“Gluteal Augmentation by Dr. Patrick Briggs.”
Trend-spotters attribute celebrities like Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and Nikki Minaj for the rising number of women across the world seeking butt implants.
But Mel* says she wasn’t trying to look like anyone else when she recently underwent gluteal augmentation.
“I’m 41 and I just got to a stage where the rest of my body was in really good shape but my butt was really flat,” she says.
“And you can’t really ‘puff out’ your butt.”
After standing in the mirror and physically lifting her butt cheeks and wishing they ‘looked like that,’ Mel decided to investigate cosmetic surgery.
She says she meticulously researched the procedure and thought seriously about travelling overseas.
“Originally, I was looking at going to Thailand because of the price,” she says.
“Then I started looking at doctors’ websites and what style of implants they used.
“I also visited a lot of forums and asked questions of other girls and what they had done.”
As a resident of Western Australia, Mel also decided she should investigate local options which led her to Subiaco-based surgeon Dr Patrick Briggs.
Mel says the face-to-face meeting with Dr Briggs was what convinced her to choose him.
“He is very down-to-earth and really open,” she says.
“I said ‘look, I want the solid silicone, I want them round, I want this, this and this… and he was happy I had done my research.
“He was really honest and it was his confidence and the fact I really liked his bedside manner.”
Mel says the procedure was more expensive than it would have been in somewhere like Thailand, but she believes the investment was worth it.
“I thought for the time I’d spent going overseas and any concerns about infection and aftercare, I added up for the time and effort,” she says.
The implants Mel chose were Silimed cohesive gel products, which she describes as looking like ‘Turkish delight with coating on them.’
The procedure took two hours and Mel stayed in hospital overnight with drains inserted that were removed the following morning.
An anaesthetist offered Mel a morphine-like painkiller in her recovery, however she declined.
“I told him I had a strong pain threshold and I literally had no pain,” she says.
“It’s just a feeling of discomfort, it was like something’s been stretched. I didn’t even have Panadol.”
One week post-surgery, Mel is pleased with the results.
“It’s definitely given the roundness I wanted,” she says.
“Because I’ve had a breast augmentation and I’m 6’ft tall, it’s given me that real hourglass Barbie figure.”
Mel says her main tip for anyone else considering gluteal augmentation is not to discount Australian surgeons.
“Don’t write off Australia,” she says.
“So many people online are Australian doctor bashers, but it goes to show if you do your homework and do it properly, you’ll be safer and if I have any problems my doctor is just down the road.”