Will My Face Look Like I Have Had Plastic Surgery?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am going to undergo a variety of plastic surgery procedures on my face in the next few months but I have one big concern. I fear that everyone will know that I had surgery and I will have an obvious look that I have had plastic surgery. While I see the benefits of these procedures I certainly don’t want to broadcast to everyone that I actually had them. I know that seems a bit contradictory (wanting surgery but not to look like I have) but it is just how I feel.

A: The emotion you are describing is incredibly common amongst many patients undergoing a wide variety of surgical facial changes. Very few patients come in and say they want to look ‘done’ or do not care what their social circle of family and friends think. While how significant these facial changes will be is dependent on the exact type and number of procedures done, here is what I tell my patients about this very concern beyond the recovery period.

People know other people’s face in a gestalt or overall appearance, they usually do not recognize the specific details of what makes up a face unless it is a very outstanding feature like a large nose or very short or large jaw. Witness the classic example of a man who removes a long standing mustache and people know something is different but are not sure exactly what. Thus people do perceive a difference in a face, a more pleasing proportion to it, but would be hard pressed in most cases of surgical alteration to ever know what was done exactly…and may not even recognize that it was surgery. ‘You look more refreshed…have you been on vacation…have you lost weight’ are common reactions and thoughts to many after surgery facial changes.

In addition, the general public does not even know that many facial plastic surgery procedures even exist. (e.g., jaw angle implants or chin reduction). People can only recognize plastic surgery procedures that they know. Therefore in many cases of well done (not overdone) plastic surgery, the facial changes are not often appreciated although the overall facial enhancement effect is.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

Can My Face Be Changed To Look A Lot Like Someone Else With Plastic Surgery?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am wanting to change the look of my face I am 20 years old and am very desperate about my appearance. I want to change my facial features like someone else, like maybe a 60% look like that person. I am willing to change my ears and eyes. Is it possible?

A: As a general rule, It is not usually possible for anyone to look like someone else regardless of how much plastic surgery they have. (although there are clearly documented instances where this is not exactly always true as a few people have spent have spent a lot of money on so called celebrity makeovers)  Having said that there are instances where substantial improvements/changes to a face can be made (perhaps a ‘60% look’) based on how close one looks like what their ideal face is. In some cases there may be just a few facial features that is the real difference between two faces and changing these may make that ‘60% look’ possible. I would have to see pictures of your face and your ideal face to see whether such changes may be possible. You have  mentioned the eyes and ears so I am assuming you see these areas as the biggest changes needed.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

Do I Have Realistic Expectations From Plastic Surgery?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I'm not actually interested in any plastic surgery, but I was compelled to write a thank you to you for not trying to make anyone think breast augmentation will give you perfect breasts. Your work looks good, and I'm sure they look even more amazing in person, but it's nice that you're up front. I fully support anyone who wants to change their look, or enhance it. I'm a beautician myself. I just felt I should say thanks for being real. Thank you for your time.

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ppley Plastic Surgery” href=”http://www.eppleyplasticsurgery.com”>plastic surgery can make some very significant improvements, I have yet to see a perfect result. Every result has some flaws and no patient should expect an imperfect problem to turn into a perfect result with surgery. I am sure in your own field every person you do is much better as a result of your work, and some even amazing, but perfection is always elusive. I try to communicate that in all of my work and it is comforting to know that someone else does appreciate that insight.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

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