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Phillip Toledano’s latest exhibition, titled, “A New Kind Of Beauty” is heading for Los Angeles. The photo series captures classical portraits of subjects who had extreme cosmetic surgery; each model has undergone a combination of procedures including nose jobs, eyelid lifts, breast and pec implants, and collagen injections. The transformative procedures make the models look almost inhuman, and yet the portraits suggest a new frontier of beauty, perhaps one that has not even fully evolved yet.
The models — dubbed “Botox Botticellis,” by the Daily Mail and other sites — are rendered like traditional Renaissance portraits, semi-nude with their chiaroscuro skin glistening. Rather than being depicted as sensational or abnormal, however, the models appear proud and determined.
What can you say about this?
While many of us in plastic surgery have the goal in mind to enhance that which is natural, there are those who celebrate that which many of us find scary. We have become a society that celebrates the extreme, so why not have models that some would find horrifying proudly proclaiming their differences?
While I support people’s right to modify themselves as they see fit, these are not my patients. If anything, this underscores the fact that plastic surgeons operate under their own particular philosophies and choosing correctly is certainly in a patient’s best interest.
John Di Saia MD