Celebrity Influences on Plastic Surgery

    Landmark Worldwide Survey of Leading Plastic Surgeons

    Jolie, Kidman, Anderson, Loren, Bundchen, Pitt, and Clooney Favored

    NEW YORK, Jan. 28 /CNW/ -- We hear it every day, "Oh, I wish I could look
like Angelina."  Or, "Oh, to have Brad's abs -- I'd do anything."  With
increasing availability of aesthetic plastic surgery, ongoing improvement and
refinements in procedures, and numerous payment plans available, some of these
wishes are coming true.  But do the celebrity images that overwhelm popular
media have any influence on the decisions people make about their plastic

    The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS -
www.isaps.org), the world's leading authority in the field, recently asked
surgeons: What Influences Do Celebrities Have on the Decisions Patients Make?

    The survey was sent to over 20,000 plastic surgeons in 84 countries. 
Surgeons were asked to connect celebrity names with eleven popular procedures
for both men and women.  The findings of this non-scientific, anecdotal
questionnaire revealed fascinating trends.  As the Society's President, Dr.
Bryan Mendelson of Melbourne, Australia observed in a recent interview, "What
we learned from this survey underscores the Society's on-going international
efforts in continuing public education about how to choose the right plastic
surgeon. People need to research a surgeon's training, experience and
affiliations so they can make informed decisions and know what to reasonably
expect from plastic surgery as well as non-invasive procedures."

    If there was any doubt that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are the world's
number one celebrity couple, the ISAPS Survey puts those doubts to rest. Jolie
and Pitt's names came up more often and for more body areas than virtually any
other individuals.   There were also numerous local celebrities who influenced
some choices and a number of references to more classic beauties, leading
among them Sophia Loren followed by Elizabeth Taylor.

    The Survey was included in the electronic version of the Society's
newsletter, ISAPS News, published three times a year in partnership with
Quality Medical Publishing (www.qmp.com), the world's leading publisher of
plastic surgery books, media and online education.

    Breasts and lips were the leading categories for celebrity choices by
women followed by buttocks, nose and abdomen. The categories are listed in
order of popularity.

    Breasts - The clear choice for breast look-alikes was Pamela Anderson,
followed by Brazilian beauty Gisele Bundchen, American pop princess Britney
Spears and Xuxa, a popular Brazilian entertainer. Interestingly, this question
elicited negative comments from surgeons expressing their patients' opinions.
A significant percentage of responding doctors reported that women often
mentioned celebrities they did not want to look like.  Pamela Anderson also
led this group, followed by Dolly Parton and Victoria Beckham.

    Lips - Angelina Jolie was the overwhelming leader as the lips of choice
for women undergoing this procedure. The alternate reference for lips was
Julia Roberts.

    Buttocks - The leading choice was Jennifer Lopez - by a huge percentage.
Other choices included Juliana Paes of Brazil, and Americans Halle Berry and
Sandra Bullock.

    Nose - There was no doubt that Nicole Kidman's nose was a clear favorite
for women around the world. Secondary choices included Julia Roberts, Jennifer
Aniston, Xuxa, and in a nod to classicism, Grace Kelly and Tasmanian born
Princess Mary of Denmark.

    Abdomen - In some cultures, revealing midriffs is a fashion statement.
The favorite choice among women around the world is Giselle Bundchen, followed
closely by Shakira, Demi Moore, Britney Spears (early in her career), and
Thalia (Mexico).

    Eyes - Angelina Jolie was the clear favorite in this category. Catherine
Zeta-Jones, Demi Moore, Michelle Pfeiffer and Salma Hayek were also prominent.
And, proving that cinematic beauty is eternal, there were numerous references
to Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, Catherine Deneuve and Greta Garbo.

    Cheeks - The woman most often referenced was Sophia Loren, followed by
Michelle Pfeiffer, Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie and Marilyn Monroe.

    Legs - There was a three-way tie in this category: Tina Turner, Sharon
Stone and Cameron Diaz, followed by Jennifer Lopez.

    Hair - Though hair implants are not as common for women as for men, the
leading choice was Gisele Bundchen, followed closely by Jennifer Aniston and
Julia Roberts.

    Chin - There was no clear cut leader in this category. Among the names
referenced were Sonia Braga, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts and Charlize Theron.

    Forehead - This was the least referenced category of the eleven choices.
Leading the selections were Nicole Kidman, Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor and Oprah

    Abdomen, nose and eyes were the three top categories for men, followed by
chest, chin and buttocks. The categories are listed in order of popularity.

    Abdomen - Brad Pitt just beat out Matthew McConaughey. They were followed
by action film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jean-Claude Van Damme and
soccer great David Beckham.

    Nose - This category was led by Brad Pitt, followed by George Clooney.
There were numerous mentions by doctors who noted that patients expressed
personal concerns that any procedure would not leave them looking like Michael

    Eyes - The top three men referenced in this category were George Clooney,
Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck.

    Chest - Arnold Schwarzenegger was the overwhelming choice followed by
Paulo Zulu (Brazil).

    Chin - Many more doctors referenced celebrity influences on male chin
procedures than women. The most often referenced were Clooney and Pitt
followed by Kirk Douglas, Ricky Martin, Antonio Banderas and Errol Flynn.

    Buttocks - Here Brad Pitt had the clear lead with Mel Gibson, Ricky
Martin and Paulo Zulu following.

    Cheeks - There was a tie in the category between Clooney and Pitt. Tom
Cruise and Paulo Zulu followed.

    Lips - Clooney and Pitt led followed by Antonio Banderas and Korean movie
star Dong-Kun Jang.

    Hair - Tom Cruise led followed by David Beckham.

    Legs - David Beckham led followed by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    Forehead - Cruise and Pitt tied in this category.

    ISAPS recommendations for choosing the best plastic surgeon:
    1. Determine if the surgeon is board certified or approved by a medical
board to practice plastic surgery specifically.
    2. Ask to speak with former patients who have had the same procedure.
    3. Is the surgeon a trained plastic surgeon? Dermatologists and
gynecologists are not trained in plastic surgery.
    4. Research the prospective surgeon on the Internet. Check their website
or go through Surgeon Finder on the ISAPS website at www.isaps.org.
    5. Society affiliations are very important.  Is the surgeon a member of
the plastic surgery society in his or her country and the International
Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery? Most national societies have membership
requirements that protect the public.

    "One recommendation we always make to patients looking for advice is do
your research," observed Atlanta, Georgia based Dr. Foad Nahai, First Vice
President of the Board of ISAPS and a noted author and professor of aesthetic
plastic surgery. "Women will spend weeks looking for just the right decorator
or dress for an important event - why shouldn't they (as well as men) spend
equally serious time locating the right plastic surgeon."

For further information:

For further information: Tony Staffieri, tonystaf@sover.net, or Rick 
Willis, +61-41-183-9344, both of the  International Society of Aesthetic
Plastic  Surgery

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