Why Having Plastic Surgery to Look Like a Celebrity is a Bad Idea

shutterstock_162619367A recent report from the UK-based cosmetic group Transform noted a 73-percent increase in patient requests for plastic surgery to look like one of the Kardashians. This phenomena, dubbed the “Dash Effect,” (as in Kar-“dash”-ian), is not unique. Stars like Lindsay Lohan, Angelina Jolie, Demi Moore and Justin Beiber, among countless others, have been the inspiration for people’s plastic surgery procedures — often multiple procedures — over the past several years, all with the goal of looking like the patient’s favorite celebrity. With this trend gaining speed, the surgeons at Allure Plastic Surgery outline why it’s not a good idea to use plastic surgery to be a celebrity look-alike.

It’s Bad for Your Psyche

It’s one thing to bring in a picture of Kim Kardashian and say to your plastic surgeon, “I like her curvy, round bottom. Can you help me to achieve something like this?” In fact, this is often helpful for a surgeon to get a visual of what types of results you would like to see, and allowing them to work with you to find a look that will satisfy your desires and match your body shape and size. However, it’s quite another conversation when you wish to match every aspect of a celebrity’s facial and/or body appearance.

A good question to ask yourself is this: Do I want to look more attractive, but still look like myself? Or do I want to erase my visual identity altogether and take on the look of someone else? If the answer to the latter question is “yes,” it may point to an underlying psychological problem, in which case plastic surgery will not cure — and may even exacerbate — the problem.

It Causes Unrealistic Expectations

Not only is it psychologically unhealthy to want to look like someone else, it also creates unhealthy expectations of plastic surgery. Patients who pursue plastic surgery to look like their favorite celebrity often have the idea (whether conscious or subconscious) that, along with the looks of their favorite celebrity, they will also gain other attributes of the celebrity, like money, power, self-confidence and romantic interest. When these expected “bonuses” are not realized from plastic surgery — or are realized at a much lesser extent than expected — the patient often experiences crippling disappointment, anxiety and even depression. For this reason, conscientious and experienced plastic surgeons, like the ones practicing at Allure Plastic Surgery, thoroughly discuss a patient’s goals and expectations of surgery as part of the consultation process. This ensures that the patient is psychologically healthy, and that their expectation of surgery is realistic and attainable.

What are Some Realistic Plastic Surgery Goals?

Like any tool, plastic surgery is most effective when it is used for what it was intended: to enhance a person’s appearance without affecting their personal identity. Healthy goals for plastic surgery include:

  • Looking younger and more refreshed
  • Improving the appearance of your face or body, with changes that are proportionate
  • Improving your self-esteem by addressing physical characteristics that make you self-conscious or uncomfortable (like overly small breasts or a hump on your nose)

Talk to An Allure Plastic Surgery Surgeon about Your Goals

Would you like to learn how the skilled surgeons at Allure Plastic Surgery can make you look just like you…only better? Schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons by calling (305) 479-2991.