Observer interviews plastic surgeon Ms Angelica Kavouni. Beauty reimagined: 500 years of Botticelli

3247 Beauty reimagined: 500 years of Botticelli

The plastic surgeon: Angelica Kavouni

When we have a consultation with a patient, it’s not always that they want to look “beautiful” as such. Ultimately we are trying to work out what the patient finds unpleasant about themselves. They might have a bend in their nose, or some other “imperfection” that they are quite happy with, but they don’t like some other thing, like the lines on their face.

I think it’s deeply inherent: we know what beauty is when we look at it, but there are lots of other factors putting pressure on it, too. Beauty is something that makes you feel good: when you look at a beautiful face you feel optimistic, positive, happy and so on. Otherwise it’s hard to categorise, because there are so many variables. There are various classical ideas, about symmetry, high foreheads, the shape of the eye, etc, but then you have to think about race, sex, age and cultural influences. It gets very complicated. Recently there has been a shift towards a leaner, more sporty look. And even the supermodels now, like Kate Moss or Cara Delevingne, have “interesting” features rather than being classically beautiful, like someone like Christy Turlington.

Sometimes patients want something that just doesn’t suit their face: fuller lips is a common example. Some patients want to conform to an ideal even if it’s not going to suit them. You tell them that you won’t do it, but they don’t listen, and they find a doctor that will do what they think they need. You’ll always be able to find someone willing to do what you want. Perhaps a third of the patients I see do exactly that.

Working as a plastic surgeon probably does make me think harder about my own appearance. I’m vain, and I would like to look well groomed. But I think that it’s a cycle: if you feel good, you look good, and if you look in the mirror and look good then you feel better. I used to do a lot of work with HIV patients: the early medications could cause significant disfigurement, and there was a stigma associated with the skeletal look they got. People might argue that the surgery was “cosmetic”, but it drastically improved their quality of life. It wasn’t an added extra, it was central to their character.

About Ms Angelica Kavouni FRCS EBOPRAS Cosmetic Surgeon

Ms Angelica Kavouni MD FRCS EBOPRAS With a wealth of experience in private practice spanning 15 years and a regular TV, online and print media contribution, Angelica has secured her place as one of London’s prominent cosmetic plastic surgeons. Angelica has developed a reputation for her signature natural result Career Facelift® which blends minimal procedures with state-of-the-art anti-ageing treatments.  Her expertise also includes post pregnancy breast and body contouring and vaginal rejuvenation. Angelica is committed to safety and standards and her attention to detail is legendary. The Kosme Skin Clinic …where anti-ageing professionals and state-of-the-art skin rejuvenation meet Kosme Skin Clinic is a unique skincare destination. Not only a stand-alone non-surgical unit housing state-of-the-art solutions for all skin issues, the Kosme Skin Clinic acts as an invaluable adjunct to the surgical facility also based at 129 Harley Street. Our experienced aesthetic nurse practitioners work to Medical Director Ms Angelica Kavouni’s own exact standards, delivering high-end care to all patients. Def: Kos-me…preservation, restoration, or enhancement of natural appearance Ms Angelica Kavouni GMC: 4002006 129 Harley Street London W1G 6BA t: 020 7486 9040 w:
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2 Responses to Observer interviews plastic surgeon Ms Angelica Kavouni. Beauty reimagined: 500 years of Botticelli

  1. Geraldine Beaton says:

    Very interesting and insightful.

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