A Costhetics team member recently commented on a friend who says she would “kill for Angelina Jolie’s lips.”

The desire to look like the rich and famous is certainly not new. In the 1940s and ‘50s, many individuals wanted nose jobs to look like the popular stars of the day. There weren’t really any procedures to choose from that could give you things like “Bette Davis Eyes.”

That changed in the 1960’s. Suddenly a whole new area (literally!) of physical enhancement came into fashion:

“There were many scientific developments in the 1960s. Silicone was initially used to treat skin imperfections, and then Thomas Cronin, MD, of Houston, utilized it in a breast implant device, which he unveiled in 1962.”
American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Today, revolutionary medical and technological innovations have made it possible to alter the human silhouette from head to toe. There has also been an explosion of non-invasive treatments to contour the face and body.

Individuals no longer ask to look like just one celebrity, they ask to look like several of them. Patients can (and do) cherry-pick different facial and physical features from their favourite stars. According to the New York Times, these are the celebrities whose features are most-requested by female cosmetic surgery patients:

  • Kim Kardashian – buttocks
  • Olivia Munn – eyes
  • Scarlett Johansson – lips
  • Kate Bosworth – chin
  • Kate Middleton –nose

Men are in on the trend, too, seeking to emulate male icons such as:

  • Ryan Gosling – square jawline
  • George Clooney – cheeks
  • Justin Beiber – hair transplants

You Do You!

There’s no shortage of stories about people undergoing surgeries to look like their favourite celebrities. More often than not, these stories have very unhappy endings. A prime example is Jordan James Parke. He has undergone 50 lip-filling treatments to emulate his star-crush, Kim Kardashian. The results border on the grotesque.

At Costhetics, we have a serious problem with asking a surgeon to make you look like a celebrity in some way. The goal of any enhancement procedure is to bring out the best in you, not make you look like someone else. What’s more, the change you want to make may not be a good match for the rest of your face and body. For example, a “button nose” may look unbalanced on some faces.

Listen to your doctor. An ethical surgeon has your best interest at heart and sincerely wants to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. He or she will let you know if the surgery you want is appropriate and explain why, too. A self-serving practitioner is only interested in his/her fee. The results you receive are secondary.

Team Costhetics thinks individuality is the most beautiful thing of all.

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