You see it all the time in soaps and cinema. There you see someone who is changed completely, so much so that they live with their friends without being identified. You also hear of international criminals taking another identity reportedly with the help of plastic surgery in some unknown faraway countries. And do you believe this is possible?
Let us examine the facts one by one. Face is the most identifiable part of a person. What can plastic surgery do for the face? Plastic surgery is commonly performed to improve one’s features. Take the case of nose. Plastic surgery can turn a flat nose into a prominent one, a thick nose into a slender and shapely one, a very big nose into smaller one. This is done through concealed scars and no one can make it out. Some people have excessively large or small chin. With plastic surgery bone can be shaped and new bone or an implant can be added to give a pleasing look. People who have flat cheeks can get cheek implants done for better definition of face. Sunken cheeks can be made chubby by injecting fat into them which is sucked out from another part of [persons body with a syringe. If the cheeks are too chubby they can be reduced in size by removing a little fat through a cut inside the mouth. If the lips are too thick they can be reduced in size by cutting out a thin strip and if the lips are too thin they can be made thicker with certain filler injections or by filling them with one’s own tissue by surgery. In older individuals facelift surgery can remove loose skin and make one look 10 years younger. In middle aged people filler and fat injections can smoothen the face and botox injections can remove the wrinkles, making one look younger. The acne or pock marks on the face can be smoothened by dermabrasion surgery. Scars on the face can be removed or improved by plastic surgery. If the ears are shapeless or too big they can be fixed. Double chin can be corrected by sucking out fat. Bald head can grow hair with plastic surgery .
The shape of body can be changed markedly with plastic surgery. Liposuction surgery can remove fat from any part of body and can give an enviable figure. Shape and size of breasts can be changed by plastic surgery. A woman can have a Pamela Anderson look with breast implants . Silicone implants can be placed in buttocks to give them J Lo curves. Implants can be inserted in male chest and calves to give the appearance of bulging muscles. If there is a tattoo or scar anywhere, it can be removed.
People opting for sex change often go for plastic surgery to change from a feminine to musculine look or vice versa. Since they also change their clothing, hair and makeup they can be virtually unidentifiable.
Coming back to the million dollar question, can plastic surgery change one’s identity to the extent that even family and friends do not know? Plastic surgery is commonly done to improve the looks , correct deformities and reverse the signs of aging. After such a surgery person gets compliments that he looks better, or younger and most of the times people do not guess that this is because of plastic surgery. But what if person is already young and he or she has no significant deformity or imbalanced features which require plastic surgery. Theoretically it can still be done by abovementioned procedures but result is usually ugly. For example a beautiful nose can be made crooked .
Even if some of those changes are made person can still be identified by his friends and family due to his body language, voice, expressions , height etc. In other words it is possible in movies but not in real life. Also in real life no plastic surgeon will be willing to do such a job. It is completely unrealistic, unsustainable and sometimes downrightly illegal.It’s a great savior for some of the screen scripts though.