During award season, celebrities from all different industries walk the red carpet with flawless faces. The secret to their red-carpet beauty looks is very often the result of plastic surgeries. High cheekbones, plump lips, and proportioned noses are some of the most seen results in celebrity culture. According to a survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), 97 percent of AAFPRS members think that celebrities have an influence on facial plastic surgery.
Cardi B made headlines recently after posting an Instagram live discussing her recent procedure. She mentioned that she had to cancel some of her shows following surgery in order to heal properly. In an interview with ET Online, the 26-year old rapper said “It is just such a long, hard process, almost like the same process as after you give birth to a baby and you see your body change and snapping it back.”
Recovery time is dependent on the type of procedure you get done, however similar steps are required, especially for facial surgeries. “You can prolong the bruising and swelling if you do not follow your surgeon's instructions to the tee,” says Mary Lynn Moran, M.D., F.A.C.S., and 2019/2020 president elect of the AAFPRS.
For facial surgeries, which are popular among celebrities and young adults, Moran recommends that patients keep their head elevated at 45 degrees or higher to reduce bruising and swelling. Additionally, patients should avoid any strenuous activities, like performing on stage. Most importantly, all patients should follow their doctor’s recovery instructions in detail and ask questions if something doesn’t make sense, says Daria Hamrah, M.D., F.A.A.C.S. at Nova Surgicare.
You would think that billionaire celebrities would have the most relaxing, easy recovery process. In reality, they face the same challenges that any patient would experience. Phillip R. Langsdon, M.D., F.A.C.S., and president of AAFPRS says that the only difference is that celebrities may need to coordinate their public appearances or media production around their procedure. Other than that, celebrities heal the same as any other patient. “A patient is a patient regardless of how many followers they have on Instagram,” says Norman Rowe, M.D. of Rowe Plastic Surgery.
Yet not all patients, including celebrities, follow their doctor’s recovery recommendations. Cardi B didn’t want to let her fans down and went on to perform at a concert in Memphis, TN. this past month, against her doctor’s order. However, more recently, the rapper decided to cancel her Memorial Day Weekend Baltimore show after the recovery caught up with her.