Kim Kardashian, the woman who almost single-handedly created the big bum phenomenon, is shaking things up again.

Instead of shaking her babelicious booty, it appeared for a while that Kardashian decided to downsize. Just a few months later, however, her bottom was back to its former glory.

What does that mean to the rest of us? As Australia’s leading source of news and information on cosmetic surgery topics, Costhetics wanted to get a closer look at Kim’s bum, and the factors that may have influenced her decision to take it down a notch, but just for a while.

Bum Reviews: Kim Kardashian’s Backside Can’t Win

On a family vacation in Mexico, paparazzi took and posted unflattering photos of Kim Kardashian’s famous fanny. Haters were quick to weigh in with comments that berated her for having implants in the first place or judged her new look as unattractive. (She who lives by the Instagram photo dies by the Instagram photo).

Extra slim when the Mexican photos were taken, her bottom was noticeably smaller with visible rippling. This led to a flurry of rumours that she had taken out her butt implants. Dr Aardon Rollins, plastic surgeon to the Kardashians, said otherwise. “She has put on weight and then lost it, then gained it again and lost it again,” he said in an interview with The Daily Mail, “It’s like blowing up a balloon and then letting the air out,” he said. Kardashian has always denied having implants in her bottom. She does admit to receiving regular cortisone injections to help her fight back against psoriasis. Whether or not you believe her story is up to you. Costhetics is a “No Judgment” zone.

There has been a notable shift in trends regarding butt augmentation surgery. It remains one of the most requested procedures, but with one key caveat: not too big. It’s part of the current trend to achieve a natural, rather than artificially sculpted behind.

Pucker Up: Lips Are Getting Small Like Bums

You can blame the Kardashians for another reverse trend: big lips. Kylie, the youngest member of the face-obsessed family, admitted when she was 18 that she was having lip plumping injections. Her admission helped kick off two years of teens and others doing everything they could think of to emulate their big-lipped idol. This included lip injections, lip creams, and a good number of bogus products. (That same year, by the way, Kylie was also into big butts and boobs, too. She endorsed a questionable, all-natural cream she said helped her maintain her curves.)

Now 20, Kylie let her fans know, “Into small lips lately…Like I want them to look small, you know.” That’s a relatively easy result to achieve. All you need to do is stop your injections and the filler will naturally be eliminated over time. There’s also an unnatural solution. It’s called lip reduction surgery, and it is increasingly popular in Asia.

“Asian men and women typically prefer Caucasian facial features, (such as) thinner lips,” says Dr Nuttae Nuttapon of Thailand. In Western countries, the procedure is growing in popularity in a pushback against overdone lip augmentation.

Follow the Leader: 6 Celebs Go Natural

Celebrities have always been and always will be “influencers.” Long before Facebook, celebrity beauty choices could make and break beauty trends. (Think of Brooke Shields’ eyebrows or Elizabeth Taylor’s winged eyeliner in Cleopatra) Today, fashions rise and fall more quickly because of our ability to communicate in real time.

In our culture, celebrities define beauty. The in-crowd of the moment is embracing a softer, more natural overall look:

  • Nicole Kidman – quit wrinkle-relaxing injections
  • Cameron Diaz – eased up on dermal fillers
  • Kelly Osborne – removed 15 tattoos
  • Sharon Osborne – removed breast implants
  • Victoria Beckham – removed breast implants
  • Jessica Simpson – stopped augmenting lips

You Be You

It’s not uncommon for prospective patients to tell their surgeon they like a celebrity’s mouth or nose or to bring in a picture of their favourite face. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. As such Costhetics expects to see fans and followers begin to emulate the natural trend to be more like their idols above. Unfortunately (or fortunately) when a patient says, “Make me look like Kylie Jenner,” a trustworthy professional will step in and put on the brakes.

In 2010, Demi Moore reached out to a terminally ill woman who planned to get a complete makeover so she could look like the actress. “Plastic surgery is meant to make you look like a better, younger version of yourself, not to look like somebody else,” plastic surgeon Tony Youn told CNN.

Listen to Your Auntie Costhetics

Fashions are constantly changing on the fashion runways of Paris and Milan. That’s also true about what’s considered fashionable in aesthetic enhancement. If you are on the fence about a permanent alteration to your appearance, Costhetics wants you to think once, think twice, and think again before undergoing any procedure that can’t be undone. For readers who are ready to commit to cosmetic surgery, do your homework and find a high-quality medical professional who has the credentials and testimonials to prove it

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