Cosmetic surgery is a booming business. According to Tamaron Hall on the Today Show this morning, there were 14 million nips and tucks of all sorts in 2011. Some try to reverse the ravages of aging: the wrinkles, the crows' feet, the sagging flesh. Others seek a sexier, more alluring, look, a la breast enlargements or reductions. Or lip enhancements. The Today Show report focused on the pitfalls of the latter. The goal is the luscious lips of Angelina Jolie. The kisser to die for. But instead, the result often is "trout pout". A decidedly unsettling long face. Melanie Griffith, Lara Flynn Boyle, and Leslie Ash bear witness to this unintended consequence.
Mission Impossible actress Emmanuelle Beart is spearheading a campaign to raise public awareness of the dangers of lip enhancement, and plastic surgery in general. In an interview with Le Monde, the French newspaper, Beart was clear in her indictment: "I had my mouth done at 27. It was botched. Today I would say, 'I am against plastic surgery. It's a grave act. An act that touches the soul. It was frightening'.
In an era that is fixated on physical beauty, Beart's campaign may be a forlorn hope. Celebrities have many personal and professional incentives to invest in the practicality of plastic surgery. And, when you think of it, among those living in a fish bowl, trout pout should be right at home.