She’s reportedly no stranger to the surgeon’s knife and her famous curves have sparked countless rumours of surgery. Last weekend was no different when Blac Chyna, 29 – who was said to have had over £75,000 worth of procedures earlier this year to regain her postbaby body – flaunted an incredible mega-bum.
But Blac’s not the only star to turn heads with a showstopping rear, with the likes of rapper Iggy Azalea, 27, and reality stars Chloe Ferry, 22, and Lauren Goodger, 31, displaying huge, gravity-defying bottoms.
Though the stars have never confirmed having bum surgery, clinics report clients are increasingly copying their looks.
Dr Foued Hamza, a leading Harley Street plastic surgeon, tells Closer, “Patients come in with photos of celebs and say
they want an oversized bottom like them. At the moment, Blac Chyna and Iggy Azalea are driving this trend. I tend to perform around ten to 15 Brazilian butt lifts a month – interest has really soared.”
In fact, statistics show enquiries about bum-enhancing ops in the UK have increased sharply by 170 per cent. The highest interest was from girls aged 18-24, most commonly requesting fat transfer procedures, which involve removing fat by liposuction – typically from the stomach and thighs – then injecting it into the bottom to give a fuller look.
The procedure – often called the Brazilian butt lift – costs around £6,500 and is seen as less invasive as it doesn’t require surgery and can be done in a lunch hour – without much recovery time needed.
But surgeon Mark Ho-asjoe tells Closer fat transfer injections can prove more dangerous than implants and that complications can be fatal. Two women died in America – one in 2016 and another earlier this year – after complications from fat injections caused lethal clots.
Mark says, “We’ve seen a big rise in the number of enquiries with bum enhancing. People see fat transfer injections as the safer option as it’s your own fat being injected into your body. What people may not realise is there’s a big risk of complications. If an implant causes an infection, you just remove it. But with fat injections it can spread to other tissue and can also lead to the fat clotting on the brain or the lungs. It can prove fatal and there’s even the risk of death.
“People want these celebritystyle bottoms but it’s important to not go over the top. If patients have a large quantity of fat injected it can droop and cause sagging, or look deformed.”
BLAC CHYNA NOV 2011
IGGY AZALEA MAY 2013
CHLOE FERRY LAUREN GOODGER JULY 2016 JAN 2016