In cultures outside of America, a woman with a rotund buttocks was, and in many cases, still is considered physically attractive, especially in communities of color. The butt is considered a special element of femininity and appeal.
It was not until Jennifer Lopez or J-Lo landed in Hollywood that the mainstream culture in the United States began to widely accept a round derriere as a thing of beauty. Pop culture continued this trend through Destiny’s Child’s song, “Bootylicious.”
Kim Kardasian garners attention in media tabloids primarily because she has a shapely figure with a full rump. Clearly, more and more women are fixating over having full, round, shapely butts.
Some women resort to work outs at the gym with intensive emphasis on lunges and squats. Some women purchase Fitness Quest’s Booty Pop panties. With this rising fixation, many women undergo butt augmentation surgeries for enhancement of their figures.
Aquamid, or hydrogel injection, is one form of butt augmentation surgery invented in the United Kingdom in 2003. Aquamid consists of 97.5% of water and 2.5% of polyacrylamide, a chemical polymer used soft contact lenses.
Because of the high water content, proponents of Aquamid claim the compound “harmonizes” with the tissues in one’s body. A typical surgery with hydrogel injections lasts between 1-3 hours and costs an average of $4,250.
Doctors inject slightly above a woman’s gluteus maximums muscle where the polyacrylamide floats and spreads creating fullness in the backside. Following a procedure with Aquamid, a person may leave the hospital without any post-recovery period, but the person must not sit on their backside for more than 5 minutes at a time and they must avoid sun bathing for a few weeks.The manufacturers of Aquamid suggest that the results may last for up to 5 years.
Aquamid has not been approved by the FDA in the United States; however, the United Kingdom, Japan, Taiwan, and Spain have approved Aquamid for butt augmentation, cheek implants, scar deformities, and wrinkle remover. While some doctors claim Aquamid has no major side effects other than possible infection and dimpling in the buttock region, little additional research is available to answer the question of whether Aquamid truly is a safe, non-toxic substance.
Still, many medical professionals claim studies have linked hydrogel injections with kidney failure and pain. Some critics attribute the use of buttock injections for the death of former Ms. Argentina, Solange Magnano.
In spite of warnings against the drug, Aquamid and other compounds used as hydrogel injections continue to be grow in popularity as more women flock to the doctor’s office to create their own rendition of J-Lo’s booty. Only time will tell if the results were worth the price.
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