Fans not only covet the lifestyle and talents of their celebrity idols. Sometimes, they are seeking cosmetic plastic surgery in an attempt to acquire the same “famous” look, or at least a certain physical trait, of their favorite celebs.
According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, member surgeons reported a 13 percent increase in celebrity-inspired procedures. This “trend” is expected to continue due to media influence and the public’s growing acceptance of plastic surgery.
Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Tarick Smaili says that plastic surgery has its own limits because the post-op appearance largely depends on the patient’s underlying anatomy such as skin quality, facial structure, pre-existing breast size and shape, and “innate” body shape.
“It is imperative to have realistic goals and expectations from cosmetic plastic surgery. Being an elective procedure, its only purpose is to elicit a smile from patients,” says Dr. Smaili.
According to anecdotal reports, Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Kate Middleton, and Jennifer Lawrence’s nose is the most popular request of patients seeking rhinoplasty, or colloquially referred to as nose job.
However, one survey conducted by Belgian plastic surgeons has found that one in three people requesting for rhinoplasty exhibit signs of body dysmorphic disorder, a health condition wherein a person has excessive preoccupation with her minor or imaginary flaws, preventing her to “function” normally.
This finding, which has also been shown by previous studies, warrants a stricter patient selection prior to rhinoplasty, as suggested by the leading Los Angeles plastic surgeon.
Meanwhile, Beyonce and Kim Kardashian’s derriere has been the most mentioned “inspiration” of women seeking Brazilian butt lift, a procedure that injects the patient’s own “excess” fat to augment and reshape her buttocks. This technique is deemed significantly safer than using butt silicone implants.
In terms of the most requested lips, Christina Aguilera, Angelina Jolie, and Scarlet Johansson are the most mentioned celebrities because of their puckers, which could be replicated through dermal filler injection, fat transfer, and lip implants.
Male patients who have been inspired by their favorite celebrities to undergo facial plastic surgery, meanwhile, often mention the names of Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Pattinson, Johnny Depp, and Will Smith.
According to a 2013 survey conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 15.1 million cosmetic procedures were performed in the US, with women accounting for about 87 percent of the total treatments.