"Keeping up with Kim" with a lot of cosmetic surgery

mellieb on 29 Jul 2010 at 10:54am

She's not even a fan, but according to "Entertainment Biz!", Demi Lavato wants to look like Kim Kardashian from "Keeping up with the Kardashians." We're not talking about a little tweak and there. She wants to look like the reality show star from head-to-toe because her husband is a fan of the fashion trendsetter.

On Saturday, Kardashian tweeted "Don’t change yourself for anybody but yourself…be happy with who u are! Someone will appreciate and adore u just as you are.”

RealSelf reached out to Newport Beach-based Dr. Boris Ackerman to get his take about celebrity influence on patients. "It is not that uncommon in my practice to have a patient request surgery to look like a star. In fact, one of my patients was featured on the MTV show, 'I want a famous face'," said Ackerman.

Ackerman, a board certified plastic surgeon, said, "Usually these patients are motivated not so much for the notoriety, as simply a way to express their desire to obtain a specific result. A patient might bring in a photo of a celebrity and request their nose, or other specific facial feature. Or a patient might want to have breast surgery or buttock surgery to achieve the look of a specific celebrity. I use this type of a request as a way to communicate with the patient as to the desired final result." 

Seattle plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Baxter has found that his patients are hardly star struck. "Patients want to look like themselves not movie stars." He adds, "I am sure this varies around the country but here in Seattle people usually just want an improved version of themselves. There are cases where people reference certain movie star features, and the media love to play up stories like this. Whatever procedures are done, they should result in harmonious balance with the person's anatomy."

Whether or not a person is celebrity-inspired patients, pre-surgery screening is critical to ensuring that expectations are based in reality.

"Of course the surgeon ought to be on a lookout for a rare patient that might have certain psychological imbalances that might make them not ideal candidate for surgery. But in great majority of my patients that show up with a photo of a celebrity their request is quite reasonable and achievable," states Ackerman.

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