Sure, Angelina Jolie’s lips are full and gorgeous, and Brad Pitt’s jaw is chiseled to perfection. But would you really want their trademark facial features on your own mug?
You betcha, finds a new survey of about 700 leading facial plastic surgeons. Close to 50 percent of surgeons polled said they had seen patients within the last year who requested a celebrity feature – including actress Angelina Jolie’s lips, model Heidi Klum’s nose, Madonna’s cheekbones and really just about anything that belongs to actor Brad Pitt.
In fact, the surgeons surveyed said that such “celebrity emulation” is more important than money when it comes to making decisions about having cosmetic surgery.
The new poll was conducted at the 2008 meeting of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) in Chicago.
“It’s not uncommon to have patients bring in photos of celebrities or models saying they want their facial features,” said Donn Chatham, MD, president of AAFPRS and a facial plastic surgeon in private practice in Louisville, Ky.
That said, plastic surgeons must help prospective patients set realistic expectations and goals, so they don’t end up disappointed with the results of their cosmetic surgery. “In some cases, these discussions of desired celebrity features have helped bring an understanding between the patient and physician. However, it is vital for the patient and surgeon to discuss the pros and cons of these very real surgical procedures,” said Dr. Chatham.
The best way to ensure optimal results of whatever cosmetic procedure you choose, such as ear surgery or lip augmentation, is to understand the procedure – including its benefits and risks – and to have realistic expectations about the outcome.