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  • At the recent Miss USA pageant, two contestants stood out the most: the winner, Miss USA Kristen Dalton and runner-up Miss California Carrie Prejean. As plastic surgery often reigns supreme at pageant events, Make Me Heal decided to investigate what’s underneath the pretty faces of these beauty queens.

    It’s easy to see why 22-year old Kristen Dalton of North Carolina won the pageant, with her all-American appeal. But are good looks due to good genes or a good doctor?

    Make Me Heal believes the newly crowned Miss USA is natural from the neck up, but Kristen Dalton may have gotten a breast augmentation as her breasts appear unnaturally round like implants in some photos. However, as our photos are from the official Miss USA site, the perfect size and shape of her breasts could also be attributed to airbrushing or a great bra.

    Kristen Dalton, Plastic Surgery, Miss USA

    Plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn reveals, :Miss USA’s face looks really natural to me. The most common facial surgery among many pageant contestants is a rhinoplasty, but her nose looks pretty unoperated on. Does she have breast implants? Tough call, but the photo in the first gallery suggests this.

    Other experts agree that Kristen may have had a breast augmentation, but that her face remains untouched by needle or knife at this point.

    Dr. Jennifer Walden tells Make Me Heal, “It looks as though Miss USA has had breast augmentation considering you can see the outline of the implant and their perfectly round shape. This is apparent in multiple swimsuit photos. After looking through various headshots, it’s my opinion that she has not had any work done on her nose or lips as they appear very natural.”

    Manhattan plastic surgeon Dr. David Shafer says, “Kristen looks great. It really is impossible to tell if she has had plastic surgery. There a few pictures her breasts look enhanced, but this could also be a great bra. In any case, there is no question why she was crowned Miss USA.”

    Plastic surgeon Dr. Sherrell J. Aston says, “Miss USA Kristen Dalton, winner of Miss USA is undeniably a beautiful woman. However, I suspect that her looks might not be 100% natural. I think she has had breast augmentation but I don’t think she has had any facial surgery. She is young and beautiful and should not do any more procedures for the time being.”

    Carrie Prejean, Plastic Surgery

    Although she didn’t win, runner up, Miss California Carrie Prejean has had her time in the spotlight recently as well. As yet another beauty in the pageant, the 21-year caught the media’s attention when she gave a rather controversial response to a question about her feelings on gay marriage. Carrie is also rumored to be dating Olympian Michael Phelps, adding to her 15 minutes of fame. (See Make Me Heal’s story on Michael Phelp’s plastic surgery).

    It’s a commonly held belief that no one can be as stunning as Carrie without a little knife work, but it seems that Miss California earned her title all on her own, although she may have gotten some cosmetic dental surgery as her teeth are almost too perfectly bright and white.

    Dr. Walden says, “It is hard to tell if Miss California has had breast implants. In the first photo she looks fairly flat compared to her swimsuit photo on the Miss USA website. This may be a result of a padded swimsuit or possibly small implants. One thing I did notice in the media frenzy that surrounded her is that she seems to have very bright white dental veneers that are a bit oversized and cause some lip strain when she talks.”

    Dr. Shafer says, “Carrie looks beautiful. From the pictures it does not appear that she has had surgery. She is a natural beauty.”

    Dr. Aston says, “The controversial Carrie Prejean from California does not appear to have had plastic surgery. She looks very natural to me, and has great proportions.

    Some photos suggest breast augmentation but others look natural. Carrie’s personal beliefs might have gotten in the way of her winning the crown. I’m sure that she will be able to move forward with her career nevertheless.”

    Facial plastic surgery expert Dr. Paul S. Nassif sums up the stars of the recent beauty pageant saying, both young women have had, “No plastic surgery. Pure.”

    Pageant contestants have a way of having scandals arise after accepting their crowns, leading Make Me Heal to wonder if the seemingly perfect young ladies still have plastic surgery skeletons in their closet that have yet to be revealed by less-than-flattering photos soon to appear.

    Read the complete celebrity plastic surgery profile of Kristen Dalton on Plasticopedia and Carrie Prejean on Plasticopedia, the largest celebrity plastic surgery encyclopedia.

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    7 Comments so far

    1. Steven Roddy on April 29, 2009 6:27 pm

      It is always hard from me to tell the difference between plastic surgery and “beauty products” and I have been around pageants for years!

    2. jon on May 8, 2009 2:28 pm

      love how the title to this has HORRIBLE english

    3. Karen Schauer on May 12, 2009 6:59 pm

      These girls are both beautiful, but to be honest, they both look like barbie dolls, too perfect, and it was hard for me to tell them apart at times. Their teeth are especially unbelieveably straight and white. They look as they have had cosmetic dental work. I doubt, also that they drink or eat anything that would stain them. I hear drinking through a straw can keep your whitened teeth white. Regardless, years ago, the beauty contestants were not perfect, they were naturally beautiful. Some actually had different breast sizes, some were small, some were medium, some were extra large – today, the contestants’ breasts all look the same, too! What does all this say to the young women coming up in the world – that you have to be enhanced in some way to be beautiful? Sad commentary on modern “manmade” beauty.

    4. Girl on May 13, 2009 7:11 am

      You guys better update to state that Carrie Prejean has gotten plastic surgery–the pageant confirmed that they paid for her boob job. I think she was beautiful before too, she has great features. Also the title should say “Have..” rather than “has”.

    5. d on May 13, 2009 6:17 pm

      as far as the dental work, i know for a fact all of the winners of the state pageants get veneers. i was in the miss NJ pageant and in the handbook they give you, it tells you all the prizes you get for winning and cosmetic dental surgery is one of them

    6. dd on May 29, 2009 12:24 pm


    7. CMS Application on November 24, 2010 5:07 am

      Interesting article. The article took a lot of thought, which makes reading it more interesting. I may return and take a look at what else you have to write.

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