The quest was simple: Melissa wanted the perfect bottom. In her mind it resembled a plump, ripe peach, like the emoji.

She was already halfway there. In 2018 she’d had a Brazilian butt lift, known as a BBL, a surgical procedure in which fat is removed from various parts of the body and then injected back into the buttocks. Melissa’s bottom was already rounder and fuller than before, and she was delighted by the effect, with how it made her feel and how it made her look. But it could be better. It could always be better.

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