Plastic surgery trends: Latin America leads the way

Just posted a new article over at based on a series of interviews with local plastic surgeons here in Medellin, Colombia.

The article summarizes the newly emerging trend of ‘less is more‘ meaning smaller breast implants, less fat grafting, and more sculpting liposuction, and Botox..

As we discussed in a previous post – the evolution of beauty ideals is a continuous process – and can change dramatically over the course of a decade.  So after the ‘I like big butts’ and porn-star ideals of the 1990’s and lush, voluptuous 2000’s, is it much of a surprise that plastic surgery is heading towards a more athletic idea (of sculpted abs) and smaller, less dramatic curves?

So, consumers, keep in mind – as you consider procedures – less is more, and what’s beautiful today – may be considered excess tomorrow.. Try to find a procedure/ ideal/ and outcome that suits you, and your body – instead of conforming to an ever-changing ideal..




Cement, Fix-a-flat & Superglue are not beauty aids..

In the latest horrifying story of unlicensed people performing plastic surgery – a man in Miami, Florida has been arrested for injecting a woman with a mixture of cement, superglue and ‘fix-a-flat’ as a part of a ‘homemade’ buttock enhancement procedure – performed in an apartment.

Hopefully readers can see the many, many things wrong with the above paragraph..  But what I find the most dismaying about the entire episode, is that the woman – who paid 700.00 for the procedure – refused to report this person to the authorities – despite having to seek emergency medical attention on two separate occasions for ‘severe’ complications from this quasi-procedure.

Update: 11/22/2011 – Now more patients with Cement Buttocks are emerging..

Another person has also been charged in this case.

A story in a UK paper suggests this fake doc may be a victim of a botched procedure himself.  (Take a look at these photos.)

Now it appears similar stories are emerging in other cities – including Las Vegas

Links to posts on similar stories on Cartagena Surgery:

Silicone injections & patient harm

LA woman disfigured and several more stories about unlicensed frauds harming patients – here, here & here.  Many of these stories are tragic.

Safety & Injectibles

Recent sentencing for doctor responsible for several deaths

We also give tips on finding qualified licensed personnel, as well as conducting our own interviews..