Aspiring to look like an icon one finds beautiful or handsome is nothing new, but an alarming number of women and men are taking this to the next level with celebrity lookalike plastic surgery. One woman recently shelled out $25,000 in the hopes of being a Jennifer Lawrence doppelganger.
But are such extremes motivated by a normal desire for self-improvement, or do they cross the line into unhealthy obsession?
The decision to go under the knife is a major one, and whether driven by the effects of aging, true medical concerns, or sheer vanity – plastic surgery is not without risks. But 30 year-old Kitty had such a burning desire to look like the ‘Hunger Games’ star that she opted to take those risks with multiple operations, including fat grafts to her cheeks and buttocks and breast augmentation. Several weeks of recovery later, did Kitty feel the pain and expense were worth it?
“I thought I had a resemblance to Jennifer Lawrence before my surgery and now I think after, my features are more refined to where they resemble her more,” Kitty told ABC News.
Growing up, young women are often told to embrace the skin they’re in. But it appears that a number of Americans (of both sexes and all ages) are not particularly in love with the features they were born with. In fact, they are so devoted or obsessed with another’s appearance that they’ll go to pretty amazing lengths to emulate that look.
For some, the transformation is just a series of minor tweaks: perhaps a new hair color, or bleached eyebrows, or lip augmentation with fillers. Those like Kitty, however, want the whole package and are willing to endure hours on the operating table for a chance to look like someone they adore.
Apparently, such requests are not that rare. Kitty’s plastic surgeon says he gets them all the time, and has had to turn down quite a few prospective clients after assessing their true state of mind. Reputable cosmetic surgeons, who do thousands of consults every year, are tuned into such nuances and can easily spot a good candidate from a bad one.
Some patients want luscious lips like Angelina Jolie’s, or Nicole Kidman’s delicate nose, while others want the boyish looks of Brad Pitt. But what do celebs think when multiple surgeries are needed to achieve a doppelganger look?
A couple of years ago, Kim Kardashian sent out this tweet in response to a hardcore fan that wanted to have surgery to look like her: “Don’t try 2 b someone else.”
Plastic surgeons told CNN that when patients want to transform into a celebrity lookalike, red flags are raised. The line has to be drawn at some point when a doctor has ethical concerns about a patient’s psychological health.
One of the main goals and benefits of plastic surgery is to help a patient boost their self confidence and become comfortable in their own skin.
If you’re thinking about plastic surgery in New York, and would like to speak with a surgeon who is respected for his work and ethical stance when it comes to selecting good candidates who have healthy motivations, please contact the Fifth Avenue office of Dr. Thomas Loeb at 212.327.3700.
NY Daily News, Jennifer Lawrence look-alike spends $25,000 on plastic surgery to mimic ‘American Hustle’ star, http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/jennifer-lawrence-lookalike-spends-25-000-plastic-surgery-article-1.1739535
CNN Health, Celeb lookalike surgery requests raise red flags, http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/07/27/celebrity.lookalike.surgery/
Teen.com, 12 Fans Who Got Plastic Surgery to Look Like Celebrities, http://www.teen.com/2014/01/13/random-stuff/fans-who-got-plastic-surgery-to-look-like-celebrities/#1