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Popular Cosmetic Surgery Has a 'Bewildering' Context
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Popular Cosmetic Surgery Has a 'Bewildering' Context



It's called the Brazilian butt lift, or the BBL, and as Sophie Elmhirst writes in a deep dive at the Guardian, it just happens to be the fastest-growing cosmetic surgery in the world. 

The flip side of that? It's also the deadliest, with 1 in 3,000 of the procedures resulting in death. 

For the uninitiated, the BBL involves removing fat from one part of the body—the belly, say—and inserting it into the buttocks to make the butt look rounder, or more Kardashian-y. 

The last part is no joke: One UK plastic surgeon chalks up the surge in interest solely to Kim Kardashian. 

A more scientific explanation involves what evolutionary psychologists refer to as optimal "vertebral wedging" and "lumbar curvature," which in the days of yore might have been achieved with a corset or bustle. Not any more: The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery says BBLs are up 77.6% since 2015.

The story digs into the dangers of the procedure, as well as its particulars—it's a rigorous one for the doctor, who must move quickly to give the fat a better chance of surviving in its new home. 

Figure the equivalent of nearly a can of Coke's worth of fat per buttock.

But Elmhirst also looks at "bewildering" issues of cultural appropriation at play as well. 

"The notion of the idealized Brazilian bottom, which some rich white Brazilian women disdain because of its stereotypical associations with biracial women, has become the desired shape among certain white women in the US and Europe, who are in turn emulating a body shape artificially constructed and popularized by an Armenian-American woman, who is often accused of appropriating a black aesthetic, which some black women then feel compelled to copy, not having the idealized body shape they believe they’re supposed to have naturally." 

QUESTIONS:
1) What kind of a cosmetic surgery is the Brazilian butt lift? Explain how the procedure works.

2) What prompted the growing interest in the said surgery? How come cultural appropriation is also considered a factor to this?

3) Explain the risks in undergoing the BBL.

4) How is the "optimal vertebral wedging" perceived in your country? Compare this to the existing beauty standards.

5) Share your thoughts on the increasing demands for dangerous cosmetic surgeries in your country. 

VOCABULARY/EXPRESSION:
cultural appropriation - refers to the use of objects or elements of a non-dominant culture in a way that doesn't respect their original meaning, give credit to their source, or reinforces stereotypes or contributes to oppression

 


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