3 Things Even a Plastic Surgeon Can't Change

K. Mathews on 17 Dec 2013 at 9:00am

With all of the advancements in cosmetic procedures, it seems like at this point there’s nothing a doctor can’t change about your body. Alas, there are still certain things that patients want done that even the most skilled plastic surgeons can’t or won’t try to tackle.

shoulder surgery

1. Shoulder Width

Reducing the size of the shoulders is impossible “due to skeletal and muscular anatomy” says Dr. Steven Wallach. Dr. David Shafer concurs, suggesting, “You may want to look into augmenting other parts of your body if you feel they are out of proportion.”

On the other hand, Dr. Leif Rogers points out that people with collar bone fractures have a surgery that winds up reducing the shoulder width, but it “may result in some limited range of motion and a slight rounded look of the shoulders.” In other words, it’s not worth the risk for purely cosmetic reasons.

For more: Is There a Surgery to Reduce the Width of My Shoulders?
 

eye surgery

2. The Distance Between the Eyes

If you’re unhappy with the distance between your eyes (be it that they’re too close or too far apart), you’re out of luck.

Okay, so technically it is possible, but no reasonable doctor would perform a craniofacial for cosmetic reasons. The complicated procedure is generally reserved for rare cases of major facial injuries, significant birth defects, or tumor removals. “The eye sockets are cut with an oscillating saw and moved sideways where they are stabilized with plates and screws,” Dr. Peter Aldea explains.

“This is not a cosmetic surgery… but a tremendously complex undertaking that is performed to give someone a more human appearance,” adds Dr. Kenneth Steinsapir.

For more: Is It Possible to Surgically Change the Distance Between Adult Eyes? 
 

penis enlargement

3. Penis Enlargement

A lot of people may try to convince you that a penis enlargement can be done, but plastic surgeons know better. “It is fraught with complications and distraught men,” says Dr. Aldea.

You can add an extra inch or so with an incision by the base of the penis to cut the penile suspensory ligament. However, “the downside is that, upon erection, the penis does not ‘rise’ but elongates while pointing at the floor,” notes Dr. Aldea.

While there have been numerous attempts to add girth to the penis, Dr. Chad Prather warns us that "As long as fillers have been around (from the early days of silicone), humans have attempted to inject them into their genitals -- usually with disastrous results...Yes.  It is theoretically possible to use [fillers] to add penis girth.  BUT YOU SHOULDN'T. You're asking for trouble. In fact, you're opening your front door and demanding that trouble come right into the house and stay for a while."

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Can you think of any other unchangeable features?  


Photo credits: Tom Prokop / Deposit Photos; Netfalls / Deposit Photos; Vsevolodas Boičenka / Deposit Photos

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anyone know if doctors are working on making any of those possible? Would love wider set eyes and I have a feeling that there is a way to add a mm or 2 without a full on dangerous craniofacial surgery. And if breaking the clavicle can make the shoulders slightly wider, couldn't removing a bit of the bone make your shoulders slightly smaller? just an idea
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Really this is great post. Plastic surgeon can change our life. Thanks God because our science is very strong and so we get this system.
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Really this is great post. Plastic surgeon can change our life. Thanks God because our science is very strong and so we get this system.
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Great post! I never knew that there are things that even a plastic surgeon can't change. But thank God! I never needed any changes or improvements like what you have mentioned above! All that I have done is a tummy tuck surgery. And the result was just surprising. I should say thanks to my surgeon in the first place.
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I am surprised that they cannot enlarge the penis. They can do almost anything with the vagina - rejuvenate, tighten, pretty much make you appear virginal. Not to mention, in a female-to-male operation, they can enlarge the clitoris to sort of "create" a penis. But they cannot give a natural man an extra inch? I do not get that.
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We all know what causes woe for one person, is the desire of another. I do not have any shoulders therefore I admire women who do. Some blouses and dresses just hang off my shoulders and on to my short arms (that's a whole 'nother thing!) While it has become less of a challenge, in years gone by It was a nightmare to try and keep bra straps on my shoulders and forget ever coming across a cute bra on the clearance table. I've given up on finding the pretty bra and matching panties gig--but that also has to do with the, how do they say these days? my badonkadonk? LOL! When shoulder pads went out of style (again), I was so bummed. I loved that Joan Crawford straight, wide-shouldered look, plus it helped to even out my curvy hips. Now---let's talk about surgery to lengthen these silly arms of mine! Once again, unless it is 3/4 sleeves, tops, blouses, and sweaters are yet another nightmare. There are loads of cool sweaters out there in the world, but if they are a heavy knit without a smooth surface underneath, no dice as I cannot roll the sleeves at least once if not twice! Sweater sets and the like, you can ALWAYS count on me having the sleeves turned back one turn. Blouses? If I am lucky enough to find "one-turn-back" sleeves, I am estatic! If there is a special design on the end of the sleeve, unless I want to pay to have the item shortened at the shoulders, forget about it! So this limits me from purchases lots of beautiful sweaters, dresses with long sleeves, and blouses. Coats? Suit jackets? Blazers? I have lots of sleeves that are turned under---same with long sleeve T-shirts--turned under, ironed in place, and rarely do I get around to hemming them. Good tailors are hard to find these days and naturally, another added expense. I have had some luck purchasing large or extra large petite tops (I where a size twelve as to fit da bosom!) but when my former favorite stores, Casual Corner and Petite Sophisticates, went out of business, I could have cried. I empathize with women of petite stature because since Petite Sophisticates went out of business, I find that petitie tops are just that---unsophisticated and childish looking. Naturally, the list could go on and on, but I am thankful for many of the other God-given attributes that were bestowed upon me. I could have it sooooooooooooo much worse!
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Actually you CAN change the distance between your eyes. It is called medial epicanthoplasty and it is performed in Asia on a regular basis to open up the Mongolion fold that many Asians are naturally born with. I do not know if it would be as cosmetically appealing on a Caucasian or other race person..it might look unnatural. However, number 2 is incorrect and should NOT be on this list.
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Epicanthoplasty is just opening up the skin btw, the eye socket bones are not touched. You can change the distance between your eyes on a superficial level this way.
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I wonder if penis enlargement is dangerous with surgery, then use natural penis enlargement is the way to go. I think every problem has a solution, right...
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That is assuming there is a problem. I do not understand the male need to add inches. Maybe it is because I am a woman. But I have been with men who were too big and it is not pleasant. My hubby is about average (6in) and I would hate for him to even add an inch. No way! Unless you have a disorder like micropenis, there is no reason for that. Just my humble opinion though. :)
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Hmmm... I wonder if I enlarge my butt if my shoulders would appear less wide?
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I think wide shoulders look good and strong, there is nothing unattractive about that on a woman you dont have to be a dainty little doll.
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Jaws are hard to change, too. Especially for those of us with "small jaw syndrome". Sigh.

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Wide shoulders and wide eyes are a problem for some people. But if you can change everything else, then no problem.
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Oh, great. Sign me up for the "wide shoulders" club! Growing up, I always looked like a linebacker. I hated it, especially in photos next to my tiny friends.

My body filling out a bit has helped, but I still get occasional calls from the 49ers. j/k

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I love my wide shoulders! I used to hate them, but now I think they're beautiful. I'm sure yours are too :) 

 

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You're too kind. :)

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