Summary: Celebrities and plastic surgery go together like bread and butter. Which, I guess, is an odd way of saying that celebrities often feel intense pressure to get plastic surgery. It’s too bad, because rarely do we make our best decisions under such pressure. But it’s also becoming clear that as celebrities are more honest and open about their plastic surgery, more non-celebrities are interested in replicating those results. In other words, now that we know a certain celebrity’s look was created by science and not nature, there’s a sense any celebrity look can be replicated by, for example, Minneapolis rhinoplasty surgeons. And many people want in on that.
Celebrate the Celebrities and Their Plastic Surgeries
That celebrities feel pressure to get plastic surgery isn’t in and of itself surprising. It’s unfortunate—plastic surgery should be available to all, but no one should feel undue pressure to undergo any type of procedure. But the sad truth is that in Hollywood, looking younger is a way to keep your career alive and keep those paychecks coming in (a pressure we can all relate to—so don’t judge too quickly). What’s a little more interesting is that every day folks are feeling pressure, too—not to look young (in the case of celebrities) but to look like celebrities.
Now, anyone who talks about the ethics of plastic surgery will tell you that this practice does not exist specifically to make one person look like another person (despite what old episodes of Mission: Impossible may have taught you). Rather, plastic surgery is designed to bring about the real you—the optimal you, whatever that might look like. If you walk into a plastic surgery office and say, “I want to look like Kim Kardashian,” most plastic surgeons would attempt to dissuade you from that line of thinking.
I Want that Nose/Rhinoplasty
However, what seems to be more common is for a plastic surgery patient to adopt as desirable a specific body part—in many cases, a patient will want Megan Fox’s nose or Angelina Jolie’s lips or, heck, even Brad Pitt’s jawline (this tendency swings in both male and female directions). Recent research seems to support this notion that a collection of celebrity features can be combined to create a kind of “perfect” face. A little Megan Fox, a little Madonna, a little Angelina Jolie. Put them in a pot and stir it around and you get your perfect face.
Of course, there’s something a little unsettling about that. First, we need to emphasize that there’s no such thing as a “perfect” face to everyone. That is, a face might look perfect to me but not to you, and that’s okay. What important is how you feel about what you see in the mirror. However, there’s also something unsettling about our willingness to chop up celebrities into body parts, as though they weren’t really people. As though Megan Fox’s nose is somehow separable from her body.
Still, the trend isn’t going away. So maybe we should think about it as inspiring instead. It’s not that we want Megan Fox’s nose. It’s that we’re inspired by Megan Fox’s nose. That sounds a little less creepy (and I’d encourage you to use that language when you go in to see you plastic surgeon). So let’s take a quick look through the celebrity world and put a finger on who is inspiring what.
Kim Kardashian and Beyonce
There’s one new(er) procedure that is getting a lot of attention lately, both from those who want the procedure and form those who simply admire it: the butt augmentation. Whether performed with fat or with a silicone implant, butt augmentation is a surgical procedure designed to make your butt look bigger and rounder—and so you can see why it was inspired by Kim Kardashian and Beyonce. The procedure isn’t always an easy one, and can take a few weeks to recovery from, but the results are definitely crowd-pleasing and patients usually find the procedure quite worth it.
Megan Fox and Angelina Jolie
Known for illustrious movie careers (some films more successful than others, of course), Megan Fox and Angelina Jolie are also known for several body attributes. Angelina Jolie, for example, made headlines when she announced that she had undergone a preventative mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery. But when we talk about Angelina Jolie and Megan Fox in the same sentence we’re generally talking about one body part in particular: the lips. Yeah, Megan Fox and Angelina Jolie have inspiring lips, and it’s not uncommon for plastic surgery candidates to request a similar look. This is most often achieved through a fat injection—or through the injection of dermal fillers.
According to some Minneapolis rhinoplasty surgeons, Megan Fox can also be quite inspirational due to her nose. Apparently, she’s got a nice one.
Famous for his portrayal of Aragorn in the The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Viggo Mortensen has had a fairly illustrious career. But he’s also not a bad man to look at—and it’s in this that we find the “inspiration” we’re talking about in this article. Because here’s the other thing—this type of celebrity emulation is not limited to women. There are plenty of men who can look at a feature and think, “I wish my (fill in the blank) looked like that.” In the case of Mortensen, the blank that we’re talking about is his jawline. Many men who enter plastic surgery offices point to Mortensen’s jawline as an inspiration, essentially saying, “I want that.”
The Idea Is that You Still Look Like You
Of course, at the end of the day, you’ve still got to maintain your identity. Despite how it may be portrayed in the movies, plastic surgery is not a way to assume someone else’s life. Just because you give yourself a rear end that looks like Kim Kardashian’s rear end doesn’t mean you’re going to live a Kardashian lifestyle. Plastic surgeons talk a lot about having realistic expectations, and for good reason. Because even though you might be inspired by Nicole Kidman’s nose, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to wake up from your rhinoplasty procedure with an exact replica.
Because while plastic surgery is science based, results can’t always be exact. However, they will be approximate, and you can rest assured that the nose you wake up with will one that works well with your face. Because that’s the other thing to keep in mind: just because a certain nose works well on Nicole Kidman’s face doesn’t mean it’s going to look as great on your head. Plastic surgery, among other things, is about maintaining a desired proportion, and the best way to do that is to make sure all of your features are working together. Even if you are inspired by someone else, you still have to stay true to yourself.