It used to be that admitting to plastic surgery was a celebrity’s worst nightmare. In the past, many famous people chose to hide their elective procedures for fear of scrutiny in the media. But today, the tides are changing, leaving some to wonder: Is honesty the new best policy when it comes to enhancing your looks?
It’s a conversation I have often with patients in Albany. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, I understand the importance of feeling confident about every aspect of your procedure, including how others might react to it.
Recently, 2 famous women have made headlines for their refreshingly honest take on their own surgeries.
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, who admitted earlier this summer to undergoing breast augmentation, spoke out about plastic surgery in a recent interview with Seventeen magazine. She received praise for her candor, which included this realization:
“Plastic surgery is an emotional journey. It’s no easy feat to live with your flaws and accept yourself — and it’s no easy feat to change yourself. Either way you look at it, it’s a tough journey. There are things that I didn’t like about myself that I changed through surgery. There are other things I dislike but I’ve learned to accept.”
Reality show star Nicole Elizabeth “Snooki” LaValle was equally unashamed when she openly admitted to augmenting her lips. Like Azalea, LaValle also used her experience as opportunity to speak to young women, explaining in an Instagram caption (that included the hashtag #noshame):
“I love my ‘natural beauty,’ but being able to enhance my lips to make me feel better about myself is [just] life.”
On the other side of the coin, the celebrities who seemingly have the most tabloid trouble are those who attempt to hide their procedures.
Keeping Up with the Kardashians starlet Kylie Jenner skirted the issue and instead played up her clever makeup application skills before finally admitting she had lip injections. And newly retired supermodel Gisele Bundchen received a tall dose of attention from the New York Post’s Page Six when she was rumored to have visited a Paris plastic surgery clinic while under the cover of a burqa. Bundchen has stayed quiet about the story and the rumored rhinoplasty and breast enhancement procedures.
The moral of the story? You don’t have to be a model to be a role model. Young people appreciate real talk about topics that exist in our world today.
If you are considering cosmetic enhancement and want to discuss ways to broach the subject with the people in your life, please feel free to contact me online to request a consultation.