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Nov/Dec 2015

Considerations for Achieving a Natural Face in Cosmetic Procedures

Author Affiliations
  • 1Chicago Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago
  • 3DeNova Research, Chicago, Illinois

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JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2015;17(6):395. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2015.1004

“Doctor, I always wanted plastic surgery, but yesterday I saw a woman and her face looked so strange. She must have had something done. I can always tell when somebody has had cosmetic surgery, and I want to look natural. Do you know what I mean?”

How do we answer such a question? Do we know what “natural” looks like? Perhaps the greatest barrier preventing an interested patient from seeking a cosmetic surgical or medical treatment is the fear of appearing unnatural. Such concern is not bound by religion, culture, or geographic borders. Patients worldwide are increasingly apprehensive about having an overtly altered, plastic-like appearance.