Ever wonder how the models and celebrities look so good in fashion magazines? Good makeup, ideal lighting and a skilled photographer can highlight a person’s best features while avoiding less favorable areas. However there is one other technique that can result in the most dramatic changes for those wanting to show off their face or bodies. For more details, watch this YouTube video (and for a change, it has nothing to do with plastic surgery).

“Although this video is a spoof of the all too common practice of modifying actual photographs to achieve better results, it should allow us to reflect on how realistic are the images we see everyday in magazines and advertisements. Knowing that many, if not most, of such pictures are modified should help us better accept our own bodies. While plastic surgery is one way of making a change, realistic expectations and comfort with one’s own body – regardless of what the media portrays – is just as important in maintaining high self-esteem and a proper body image.”

Karol A. Gutowski, M.D.