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Summary: We’ve all heard of selfies. They’re everywhere. And if you haven’t heard of them, you might feel kind of uncool. It’s okay—we’ve all been there. But everyone from Minneapolis plastic surgeons to CNN has written about selfies and plastic surgery. A little less common, however, has been writing about belfies and plastic surgery. What’s a belfie? Well, you’re not uncool for asking that particular question. A belfie is a selfie of one’s bum. Or booty. Or whatever b-word you want to apply to your rear end. And there’s some suggestion that belfies are causing a different kind of plastic surgery trend.

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Is There a Link Between Belfies and Plastic Surgery?

As we’ve said many times, selfies are all the rage. Of course, we sound pretty old saying that. It’s kind of like mentioning this newfangled thing called the internet. Anybody who is young and hip knows that selfies are popular and they don’t need us to tell them that. Nor, for the most part, do adults. In other words—selfies are a thing now, and we should not be surprised by them. But, apparently, it’s not just their own faces that people are taking pictures of and posting to social media. Evidently, there’s a new thing called a “belfie”—that is, backside selfie (or booty selfie, I guess).

In order to take a belfie, you basically just take a picture of your bum. Sometimes a mirror is involved, sometimes a friend. Sometimes the rear end is nude, sometimes it’s in a tight-fitting pair of jeans. There are all sorts of variations (and we leave it to your careful internet navigation skills to find some example). And, of course, there are all sorts of devices out there (some of them real) designed to help you take the perfect belfie.

Belfies Aren’t the Issue

Okay, look—we’re not here to pass moral judgment on an entire generation of young people who seem preoccupied with photos such as these. If you want to take a belfie, go for it. It’s a great way to be flirty with yourself, to take pride in your body, or to show off your booty. Sometimes that simply feels good. But for some women—and men, we should point out—the mere existence of the belfie places a good deal of pressure on their own backsides. They want their rump to look good in all those photographs, of course.

In some ways, this basically comes down to the notion that, if you shine a light on something, you’ll start to notice the flaws. You probably don’t look at your own backside very often (there’s some awkward bending involved in doing so), so it’s not always at the top of your mind. But when you start taking photographs, it becomes easier to notice some of the things you don’t like as much. Maybe the shape isn’t just right, maybe it’s not big enough, maybe it’s too big or not round enough. You get the idea (there are plenty of things to feel self-conscious about). For many people, this is just part of being human and they love their bodies regardless—and that’s a great thing.

Ways to a Better Bum

But not everyone has that same reaction. For some, there can be intense pressure to have a perfect backside, not leastwise because of certain common stereotypes. Latin women, for example, feel incredibly pressure to have larger, rounder backsides because that’s the stereotype that accompanies them (as illustrated in this article over at Lipstick). So, in these cases, where attaining that ideal butt shape is what you’re after, plastic surgery is usually the best course of action. And there are two prominent procedures that are designed to increase the size of the buttocks.

First, we have what’s called a fat graft procedure. During a fat graft, fatty tissue is taken from elsewhere in your body, usually around the belly (just because it’s an area that commonly patients want to see less body fat). This fat is then purified, made safe, and injected into the buttocks. The benefit of the fat graft procedure is that, due to the source material, the end result looks incredibly natural. However, the downside is that not all of the fat survives the process, meaning that some of the fat that’s injected into your rear end will disappear, absorbed back into your body. This means you could see slightly diminished results as time goes on.

If you’re looking to be assured of constant results, you’re probably better off going with a silicone implant. This is the second popular option. During a butt augmentation procedure of this kind, a silicone implant (not unlike a silicone breast implant) is inserted beneath the muscle layer of the buttocks. This means that the end result will look remarkably natural and will stay roughly the same size after your recovery is over. The one downside is that it may take you a bit to get used to the sensation of sitting on the silicone implants.

Butt Augmentation and Great Results

Whichever direction you want to go, there’s no doubt that getting a butt augmentation procedure will probably make you feel better about your belfies. But you should only pursue this procedure if you really want a larger, rounder butt. If you’re on the fence, it might be worth some more thoughts. Social media alone isn’t really a good enough reason to go through with plastic surgery. That said, butt augmentation for belifes is not unheard of—and it will improve the pictures either way. So go ahead and take another belfie.

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