Summary: Hollywood celebrities have certainly been accused now and again of hiding plastic surgery. But I’m not so sure that’s what they’re doing. It seems more like they just want us to appreciate them as a whole. That can be difficult, I suppose, with certain plastic surgery procedures. Indeed, some plastic surgery procedures seem to draw attention, while others seem to subvert it. How can you figure out which is which? And how do you know which is right for your desired outcome? A lot might depend on the procedure you’re after.
Categories of Plastic Surgery?
Sometimes plastic surgery can be both obvious and difficult to hide. We’re talking about procedures such as rhinoplasty or facelifts. But that’s the point of those procedures. You want your face to look more youthful. You want your nose to look a little more straight an upward turned. People will notice those kinds of changes, but, in many cases, that’s the desired outcome. There are other procedures that, by their nature, tend to be a little more private. Patients who have had a tummy tuck, for example, won’t necessarily receive compliments on the work that’s been done unless people are used to seeing their midsections.
In this way, aesthetic plastic surgery can, more or less, be split into two categories. First is the surgery that is outward and obvious. Then there are the surgeries that are less obvious. And, I suppose, you could make a case for something in the middle. By their nature, various procedures will fit into different categories. And, to be sure, these are not official categories. It’s just a convenient way to break down some procedures, so we can have a better idea of what those procedures are good at. And, of course, this isn’t necessarily about hiding plastic surgery.
Not Hiding Plastic Surgery
Many celebrities don’t like to talk about their plastic surgery, even when it’s fairly obvious that they’ve had work done. This isn’t necessarily because they want to hide their plastic surgery or because they don’t like the results or even because they want people to truly believe that magic somehow changed that celebrity’s look. Plastic surgery is, by its nature, a pretty private decision. There are some procedures that are easier to hide than others.
- Tummy Tuck: This procedure is designed to eliminate excess tissue around the belly. It’s generally used for people who have lost a significant amount of weight or who have gone through a pregnancy (anything that stretches out the skin). Getting a tummy tuck can help patients feel more youthful and more ready for the beach—certainly more eager to jump into that bikini. But since patients don’t normally wear bikinis (at least, not every day), it’s not a procedure that is remarked on very often by outside people.
- Liposuction: Modern liposuction isn’t about losing a significant amount of weight. Rather, modern liposuction is designed to eliminate certain areas of fat—fat that cannot be targeted by diet or exercise—and blending that in with the rest of your body. Because the specific results are subtle, people usually just notice the overall result: You look great. And, in most cases, that’s what they comment on. So for patients who just want to “look great,” liposuction is a great procedure.
Procedures with More Pronounced Results
Sometimes procedures are simply going to draw more attention to themselves. Certainly, we’ve talked about rhinoplasty and facelifts, but there are others that you might not think of off the top your head. Although, the first one you can probably guess.
- Breast Augmentation: To be sure, it is very possible to get a subtle breast augmentation procedure done. But according to the website of the Minneapolis breast augmentation experts at Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, most patients who come in for a breast augmentation want to make, well, a bigger statement. They want larger implants. Generally, those larger implants are going to get noticed, at least a little bit. And that’s okay!
- Lower Body Lift: Many patients who have lost a significant amount of weight end up with a high amount of excess skin and tissue. As a result, they don’t wear shorts because they’re embarrassed about how that skin looks. A lower body lift, designed to smooth out that skin and eliminate the excesses, can drastically change the way those patients feel about their bodies.
The Middle Ground
There are many procedures—okay, you could argue all procedures in certain circumstances—that are designed to go half-way between not noticeable at all and way too noticeable. Indeed, most plastic surgery procedures are designed to highlight the true beauty of the patient by eliminating one or two things that the patient does not like about him or herself. There is no such thing as a perfect result, but there are certainly a lot of happy patients. Whether you want someone to notice your results or not, you certainly want them to notice how good you look.
And that’s definitely what good plastic surgery is all about. It’s not about hiding plastic surgery, it’s about showing off the real you.