Do Cosmetic Surgery Patients Really Come in Asking to Look Like Movie Stars?

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No. Generally if a famous person is brought up by...

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No. Generally if a famous person is brought up by example, it is of an extreme result that people find unattractive (e.g. Michael Jackson's overdone nose, Joan River's overdone face, or Pamela Anderson's obviously "fake" breasts).

Coral Springs Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 79 reviews

Plastic surgery and celebritity looks

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Patients do very occasionally come into our Beverly Hills office and ask to look like a certain celebrity.

Plastic surgeons will typically explain that aspects of the patient's appearance can be improved but it is not realistic to make a patient look like somebody else.

Celebrities are often very beautiful people. They often have an unusual combination of beautiful features, most natural, some "enhanced". This combination of features makes them beautiful.

We use the same techniques that we use on celebrities on non-celebrities. Still, our goal is to produce a more beautiful or handsome version of the individual, not to make them look completely different and full of surgical artifact.

Brent Moelleken, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 194 reviews

Rhinoplasty: Getting the Nose You Want

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Many rhinoplasty (nose job) patients ask whether or not surgery can give them a nose like a particular celebrity or movie star. In some cases, it is possible to give patients the features of a particular person's nose - such as a defined bridge or sculpted tip.

However, it is important to realize that there is not a "one-size-fits-all" nose. For the nose to appear natural and attractive, it must harmonize and be in balance with the patient's other facial features. A nose that is attractive on one person won't necessarily look good on another person.

C. Spencer Cochran, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 149 reviews

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Most cosmetic surgery patients want to look natural

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We recently read a Reuters report that said that Beverly Hills plastic surgery patients want the eyes of Katie Holmes, the lips of Angelina Jolie and Jessica Biel’s body. While the article goes on to say that patients do not ask for plastic surgery “to look exactly like a specific star,” it suggests they do want “to replicate a distinct feature of various celebrity faces and bodies.”

At Profiles, we wonder what the point is to an article that suggests that patients request the nose of “Grey’s Anatomy” star Katherine Heigl, Keira Knightley’s cheeks, and skin like Paris Hilton. In most cases this is neither possible nor, even more importantly, desirable.

What is important for patients to know is that plastic surgery is not like sculpting; human bone structure and tissue is not like metal or clay that can be molded to any shape we desire. And even if it were, even Brad Pitt’s nose on David Beckham’s face can appear off-putting and abnormal. The point is that in order to give you a beautiful and natural look, your surgery should be tailored to your individual facial characteristics.

At Profiles, we think it’s important that we are honest with you regarding what is possible and that we help guide you in what is desirable. While we do appreciate patients who bring pictures that help show the characteristic they are trying to achieve, we find that our state of the art computer imaging allows us to better communicate what we can achieve with surgery and this, in turn, allows patients to fine tune the details that they want us to be aware of in doing their surgery. As a result, we find our patients are well educated about what they can expect and come out of surgery happy knowing that we achieved what we said we could.

Peyman Solieman, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Celebrity Plastic Surgery

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Patients do ask on occassion for an aesthetic enhancement that will result in a facial or body feature similar to that of a feature of a celebrity,. More frequently patients want to be sure that the result of their surgery doesn't look "done" . Sometimes a patient may mention a particular celebrity with obvious plastic surgrery of the face or body and tell me, "I don't want to look like that person".
In my experience, most people seeking plastic surgery want to look the best they can look and they don't want to look like "the one who had has plastic surgery"
My personal aesthetic sensibility is this: a good aesthetic cosmetic surgery result is a result that looks natural, not 'done'. I always delight in the patient who reports that their friends or their colleagues at work say "You look fantastic!", but that they can't quite put their finger on why. Most patients seem to want the same experience.

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 123 reviews

You should just want to be the best you can be

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Perhaps in Beverly Hills, patients ask to look like movie stars but not out in the "real world" of plastic surgery. First of all, it would not be possible to grant such a request. Secondly, a properly motivated cosmetic surgery patient should want a result that looks natural, not operated upon, and is one that makes them look "better, not different!"

Cosmetic Surgery Clients want to look like themselves...only better!

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My clients come from a wide range of backgrounds but share one thing in common... they all want to look and feel better but don't want to look like someone else.

While some will point to various attributes of movie stars and say that they like someone's nose, someone's breasts, or someone's legs, they don't necessarily want to look exactly like this person; instead, they use a particular attribute as an example or as a template for a specific look.

Patients want to look like themselves not movie stars

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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' anatomy.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 59 reviews

Patients who want movie Star body parts not uncommon

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It's not uncommon for patients to refer to a particular body part of a favorite movie star when describing their aspirations. We get this most often with lips. Many of our female patients would all love to have Angelina Jolie's lips.

As a practice, we have to be very careful about selecting patients that have realistic expectations for their results. Taking on too many patients that want to look like their favorite stars is a recipe for disaster unless their goals are tempered with a sense of reality.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Movie Star Looks and Plastic Surgery

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In our practice, we have developed expertise in several facial and body techniques and find that people from our area tend to discuss the improvements they want in general terms.

However, we have a regular stream of patients that fly or drive up from Los Angeles that typically ask for a derriere that looks like J-Lo's or cheeks that look like Kate Winslet's (true!).

We treat all of our patients like movie stars but also emphasize realistic, safe goals. We've had a great track record of meeting expectations.

I hope this helps.

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