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Is Celebrity-inspired Plastic Surgery Ever a Good Idea?

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Feb 11, 2013 - 7:03:31 AM

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( - Last week, media reports about an uptick in the number of Britons asking for Kate Middleton's nose went viral.According to The Daily Mail, requests for the Duchess of Cambridge's near perfect, petite nose have tripled since 2011.

Why Kate?  Her nose looks natural, has no irregularities, no hump, and the projection is in good alignment with her other facial features, explains New York facial plastic surgeon and member of the AAFPRS Sam Rizk, MD, FACS. He says. "Her face also has good symmetry, which is a trait that contributes to her beauty."

While Kate's nose may be the latest celebrity feature to inspire the masses, it's not the only one that has sparked such a frenzy. In the past, people have craved Angelina Jolie's perfect pucker, Beyonce's booty, Brad Pitt's superhero jawline, and Ashton Kutchers lips.

Rizk has gotten requests for other ‘celebunoses' as well. Popular choices include Keira Nightly, Jessica Alba, Nicole Kidman, Denise Richards and Natalie Portman.

The celebrity feature du jour may change, but celebrity emulation remains a huge motivator for people seeking plastic surgery.  But is this ever really a good idea? Does a Duchess's nose, a Duchess make?

Not usually, Rizk says.

The perfect nose may not look quite so perfect on your face, but showing your surgeon photos of features you like or don't like can help him or her get better idea of what you are looking for out of your surgery, he says.

"When patients mention a specific nose they like, it is a guide as to what their preferences may be," Rizk says.

But most noses and other facial features are not one-size-fits-all. For example, "Kate's nasal shape and size is not be a good fit for all faces," he says. Beside just facial structure, skin quality also can make or break a new nose.  "If you have thick skin, you are not going to get the same degree of refinement as someone with Kate or Keira's skin type can achieve," he says.

"It is a point of discussion at the consultation, but in most cases, not necessarily attainable or even realistic," Rizk says.

Listening to your surgeon about what is possible and what will work with your facial structure is the key to satisfaction with the results of the procedure, he says.

"An important factor is to consider all facial features and create or restore the nose to an optimal position, " he says. "If the patient is set on having Nicole's nose or Scarlett Scarlett Johansson's lips, they may not be good candidates for surgery," he says.

Happily Ever After?

Plastic surgery can certainly help a person feel better about an aspect of their appearance, but it won't change their life, says Robin Friedman, a social worker with offices in New York City and White Plains, NY.

"If you are unhappy with your nose, a nose job can improve your appearance and self confidence, but, on its own, it's not going to improve your relationships or other aspects of your life that you are unhappy with," she says

"Getting Kate Middleton's nose is no guarantee that you also land a Prince and live in a castle," she says. Still, she says, when people feel better about themselves, they can be more open to meeting others, and this confidence can also spill over to their professional lives. "It's all about realistic expectations," she says.

Wendy Lewis is President of Wendy Lewis & Co Ltd Global Aesthetics Consultancy, author of 11 books and Founder/Editor in Chief of


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