90 percent of celebrities get work done, should they reveal?

Tom at RealSelf on 11 Apr 2009 at 12:55pm

Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh, the dermatologist and so-called Botox King to celebs is not comfortable disclosing names of his famous clientele.

His one exception is Cindy Crawford, who he's working with to promote a skin care line called Meaningful Beauty.  (Read about the Meaningful Beauty controversy and the active discussion on RealSelf.com).

Sebagh tells a Russian TV news reporter (video below) that 90 percent of celebrities get some form of cosmetic maintenance done, and agrees that few are willing to admit it.  "As a role model, should they say or not?  Some women are quite bold....the truth is everybody is doing some form of maintenance."  Funny enough, even Sebagh's most famous patient says she has not had any work done. Cindy Crawford denies getting Botox or plastic surgery, saying "I don't feel the need for it personally."

When pressed on whether celebrity role models should reveal their cosmetic treatments and procedures, Sebagh offers the excuse "they are all are under contract." In that, Sebagh means that beauty product companies hire famous faces to position their product as an enhancement to the natural beauty of the celebrity, not what work they have had done to maintain that face.

As celebrities cash in on beauty product endorsements, are they setting unfair expectations of beauty for women and younger females?

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I believe that celebrities have the right (like anyone else) to keep their medical treatment under wraps. However, I do feel it is wrong and should not be legal for them to tout claims of products which could have been treated by medical procedures. When I find myself second guessing a decision to invest in something I say to myself, "When in doubt, DON'T!"
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I can't believe that there are people who wonder if and which celebrities have done something! If Kelly from Idaho and John Doe from Wisconsin had elective surgeries what do you think people who sell beauty and perfection do? They maintain if not enhance their looks and I believe there is a lot of it going on.
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On another note, when something is so obvious and drastic like huge implants and a celeb tries to lie about it, I feel like it is insulting to the general public's intelligence. Like I said before though, I can understand why they do not want to talk about it or admit to it. It is not all about then not wanting to admit that they were not born a certain way or that they are not perfect. Surgery is not something you want to relive by continuously talking about it. If you are famous it is especially hard because EVERYBODY talks about it. As for botox though, if you are beyond a certain age, I think you should admit to it. Looking like you are 30 when you are 50 is not natural for most people and all these women in Hollywood have it. They make middle-aged women who have not afford facial fillers feel bad. By the way, admitting to getting botox is not like admitting to getting surgey-IMHO. I am still a little young for botox, but when I get older, I will do it and admit to it. I get microderm now and I proudly admit to it!
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In some ways, I think they should reveal because it would put surgery out into the open and not make young people feel self-conscious about not naturally having a perfect body or facial feature. Before I had my rhinoplasty, I could not understand why certain celebrities would not admit to surgery when in some cases, it was pretty obvious. I had lost respect for a lot of people in Hollywood because of this. However, I feel differently today. Surgery is a traumatic thing to go through and maybe they do not want to keep reliving the experience in their head by talking about it with the public. Also, the public is judgmental. All they are going to do is compare and analyze before and after pics carefully. When Ashley Tisdale first had her rhino/septoplasty and she was open about it, the media tore her up. Before the swelling in her tip went down and her nose settled in general, everybody was attacking her talking about that she was ruined and it looked better before. Now, that she is actually healed, it looks much better and natural for her.... I think celebs should only talk about it if they are comfortable with it and can accept the fact that they are going to be analyzed. People like Britney Spears are smart for not talking about it because if you do not talk, nobody knows... Looking at pics of her from the late 90s when she first came out and pics from today, it is obvious she has had hardcore rhinoplasty. Maybe even more than once. Hiding out while she was healing and not talking about it has helped her and most fans probably can not even remember what she used to look like.
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celebrities make their livelihood on their appearances, when they earn millions for their face, it is necessary for them. One Baltimore Plastic Surgeon, I know said, "There may be no celebrity who has not undergone cosmetic treatment". http://drbasner.com/html/baltimore-plastic-surgeon.html

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Celebrities are people too. They deserve privacy about certain things just like any of us do. Although on occassion I wish some celebrities would "fess up" about surgery if they are promoting a beauty product, claiming the product alone, and not surgery is responsible for their appearance, particularly when I know they have had a bit of help. However, I would never be one of the plastic surgeons who publicly points out celebrities in the media they believe have had plastic surgery. All of our patients, celebrities and otherwise need to feel like their plastic surgeon will never share details about their plastic surgery and that we respect the privacy of ALL of our patients
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celebrities are DEFINITELY setting a bad expectation for women. We are led to believe that they are natural beauties and that the rest of us can get there with a little help. That's where "miracle" creams are pushed on us. It really irks me that this issue isn't discussed more openly!
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I agree with you.I'm not 64 by the way. I have been sucked in for the last time. On that Meaningful Beauty. What a pile of horse manure.The Celebs have millions and get their little face jobs or injections or large face jobs.Boob jobs...you name it. The constant re-coloring of hair..extensions..you name it.They are all "plastic" but look darn good. The rest of us feel and look like old rags next to them.Turn any station on t.v and not a wonder we feel so self concious. They are made into gorgeous looks while the rest of us mostly can't afford it.Not a wonder we get sucked in to buy the "miracle" skin care items. Look at the "I cured my Wrinkles" ad. Now her name is Becky. It was Susan the last time on another site. Who says the before picture isn't an after? Or the better looking picture is a bit fuzzy and less light to cast shadows. We want to believe so much we dont' stop to question that they are after our dollars. The old saying "if it sounds to good to be true...it usually is."
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