MTV’s "I Want a Famous Face" Sets a Dangerous Course, Says the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

New York, NY (April 1, 2004) — The new MTV “reality” show, “I Want a Famous Face,” in which young people are encouraged to seek plastic surgery that will make them look more like their celebrity idols, sends the wrong message, says the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). ASAPS is the nation's most prestigious organization of board-certified plastic surgeons specializing in cosmetic surgery.

“Having plastic surgery because you want to look like someone else is the wrong way to start out,” says ASAPS President Robert W. Bernard, MD, a plastic surgeon in White Plains, NY. “Plastic surgery was never intended to change who you are, and to believe that surgery can achieve that will only lead to disappointment.”

One of the things that plastic surgeons evaluate when interviewing prospective patients is whether they have realistic expectations about the potential results of surgery. “I am always wary of situations in which people bring in photos of celebrities and say, ‘I want Cindy Crawford's nose' or ‘Make me look like Brad Pitt.' In most cases, such requests are simply not possible to fulfill, but more important they are indications of unrealistic attitudes toward cosmetic surgery,” says Dr. Bernard.

ASAPS urges that people interested in cosmetic surgery to enhance their appearance first talk with a qualified surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The prospective patient should ask him- or herself the following questions:

•  Am I focused on a specific feature, or features, that I would like to improve?

•  Is my goal to look better, rather than different?

•  Will I still be pleased if cosmetic surgery does not dramatically change my life or relationships?

•  Have I considered, and accepted, that plastic surgery, like any surgery, has risks?

If the answers to these questions are, “Yes,” then cosmetic plastic surgery may be a reasonable choice.

For more information on cosmetic plastic surgery or to find a qualified aesthetic plastic surgeon, visit the ASAPS website at , or call ASAPS at 1-888-ASAPS-11 (272-7711).


The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world's leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; Active Members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic procedures. International Active Members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.


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