Is it Ever Okay to Use Cosmetic Surgery to Transform Yourself into a Celebrity look-a-like?
I recently read an article which featured a couple who spent over $300K to look just like Barbie and Ken. (I know… even writing that sentence makes me cringe). See, I completely understand coveting a certain celebrity body part and yes even asking a cosmetic surgeon to perhaps help you transform a specific feature. In my case- if I ever chose to undergo a rhinoplasty I would request that my surgeon attempt to recreate my nose to mirror that of Elizabeth Montgomery’s perfect turned up one in Bewitched. Still, I can’t imagine walking into a doctor’s office and asking for a boatload of procedures that would essentially morph me into a carbon copy of Elizabeth Montgomery. As far as I’m concerned, being on such a quest - in which you want to alter your complete identity and actively attempt to recreate yourself as a near carbon-copy of another human being speaks volumes about your psyche. It says that this person is inherently upset about the body he/she inhabits and the life they live and they believe that altering virtually every physical aspect of themselves will somehow ‘cure’ that.
And while most people are not looking for a total celebrity look-a-like body transformation, there is a new plastic surgery phenomenon sweeping our planet which is being dubbed “The Dash Effect.” Some plastic surgeons are seeing an increase in plastic surgery – both face and body – of patients who want to look like the Kardashians. Due to their reality show and their presence in the media, more young women want the same glamorous looks of Kim and Khloé.
And while coveting and requesting Kim Kardashian’s derriere or Kylie Jenner’s voluminous lips are the hot tickets right now—I wondered would a surgeon fulfill a request to alter a patient to resemble The Kardashian sisters in their entirety?
According to Dr. Anthony Youn, a Michigan-based board-certified plastic surgeon, when patients use a celebrity body part to illustrate what they are looking for, that's ok and can even be helpful. However, when a patient wants to transform himself or herself into a celebrity, then it's a sign of underlying potential psychiatric issues.
“If I believe someone has an unhealthy addiction to plastic surgery, I tell them so," says Dr. Youn. “Although they may not want to hear this, I owe it to my patients to be honest with them. I offer a referral to a psychiatrist as well, but they rarely take me up on it.”
When it comes to the statement “plastic surgeons are psychiatrists with scalpels” Dr. Youn firmly believes it.
“I heard this from Dr. Robert Rey over ten years ago, and it remains true. Unfortunately, a fairly high percentage of our patients have psychological issues,” explains Dr. Youn. “As board-certified plastic surgeons, we have some training in how to deal with these patients.”
“I turn down 1 out of every 5 patients who comes to see me. I will not operate on a patient if I believe he or she will not benefit psychologically (as well as physically) from the outcome," notes Dr. Youn. “I have patients who request unnecessary procedures almost daily. I politely turn them down, and try to explain why I don't believe he or she will benefit from the procedure. You can have too much plastic surgery!”
I too believe a person CAN have too much plastic surgery and I am grateful there are surgeons like Dr. Youn who live and breathe this motto as well.
That said, a little nip and tuck to change a little thing or two here and there that just so happens to produce an altered feature that just may bear the slightest resemblance to some celebrity phenom I totally get.
To find a board-certified plastic surgeon near you, who can determine if you’re a good candidate for a procedure or if you might need to see a shrink instead, click on this link