Apr 14

"On TV: Botox. Face-lifts. Reconstructive surgery."

In general, we try really hard to stay away from gossipy blog topics but we thought this article in the LA Times to be kind of interesting.

In addressing the phenomenon of plastic surgery and its entrance into main stream society and pop culture, Ms McNamara, LATImes TV critic, notes that because television is a “visual art” she do es not know how to address the issue of an actress whose “face seems incapable of movement or her eyes appear to be moving toward the sides of her head or her lips just look weird?” She then goes on to say, “Reviewing many of the new shows for the past fall season and midseason replacements, I noticed at least three fairly famous faces that looked decidedly, and distractingly, different, frozen or tugged into almost immobility that made certain emotional scenes almost laughable.”- We’d like to know who these people are because frankly we think the myth of the frozen face is much more common than the reality, especially in big name stars who can afford to go to those who do better work.

Ms McNamara ends by saying, “But when we see bad things happen to good faces, when cosmetic decisions interfere with performances, I think we need to speak out. Otherwise the younger generation will think that a fish-mouth smile and those shiny cheeks are normal and that the Posh Beckham look is something to aspire to.”

There is a lot to digest here because of the new accessibility of plastic surgery and the entrance of so varied a group of physicians into “cosmetic surgery.” The truth is that like most anything else the problem is not with plastic surgery but rather with the results when things are over done or not done correctly. Having a practice in Beverly Hills/ West Hollywood, we’ve learned that when we see our Botox patients that we really need to gauge the patients expectations, and the truth is that many people want to have a totally frozen forehead. As facial plastic surgeons we try always to educate our patients to say that a little bit of botox or fillers can sometimes go a long way toward achieving the desired goals, but occasionally we do find that patients really are not satisfied unless they have frozen muscles. Still worse, you may think that it’s the doctors fault that there are all these women with duck lips, and all too often it is because done correctly the lips can be fuller without being ducky; but sometimes patients, it seems, want people to know they had things done- natural is not enough for them. We don’t generally treat these patients whose aesthetic is too different from ours.

In general, we try really hard to stay away from gossipy blog topics but we thought this article in the LA Times to be kind of interesting.
In addressing the phenomenon of plastic surgery and its entrance into main stream society and pop culture, Ms McNamara, LATImes TV critic, notes that because television is a “visual art” she do es not know how to address the issue of an actress whose “face seems incapable of movement or her eyes appear to be moving toward the sides of her head or her lips just look weird?” She then goes on to say, “Reviewing many of the new shows for the past fall season and midseason replacements, I noticed at least three fairly famous faces that looked decidedly, and distractingly, different, frozen or tugged into almost immobility that made certain emotional scenes almost laughable.”- We’d like to know who these people are because frankly we think the myth of the frozen face is much more common than the reality, especially in big name stars who can afford to go to those who do better work.
Ms McNamara ends by saying, “But when we see bad things happen to good faces, when cosmetic decisions interfere with performances, I think we need to speak out. Otherwise the younger generation will think that a fish-mouth smile and those shiny cheeks are normal and that the Posh Beckham look is something to aspire to.”
There is a lot to digest here because of the new accessibility of plastic surgery and the entrance of so varied a group of physicians into “cosmetic surgery.” The truth is that like most anything else the problem is not with plastic surgery but rather with the results when things are over done or not done correctly. Having a practice in Beverly Hills/ West Hollywood, we’ve learned that when we see our Botox patients that we really need to gauge the patients expectations, and the truth is that many people want to have a totally frozen forehead. As facial plastic surgeons we try always to educate our patients to say that a little bit of botox or fillers can sometimes go a long way toward achieving the desired goals, but occasionally we do find that patients really are not satisfied unless they have frozen muscles. Still worse, you may think that it’s the doctors fault that there are all these women with duck lips, and all too often it is because done correctly the lips can be fuller without being ducky; but sometimes patients, it seems, want people to know they had things done- natural is not enough for them. We don’t generally treat these patients whose aesthetic is too different from ours.

Priscilla PresleyPriscilla Presley

Priscilla Presley unfortunately had low grade silicone injected by an unlicensed surgeon.

However, to take the discussion and point to Priscilla Presley, who it appears was the unfortunate patient of a bad physician and to relegate those results onto plastic surgery in general is unfair. Even more, in speaking about “what normal looks like” it’s either funny or sad that Ms McNamara states that she worries that young people will think “that the Posh Beckham look is something to aspire to.”

We looked at a lot of pictures of Mrs Beckham, and while she has had breast augmentation, her face looks untouched since these pictures (she may have had rhinoplasty before). And while some may find her look a little too striking, we think that most people would love to look as glamorous and beautiful.

Beckham before and after

Posh Spice has had breast augmentation (and at some point she may have had rhinoplasty), but based on the picture above, other than weight loss and make up, we don’t see signs of surgery.

Victoria Beckham implants

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/tv/la-ca-plasticsurgery13apr13,0,7143847.story

From the Los Angeles Times

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