TLC has launched Plastic Wives, which showcases wives of several plastic surgeons and their various enhancements. In many cases, it’s a prime example of what happens when plastic surgery is available more or less on tap. One of the stars, Dayna Devon, went so far as to say that a plastic surgeon’s wife is his best advertisement.
There’s a serious side to explore here, too. Plastic surgery should be natural. It should be an art form that produces a more youthful, beautiful, or sculpted appearance that doesn’t go beyond the purely aesthetic. That should be the real advertisement of a plastic surgeon’s work: the inability to tell that the septoplasty included a rhinoplasty or that the barest hint of a lifting procedure has been performed at the same time as a Botox-based filler. All we should see is that the result is one step closer to perfection and it takes a skilled surgeon to achieve it.
There are, however, two people involved: the surgeon and the client. Some clients seem to have lost sight of what is natural, and what is just taut, over-stretched, immobile skin. It’s partly the responsibility of the surgeon to make sure that their clients understand what the result will make them look like.
Part of that is psychological. Dr. Rich Castellano, interviewed by Fox News in the wake of TLC’s new show, reminds us that noticeable plastic surgery has also become a “badge of honor or status symbol” for the very rich.
The clincher is finding a highly qualified and experienced facial plastic surgeonthat can provide the most natural, beautiful results, even if it means saying ‘No’ to the client. It’s part of the reason that people travel to a great cosmetic surgeon – they know that they will receive the best advice and surgery that is so natural-looking that people would have difficulty saying just what they’ve had done.
Yes, Plastic Wives is good television. Yes, we all like to see what happens when someone takes it to the extreme, but that shouldn’t make them role models when all we want to do is look our absolute best.
To look your best, contact facial plastic surgeons Dr. Shervin Naderi and Dr. Jessica Kulak of the Naderi Center for Rhinoplasty & Cosmetic Surgery in Herndon, VA (703.481.0002) and Chevy Chase, MD (301.222.2020).