Brazilian Butt Lifts, also known as a BBL, are a cosmetic procedure used to enhance the glute area. The procedure is done be transferring fat from other parts of the body and implanting them into the butt and hips. The procedure is mainly undergone by women but men have also partaken. The procedure ranges from $6,000 to $15,000 and has increased in demand since the social media era.
I don’t really have anything bad to say about BBLs. I think just like any other form of body modification, people are doing it because there is something that they don’t like about themselves and want to change, and I think if someone can afford the procedure, then why not? Society always tells us to embrace our bodies but then only displays and praises certain body types, so why wouldn’t someone with body insecurities indulge in this epidemic? I don’t think this procedure is perceived well among the majority because of two reasons: 1. People feel like it’s cheating and that it wasn’t really worked for or isn’t natural so therefore doesn’t rightfully deserve the praise it receives and 2. Because many are secretly envious. Since these procedures are so pricey, not everyone who wants it can get it and I think that, that makes some mad and they use that energy to put down the people that do get it. The only thing I will say about this procedure is that I’m not sure how it will affect one’s health in their older days. Could it cause back problems? Walking problems? Since the procedure has only really taken storm in recent years, there are not people over the age of 60 living with it to tell us how it has affected them in their older age. I think social media is definitely the reason for the high demand of this surgery. Now that we are able to see celebrities every day, and the praise and reactions different body types receive, more people are wanting to align their appearance with what’s “hot”.
Jessica Ahenkorah is a senior at Old Dominion University, striving in her last semester to receive a degree in Mass Communications. Creativity is Jessica’s best attribute and will most likely be where her future career derives from. Her hobbies include reading, motivating others, video editing, and brand building. Her goal is to one day take her acquired skills through the doors of Nickelodeon Animation Studios where she would like to eventually land an executive position.