Are more people trying to look like celebrities?
People weren't quite sure what to think when Ukranian model Valeria Lukyanova, nicknamed the "real-life Barbie," became Internet famous after pictures of her circulated on the Internet. Though Lukyanova, who has a large YouTube following, told The Daily Beast that she has never undergone cosmetic surgery aside from breast augmentation, her striking resemblance to the popular children's toy brings to light an interesting question: How far are people willing to go to look like their beauty icons?
The New York Times recently tracked several individuals who underwent a string of cosmetic procedures in order to resemble famous celebrities, including Kate Winslet and Heather Locklear. Patients started to bring pictures to surgeons and request surgeries that will help them to look like these Hollywood icons, though doctors warn that it is impossible to completely recreate the exact look of another human. Factors including bone structure, facial proportions and genetic predispositions all play a heavy factor in an individual's unique appearance.
While it may seem like the number of patients requesting celebrity looks is on the rise, plastic surgeons cannot replicate another person's entire face. It is possible to emulate a desired feature, such as similar eyebrow structure or an identical nose, but consideration of your unique facial structure and features should always come before the celebrity look you're trying to achieve.