I have never been to France. I’ve actually never been outside of North America, but that’s beside the point, being that I have never seen the Eiffel Tower in person. And yet, while I cannot say for sure, I am almost positive that I would never look at it and think, Now that’s a nose. Apparently, women in China are getting their noses altered to resemble the most famous piece of structure ever to have frat boys lie on their backs and pretend it’s an erect penis for their new Facebook photos.
Ads for the plastic surgery, created by surgeon Wang Xuming, are all over the city of Chongqing and feature a woman whose nose is juxtaposed with the French icon. The procedure is approximately $10,000 USD, which is unpleasant in and of itself, but then you realize that it also involves making your nose bigger by removing tissue from your forehead. Now, I’m no doctor, perhaps this is actually a very normal rhinoplasty secret, but from your forehead? Agh, no me gusta. According to Wang Xuming, though, the operation has only done positive things for his patients’ lives:
“We are influenced by the beauty of Eiffel Tower, we are not content to just add something to the nose, we reconstruct it.
“Some students face a lot of employment pressure after graduation, if their facial features are good, they’ll have more chance of finding a job.
“We’ve had students getting the Eiffel Towernose, it’s helped them a lot.”
Effel Towernose? Talk about pretentioplasty (okay, that was it, no more poorly thought out combo words for the rest of this post). No, but really–structuring your nose to look like French architecture sounds like something from a terrible MTV: True Life episode that would presumably also include a guy trying to get biceps that look like the Taj Mahal.
We all have our insecurities and self image stuff, though, and since some people choose to deal with those via plastic surgery (myself potentially included), this type of thing is wholly up to the ones getting it. That said, trendy surgeries that involve imitating specific people’s faces, or in this case a building, are often fleeting and aiming primarily for brief notoriety and news coverage rather than long-lasting quality and time-tested results.