We Like Big Butts: Science Explains Why

Last month, Kim Kardashian's naked Paper magazine spread garnered some serious attention. Just what it is about the combination of a tiny waist and a large, round bottom that men find so attractive?

Well, it's instinct based on genetics and survival, of course.

Brazilian Butt Lift New York CityEvolutionary scientists explain it as "the perfect waist-hip ratio." Women with narrow waists -- a low waist-hip ratio -- have higher fertility, according to a 2004 study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences. This body type signals fertility and health because these women have higher levels of the hormones necessary to get pregnant, researcher Dr. Grazyna Jasienska explains.

Live Science says research has revealed that men prefer a waist-hip ratio of 0.7 or lower when looking for a mate: Playboy centerfolds tend to have a ratio of 0.68.

Psychologist Devendra Singh said the hip ratio is a signal of whether the person will have enough energy to care for an offspring. The distribution of fat on the body is determined by sex hormones. The desirable waist-hip ratio indicates a woman is producing the proper amount and mixture of estrogen. And studies have shown that women in the ideal ratio range have an easier time conceiving and are less susceptible to cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes.

A separate study found curvy hips to be associated with intelligence. Published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, the 2007 study found that women with ample backsides scored better on tests -- and so did their children. The researchers speculated that fat around the hips and thighs holds higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for the growth of a fetus' brain while in utero.

 American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery statistics show butt augmentation rates increased by 58 percent from 2013 to 2014.

 Plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Schulman, New York City Brazilian butt lift surgery expert, performs six to eight butt augmentations a week, including his exclusive SCOOP Lift buttock contouring procedure.

 To see some of Dr. Schulman's satisfied clients, visit our Brazilian butt lift before-and-after photo gallery.

 Contact Matthew Schulman Plastic Surgery online or call at 212-289-1851 to find out more or to schedule a private consultation.


Kim Kardashian’s Naked Photos Prove Booties Are Back, Big Time

Booties are back, big time!

Although Kim Kardashian's naked Paper magazine spread didn't "break the Internet" as the publication predicted, there was some major hubbub over her full-frontal nudity photo -- and another in which she shows off her voluptuous derriere.

Kardashian's pictures are the latest proof that our culture has become obsessed with ample bottoms -- following Nicki Minaj's record-breaking "Anaconda" video and the release of Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea's music video for "Booty," in which they rub their curvy leotard-clad buns together.

Widely recognized as an expert on Brazilian butt lift surgery, New York City plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Schulman told the New York Daily News:
"Kim's butt is one of the most requested. People want her large butt and round hips." He said patients want to look like Minaj, Lopez and Kardashian's sister Khloe.

The question on everyone's mind seemed to be: Is the backside Kim Kardashian so brazenly displayed in Paper natural? Curves like that "almost never occur naturally," Dr. Schulman said. "In my experience, from seeing thousands of women, a large round behind is almost never attached to a tiny waist," he said. "Over the years, Kim's butt had gotten bigger while her waist has gotten smaller."

Schulman also opined that computer tricks might have been used, sharing on his Twitter page: "Not sure what screams #photoshop more, the 12-inch waist, or the solid color background?"

Buttock augmentation was the fastest-growing plastic surgery in 2013, increasing by 58 percent over the course of the year, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

The Brazilian butt lift uses your body's own fat to lift, augment and contour your backside. Dr. Schulman has refined the traditional Brazilian butt lift to create his exclusive SCOOP Lift buttock contouring procedure.

As Dr. Schulman told the New York Post, he performs six to eight Brazilian butt lifts a week, up about 25 percent from a year ago.
"Five years ago, I never made a butt bigger," he said. "Everyone wanted their butt smaller."

View Brazilian butt lift before-and-after photos of some of Dr. Schulman's satisfied clients.

To find out more or schedule a consultation, fill out our contact form or call Matthew Schulman Plastic Surgery at 212-289-1851.

Experience “EscarGlow™”, the hottest new beauty treatment

Dr. Schulman, a New York City Plastic Surgegon and his licensed medical aesthetician, Amanda Sanzone, are excited to introduce “EscarGlow™”, the hottest new beauty treatment.  This non-invasive specialty facial combines the unique healing and anti-aging powers of the snail with collagen-inducing microneedling to improve the health and appearance of your skin.

 Snails have been used for centuries for their unique healing properties that are attributed to the peptides and growth factors of the snail slime.  We combine the anti-aging properties of the snail slime with the collagen-inducing microneedling device. The microneedling device utilizes tiny needles that stimulate collagen, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and improves the appearance of stretch marks and acne scarring. The combination of these two powerful anti-aging techniques is the reason why “EscarGlow™” is one of the hottest beauty treatments around.

