It’s the Year of the Rear: women and even teenage girls are driving a massive bounce in surgical procedures to copy the look of “bottom icons” Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and Nicki Minaj.
The number of Australian women getting fat removed from other body parts and injected into their buttocks — known as the Brazilian butt lift (BBL) — has increased an estimated 26 per cent between 2015 and 2016.
For some surgical practices, the increase is as high as 400 per cent this year.
In the US, silicone buttock implant procedures have increased about 18 per cent over the same period, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons spokesman Dr Jeremy Hunt said: “We do not have that data in Australia but we follow their trend.
“These procedures are definitely a new phenomenon on the plastic surgery landscape and are continuing to increase,” Dr Hunt said.
“I estimate that the number of both BBLs and buttock implants are at their highest levels ever in Australia. Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj have significant social media profiles and are really publicising their assets.
“They are the bottom icons here.”
Double Bay plastic surgeon Kourosh Tavakoli agreed the numbers had exploded.
“We are doing four times as many Brazilian butt lifts this year compared to the previous two years, and this is steadily increasing,” he said.