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The Cult of Celebrity Plastic Surgery

The Cult of Celebrity Plastic SurgeryIt seems that there are at least three categories of celebrity cosmetic surgery – surgery that they admit to, procedures that they blame on a necessary surgical procedure, and surgeries that they just don’t talk about.

Oh, and then there’s that special category of denial reserved for celebrities who just flat out deny that their magically expanding cleavage is anything but natural, and that their nose always looked like that.

It’s odd to note that, as an example, in South Korea, having your face done is both a mark of affluence and, in an increasingly competitive marketplace, a requirement in the search for both a job and, scarily, a spouse. With ordinary people so open about this aspect of their life, it seems a bit odd that those under the most scrutiny are so guarded. Yet is always has been the case.

Generally, when celebrities admit to surgery, usually breast enhancement or a nose job (rhinoplasty), it’s to complain about it. Take Heidi Montag, for example, who famously spoke out about the fact the she couldn’t move her face and found chewing food and speaking difficult and painful after having 20 procedures performed in a single day. Arguably, the result was worth it – she obviously thought so – but even for a hard line cosmetic surgeon, 20 procedures in a day is probably more than they would recommend.

The Slow Transformation

Then there’s the shock factor of presenting a completely different face one day to the next. Not just for the paying public, but for the celebrity themselves. They are, after all, human and must undergo the same set of emotions as they peel back the bandages. At least if you go for a slow transformation over a longer period of time, you have a chance to live with, and accept, the subtle changes, and everyone else is less likely to notice and Tweet about it.

That’s a lesson for celebrities, their peers, and everyone else. Slowly getting better looking over time is probably better for your self-image than an immediate transformation. Especially if it’s going to hurt your career, as it did for Jennifer Grey. After her nose job in the 1990s, the Dirty Dancing star claimed that her new nose made her unrecognizable, according to The Huffington Post.


Of course, there are some who undergo cosmetic surgery after vital, potentially life-saving, surgery. There’s Angelina Jolie, for example, who had breast surgery after her preventive double mastectomy. Many see her as a shining example of bravery in the face of something that would bring many people to the brink of despair.

Then there are those who need reconstructive surgery. Many of the techniques used by plastic surgeons to completely rebuild faces that have been scarred or physically damaged share much with cosmetic surgery. It’s hard to know which came first, but it’s largely accepted that the “driving force behind most plastic surgery developments during the late 1800s and early 1900s was war, with the awful injuries it often inflicts on its participants,” according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

But I Had A Deviated Septum!

On a lighter note, there are also those people – celebrities or otherwise – who find themselves with a new nose after surgery to correct, amongst other things, a deviated septum. Yes, it is a valid medical procedure that can be carried out to alleviate problems breathing and, as such, is often covered by medical insurers. In severe cases, it changes lives for the better. Cosmetic changes can be made to the nose at the same time, though these changes are not covered by insurance

And of course, it’s also perfectly simple to perform septoplasty without changing the outward appearance of the nose. Obviously, it also presents a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone, and have the medical surgery done as well as some modest reshaping, but if the results are so stark as to be obvious, it might be better to own up.

Like Janice Dickinson, who is quoted in The Huffington Post as having surgery in order to “hang on to what she’s got”. It’s a refreshing openness that should be respected, but also reveals confidence about the quality of the work done (as well as a possible little bit of insecurity about getting old.)

No Regrets

The worst is to be left with regrets that you can’t blame on anyone but yourself. Kenny Rogers, for example, jokingly refers to the amount of work he has had done, calling himself the Bionic Man, but at the same time reveals that he regrets the lack of character in his face. It is a known side effect of some surgical procedures and many fillers, that the face becomes less able to show expression, but these are questions to ask the surgeon.

Reputable ones will be only too happy to share their wealth of knowledge and expertise. Less reputable ones might just encourage patients to spend as much as they can on fillers.

So, there are a few things to take away here:

  • Always go to a reputable surgeon, and don’t be afraid to get several opinions;
  • Don’t overdo it, even if the result will look amazing, go for a slow evolution;
  • Work with the surgeon to make the result look natural;
  • Make sure you’re not going to have any lasting regrets.

That last one might be harder to achieve, but by sticking to the other three, Dr. Vitenas can help you to achieve the look that you want whilst staying realistic and not falling into the trap of ‘more must be better’.

To learn more about any aspect of cosmetic and plastic surgery including skin rejuvenation procedures, chemical peels, liposuction and tummy tucks, contact Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery of Houston, Texas, at (281) 484-0088.