 The facial begins with a gentle cleansing to remove surface impurities. Next, the highly purified and potent snail slime extract is applied to the face and the microneedling device helps deliver these anti-aging molecules deeper into the skin. This treatment is non-invasive and clients feel nothing more than tingling. Next the face is soothed with a hydrating serum and your are back to normal business, looking fabulous!

 The “EscarGlow™” facial is exclusive to Dr. Schulman’s Park Avenue office.

 While benefits can be seen after only one single treatment, the true benefit is seen after a series of “EscarGlow™” treatments. To learn more about this exclusive treatment, or to schedule your “EscarGlow™” facial with Amanda Sanzone, call us at 212-289-1851.


Do You Suffer From “BOOT-BULGE”?

Boot Bulge New York CityAs temperatures cool and you slip into your Fall boots, do they feel a little snug? Are you having difficulty zipping up those knee-high or thigh-high boots? If you answered “yes”, then you may be suffering from “Boot-Bulge” and we have your solution – “Boot-Bulge” liposuction. Careful liposuction can be performed on the lower leg and calf area. This can reduce the overall size of your calves and improve the shape of the entire lower leg. Dr. Schulman is an innovator in the field of “boot-bulge” liposuction, having been featured on The Doctors TV, ABC News, CBS, and countless internet sites for this procedure.

The procedure involves careful liposuction of the lower leg through very small and hidden incisions. Improvement can be seen within a few weeks and full improvement can be seen after a few months as the swelling decreases. This procedure can be done alone, or in combination with other areas of liposuction. This procedure is increasingly popular as fashion styles change and boots get slimmer and taller.

Boot Bulge NYCWhile one benefit of this procedure is better fitting boots, the goal should be improved overall shape and appearance, and not necessarily just better fitting footwear. Dr. Schulman cautions that any procedure, no matter how minor it appears, can have potential risk. Calf liposuction is a very specialized procedure that most plastic surgeons do not perform, so make sure that you select a surgeon like Dr. Schulman who is experienced with this procedure.

To schedule your consultation with Dr. Schulman to learn about “Boot-Bulge” liposuction, call us at 212-289-1851 or contact us here.

What Did Joan River’s Death Teach Us?

The tragic passing of Joan Rivers has again raised awareness surrounding the dangers of medical procedures. Without getting into specific details about Joan’s case (many of the details are still emerging and a lot is still unknown), I would like to comment generally about the safety of medical procedures, particularly ones that utilize general anesthesia or sedation.

In general, when performed in a certified and accredited facility, medical procedures under general anesthesia or sedation are extremely safe. Certification means that the facilities meet high standards for safety. They are required to have medical equipment and a well-trained staff that can respond to any medical emergency that may arise. This will enable the outpatient or ambulatory facility to stabilize the patient so that he or she can be transported to a nearby hospital for more specialized emergency treatment.

There are a variety of surgical procedures that can safely be performed at an outpatient facility, even when general anesthesia is used. I personally perform 500 surgeries per year in an accredited office operating room. All my patients are given deep intravenous sedation or general anesthesia and are discharged home a few hours after the procedure when they are medically stable. I have a Board Certified Anesthesiologist on staff whose sole responsibility is to monitor and care for the patient. Under no circumstance, should the plastic surgeon be the one responsible for the sedation or anesthesia. This is accepted standard of care and many procedures ranging from cosmetic surgery to endoscopic procedures are performed in this way.

The idea that an elderly patient must always have a procedure done in a hospital is not always true. Age itself is not the only factor. Many 80 year olds are in better health than some 40 year olds. More important in deciding where to perform a surgery is the patient’s overall health and the risks of the actual procedure being performed. In accredited ambulatory facilities, every patient is required to have a physical exam to determine health. If the patient ahs significant medical issues, than the physician may require that the procedure is performed in a hospital. Also, if the planned procedure carries significant risks for complications, than a hospital may be the more appropriate setting. This enables that in the event of an emergency, there are many specialists in the same building who can quickly respond if needed. Also, it allows for the patient to be more closely monitored after the surgery, and even kept overnight or for a few days.

The key to all this is that safety is the ultimate goal, in some cases, safety concerns warrant that a procedure be performed in a hospital. This unfortunate and tragic case should not initiate calls to stop all outpatient or office-based surgeries. Hundreds-of-thousands of procedures are safely performed every year in outpatient or office facilities. As the details of Joan River’s case come out, we may learn that things were done improperly or perhaps we will learn that the standard-of-care was followed and that this was simply a one-in-a-million complication that could have happened anywhere, even in a hospital. At the very least, this should expand the dialogue between patients and doctors about the risks surrounding any medical procedure.