For many people, the idea of actually looking like your partner is sort of creepy, no matter how much you love them. It’s said people and their dogs look alike over time, but no one goes to a plastic surgeon asking to resemble a dachshund or a Doberman. Still, a trend called beauty matching is taking off in some parts of the world, and it consists of exactly what it sounds like. Partners undergo plastic surgery so they will resemble each other.
Right now, beauty matching is big in the Middle East, especially Dubai and Beirut. Medical tourism is a flourishing business in both cities. The most common beauty matching surgeries are tummy tucks and liposuction, which makes sense. With these procedures, couples are making their bodies look better, but not necessarily the same. It’s when the process includes matching facelifts that it gets a little weird. It’s not unusual for one half of a couple to see the good results of a plastic surgery performed on the other person and think they, too, could use a nose job or some dermal fillers. It has been unusual for the other person to want the same procedure done so his or her partner can look more like twins, or at least relatives.
Some plastic surgeons see the beauty matching trend as an example of body dysmorphia, a mental disorder in which people obsess over perceived flaws in their appearance. Plastic surgeons often see patients who want to look like a certain celebrity, but most of the time that simply isn’t realistic. The same holds true for those wanting to look like their significant other. People suffering from body dysmorphia often experience other mental health issues. The goal of plastic surgery is making a patient look their very best or take years off their looks, rather than transform them into an unrecognizable person.
Of course, there’s a downside to beauty matching. Just as it’s never advisable to tattoo your beloved’s name on your body – it appears to raise the risk of breaking up – the same principal applies to beauty matching. Maybe your relationship is truly “til death we do part” and you’ll grow old together looking pretty much alike, but if there’s a split, you’ll end up reminded of your ex every time you look in the mirror. Such people may find themselves undergoing plastic surgery to look like they did before.If you’re considering cosmetic surgery and want to learn more about your options, contact us. Our Plastic Surgery Portal representatives will book you a free consultation with a plastic surgeon in your area today!