Summary: Did the 2019 Oscars teach us anything about plastic surgery this year? Well, that’s hard to say. There will likely be no shortage of plastic surgery rumors coming out of the Oscars–that’s for sure. But those rumors don’t really tell us anything. Instead, we should look at trends where the world of Hollywood and plastic surgery intersect. That might be able to tell us something about the future.

What Did the 2019 Oscars Teach us About Plastic Surgery?

The 2019 Oscars definitely had their fill of drama, starting well before showtime. This year’s hostless event somehow managed to create even more drama, including a rather steamy duet and another divisive best picture winner (of course, the Oscars are notorious for choosing terrible best pictures).

Whatever you thought of the ceremony or the winners, the Academy Awards always present us with a nice opportunity to discuss celebrities and plastic surgery, since the two often go hand in hand (at least in terms of how our culture groups things together).

Having said that, we’re not really interested in taking a peek at each individual celebrity to see if he or she underwent plastic surgery procedures of any kind. We aren’t going to be talking about the gossip of what this dress or that tux revealed. Instead, we’re going to talk about some general trends in plastic and cosmetic surgery as they appeared to us in February’s Academy Awards ceremony. If the 2019 Oscars teach us anything about plastic surgery, those trend-line insights will be what, ultimately, is really useful to us.

Makeup and Plastic Surgery Are Difficult to Distinguish

In the coming days, you’ll likely see countless stories and rumors about celebrities that have supposedly undergone a plastic or cosmetic surgery procedure. The evidence for such rumors will typically be something along the lines of suspect before and after photos. A celebrity will change his or her look and the plastic surgery rumors will go wild.

In part, that’s because people tend to underestimate the changes that can be accomplished with simple (or not so simple) makeup techniques. Contouring, for example, is a makeup practice that can make certain parts of the body look bigger or more pronounced by creating artificially deep shadows.

And, celebrities are entitled to change their looks! If a celebrity changes the way she applies makeup to her cheeks or eyebrows, we should refrain from assuming that this was due any given plastic surgery procedure. There are just too many makeup-driven reasons why a celebrity may have changed his or her look. So, the 2019 Oscars taught us that plastic surgery and makeup are often difficult separate–at least without some other knowledge.

Subtle Procedures for the Best Results

There’s little doubt, however, that at least some of the celebrities present have undergone a cosmetic procedure or plastic surgery procedure at some point in their lives. Hollywood just tends to be a very high-pressure, pro-plastic surgery environment (which, to a degree, makes sense for that particular field–but that’s a whole other conversation).

But even if we accept that many celebrities have undergone a cosmetic surgery procedure, it’s difficult to tell which ones. And, at least in part, that’s because these celebs are opting for more subtle results.

And subtle results can be great for all kinds of patients:

  • A small tweak to the nose might be all a patient is looking for from a rhinoplasty.
  • A tiny increase to the size of the breasts is often what breast augmentation patients ask for in the first place.
  • Procedures such as liposuction or tummy tuck are not often publicly visible–but they can increase confidence and self-esteem in a way that is certainly perceptible.
  • Non surgical procedures such as Botox or dermal fillers can produce incredibly subtle effects that make the patient appear more youthful.

These days, patients have any number of options when it comes to producing subtle impacts on the way you look.

Looking Forward to Next Year

The Academy Awards are always a great place to learn about what’s happening in the world of Hollywood. And because celebrities tend to be trendsetters, it’s important to look to that world to see what might be available soon in your own.

Ultimately, what’s important is that you end up with surgery and cosmetic options that suit you and the results you want to achieve. Knowing which celebrities underwent what procedures can be interesting–and inspiring.

But what’s more important is what you can achieve for yourself. Did the 2019 Oscars teach us anything about plastic surgery? Sure–they taught us that the best results to focus on are yours.


About the Author: Dan Voltz is a marketer who has been writing about plastic surgery for over four years. He’s constantly talking with plastic and cosmetic surgeons to ensure he gets the most up to date information possible.

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