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  • Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is best known for his crimes against humanity and dictator-style leadership, but as his reign of terror grows so do rumors of plastic surgery.

    68-year old Muammar al-Gaddafi has been the leader of Libya since a military coup back in 1969, making him one of the longest serving leaders in history. The politician is now making headlines not only for recent protests against his leadership, but also for his unusual looks.

    Gadhafi has had a rough life and his face showcases it. Many suspect that he has had too much plastic surgery, leading to his bizarre appearance. Some have even gone so far as to compare the leader of Libya to actor Mickey Rourke, whose notoriously disfigured face is the result of too many facelifts (See Make Me Heal’s story on Mickey Rourke’s bad plastic surgery).

    Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer says, “Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi has very loose hanging skin on his neck, but not as much in his mid to lower face.  Normally the rate of skin laxity is the same throughout a person’s face. It could be possible that he had a conservative facelift.  His eyes and neck both show significantly more aging than his mid face.”

    While a bad facelift could explain Gaddhafi’s poor appearance, natural aging is more like the result of the pits and folds lining his face.

    Dr. Paul S. Nassif, a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Rhinoplasty Specialist in Beverly Hills, California, “It is unlikely Muammar al-Gaddafi had a facelift performed.  He does not appear to have had any other plastic surgery performed to his face, and his overall appearance is natural.”

    Makemeheal.com wishes the people of Libya a peaceful result to their current conflict.

    Read the complete celebrity plastic surgery profile of the Moammar al-Gaddhafi on Plasticopedia, the largest celebrity plastic surgery encyclopedia.

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