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  • The Oscars once again proved to be more than a celebration of film, as the collision of beauty, glamour, and plastic surgery was omnipresent. The Oscars provide an excellent opportunity to examine the trends in plastic surgery and view the best and worse in this popular science. Among the big themes of the evening was the return of the Sexy Over Fifty, as exemplified by Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, and Judi Dench – all over fifty – being nominated for Best Actress awards. As for plastic surgery, this means having subtle plastic surgery gradually done over the years (as opposed to a one-time drastic cosmetic tuneup) as a way of maintaining a natural look that does not scream plastic surgery. This trend was seen in classy actresses Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep, both of whom appear to have had a face lift and small facial procedures over the years. The results was that none of the fans ever really noticed a change in these actresses, who look like themselves and just appear to age gracefully (Read feature story on the Over 50 Best Actress nominees Mirren, Streep, and Judi Dench).

    Helen Mirren, Plastic Surgery

    Helen Mirren, Face LiftOscar winner Mirren does not show any tell-tale signs of plastic surgery, although her extremely taut and clean neck line being free of any sagging or evident wrinkling could suggest a subtle face lift combined with a neck lift. Some recent photos suggest that she uses Botox to smooth her wrinkles. The work is so well done that most fans think she is aging completely naturally. It is likely that Mirren is an avid uses of good skin care, and has taken care of herself. Make Me Heal Oscars Coverage member plastic surgeon Anthony Youn said, “It is possible that she has had some laser treatments to her skin, as well as a facelift (although likely before 2001) since I agree that her neckline is darn good for someone her age. It is unusual for someone her age to have as nice of a neckline as she does (see Judy Dench) so there is a possibility that a facelift was performed sometime in the past. If it was performed, the surgeon did a very nice job in making it look realistic.” Read full story on Helen Mirren’s Face Lift & Neck Lift and Meryl Streep’s Facelift.

    Joan Rivers, Plastic SurgeryOn the other side of the spectrum, Joan Rivers represents the epitome of non-subtle plastic surgery. However, we diverge from other critics in believing that Joan looks quite good for all the surgeries she did. All the power to Joan. However, Joan is definitely at the verge of tipping off into Michael Jackson territory if she tinkers more with her face. Rivers allegedly had a number of face lifts, a brow lift, cheek lift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), tons of Botox, laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, and has probably tried every procedure under the planet.

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Nose Job, Plastic Surgery

    Other than face lifts, great nose jobs (rhinoplasty) were also abundantout in full force at the Oscars, gracing the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Connelly, Cameron Diaz, and Angelina Jolie (read the full story on nose jobs at the Oscars). Paltrow looks stunning in pink (a color she wore before to the Oscars) and shows that she has not let herself go in her motherhood years. Paltrow had a nose job sometime in her past and this is evident when comparing older photos of her to recent photos which show a thinner nose. Additionally, her face looks a bit thinner, possibly because of loss of fat that comes with age. Fellow Make Me Heal Oscar Coverage member plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn also remarked a change in Paltrow’s nose and also postulated that she may have had some skin tightening procedures. “It does appear that her nose has been thinned. It is now more sleek and elegant-appearing. She may have also had some laser or chemical peel treatments to her face which have tightened her skin,” says Youn. “Plus she has lost some volume in her face, which is often seen in facial aging.”

    Beyonce Knowles, Nose Job, Rhinoplasty

    Photos of 25-year old Beyonce through the last decade show that her formerly bigger and thicker nose has been thinned, the bridge is more chiseled, and the tip of her nose is quite a bit pointier than before. The aesthetic results are remarkable, although some may argue that her new nose makes her look less African-American.

    Jennifer Aniston (see full story on Aniston’s nose job) is not the only lady linked to Brad Pitt that had a rhinoplasty, as Angelina Jolie also had her nose done, although earlier in her career. As the photos show, Jolie’s new nose is narrower, the bridge is thinner, and the nose has more definition compared to the more knob-like nose that she had when she was younger . The rhinoplasty results are excellent, as they have only added to Jolie’s beauty and made her look more feminine. “The photos that I have seen make me believe that she has had a rhinoplasty quite some time ago. Her nose looks great,” adds fellow Oscars Coverage member plastic surgeon Dr. Youn. (read the full story on nose jobs at the Oscars)

    Penelope Cruz, Lip Augmentation

    Lip augmentations were a common accessory at the Oscars, with leading ladies Penelope Cruz and Nicole Kidman appearing to have added some volume to their lips. Fellow Make Me Heal Oscar Coverage member plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn said about Cruz that it “appears she may have some conservative lip injections with an injectable like Restylane. It’s not overdone. The lips (especially the upper lip) appears a bit outlined, which can be seen with lip augmentation using injectables.”

    Australian leading actress Nicole Kidman also appears to have injected her lips with Restylane or Juvederm, although the effect in her case appear to be overdone and unnatural.

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