Every time I take a passing glance at a tabloid magazine, it seems there is some photo and blurb about some famous person's latest cosmetic surgery - especially if it is "plastic surgery gone wrong!" This type of sensational gossip is not new, but it does give the wrong impression of the field of facial cosmetic surgery. Morbid curiosity with what possible distortions and imperfections might await behind the cover is what publishers hope will sell more issues of their magazine.
Of course, those stories wouldn't even exist if there was not some element of truth in them. Let's face it, I don't have to name names (and I won't) to make you think of more than a few female and male celebrities who underwent some type of cosmetic procedure that has left them with an unusual appearance. Every time they appear on TV or the big screen (if they can still get work), I can almost hear a crowd of people across the nation saying "I would never do that to my face," or "WHY did they do THAT?" The worst part of it all is that, often, these celebrities asked for this to be done to them, and they convinced a surgeon somewhere to do it, in spite of knowing that it would not look right.
I am not the first facial cosmetic surgeon in Scottsdale (or across this great nation) to have a celebrity sit in my office and ask that I perform a procedure that I feel would not look good. It is my oath and obligation to decline such requests and offer alternatives that will look natural. No matter how exciting it may seem to have a celebrity asking me to operate on them, it is easy for me to say "no" because I believe in being consistent and true to form. If what I am doing is not art, I am not interested in doing it.
But, when you are out with friends and they start to talk about a celebrity's bad nose job, weird eyelids or terrible face lift, don't assume that this represents all or even a significant percentage of cosmetic facial surgery. In reality, the vast majority of facial plastic surgeons (especially those who are board certified and fellowship trained) are ethical and work to achieve harmonious results that do not look "operated." There are far more actors in Hollywood and other household names who have had very natural-appearing facial cosmetic surgery than those who look bad. These individuals were able to work with their surgeon, respect their opinion and take "no" for an answer when it was necessary.
Like many of my colleagues, I have had the "honor" of operating on famous people. Although they do carry some additional precautions because of paparazzi and the curiosity of the general public, they are mostly normal, reasonable people. They get good results because they develop a common goal and work toward it. This is the same for any patient - whether a teacher, household engineer, police officer or even a physician. It is truly the greatest honor to treat the members of my community who don't desire fame and glory.
Remember that for every "celebrity plastic surgery gone wrong" there is at least ten times the number of "super secret celebrity cosmetic surgery gone right" and countless more non-celebrity surgery gone right. The real pathway to getting the right results it to find a surgeon with whom you are comfortable who will go over your goals and expectations and work to develop a cooperative plan to achieve success. If you are looking to get that process started or just want another opinion, contact me through this site or call my office for a consultation.