Blake Lively is well know for being a star on “Gossip Girl.” In my world of facial plastic surgery, she is cited by my patients as being an example of good rhinoplasty. I often ask patients, “whose nose do you like?” I usually get the answer that they don’t want anyone else’s nose, but one that suits their face. They want a nose that minimizes their own prominent or exaggerated features, whether its a bulbous tip or prominent hump, but still looks like their nose. In essence, they want to soften or miniaturize their nasal features that they feel are too strong or distracting, which do not blend with their face, and stand out in prominence. They are almost like caricatured features that disrupt the harmony of the face, because they focus our attention on them. Yet, these patients don’t want to get rid of these features. Usually they just want to visually “soften” them. My patients don’t want to be someone else, they just want to be a better version of themself. This is a great misunderstanding among people who malign plastic surgery as an attempt by insecure people to change their identity into someone that they naively believe will feel more comfortable to them. The vast majority of patients still want to look like themselves. In fact, they often don’t even want anyone to notice they’ve changed. Really.
This is where Blake Lively comes in. She was a successful actress before her rhinoplasty, and a beautiful woman. In fact, with my actor/model patients they are making a good living with the face they have. They just want to fix a few flaws or refine what they have, in order to get to the next level in their career. In Blake Lively’s case, she had a prominent tip that was wide and downwardly pointed, especially when smiling. She also had a matching wide nasal bridge. In her rhinoplasty, she had some tip cartilage removed, the tip defining points narrowed, and her tip rotated up. In addition, her bridge was slightly lowered and substantially narrowed. Her look was not substantially changed, however. Her tip is simply miniaturized and repositioned. It’s still her tip. Her bridge is simply transformed to match her new tip.
She is still Blake Lively, just a better Blake.