For many people, celebrity admiration is more than just an interest—it’s a part of their identity. This is especially true for people who seek plastic surgery to look more like their idols. This trend has been emerging quickly in the last few years, as it is easier than ever to access photos of stars and dream about how life would be with their seemingly flawless looks. For one fan, that dream became a reality when she pursued a non-surgical “nose job” to look more like her favorite actress, Michelle Keegan.
Unfortunately, Nichola’s Maloney’s story is similar to many others who have sought out plastic surgery: Nichola suffered a sports injury in her school days, creating a large bump on her nose, an injury that could not have been fixed at the time, as children’s noses continue to grow into their mid-teens. Aside from affecting her self-esteem, the deformity led to severe bullying at school, making Nichola feel even worse about the injury. She always knew she wanted some kind of nose re-shaping, but at 23, she decided to take that idea in a certain direction.
A Specific Idea
Nichola had always looked up to former Coronation Street actress, Michelle Keegan, and when she decided to go ahead with non-surgical rhinoplasty, she did what many people do: asked to have her nose shaped to look like the star’s cute, feminine nose. Following her procedure, Nichola has experienced a significant boost in confidence and is extremely happy with her appearance. She is much more comfortable in public, and intends to maintain her results with touch-up procedures in the future. She even got to meet her idol at a charity event, and felt confident enough in her appearance to have her photo taken with the actress.
What is a Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?
Non-surgical rhinoplasty uses hyaluronic acid-based soft tissue filler to smooth indents, improve definition and contour, and make significant changes to the nose. While not as versatile as surgical rhinoplasty, fillers can make marked improvement to the nasal aesthetics. Fillers are minimally-invasive, as they are injected using a fine needle in a procedure that typically takes under an hour. While results are temporary, touch up procedures are only needed every year or so on average.
Rhinoplasty and “Selfie” Culture
“Selfies” are one of the ways people express themselves on social media, but some people with insecurities about their nose simply don’t dare participate in the trend. This is because the angle tends to make the nose look larger, and magnify any flaws that might be present. Nichola herself remarked on this during her interview with the Mirror: “I couldn’t stop looking in the mirror and I was even taking ‘selfie’ pictures of myself – something I’d have never, ever done before.” That is the true goal of plastic surgery—helping people look and feel great—and be comfortable in their own skin.
Drawbacks of Mimicking the Stars
Of course, happy endings don’t happen all the time, unfortunately. There are unhealthy ways to seek rhinoplasty, and people who attempt to have their nose shaped exactly like that of a specific celebrity can find that this backfires in a couple of ways. First, the same features do not work well for every face—balance and harmony is key. A nose that looks great on one person may look strange on another face. Second, patients who choose to mimic the stars may be disappointed by the procedure since they expect a certain look that is simply not attainable. If you’re thinking of choosing a celebrity nose for your procedure, proceed with caution and listen to what your plastic surgeon has to say.
Choosing an Expert
While hyaluronic acid fillers are typically a very straightforward and non-invasive procedure, they do require a great deal of expertise, especially when they are used to re-shape the nose. It is important to seek the skills of a board certified facial plastic surgeon with specific experience and skills in facial fillers. They will be able to give you an honest assessment of your candidacy for the procedure and let you know if your goals can be met with a non-surgical procedure, or if you should consider traditional rhinoplasty.
Dr. Shervin Naderi is a renowned rhinoplasty and facial filler expert, taking on the toughest cases and working with each patient to come up with a custom solution. If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Naderi, call the Naderi Center today to schedule a consultation in Herndon, VA (703-481-0002) or Chevy Chase, MD (301-222-2020).