Coming soon to Vice.com...We have J-Lo and Kim Kardashian to thank for the emerging obsession with huge rear ends, and VICE went to Miami, the American plastic surgery mecca and ground zero for butt injections, to get to the bottom of why seemingly intelligent people are shooting industrial grade chemicals into their bottoms.Terrifying photos and quotes are to be had in Vice's online article "Buttloads of Pain", where people who had industrial chemicals pumped into their ass cheeks to have a Hottentot profile.
This beauty fixation is still not quite sold to Caucasian America, but Latinos and African Americans, and especially transgendered people, are putting their lives at serious risk for a look that can be tactfully described as "bottom heavy." In the wrong hands, it's downright grotesque.
Vice goes to the notorious big butt target rich King of Diamonds strip club, where dancers are proud to show off their illegally injected asses in backstage dressing rooms to the reporter. The photos are insane.
Here are some hair raising quotes:
"It wasn’t long before Oscarina noticed that her butt was changing colors—first turning purple, like a throbbing finger that had been wrapped too tightly with string, and then a cadaverous gray. From there, things got much worse. Her flesh started to crust and painfully peel off until, a few months later, the whole mess collapsed like a badly baked cake."
"The cheeks of her ass drooped down, loaded with a stew of poisonous goop that collected around her lower buttocks. What had once stood high and felt supple to the touch had become hot and hard and stinging. Oscarina’s derrière had transformed so much that it no longer looked like it was part of a human’s body; her five-year-old daughter mistook her fluid-filled cheeks for a poopy diaper, calling it a “full Pamper.”"
"The crude inflation procedure consists of shooting a liquid substance such as silicone or mineral oil directly into a client’s butt cheeks and hips through a syringe. There is no substance that is safe to inject into your body to create more volume, not even medical-grade silicone, but these black-market “butt doctors” have, according to victims, allegedly used harsh substances like concrete and the industrial silicone sold at hardware stores in their procedures. After the injections, the exterior flesh wounds are sometimes closed with Super Glue to prevent the toxic slop from leaking out."
"...so these butt-pumping procedures are typically performed by back-alley quacks—rogue nut jobs with suitcases full of dirty needles and flasks full of muck. These procedures can trigger a strong autoimmune response as the body attempts to expel the foreign substance, resulting in inflammatory reactions such as polyps, boils, skin discoloration, and even necrosis. These substances have also been known to migrate through the body and fuse themselves to organs, or enter into the bloodstream, spreading infection throughout the body and causing septic shock—which can lead to the amputation of infected body parts or, in the worst cases, death."
"...finding a butt doctor in the United States is like buying drugs; you just have to know a guy who knows a guy. These hookups happen through word of mouth, as well as via forums and social media sites. In Miami, America’s epicenter for clandestine butt surgery, it’s as easy as walking into a beauty spa where, among the massages, aromatherapy, and saunas, customers can allegedly order a bevy of illegal silicone butt shots off a secret menu."
Lucky for one patient interviewed by Vice, was her finding the exceptional plastic surgeon Dr. Constantino Mendieta, (www.buttsbymendieta.com) one of the best surgeons in the world for gluteal sculpting. He tells Vice he is doing more and more restorative surgeries to literally save people's asses.
“The buttock today is what the boobs were in the 60s,” Dr. Mendieta told Vice. “But butts are better. When you look at breasts, you have to look at a face. There is no room to fantasize. But when you turn it around, there is no face anymore. You’re free to put whatever face you want on that booty.”
Vice notes that the number of legal butt procedures in the US increased by 176 percent between 2000 and 2012, exploding into a $26 million industry. Dr. Mendieta tells Vice that 90 percent of his surgery is butt related.
“There’s no question that I’ve been performing these reconstructive procedures at an increasing rate,” he tells Vice. He explained that he’s fixed about 30 illegally injected asses in his career, and five in 2013 alone. “People are coming to me from all over the world, mainly the United States. It’s endemic in South America, Miami, and New York, and some in LA. But Miami is a bigger hub for this stuff. My feeling is that I will see even a higher number in the future, because it can take five to ten years for the injections to react.”