Patients considering rhinoplasty, facial fillers, or a facelift at our Naples-Fort Meyers practice often bring photos of their favorite celebrities to show their desired results. These “wish pics” may feature Angelina Jolie’s cheekbones, Jennifer Anniston’s nose, or Kylie Jenner’s lips, but it’s not a new trend. And, with Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle, more and more women are requesting cosmetic enhancements to look like the duchess.
Why Meghan Markle?
Markle was hardly a household name before her engagement to Prince Harry. Yet, her story is something of a real-life fairy tale, and she’s become an inspiration to young girls and women across America, especially those with parents of different ethnic backgrounds. Markle grew up in the Los Angeles suburbs and lead a relatively normal life. She pursued an acting career and landed roles in a handful of movies and is now part of the royal family.
Because of this, many women want to look like her and are requesting cosmetic treatments and plastic surgery procedures to accomplish that. What exactly do they want?
Often, rhinoplasty patients want Markle’s nose, which is part of a larger shift away from Barbie-type looks to requests for girl-next-door looks. Markle’s features appear more natural and refined, which is part of a trend in cosmetic procedures.
Choosing Inspiration Photos for Your Facial Plastic Surgery
Though Meghan Markle is what’s hot in the plastic surgery world right now, her features are not a fit for everyone. Choosing a celebrity photo for inspiration is more than just picking your favorite celebrity.
I recommend choosing a celebrity with features that are similar to yours. Few patients want a dramatic change to their looks, and having the same facial shape and features that resemble yours will yield more satisfying aesthetic results in most cases.
And remember that you can find inspiration anywhere; not just celebrities. Photos of family, friends, and even neighbors can help communicate your goals.
Plastic surgeons use inspiration photos as a starting point, but their experience and expertise guide their choices when creating a treatment or surgical plan.
Customizing each procedure to fit a patient’s goals and physical characteristics typically leads to high patient satisfaction. As much as these photos are a helpful tool, they are not the be-all and end-all.
How do I choose a plastic surgeon?
More important than finding the perfect inspiration photo is choosing the right plastic surgeon. You should spend much more time researching surgeons with years of experience in your area rather than researching celebrity photos.
First, make sure your surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). This ensures that your surgeon’s education, training, and experience greatly exceed that of surgeons who are not certified by the ABPS.
What do I look for in before and after pictures?
Once you’ve established the surgeon’s credentials, browse their patients’ before and after pictures. This gives you a good idea of the types of rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, or facelift results the surgeon believes demonstrate their surgical skills. When browsing through real patients before and after photos, look for tell-tale signs of a skilled surgeon such as:
- Natural results
- Imperceptible scars
- Symmetrical results that blend with the proportions of the patient’s face or body
Do not hesitate to ask a surgeon to see more before-and-after photos of actual patients. You should have total peace of mind before choosing a surgeon.
Plastic surgeons should make patient safety their top priority. At our plastic surgery center, we put your needs first and do what’s necessary to help you achieve your goals. We even offer a personal makeover service to have you looking and feeling your best after surgery. Check out our post-surgery perks page to learn more.
If you are considering cosmetic surgery in Fort Myers or Naples and want guidance about what would look best for you, schedule a consultation online or call us at (239) 262-5662, and we will customize a procedure plan just for you.
Originally published January 2018; Updated July 2021