With summer blockbusters just around the corner, Make Me Heal takes a look at some of the plastic surgery currently playing in theaters, before the studios bring out the big releases.
New father Matthew McConaughey is known for his killer abs and receding hairline. In his new movie, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, both are readily on display.
Matthew McConaughey has long struggled with hair loss (See Make Me Heal’s story on Matthew McConaughey’s Hair Transplant), but recently, it has been looking better than ever.
Hair restoration expert Dr. Alan Bauman reveals, “Matthew’s hair has been on the rebound for a while now. Publicly, to my knowledge, he’s denied surgical intervention and equates the regrowth to a magical topical potion. However, physicians will agree, nothing grows hair on bald skin except hair transplantation. Even Propecia, which works 90% of the time, is designed for the long haul… keeping the hair you have, NOT re-growth of the hairline. Contrary to popular opinion, today’s hair transplant procedures can be performed comfortably, reliably and efficiently. Not to mention, undetectably. This means that the transplanted hairlines of today, if performed with an “artistic eye,” can mimic the feathery, wavy randomized look of a natural hairline—(i.e. NOT ‘pluggy’). And because the transplanted hair is living and growing (also permanent, by the way), he can shampoo, wash, cut, swim, etc., all without the hassle and maintenance of a hairpiece—which would be an artificial solution to the hair loss problem. Advanced minimally-invasive techniques, like the FUE (Follicular-Unit Extraction) performed with devices like the NeoGraft, also allow for procedures that require no scalpel, no stitches and leave no linear scar give hair transplant patients more options for hair-styling. FUE procedures allow the surgeon to extract hair follicles or groups of follicles individually, without a linear harvest.”
New York plastic surgeon Dr. David Shafer says, “It sure looks like Matthew has more hair now than he did in the past. It is a nice result.”
It also looks like Matthew McConaughey may have dabbled in Botox and facial fillers, as his face looks wrinkle-free considering all the time he spends frolicking in the sun.
Matthew’s leading lady in the romantic comedy is actress Jennifer Garner, as famous for her large lips as her breakthrough role on the TV series Alias. (See Make Me Heal’s story on Jennifer Garner’s lip augmentation). Although many believe Jennifer’s lips to be naturally large, some evidence supports the theory that she has used fillers of some kind to augment them.
On the other side of romance, is the thriller, Obsessed, starring obsessed plastic surgery fan, Beyonce Knowles (See Make Me Heal’s story on Beyonce Knowles’ plastic surgery). Since breaking out as the lead singer of Destiny’s Child, Beyonce has reportedly undergone several cosmetic surgery procedures, including a nose job, breast augmentation and liposuction.
Angels & Demons premieres this week, starring Tom Hanks and his notoriously fluctuating hairline (See Make Me Heal’s story on Tom Hanks’ hair transplants).
Dr. David Shafer notes, “Tom has an unusual hair line, if he has had hair transplants, then he might want some more to achieve a natural look.”
In the follow-up film to the Da Vinci Code, Tom Hanks once again runs around the world as Robert Langdon, bad hair and all.
Dr. Bauman explains, “When it comes to Tom’s ever-changing ‘do’—it appears he’s been through a potpourri of some bizarre styles and even hairpieces over the years. The main aesthetic problem, however, seems to be that there’s a significant loss of the “temporal point” which has not been addressed. This area is critical to the ‘frame’ of the face and the lack of restoration of that area is usually a dead-giveaway that something is awry.
“The good news is that this area does not require a large amount or density of grafts, so it is a big ‘bang for the buck’ when it comes to using the precious donor supply of hair. Most patients do not realize the aesthetic importance of this area, mainly because they are viewing themselves from straight on most of the time.
“In 1993, you can see he had A LOT more of his temporal point left than today. You can even see the miniaturized hair at the hairline, which was fading at that time.
“When the miniaturization at the hairline is noticeable, that’s the time to take action with non-invasive treatments like Propecia, Minoxidil or Laser Therapy. These are treatments that can help slow and stop the progression of hair loss, so smaller or fewer sessions of transplantation are needed over time.
“In the past, when describing Tom’s hair, you mentioned strip grafts and mini-grafts. These techniques are outdated by about 10 years.
“Most hair transplants today (except for extremely rare cases) are performed using FUT (follicular-unit transplant) techniques—grafts that contain one, two or three hairs, only. Any transplanted grafts larger than that run the risk of looking pluggy. Also, whether the technique used is FUT (follicular-unit transplant) using a strip-harvest or FUE (follicular unit extraction–individually harvesting hair from the back of the scalp) the ‘grafts’ you get are essentially the same: one, two or three hair follicles each.”
Another actress known for her hair, albeit in a positive way, is actress Jennifer Aniston. Starring in the comedy, Management, Jen is best known for bringing the world, “The Rachel” haircut. Jennifer has also spent her share of time in the plastic surgeon’s office (See Make Me Heal’s story on Jennifer Aniston’s plastic surgery), undergoing rhinoplasty procedures to supposedly correct a deviated septum, as well as cellulite treatments.
With so much plastic surgery on the big screen, Make Me Heal looks forward to another summer of celebrity plastic surgery hits and misses.
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