Oscar Season Overhaul
Celebrities pull out all the stops for award season, especially the Oscars. The Academy Awards set off a flurry of activity in Hollywood among all cosmetic and fashion-related businesses.
Plastic surgeons particularly see a spike in procedures during award season. Dr. Stuart Linder of Beverly Hills has appeared on such networks as CBS, MTV, E! Entertainment Television, and the Discovery Health Channel. He has many celebrity clients that visit him throughout the year and before high profile events like the Oscars. Famous stars want to keep their plastic surgery visits a secret. At Dr. Linder's practice, special accommodations are made for celebrities so that their visits are kept under the radar. "Celebrity clientele are sent to private aftercare facilities in the Beverly Hills area so that they may heal in a comfortable postoperative environment with a professional nursing staff," explains Dr. Linder.
Just what nips and tucks are stars requesting before the big event? Take a look below.
1. Ready For Your Close-Up
The most requested procedures during award season are minimally-invasive treatments for the face. Dr. Linder gets many clients wanting "Botox® [for] the crow's feet and the frown lines of the forehead," he says. Wrinkle fillers like Restylane® and collagen can be injected into any lines around the eyes and on the forehead that do not smooth out completely with Botox®. Botox® and wrinkle fillers can be done less than a month before the big event. Mild chemical peels and microdermabrasion can be done in as little as one week before to allow time for redness, peeling, and flaking to subside, giving the face a nice glow just in time for the red carpet.
2. "You know how to whistle don't you..."
Screen legend Lauren Bacall finished that sentence with the classic line, "You just put your lips together and blow." Hollywood actresses know that how their mouth looks is almost as important as what comes out of it. Celebrities looking for a fuller pout like Angelina Jolie and Kerry Washington get a little help from people like Dr. Linder. Collagen or Restylane is used to plump up the lips for the sexy siren look. Celebrities will get lip augmentation at least 2 weeks before a public appearance to allow time for swelling to go down. Lines around the lips can be filled in with wrinkle fillers also, giving your mouth a picture-perfect appearance.
3. Filling Out The Dress
Hollywood actresses adore strapless and deep-cut evening gowns. They also love accessorizing it with full cleavage. Dr. Linder says "breast augmentation will be performed at least two to three months prior to the Oscars to allow for the swelling and healing process to occur." If this procedure is done too soon before the awards, the actress' dress may not fit properly due to swelling. Enough time is needed "so that the celebrity patient will look perfect for the awards," Dr. Linder tells us. Some stars also use wrinkle fillers to minimize the appearance of vertical lines between the cleavage.
4. No Body-Double Needed
In addition to rigorous exercise and dieting, some actors and actresses get a few areas nipped and tucked before the big night. Dr. Linder notices his practice has "a slight increase in numbers of procedures for body sculpting" during Oscar season. Liposuction requires a three month recovery period before considering a walk down the red carpet. You'll notice at the Oscars that nearly every actor has a Baywatch-style tan in the dead of winter. Self-tanning businesses receive a lot of business during this season. Some go so far to accommodate their celebrity clients that they'll render the treatment in the stars' home for their convenience.
5. I'd Like to Thank the Academy
If you are fortunate enough to be in the running for a little gold statuette, you might want to do a little more for your hands than the usual manicure. Chemical peels and other exfoliating treatments can lessen the look of sun damage, including brown spots, freckles and fine wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid fillers and collagen can also be injected to plump up bony hands just in time for that acceptance speech.
So are you ready for your big event? On iEnhance, you can find information on many different types of procedures from teeth whitening to facelifts. If we can learn anything from the stars it would be that it never hurts to put your best face forward.