Top Irish surgeon believes this is the cosmetic procedure that enhanced Kim Kardashian's most famous asset
Photos of Kim's bum on a Mexican beach caused a stir earlier this week
Kim Kardashian may be lapping up luxury during her idyllic Mexican holiday, but back in the real world international headlines could focus on nothing else but on beach photographs of the star's famous derrière, clearly enhanced despite her denials.
While media organisations and fans suggested the star has recently undergone further procedures to enhance her most famous asset, leading cosmetic surgeon Dr John Curran believes Kim's beach bum is a result of a procedure carried out more than 18 months ago.
The Irish Association of Plastic Surgeons spokesperson said it is evident that Kim has undergone buttock augmentation and believes a technique which uses liposuction to remove fat from one area and deposit it in another was used to create Kim's self-proclaimed "flawless body".
Speaking to Independent.ie, Dr Curran said: "Most likely Kim has had buttock augmentation using a technique called autologous fat grafting. This means that some of her own fat was removed from other areas such as her abdomen or thighs using liposuction and then recycled and injected to increase her buttock volume.
"This technique has superseded the original technique for buttock augmentation which used silicone implants, as it is possibly less prone to complications. Further, its also possible to augment the buttocks to a much higher volume."
"I don't think that the enhancement of her buttocks so clearly displayed is a recent change. Just from my personal analysis she looks consistent with photos taken in the last 18 months, for example, the infamous picture with the champagne glass resting on her bottom when she 'broke the internet'," he said.
While the procedure is available in Ireland, the cosmetic surgeon warned that although the surgery sounds simple in theory, it is actually high-risk.
"It is actually a highly technical procedure and just like all cosmetic surgical interventions there are potential risks and complications," said Dr Curran.
"Of interest a patient died in Miami in March 2017 after having this procedure. A piece of grafted fat entered her blood stream and traveled to her lung where it acted in much the same way as a blood clot would and caused her death."
The Kerry-based surgeon said celebrities like Kim Kardashian should consider the millions of people they are influencing when they decide to have cosmetic surgery.
"In recent years the procedure has gained much popularity in South America, the USA and beyond. A large posterior is deemed desirable in several cultures and of course when images of Kim emerged online and elsewhere showing off the results of a dramatic buttock augmentation it surged in popularity.
"She probably should consider that influence and be measured in the way she portrays herself and the results of her own cosmetic surgery procedures - on the basis that it influences people, young and old, in a profound way," he said.
At the same time, Dr Curran said the onus is on surgeons to practice responsibly, making sure patients are aware of the potential risks that come along with any cosmetic surgery.
"With high demand and the potential to generate high revenues there is probably a temptation for surgeons to offer this procedure."
To visit the website of The Irish Association of Plastic Surgeons, click here.