When we think of cosmetic surgery, we usually picture things like breast enlargements and lip injections. We rarely imagine men going under the knife or the needle. But that’s what rapper Drake is being accused of in a new track by fellow rapper Joe Budden, who claims Drizzy had liposuction to define his six-pack abs, according to Uproxx.
In “Afraid,” Budden has the nerve to sample Drake’s own music while claiming that the Canadian went to Dr. Miami — aka Florida plastic surgeon Michael Salzhauer — to get fat sucked out of his abdomen. “Yeah, Aubrey, that’s the one we trusted, not this new Aubrey with his stomach sculpted,” Budden rhymed, referencing Drake’s birth name, Aubrey Drake Graham. “He saw Dr. Miami and didn’t tell y’all … hip-hop weird now lol,” Budden tweeted, along with “Irrelevant rappers >> rappers who get lipo … twice.”
Nothing but Budden’s words, though, indicate that Drake had any cosmetic procedures at all. Even a plastic surgeon contacted by Uproxx said that Champagne Papi’s well-chiseled physique can be achieved through exercise, weight loss — and zero surgery. Though Budden implies that he knows the rapper went under the knife, his diss track could easily be retaliation for Drake’s hit “No Shopping,” in which he says, “I’m not a one-hit wonder, they know all my stuff/You let me turn into the n***a that you almost was.” Fans are convinced the dig is aimed at Budden.
According to Boston Plastic Surgery Specialists’ website, liposuction is very effective in men because their skin is literally thicker, so “retraction and tightening can be quite good,” and men can achieve rock-hard abs in an instant.
Statistics by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery show that the number of men having cosmetic surgery has increased significantly since 2000. Liposuction is the No. 1 cosmetic procedure performed in the United States, bumping breast augmentation for the top spot. Men comprised only 9.4 percent of those patients, but liposuction was the most popular procedure for them.
An article in the Telegraph says that the number of plastic surgery procedures performed on men increased by 16 percent in 2013, and liposuction was the fastest-growing procedure. The article said the U.K.’s Private Clinic of Harley Street reported a whopping 150 percent increase in men’s requests for VASER lipo, a minimally invasive procedure that uses ultrasound technology to target fat cells for removal.
“The most popular cosmetic procedures sought by men today are minimally invasive body contouring procedures, such as Vaser Lipo,” confirms Dr. Dennis Wolf, cosmetic doctor at The Private Clinic of Harley Street. “I think today men have a more open attitude towards cosmetic treatments and I also think they are more aware of the treatments that are available to them. If we look back 5-10 years, you would find a far lower number of men who would be prepared to have cosmetic treatments to improve the way they look; not because they did not want to undergo the procedure, but perhaps because they were embarrassed or did not want others to see them as vain. Now, however, perceptions have changed and people don’t associate cosmetic treatments solely with women.”
Dr. Wolf adds that just five years ago, the majority of male VASER procedures he carried out were on men in their late 30s or early 40s, but now it is common for him to treat men even in their late 50s and early 60s.
Of course, it’s impossible to know whether or not Drake had such a procedure done, especially since his camp hasn’t spoken out against the verbal assault. But even if he did, it’s not a reason to take jabs at the rapper — or anyone who chooses cosmetic surgery.