As part of my consultations, I invite patients to bring in photographs to help demonstrate their desired look. Often these are photos of the patient herself or himself, at a younger age, a happier time, or a lower weight. And sometimes these are photos of celebrities who have enviable noses, breasts, or abs.
Although most of us realize that celebrity magazines rely on photoshop for their glossy editorial looks, I am always amazed by the extent to which photoshop governs prevailing beauty standards. While I am an advocate of being your best self and of the transformative power of plastic surgery, I also believe that we as a society need to be a little easier on ourselves-- particularly given that our preeminent beauty icons look vastly different in person versus in print or on screen.