Summary: We’ve always known that Hollywood celebrities have a soft spot for plastic surgery, and our favorites are the ones who aren’t afraid to admit it. There’s a lot of pressure in tinsel town to stay young—or, at least, to look that way. So we’ve long credited those same Hollywood A-listers for moving the needle on cosmetic surgery procedures. If Angeline Jolie got Botox, she’d start a trend—that kind of thinking. But according to new data released by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, that’s not necessarily the case. Turns out, as with many things, we need to start looking a little closer to home.

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It’s Not About Hollywood Anymore

To a certain degree, we’ve always thought it was about the celebrities. A Hollywood starlet gets Botox in Beverly Hills, and the next day there’s a rush on the same procedure. Given the popular perception and the media portrayal of plastic surgery, this seems like a reasonable assumption. But it turns out that maybe this isn’t necessarily a sound assumption, at least, according to statistics released by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Family Team-Up

It turns out that familial relationships—husband-wife and mother-daughter in particular—might have more of an influence on whether someone gets cosmetic surgery and just what procedures they decide to pursue. There might be any number of reasons for this, but it stands to reason that a strong cause might simply be a shared desire to enhance their features. That is, plastic surgery has a long standing stereotyped imagine in which a woman comes to a plastic surgeon wanting to look like Angelina Jolie or Julia Roberts. But the reality is that most plastic surgery patients don’t want to look like someone else, they want to look like an idealized version of themselves.

This would help explain why husband and wife teams or mother and daughters end up receiving similar treatments. They want to improve their looks, hang on to their youth, and there’s a certain nonjudgmental, implicit permission in doing this as a group. You’re each getting Botox, or you’re each getting a volume lip injection, so who’s going to judge the other? In fact, cosmetic surgery is getting more social every year, with more and more people not only admitting the work they’ve had done, but bragging about it on Facebook.

Natural Looks and Facebook Posts

It helps that cosmetic procedures have gotten much better at producing subtle results—results that augment natural youthfulness rather than creating a youthful look that might appear to be unnatural. In other words, cosmetic surgery today is able to create a much more natural look—one that simply makes you look good and more youthful. What’s not to brag about there?

In the spirit of these more social procedures, we thought it would be a good idea to explore some mother-daughter procedures—that is, procedures that could be shared and enjoyed by both a mother and a daughter.


The first procedure we’ll recommend is Botox, but probably not for the reasons you were thinking. Rather, we’re thinking about Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMJ)—or lockjaw, as it’s sometimes called. Essentially, with TMJ disorders, your jaw has a hard time moving, so you develop large and enflamed muscles that expand your jawline in a somewhat unflattering and painful way. Botox has been found to alleviate the symptoms of TMJ, and it’s been shown to reduce the inflammation around the jawline as well. Sure, it’s not the most glamorous use of Botox. You don’t hear about Botox for TMJ in Los Angeles tabloids, but that doesn’t mean that the results aren’t spectacular.

I mention Botox for TMJ because often, as with many disorders, TMJ can be genetic. So mothers and daughters may both suffer from the same syndrome and have the same bulging jaw muscles. Carefully targeted Botox injections can help alleviate these symptoms and leave both mother and daughter with a slighter, more feminine looking jawline.

Laser Hair Removal

This one seems pretty obvious. Shaving is a pain, and nobody likes to do it. Laser hair removal is the safest way to permanently remove hair. In the long run (the very long run, admittedly), it’s less expensive than shaving or waxing, and certainly less painful than either one of those can be. Especially in warmer clients, where skirts and shorts reign supreme, this procedure can save loads of time and money–especially if your hair tends to grow quickly (again, this can be genetic).

Laser hair removal uses frequencies of light to destroy hair follicles at their source, mainly targeting the melanin in the hair to accomplish this. As a result, these procedures generally work better on darker hair. Because of the staggered way that hair tends to grow, to be completely successful, it may take several treatments (sometimes up to three) to complete eliminate the unwanted hair. Each treatment can take up to an hour, so not only can it be accomplished over a long lunch, but it’s a great time for mothers and daughters to get caught up on the day (or just ignore each other).

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

Noses tend to be genetically influenced. You tend to get your mother’s nose or your father’s nose. Depending on how old the youngest in this equation (the daughter) is, nonsurgical rhinoplasty might be a great option to fix both noses, assuming they cause discomfort or disavowal. Everybody’s nose is different, but some people simply want to change theirs. Rather than go through the trials and tribulations (and recovery) of major surgery, non-surgical rhinoplasty offers an alternative that many patients decide to undergo.

By injecting the nose with dermal fillers (Radiesse or Voluma, for example), skilled cosmetic surgeons can give your nose the final look you’ve always wanted. Depending on the filler used, your results may last anywhere from a few months to a few years. It’s a great way test out rhinoplasty and, essentially, make sure you like your new nose. The best part is that it’s relatively painless (though there is some discomfort when it comes to the injections) and recovery happens relatively quickly.

Lots of Options, but Wait Until You’re Old Enough

For mother-daughter team ups, there is simply no limit to what can be accomplished. It’s likely that, thanks to a shared gene pool, they have similar impressions of what aspect of their anatomy they’d like improved, so it makes sense to team up. There are, of course, a few caveats: generally, you want to wait until everything has stopped developing. So, when I say “daughter,” I’m not talking about a six year old or even a sixteen year old. I’m talking about young women in their early twenties who are already thinking about preserving or protecting their youthful look.

Cosmetic surgery is a great way to preserve the youthful aspects of your face that you enjoy. And you don’t need to wait for a special occasion, such as a wedding, to share the experience with your friends and family. The end result can mean not only a fresh look, but increased confidence and a boost to the old self-esteem. There’s a lot to like about cosmetic procedures, so tell all your friends. Then make a group appointment.