- A nurse practitioner has gone viral for detailing plastic surgery suggestions for actress Natalia Dyer.
- Dyer is best known for her role as Nancy Wheeler on Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”
- Fans immediately called out the now-deleted video and its harmful message.
- Experts warn that this unsolicited “advice” illustrates the growing toxicity of today’s beauty standards.
In a viral tiktok video, Miranda Wilson (user @np.miranda) explained what she would hypothetically do to Dyer’s face as a facial injector. The exhaustive list of suggestions included lip fillers; botox to “help refine the face”; an eyebrow lift; and a chin filler to “make her face look more like a heart shape.”
Wilson has since apologized to a new video— but not before thousands of fans called the comments “strange” and unwarranted about someone’s appearance.
“The fact that plastic surgeons think there’s nothing wrong with going on the internet and reporting anything they’d change about the faces (of people) who haven’t shown them the slightest interest in changing face is weird”, user @_truds_ tweeted.
As a certified facial plastic surgeon himself, Dr Steven Pearlman also questioned the intent of the viral video.
“If someone wants to change their appearance, face or image, so as a facial plastic surgeon, I totally agree. But it’s not up to us to determine and promote our skills by degrading the appearance of anyone, celebrity or not,” he says.
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This impossible beauty standard is nothing new. But experts agree that this unsolicited advice only underscores the growing pressures to conform to a homogenous, unrealistic ideal — not just for stars like Dyer, but also for everyday girls and women.
“We can see how unattainable it is, as demonstrated by this analysis of someone who works in the entertainment industry, someone whose looks are generally high compared to average people. And even those individuals don’t meet those expectations of perfection that seem to exist,” says Elizabeth Daniels, associate professor of developmental psychology at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
If high-profile stars like Dyer aren’t immune to this “laser focus on perfection,” what are the implications for ordinary people?
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The standard of beauty does not have to be unique
The goal of cosmetic surgery shouldn’t be to make everyone look the same, according to Pearlman. Rather, it should be about embracing and enhancing the characteristics that make us unique and beautiful.
But these days, there seems to be a blueprint for beauty: to be considered attractive, you need full lips, a thin jawline, and a button nose. It’s a look few people naturally possess and one that encourages young girls and women to seek out. cosmetic procedures.
“There’s this narrow ideal that gets rid of individuality. But beauty is individuality, and this (TikTok) video is almost trying to make (Dyer) seamless with that idea of perfection,” Daniels says. “Our characteristics are individual. They are unique. And that’s beautiful. Why are we trying to erase that and create this standard to measure everyone against her?”
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The consequences of non-compliance can be deadly: Studies have shown that a focus on youth and thinness can contribute to eating disorders, depression, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts and self-hatred. Experts fear platforms like TikTok will grow in size this risk for impressionable young girls. Besides Wilson, many plastic surgeons, nurse practitioners and injectors have gone viral for sensationalizing Botox and fillers by making unnecessary comments about celebrity appearances — which Pearlman says is a form of “entertainment, not of education”.
“Tagging and bashing someone just for being a celebrity is an easy way to get exposure. Unfortunately, the way doctors and injector nurses get exposure these days is all too often due to sensationalism on social media,” says Pearlman.
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Instead of convincing women that their looks need to be constantly improved, Daniels says focus less on dissatisfaction and more on appreciation.
“People are constantly commenting on each other’s appearance and it’s often meant to be positive. But whatever the intent, you’re taking someone’s attention away from where they may have been on his body,” Daniels said. “So maybe we focus on, ‘How can I cultivate or foster these feelings of body appreciation?’ It seems to be more important for psychological well-being.”
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