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I had so many artistic influences. My parents snuck me to museums as a kid all the time. There are a few things that really stand out in my memory, and one of them is Matisse, and how, with simple lines, you could define a breast. The classic example is in his dancers. There's a version in Russia and another one in The Museum of Modern Art, which I've seen a bunch of times. And, he can define the breast and define the motion of the woman by the breast. Like, he has a great one of a woman jumping up and a woman jumping down; and the dancer jumping down, you have a U like this, and you know that the breast is on its way up. And then, the woman going up, she has a U like this, and you know the breast is going down. So, with a few very simple lines, he's really able to define the breast and you realize what it is that you're seeing, at least, in two dimensions.

Fernand Leger has this great picture there, of abstract painting, of women with breasts, where he just drew circles around them. And my five year old nephew, I took him to the museum and he looked at that, and he knows what I do for a living, and he said to me, “Does she have breast plants?” Not breast implants but breast plants which, actually, is a good word. And, I think what he was seeing was just dead on, that it was a circle, that it was spherical, and that the breast is not symmetric above the nipple to below the nipple. There is supposed to be a difference. This is supposed to be smooth. It tapers in perceptively up into the collar bone; whereas, down below, there's really suppose to be a sharp demarcation. And, what that painting showed is that she didn't have it at all.

Another thing that really influenced me a lot was one beautiful woman in particular, which was Hedy Lamarr. She's always been my iconic look of classic female beauty. And, what was amazing is she had all the characteristics of female beauty: high eyebrows, very small, demure, beautiful nose, very full lips, very happy kind of face. And, that's what the goal is about most esthetic surgery; it's about amplifying the feminine qualities in a woman and the masculine characteristics in a man. And we, plastic surgeons, have a very limited number of tools. It's not like we have a million different things we can do. And, a lot of the bad results we see is because we're overdoing those. Filling the lips, some is good; but, if there's just thin lip tissue, you can only add so much filler to the lip before they look like sausages. You can raise someone's brows a little bit to give them that feminine arch to their brow, but at a certain point, you over raise it. So, if you look at pictures of Hedy Lamarr, you'll see, to me, female beauty at its best.

How Matisse and Hedy Lamarr Inspire a Surgeon

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Steven Teitelbaum tells RealSelf how great art -- and old Hollywood glamour help shape his aesthetic view.

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