MALAYSIA - Buttock implants are gaining popularity among the rich and famous, reports Metro Ahad.
The newspaper, however, warned of the pitfalls of the new fad, citing cosmetic surgery-related deaths among celebrities in the West.
Skin specialist Dr Ko Chung Beng said the implant was starting to become popular in the country as more people had money to spare and took pride in their appearance.
He said such a surgery could cost from as low as RM3,000 (S$1,200) to as high as RM15,000.
Dr Ko cautioned: "Behind the sexiness, silicone implants in the buttocks can be carcinogenic and put one at risk of cancer."
The cover story also cited the deaths of former Argentine beauty queen Solange Magnano and ex-British hip hop artist Claudia Aderotimi, which have been linked to cosmetic surgeries.
The report had interviews with local celebrities who admitted to undergoing buttock implants and facial surgeries.
"I went for buttocks enhancement surgery eight years ago. But that will be the first and last time I do it.
"I wanted my derriere to have an attractive shape and I did not think of the risks involved," said actor Pian Cecupak, whose real name is Mohd Rafiq Abdul Rahman.
Singer Ifa Raziah, who had facial surgery, said: "As a celebrity, beauty is important. If one has talent but not looks, one will not go far."