Rose McGowan’s Hollywood Reporter Op-Ed Highlights the Issues around Plastic Surgery Gossip and Controversy, says Dr. J

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Commenting on the op-ed and the online criticism of Renee Zellweger, the Beverly Hills-based plastic surgeon notes that, while we all have feelings about the appearance of others, it’s good sense and good manners to be cautious about expressing them.

Beverly Hills-based plastic surgeon Dr. Payam Jarrah-Nejad, aka Dr. J

It is therefore best if all of us exercise a great deal of care in commenting on people we think might have had a procedure and making any kind of judgment at all in public, if only out of politeness.

A recent guest op-ed in the Hollywood Reporter written by actress Rose McGowan takes Variety film critic Owen Gleiberman severely to task for a piece entitled “Renee Zellweger: If She No Longer Looks Like Herself, Has She Become a Different Actress?,” which was inspired by the critic’s response to a trailer for the upcoming film, “Bridget Jones’s Baby.” Beverly Hills-based plastic surgeon Payam Jarrah-Nejad, M.D., F.I.C.S., F.A.C.S., better known to his patients as Dr. J, notes that the controversy highlights a sensitive subject that is, nevertheless, not generally treated with enough sensitivity by the media and many members of the public.

Dr. J notes that there are countless reasons why patients may obtain a plastic surgery, and they may range from trying to stay active in a highly competitive career to extremely intimate personal motivations. He notes that it is therefore best if all of us exercise a great deal of care in commenting on people we think might have had a procedure and making any kind of judgment at all in public, if only out of politeness.

Noting that much of the discussion around actress Renee Zellweger in particular has to do less with people’s opinions about her current appearance than with a perceived change from her former looks, Dr. J goes on to say that all of us change our appearance as we age and, while plastic surgeons can do a great deal to improve a patient’s appearance, they do not have the power to actually turn back the hands of time. Therefore, notes Dr. J, a patient who has received a significant procedure should enjoy an improved, more youthful appearance in most cases, but she won’t necessarily look exactly the same as she did in a prior decade.

Even so, Dr. J adds, the only opinion about a plastic surgery that actually matters belongs to the patient.
Dr. J also notes that it’s particularly important that we all work to avoid the harsh, judgmental attitude so many online writers and commenters adopt about people who we think have received a procedure. First and foremost, he notes, it’s simply unkind.

Celebrities might be public figures but, believe it or not, Dr. J adds, they are also people with feelings and saying unpleasant things about them serves no good purpose. Moreover, while some of us might have strong sociological or even political views about altering our appearance through plastic surgery or other means, there is no need to make examples of particular individuals who are only trying to look and feel their very best, Dr. J adds.

Ultimately, of course, Dr. J concludes that plastic surgery is ultimately only between a patient and his or her doctor. Readers who are interested in a procedure may call Dr. J’s office at 310-683-0200 or visit http://www.DrJPlasticSurgery.com.

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