Much as we might not like to admit it, society is heavily influenced by celebrity opinions and behavior. It is how companies sell their products and we establish standards for the entertainment industry and culture in general. This can be a positive force when channeled toward noble causes or healthy habits, but it can also be destructive, by setting up unrealistic expectations or promoting bad stereotypes and behavior. Plastic surgery trends are heavily influenced by celebrities, especially since so many of the stars have had at least some surgery or cosmetic enhancements. So how do celebrity attitudes affect the plastic surgery industry and potential patients?
Trends in Procedures
Whether by example of having the procedure or simply by having an enviable physical feature that sparks interest and discussion, trends in plastic surgery are often heavily influenced by celebrities. If a procedure catches on among the rich and famous, it tends to get picked up shortly thereafter by the public. Unfortunately, this sometimes means that people pick a procedure that is popular, instead of the one that is most appropriate for their needs.
Especially common in rhinoplasty, some people take celebrity fandom a step further and ask to have a feature emulate their favorite star’s as closely as possible. Popular choices have included Kate Middleton and Scarlett Johansson’s sophisticated looks. Unfortunately, this plan often does not work out as well as hoped, as facial balance and harmony between the features is highly individual, and someone else’s nose rarely looks good as people hope when they go for a look a-like procedure. Some people have even taken their admiration to the extreme and had plastic surgery on multiple areas of the face in order to look as much like a celebrity as possible.
While some stars continue to deny having had plastic surgery, only increasing a sense of secrecy around the practice, others are helping to reduce the stigma often associated with the industry by speaking up about their procedures. Recently, big names like Iggy Azalea have discussed how difficult it can be to feel comfortable in your own skin, and how plastic surgery can help improve confidence and self-esteem for some people.
Plastic surgery can produce excellent results that can improve overall facial aesthetics and fix many flaws, but it cannot work miracles. People who expect to look like celebrities (who have a team dedicated to making them look good) will likely be disappointed with their results.
Remember: Be Realistic
If you find yourself inspired by the stars to seek plastic surgery, it is important to stay grounded and realistic. Be true to yourself and realize that you cannot expect perfection from any procedure. You should always try for a natural look that promotes your own identity, not someone else’s. If you are pursuing plastic surgery for yourself, with the goal of improved confidence and self-esteem, you are setting yourself up for success.
What Do You Want?
If you are considering moving forward with plastic surgery, then you should have a good idea of what you want before you even schedule your consultations. Come to your sessions prepared with questions and examples of looks you like, but keep an open mind and listen to what potential surgeons have to say.
Choosing a Plastic Surgeon
Once you have set your goals for plastic surgery, it is time to start looking for a plastic surgeon who is skilled, knowledgeable, and artistic. You will want to seek help from a seasoned professional who can provide you with helpful, trustworthy advice, a customized treatment plan, and great results. Dr. Stuart Bentkover is a renowned facial plastic surgeon in the Boston area who offers a wide range of procedures to suit every need. Dr. Bentkover is board certified and has over 25 years of experience in helping patients to achieve beautiful, natural-looking results. For more information or to schedule a consultation at Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery, call Dr. Bentkover’s offices in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA today.