Marc Erwin Babej: Mask of Perfection

Patient: O.L., age 22: Botox injected into the right forehead, to correct the asymmetric brows. Rhinoplasty to be performed, to straighten out the nasal dorsum. Filler injected into the nasolabial folds, right upper lip and philtrum, to correct asymmetry and depressions.

 

Patient N.R., age 27: Filler under the eyes, nasolabial folds and partly to the lips, to create a more youthful appearance. Botox injected into the forehead and between the eyes, to smooth out asymmetries.

 

Patient: V.N., age 24: Filler injected to define the cheekbones, for a more dramatic effect. Filler injected into the lower lip, to correct the asymmetry; filler injected to even out jowl area, t0 create a more even appearance. Botox injected into the forehead and between the eyes, to smooth out asymmetries, to create a more sleek appearance.

 

Patient: Y.Z., age 29: Filler injected into the nasolabial folds, lips and cheeks, to even out asymmetries. Rhinoplasty to be performed, to narrow the nose. Botox injected into the muscles just lateral to the eyes, to minimize wrinkles.

 

Patient: J.Z., age 20: Filler placed in the nasolabial folds, lips and cheeks, to even out asymmetries. Botox injected into the region between the eyes, to minimize wrinkling. Narrowing of the nose tip and smoothing of the dorsal hump to create a more feminine nose.

 

Patient: B.K., age 22: Filler into the nasolabial folds, upper lip and jowl area, to even out asymmetries. Botox injected into the muscles between the eyes, to minimize wrinkling.

 

Patient: A.A., age 25: Botox injected into the muscles of the forehead and crow’s feet, to minimize wrinkles. Filler injected into nasolabial folds, to smooth out the depressions. Filler injected into the cheekbones, to create a more symmetrical look.

 

Patient: S.G., age 23: Botox injected into the crow’s feet, to minimize wrinkles. Filler injected into the nasolabial folds, to even out depressions. Filler injected into the upper lip and and philtrum, for more symmetry.

 

Patient: B.W., age 25: Botox injected into the right forehead, to correct asymmetric eyebrows; also into the crow’s feet, to minimize wrinkling. Rhinoplasty to be performed, to straighten the dorsum of the nose. Filler injected into the nasolabial folds and marionette lines, to smooth out depressions.

 

Patient: N.J., age 25: Botox injected into the right forehead, to correct the asymmetric eyebrows, and into the crow’s feet, to minimize wrinkles. Rhinoplasty to be performed, to straighten the dorsum of the nose, narrow it and to create a narrower, more defined, nasal tip. Filler injected into the philtrum and left cheek, to even out depressions.

 

Patient: D.I., age 25: Filler injected into the nasolabial folds, marionette lines on the left and the philtrum, to even out depressions and asymmetries. Rhinoplasty to be performed, to straighten out the nose and build up the dorsum.

 

Patient: M.A., age 24: Botox injected into the forehead, to minimize wrinkles. Filler injected into the philtrum and lower lip, to even out asymmetries. Filler injected into the left nasolabial fold and right cheek, to correct depressions.

 

In Mask of Perfection, Marc Erwin Babej, along with Maria M. LoTempio, MD, take a look at the complex relationship between the subjective beauty society perceives – as compared to the scientific, geometry-based standard applied by most plastic surgeons. The project examines the rise and influence of a standard of beauty that is influencing many in the general public to alter their own appearance – to more closely match that of celebrities who have already adjusted themselves to this standard. Babej’s images of subjects with pre-operative markings by Dr. LoTempio exemplify this radical challenge to the concept of natural beauty. Click here to see the full artist’s statement and learn more about the project. It will premiere at (e)merge art fair in Washington, D.C. and also be presented in a solo show at Amstel Gallery in Amsterdam.

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To see more of Marc’s work, visit his website and Facebook page.