Many women bring photos of celebrities to their hairdressers, so perhaps it’s no surprise they also bring them to their plastic surgeons. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s annual survey, 13% of plastic surgeons saw an increase in requests for celebrity procedures, a big jump from just 3% on 2013. The most desirable facial feature was Angelina Jolie’s lips. Next was Beyonce’s facial structure, Kim Kardashaian’s eyes, and Natalie Portman’s nose. According to the survey, 18% of the procedures in 2014 were performed on men. Their #1 request? Brad Pitt’s nose.
While Angelina’s full lips certainly add to her appeal, experts warn they may not actually enhance your own. “Celebrities continue to influence beauty ideals from fashion to plastic surgery and although I receive many requests for celebrity features, I always explain to patients that someone else’s features are often not the best choice for their specific face,” says Dr. Andrew Jacono of New York Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery. “The Vectra M3 3D Imaging system is a tool that I use to provide patients with 3D images of what their results could look like. Making sure that the patient and doctor are aligned is imperative.”
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Social media has been a huge driving force in sending both sexes under the knife—especially those under 30. With selfies dominating Instagram feeds, people have become more self-conscious of their facial features. “With the increasing popularity of video sharing services, such as Instagram and Vine, social media content will continue to trend towards video clips, which are not as easily altered as still images,” says Dr. Jacono. “This means that erasing your least favorite feature won’t be as easy as changing the filter on your still shot or photoshopping. In my practice, I saw a 15% increase in requests for Botox and fillers due to self-awareness from social media in 2014 and expect this number to increase in 2015.”
Celebrity-inspired transformations aside, rhinoplasty has been the top procedure for men and women for the past five years. In 2014 women also sought out facelifts, blepharoplasties (eyelid surgery), laser skin resurfacing and Botox. Guys have started seeking more non-surgical treatments like Botox and hyaluronic acid fillers.
Whatever your desire altering your appearance, if you are considering a procedure just remember to do your research and that even Angelina, Beyonce, and Kim Kardashian have bad days. Looking like them won’t fix everything.