Summary: There’s no denying that plastic surgery is popular with celebrities. There are, in fact, entire websites devoted to the topic (and some websites that dabble, such as our own). But lately we’ve been noticing that celebrities are taking control of the narrative, getting into the game. Is it a good thing that celebrities are being more open about their plastic surgery? We tend to think so, and we’ll explain why.
Just How Popular is Plastic Surgery with Celebrities?
It’s no secret that we talk a lot about celebrities and plastic surgery. Not just on this site; the internet is full of celeb plastic surgery news and rumors. There are plenty of reasons for this (some of which we’ll get into), but one of the things that I find fascinating is that sometimes we never even stop to ask why: why is plastic surgery such a popular option with celebrities? And why do we care so much about whether or not Angelina Jolie has had work done?
I think the answers to these questions are both related and complicated. If we look at the short version, we can see that celebrities will get plastic surgery because their looks have a great deal of social capital—that is, their looks can get them work. I’m not necessarily trying to make a value judgment on this, but I don’t think it’s controversial to say that Hollywood can be a very, very shallow place. And for women especially, getting work can be contingent on looking young and pretty.
Since most of us like to remain employed and getting paid, there’s no denying that many in the entertainment industry feel a large amount of pressure to look good—and to combat aging.
Why Do We Care?
It used to be that celebrities were quite close-lipped about the work they’d had done. That’s changing, however. More and more celebrities are simply up front about the work they’ve had done. Most recently, NeNe Leakes, star or Real Housewives of Atlanta admitted to the rhinoplasty procedure she recently underwent. Before that, stars such as Iggy Azalea were known to be quite open about their procedures (in Azalea’s case, it was a breast augmentation).
There are a few reasons this is important. For better or worse, celebrities often function in a kind of role-model capacity. Some of them are good, some of them are bad, but at the end of the day, we kind of want to be like some of them; we even want to look like celebrities. For a while, celebrities (very broadly speaking) seemed invested in the notion that they achieved their look completely naturally. The trend seems to be changing in favor of transparency.
Because the fact of the matter is that our biology can limit what we can achieve naturally. Celebrities achieve their looks with the help of plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures—and most of us will need the same to replicate those looks.
Following the Footsteps of Celebrities
There’s also little denying that when a procedure gets popular with celebrities, it also gets popular with the rest of us. That’s pretty natural (and, to be sure, it doesn’t always work that way—some procedure blow up well before any kind of celebrity endorsement). However, generally speaking if a Tummy Tuck gets popular in Hollywood, a Tummy Tuck in Milwaukee isn’t far behind. These days, the following procedures are incredibly popular with celebrities:
- Rhinoplasty: Changing the shape of the nose
- Lip Augmentation: Increasing the size and fullness of the lips
- Botox: This injectable, which eliminates lines and wrinkles, is almost always in fashion
- Butt Augmentation: Perhaps the most popular formulation of butt augmentation is the Brazilian Butt Lift
- Dermal Fillers: These injectables can diminish lines and wrinkles, if only temporarily
That these procedures are also popular nationwide is, of course, no coincidence. In fact, I’ve come to the belief that plastic surgery and the celebrities who get it form a kind of symbiotic relationship, especially when those celebrities are open and honest about the procedures they’ve had performed.
Careful to Respect Privacy
Of course, that openness and honesty is a choice. And it’s a choice that celebrities are neither forced or compelled to make; nor should they be. After all, they have as much right to privacy as you or I do (even if the constant media attention makes this relatively difficult to actually achieve). In other words, we should not expect celebrities to be overly honest with us, especially when it might damage their image (which is itself quite valuable).
And while we shouldn’t make assumptions about what this or that celebrity has gotten done, the fact that so many celebrities have gotten plastic surgery should be at least a little empowering. It means we don’t have to feel bad about getting a little nip and tuck to achieve our desired looks. It’s not “cheating.” It’s playing by the same rules as our role models—finally.