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BUTT IMPLANTS

Brazilians are famously adventurous when it comes to surgery- they invented the "full-body lift," after all-but the nation's thong-wearing beachgoers have turned their backs on butt implants. "Even in the hands of expert surgeons, the reoperation rate for gluteal augmentation with implants is 13 to 25 percent," says John Sherman, a surgeon at Weill Cornell University Medical College in New York City who surveyed studies on the subject. "You're putting an implant in a place where there is no anatomical pocket and then constantly sitting on it," says Sherman, who does not perform the surgery. Risks include infection, wound opening, loss of feeling, and extrusion. As a result, fat injections in this part of the body have become more common.

Most Overrated Cosmetic Procedures

March 6, 2013

Joan Kron, Allure magazine


New cosmetic procedures often fail to live up to their original promise. Some may even do harm. We investigate the innovations that you might want to reconsider.

It wasn't so long ago that a woman with a desire to look younger, slimmer, or simply better would huddle with her doctor in private. Now, one demonstration of a new laser on the Today show, and phones are ringing in dermatologists' and plastic surgeons' offices across the country. More and more patients are demanding the latest treatments the moment they hear about them on the news, in the salon, or over lunch with their best friend. Here's the problem with this pioneer impulse: Plastic surgery's past is crowded with operations that were rushed to the public with insufficient testing, or that proved too painful, or that simply weren't as effective as promised. Take it from us, the most dangerous word in plastic surgery may be "new." And unlike making a mistake by, say, buying a pair of jeggings that aren't entirely flattering, cosmetic procedures are often irreversible. Here, a hard look at the choices.


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