Tuesday, January 1st, 2008
I hope you are all having a nice New Year. I’ve compiled my list of the Top 5 Celebrity Cosmetic Surgery Stories of 2007. Here they are:
5. Breast Augmentation is announced as the #1 plastic surgery of 2006, the first year ever that breast implants are the top plastic surgery. Fashion followers Heidi Montag, Kellie Pickler and Brooke Hogan immediately rush off to the local plastic surgeon to get themselves a pair (or so it appears). Click for link.
4. Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman admits to some plastic surgery medicine herself. While a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, Jane Seymour states she’s had blepharoplasty, breast augmentation, and Botox in the past. Soon after, voters boot the classy star from the show, possibly in a display of jealousy. No one can look as good as she does without some help! Click for link.
3. Septoplasty surgery sweeps Hollywood, however instead of just straightening the septum like this surgery is supposed to do, celebrities re-enter the spotlight with noses that are straighter, thinner, and more contoured. Stars like Ashley Tisdale, Cameron Diaz, and Jennifer Aniston reportedly go to the same Beverly Hills septoplasty surgeon to get their “septoplasty-plus.”
2. Lipodissolve, or mesotherapy, gains national attention as celebrities such as Britney Spears are rumored to have had the controversial treatment for fat reduction. Although practioners initally flooded the media with sometimes outrageous claims, scrutiny ensues, culminating in skeptical articles in Allure magazine and the bankruptcy of the largest nationwide Lipodissolve chain, Fig. Click for link.
1. Kanye West’s mom, Donda West, dies just days after breast reduction, tummy tuck and liposuction surgery. A media frenzy ensues, as her prominent Beverly Hills plastic surgeon is revealed to lack board-certification (although he did complete a plastic surgery residency) and have several questionable features of his past. At the request of the West family, her surgeon walks off an interview on the Larry King Live set, the first to do so in King’s several decades of live TV. The importance of finding a surgeon certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and undergoing preoperative clearance is emphasized to the public. Click for link.
That’s it! It’s been an exciting year in celebrity plastic surgery, and the upcoming year is bound to bring more exciting and interesting news. I look forward to covering it with you.
Thanks for reading.
Anthony Youn, M.D.
Monday, January 1st, 2007
I hope everyone had a good January 1st! I spent it in relatively quiet fashion with my wife and son. I thought I’d write about some of the big events in plastic surgery over the last year. Here’s a countdown, off the top of my head, of the significant events of 2006 in celebrity plastic surgery:
5: Kenny Rogers shows up on American Idol with the same bushy beard, but a new set of overly-tight eyelids. He later admits that his plastic surgeon was too aggressive with his surgery, and that he needs a revision. Unfortunately, the main technique to correct this is with a skin graft.
4: The famed Celebrity Cosmetic Surgery Blog begins its ascent of the blogosphere, starting with a post on Melanie Griffith. as far as I know, it is now the most visited blog by a plastic surgeon in the United States. Thanks!
3: The world’s first face transplant occurs in Europe, with steadily improving results. The woman had most of her face mauled by a dog, and appears to have healed relatively well. This is in contrast to the world’s first genitalia transplant, which was not so successful.
2: Ashlee Simpson undergoes a rhinoplasty and becomes the talk of the tabloids and blogs. While her image may have improved, her music is another story.
1: Silicone implants are approved by the FDA. This allows millions of women access to a product which is arguably superior to the saline implants which were used almost exclusively over the last 12 years. While the approval is definitely controversial, it allows both doctors and patients a choice we did not have a couple months ago.
That’s it! I’m sure you can think of other big events which should be on this list, but these were the ones that immediately jumped out at me. Feel free to post any other ideas!
Thanks for reading.
Michigan-based Plastic Surgeon
Anthony Youn, M.D.:
Thursday, April 13th, 2006
What is the most common plastic surgery for celebrities? The following comments are my opinion only, deduced after working as a Hollywood plastic surgeon for a time and becoming a pop culture and celebrity plastic surgery “expert.” By far the most common cosmetic procedure is Botox. Botox has gotten so widespread in Hollywood nowadays that I notice when people do not have Botox more than when people do. This was most evident when I watched Tea Leoni act all flustered in that Adam Sandler clunker, “Spanglish.” She had so many forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet in that movie that I found it almost distracting to watch her. That many forehead wrinkles are rarely seen in beautiful Hollywood actresses today, so I applaud her for going au natural.
As far as surgery goes, the top three in my opinion are liposuction, breast augmentation, and rhinoplasty. All three of these occur much more often in celebrities than in the normal population. Breast augmentations are often obvious (hello Mariah Carey!), whereas liposuction can be difficult to determine (I’ve had people tell me that J. Lo has had it done numerous times), and rhinoplasties are either good (Halle Berry?) or bad (Jennifer Grey?). There are many more celebrities who’ve had these surgeries done than most people may realize. (I even believe that the great Julia Roberts has had her nose done!) At some point, the normal population may catch up with Hollywood celebrities in the amount of plastic surgery performed, but by then the celebrities may have gone onto bigger and more drastic ways to keep themselves young and relevant. Maybe they will have started cloning themselves by then. Just what we need, another Carrottop!
Have a great Easter! My son Daniel (3 months old) is getting baptized on Easter Sunday, so we are very excited…