The New Celebrity Trend Toward Surgical Transparency
For as long as plastic surgery has existed, people have shied away from revealing that they’ve undergone work. There has always, to some degree, been an unfair stigma against those who seek outside help to look their best, and it doesn’t help that the breadth and purpose of plastic surgery are misunderstood; ask the average person about their opinion on cosmetic procedures, and they’ll probably bring up celebrity horror-shows like Jocelyn Wildenstein, Mickey Rourke, and Janet Jackson, all of whom look more feline than human.
The truth, though, is that recently, the accessibility and influence of plastic surgery have blossomed. Thousands, if not millions, of previously unwilling people have become enthusiastic patients of their own, and largely under the influence of their favorite A-listers, many of whom have posted about their experiences with plastic surgery on social media. In this regard, 2021 was one of plastic surgery’s biggest years yet.
Here are a few of its proudest and most important moments.
Marc Jacobs’ Deep-Plane Facelift
In July of 2021, Marc Jacobs, one of the world’s leading fashion giants, announced that he had received an Extended Deep-Plane Facelift from Dr. Andrew Jacono. He took to social media to document, in incredible detail, his recovery experience, sharing daily selfies with his endlessly supportive audience.
“A big frustration among the public is that highly influential individuals seem to be genetic mutants and make the rest of us feel like we’re not up to par,” says Dr. Jacono. “But the truth is, there’s a certain point in all of our lives when we can’t fix specific insecurities without surgery. Only adding to the confusion is the fact that people who look good rarely talk about it openly. So, when someone of Marc’s status shares his surgical experience, it sends a message that, yes, it’s possible to look like yourself, it’s not as bad as you might think, and you can get the results you want without looking like you had bad plastic surgery.”
Now, Marc looks just like himself, only fifteen years younger, and he is as confident as ever in his decision to announce his foray into cosmetic surgery. If he can be open, why shouldn’t everyone?
Khloé Kardashian’s Nose Job
The Kardashians are no strangers to gossip about their appearances, and Khloé is no exception. During the Keeping Up With the Kardashians reunion episode back in June, Khloe admitted that she had gotten a nose job and a number of injections—she didn’t specify which, but Dr. Jacono thinks these were likely Restylane, Belotero, or BOTOX.
“What’s great about Khloé’s transparency is that she not only revealed that she had undergone surgery, but that she had a rather intimate history with injectables,” says Dr. Jacono. “When most people talk about cosmetic procedures, they usually gravitate toward the most involved operations—browlifts, neck lifts, and facelifts—but often, patients visit my office seeking something slightly more subtle, and I am always happy to recommend the perfect injectable or combination of injectables. They’re practically painless and take only a few minutes, and there is almost no recovery time.”
Chrissy Teigen’s Continued Openness
Chrissy Teigen has a long, powerful history of being transparent about her cosmetic work, especially on Instagram. In September 2021, she revealed that she had recently had fat excised from her cheeks, otherwise known as a buccal fat removal.
“Buccal fat removal is a wonderful way to make the cheekbones look more prominent,” adds Dr. Jacono. “If you have too much buccal fat between your cheekbones and the overlaying skin, your face can look a lot puffier than you want.”
Later on, in November, Teigen also discussed her experience with an eyebrow transplant: transferring hair from the back of her head to the very front. Since the star rarely wears makeup, she was excited about the results and was sure to post about them all over her social media pages.
If there is anything to learn from 2021, it’s that there’s no shame in trying to look your best—own yourself and your self-care, and don’t let anyone drag you down!