Celebrity Plastic Surgery: What’s the Golden Ratio of Beauty?

Many celebrities seem to have a flawless face and body. One example is former Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham, who revealed she enhanced her looks through plastic surgeries. Some would argue celebrities like her have achieved the “golden ratio of beauty.”

There are also fans who pay big bucks to look like celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, and Brad Pitt. What is the “perfect” look and is it possible to achieve? Showbiz Cheat Sheet chatted with Orlando-based plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Trevisani about what the golden ratio of beauty means and if it’s possible to achieve.

Showbiz Cheat Sheet: What is the golden ratio of beauty?

Former 'Teen Mom' star Farrah Abraham | Amanda Edwards/Getty Images
Former ‘Teen Mom’ star Farrah Abraham | Amanda Edwards/Getty Images

Dr. Thomas Trevisani: The term golden ratio has its roots in ancient Greece. Another name for it is Phi, named after a Greek sculptor. It’s a way of measuring and determining aesthetic ratios that are determined to be optimal for appearance and function. The term has applicability in almost all aspects of life, including architecture, art, music, and graphic design.

CS: Which celebrities are considered aesthetically ‘perfect’?

Kim Kardashian | JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP via Getty Images
Kim Kardashian | JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP via Getty Images

TT: Beauty, in and of itself, is a very arbitrary determination. In the world of aesthetics, it can be applied to not only humans but many aspects of our lives in nature. Personally, I believe Hollywood has moved away from female classic beauties. For example, who can compare to Audrey Hepburn? Plus, we cannot forget Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly, Vivien Leigh, and my favorite, Greta Garbo. Now from the male standpoint, George Clooney, Cary Grant, and Brad Pitt come to mind quite readily.

CS: Is it possible to achieve the golden ratio of beauty through plastic surgery?

Kylie Jenner | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic
Kylie Jenner | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

TT: Generally speaking, in-person attractiveness can be quite different than on-camera attractiveness. There are relationships in the face that can be improved with plastic surgery. It’s a challenge to change the length with relationships, but in the extreme sense, it is possible.

It’s a challenge to change the length to the width versus the forehead to the middle third, to the lower third of the face. In other words, it’s more anatomically feasible to alter the upper third of the face, the middle third of the face with a nose surgery, and the lower third of the face with chin augmentation, than it is to alter the length of the face to the width. In some instances, this may require deep bony work to both the skull and the jaw.

CS: What are the pros and cons of trying to achieve a ‘perfect’ celebrity look?

TT: I tell my patients that perfection by definition is unattainable, but that does not preclude our committed and focused attempt to achieve it. What that means, is within the given anatomy of a particular person we can create, in the right hands, the best-looking face possible.

Rather than strive for the perfect look, I tell my patients to focus on being and looking the best they can within their God-given gifts. The cons of trying to be perfect can be mentally taxing. Some, although rare, become obsessed with their appearance and in so doing develop a very unattractive appearance and personality. So just as we strive for balance and harmony in our appearance we need to strive for balance and harmony in our mind and in our behavior.  

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