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Avoiding Bad Plastic Surgery: The Smell Test

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If someone you care about is considering plastic surgery and you’re not sure it’s a good idea, you can be in a tricky position. Who are you to rain on her parade? Even if you’re not a fan of plastic surgery in general, you acknowledge it’s her choice to do what she wants with her body.

But within reason, right? What if you suspect that the procedure she’s planning simply doesn’t make sense for anyone? That your friend could soon end up an example of plastic surgery gone wrong? Here are four ways to tell when plastic surgery plans just don’t pass the smell test.

1) Inspiration from Celebrity Plastic Surgery

If your friend is enamored of a current celebrity and is considering cosmetic surgery to get “the look,” it’s worthwhile to have a serious conversation about the idea. Many patients are ultimately very disappointed with their results for a couple of reasons.

First, the favorite celebrity’s prized feature, such as Angelina Jolie’s famous lips or Jennifer Garner’s dimples, may not be so easy to attain. Lips and dimples are famously difficult to reproduce. Second, patients sometimes find out that a feature that looks right at home on a celebrity face looks strange on their own. You just can’t expect to manipulate body parts like Mrs. Potato Head and look normal.

It’s even worse if your friend is inspired by celebrity plastic surgery. Stars are famous for going overboard—witness Heidi Montag’s 10 procedures in one day. Remind your friend that stars who are known for their surgeries are almost universally criticized. The usual observation is that the celebrity looked better before going under the knife, more like a real person. It’s something to consider.

2) Going to Extremes

Chances are your friend isn’t looking to create the biggest breasts in the world. But even if she’s just planning generous breasts, let’s say size D or double D, make sure she evaluates the risks and drawbacks.

Two leading reasons for saying no to large breasts come to mind. First, unless your friend has the right frame, large breast implants will not look natural.

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