bruce jenner is just 1 of the celebs who seem to have really bad facelifts. windswept looking. is this because they went to a bad doctor, or just were bad candidates for a facelift? i'm just wondering cuz it seems they can afford the absolute best plastic surgeon in the world!
Why Do Celebrity Facelifts Look So Bad?
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Bad celebrity plastic surgery
You only see bad bad plastic surgery. There are plenty of celebrities who have had plastic surgery and you will never hear about who their doctor is, because they quietly get their work done and don't publicize it. They just look great for their age.
Many well publicized cases of plastic surgery gone wrong are the result of silicone face and lip injections performed by dermatologists or unscrupulous practitioners.
Celebrities in the limelight live under tremendous pressure to be beautiful and thin. They will literally do anything to maintain the spotlight. Plastic surgery is a mainstay of many of their programs. Hopefully they will choose an ethical surgeon who doesn't prey on their insecurities and tells them no when it is appropriate.
Los Angeles in general and Beverly Hills specifically area is a big area and there are many good plastic surgeons who quietly do their work on celebrities and you will never know it is happening.
Celebrity facelifts and poor results
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It's the emperor's new facelift
I assure you, the fact that celebrities get horrible work does not bode well for regular folks getting great work.
Remember that most general plastic surgeons get very little training in comsetic surgeon while in their residencies. A number of forward thinking individuals go on to do aesthetic fellowship. However, many general plastic surgeon simply hang out their shingle and try to figure out cosmetic surgery on their own or by taking weekend courses. This is a tough way to learn. Some are great at it some are not.
In addition, celebrity surgeons are generally very good a public relations. The take home message is that there is no assurance that you will get what you want when you go with a particular surgeon. It is best to do your own home work and consult with a number of surgeons before committing with a particular one. Just because a surgeon did a star's facelift does not mean that surgeon will be right for you. The same advice applied to heavily marketed facelifts. You must do your own homework and research you doctor.
Good Plastic Surgery is rarely noticed; Bad Plastic Surgery Screams at you
The answer to your question is threefold. Many of the results you may be referring to come from a different era in Hollywood and Plastic Surgery. Facelifts were performed in a way that did not respect the limitations or boundaries of the procedure (Ethel Merman's mouth for example). This may be related to poor judgment on the part of the surgeon, unrealistic expectations on the part of the celebrity, or both. My second point relates to Dr. Aldea's: socially popular Plastic Surgeons are not always skillful practitioners. Thirdly, there are many celebrities and people in any town USA who have had great Plastic Surgery; they look good without looking stigmatic. Unfortunately, a bad Facelift screams at you from across the room. The difference is, for a celebrity, a bad Facelift often equates to tabloid exposure.
Why Do Celebrity Facelifts Look So Bad?
I hope this answers your question.
Jon A Perlman MD FACS
Certified, Am Board of Plastic Surgery
Member, Am. Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS)
Beverly Hills, CA
In Plastic Surgery you don't always get what you pay for
Although there are many talented surgeons performing facelift surgery with beautiful results, there are many who have marketed themselves to such a degree that they have created a perception and buzz that is often times undeserved.
Celebrities are like the rest of us when it comes to their health care. They rely on word of mouth, only on a much more grand scale. They would not think of going to doctor #2 when doctor #1 did so and so's facelift, even if they have never seen the results. Do your own homework.
Celebrities with Bad Facelifts
Please look at the before and after pictures of your doctor, that is a good indicator of how they perform their surgeries. Be aware of the surgeons who give you a menu list of things that you actually don’t need and those extra suggestions may lead to artificial look.
Bad celebrity facelifts
I think there are two main reasons for bad celebrity facelifts. 1) Poor surgeons, and there are plenty in southern California; and celebrities are not beyond making bad choices is surgeons just like anyone else. 2) "Vanity".......Hollywood is a place where youth is cherished and is more marketable. Surgeons are under pressure there to deal with greater patient expectations and more unrealistic requests than anywhere else. There is a tendency to give in to the arm twisting of powerful and prominent ( celebrity ) patients when just the opposite should take place. More so than anywhere else, in Hollywood, and with celebrities, plastic surgery needs to look .."NATURAL"....and undetectable as it is always on display for all to see.
Some Celebrities go to BAD Surgeons!
Celebrities believe in what they sell - media exposure. Celebrity surgeons who are prominently seen in the media are automatically considered by the public to be something special. Almost everyone assumes they are skilled as surgeons, when quite often this is not the case. Many have just average surgical skills. What they are skilled at is culling media exposure - either by paying for it or having an esoteric personality that is interesting to watch. The deficits in their surgical skills become more obvious with more complex procedures. For simple procedures such as breast augmentation, it is likely the results will be “acceptable” (some might question their judgement of size choice). On procedures as complicated as a face lift where many small but complex decisions are needed, the results as a whole can look very strange.
You will be surprised, but a number of celebrity surgeons who have a very prominent media presence (ie: their own TV shows, appearances on Oprah, etc), ARE NOT EVEN BOARD CERTIFIED. Board certification is the minimal bar when considering a surgeon, so be sure to check their status at abms dot org. After that, confirm that your surgeon is a member of ASPS and ASAPS. These professional societies monitor the ethical behavior of their members - surgeons who falsely advertise superiority or expertise in areas where they are not truly experts will be reprimanded or excluded from these societies. If you are considering a plastic surgeon who has a high profile and is not a member of these societies - think again!
It definitely pays to do your homework! Check board certification / license status from the ABMS and State website (not the surgeon’s website). Confirm the surgeons membership status in nationally recognized societies (be wary of the “fake” boards and societies). And read their on-line reviews from independent websites (RealSelf, Vitals, Google, RateMDs, etc)...
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