Men vs. women: Celebrity plastic surgery attitudes

Men vs. women: Celebrity plastic surgery attitudes
Men vs. women: Celebrity plastic surgery attitudes

By Constantino G. Mendieta MD FACS

Celebrities influence how people not only think about plastic surgery, but what they would like to have done or whom they would like to look like.

There is a dramatic difference between the way men and women see and think of themselves when it comes to plastic surgery – even more so, when it comes to looking like someone else.

It is very common for women to bring in photos during the consultation to give us an idea of what they want. Right now in plastic surgery we are seeing a tremendous rise in buttock augmentation, also known as the Brazilian buttock lift or fat grafting to the buttock. In this procedure, we take fat from unwanted areas and transfer it to the gluteal area, allowing us to shape and mold the posterior. With this craze, women often bring in photos of Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez.

Men on the other hand hardly ever bring in pictures of other men, instead choosing to describe what they are looking for in detail. They are either looking for a more chiseled look with stronger jaw lines or softer facial features to look friendlier. Overall men are far less likely to ask to look like someone else. If men do bring in photos, it raises the possibility of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) or some other issue. While this is not true in every case, it is certainly a red flag and makes us look deeper into their motives and desires.

Even though we are accustomed to seeing women bring in photos of a particular celebrity or model, they usually understand we cannot make them look like someone else. The photograph is their way of describing what they would like, for example; a straight roman nose versus a scooped nose, a bigger buttock with a heart shape vs. a bigger buttock with a shelf.

When someone becomes obsessed over a particular body or facial feature or when something so insignificant affects their daily living then this patient may have BDD. While in some cases it is grossly obvious, sometimes it is difficult to tell and unfortunately, does not come out until after surgery. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, it is always our goal to make sure the patient is psychologically healthy and prepared for a realistic outcome.