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  • Update on Facial Wrinkle Fillers: Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse

    By Dr. David Shafer

    The new uses for facial fillers continue to expand as does their popularity as an alternative to surgical facelifts as well as a way to maintain the results of surgery. We can use facial fillers to smooth fine lines and creases around the mouth, but that is just the beginning. Wrinkle fillers are a proactive way to address the early signs of aging as well as to take years off your face.  Fillers are not just for wrinkles anymore; in fact, we can combine multiple fillers for a dramatic beautifying effect.

    juvederm, restylane

    There are two basic types of fillers: absorbable (temporary) and non-absorbable (permanent).  The former are gradually broken down by the body while the latter will remain indefinitely. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the human body, so it is very biocompatible, and gets resorbed over time. Hyaluronic acid is lost as the skin ages. However, when injected into the skin, it binds to water and adds volume and contour changes.

    The most popular of these in the U.S. are Restylane and Juvederm. In addition to lines and wrinkles, they can be injected to build up cheek contours, enhance the lips, and fill in hollows under the eyes, which are considered off-label applications. Some expanded uses for these fillers include the feet.  Restylane® can be injected into the soles and pressure points to help your high heels stay on with ease. A pointy chin can also be reshaped and volume can be added to a receding jawline for a younger appearance. Smoothing under-eye hollows show wonderful results with Restylane® injected under the eye padding to give the area some volume and decrease dark circles. Plumping up thin earlobes is another great use for deflated, old looking earlobes drooping from wearing heavy earrings. Both Restylane® and Juvederm® last for approximately 6-12 months, or longer in some people, and the results are instant.

    Another highly popular filler is Radiesse®, which is composed of calcium hydroxylapatite that is made up of calcium and phosphate. It is the same mineral component found in your bones and teeth, so it is very biocompatible.  Over time the tiny microspheres gradually break down and are absorbed into your body. Traditionally, Radiesse® is injected into the deep dermis to smooth out nasolabial creases, marionette lines, depressed scars, and the chin area. It also works well for cheek enhancement. Expanded uses for Radiesse® include tipping up long noses, and filling out a small or pinched tip, dents, and divets in the nose, which can help avoid having another operation to fix previous rhinoplasty surgery. Radiesse® can also be used to add projection to inverted nipples that are pushed in. It can last aproximtaly12 months, depending on how much is injected.

    Another important use for Restylane, Juvederm and Radiesse are to enhance the areas of the face that show volume depletion with age. The cheekbones become flatter and the face appears more squared off, rather than a more desirable tapered appearance.  The midface can be rejuvenated by careful filling of the cheek fat pads to replace the softness and curves shown in youth. The face will look younger and early signs of sagging can be lifted with this technique.


    Wrinkle relaxers such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® play a vital role in facial injectable procedures and are often combined with fillers for best results.

    Today’s expanded use of facial fillers seems endless, and only limited by the tools we have available and our aesthetic judgment.

    About Dr. David Shafer: A New York City board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Shafer specializes in breast and body contouring, SmartLipo, and facial rejuvenation with fillers, peels and wrinkle relaxers. www.shaferplasticsurgery.com

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    June 23, 2010 in Fillers & Injectables by Makemeheal.com Staff | 1 Comment

    Sharon Stone Admits to Trying Plastic Surgery

    Sharon Stone has been a Hollywood leading lady for decades. She looks so good that Makemeheal.com believes that she must have had plastic surgery to preserve her good looks. But the Basic Instinct star has never admitted it to plastic surgery, until now.

    Sharon Stone, Plastic Surgery

    52-year old Sharon Stone recently revealed that an experiment with lip filler has made her swear off plastic surgery. Like many, Sharon decided to play with her looks after having a bad breakup.

    In the interview, the blonde beauty says, “Nobody loved me. I’m 103. My life would be better if I had better lips.”

    After doctors injected her lips (she doesn’t recall what the substance was), the star was horrified. “What the hell?” she said, adding that her mismatched lips made her look “like a trout.”

    On his blog, plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn says, “It’s easy for celebs to reveal they’ve had minor cosmetic injections and didn’t like them. What about admitting they’ve had major surgery and liked the results?”

    Dr. Youn also believes that Sharon has had breast augmentation, a major surgery. In addition to the breast augmentation, Sharon may have other procedures over the years as well, including a nose job and dental veneers (See Make Me Heal’s story on Sharon Stone’s plastic surgery).

    Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer says, “It looks like Sharon maintains her beautiful complexion with a minimum of Botox and chemical peels.  It doesn’t appear that she has undergone any surgical enhancements to her face- yet.”

    Dr. Paul A. Nassif, a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Rhinoplasty Specialist in Beverly Hills, California says, “Sharon Stone may have had facial fillers and Botox. It is not completely evident she has had other procedures performed. If so, anything she had performed was very conservative. Overall, she looks great and would not benefit from any other work at this time.”

    Sharon has never been shy about speaking her mind, for better or worse, and hopefully this admission is just a small step for her to entirely open up about plastic surgery.

    Read the complete plastic surgery profile of Sharon Stone on Plasticopedia, the largest online celebrity plastic surgery encyclopedia.

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    June 7, 2010 in Celebrity Plastic Surgery by Erica Hurtz | 4 Comments

    Heidi Montag Wants to Replace Megan Fox with Plastic Surgery

    Since undergoing drastic plastic surgery, Heidi Montag has been posturing more and more for a place in front of the cameras. With the news that Megan Fox won’t be in the next Transformers installment, her cries for attention have gotten louder.

    Heidi Montag, Plastic Surgery

    23-year old Heidi Montag has a cameo in an upcoming Adam Sandler flick and it seems she has since been bitten by the acting bug. After news of plastic surgery beauty Megan Fox not being around to reprise her role in the upcoming installment of the blockbuster Transformers, Heidi tweeted for a chance to take over the role, plastic surgery and all (See Make Me Heal’s story on Heidi Montag’s plastic surgery).

    Megan Fox is undoubtedly a gorgeous natural beauty, but she’s spent her time under the knife too, undergoing a nose job and lip augmentation in addition to possible small breast implants (Read the full story on Megan Fox’s nose job).

    But her transformation is nothing like Heidi Montag, who looks more like a human. Given Heidi’s new face that barely moves, whether or not she is mocking herself and her new look, she has the same acting chops as the better looking Megan.

    Heidi seems to be living in dreamland, given all the running Megan does in the Transformers films and given the fact that Heidi has herself said that her new implants are too big to run with. Still, she has said she wants to be a blond Lara Croft, so the role may be just the right fit.

    Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer says, “I think it would be a very strenuous role playing any character in the movie Transformers, and one that may not be suitable for Heidi Montag now- post breast enhancement.  If Heidi claims she is unable to jog any longer because of the size of her breasts I don’t see how she will be able run, dive and perform other very strenuous maneuvers that will be required of her character.  Perhaps Pamela Anderson will be available as her stunt double.”

    Only time will tell whether or not Heidi makes the successful leap from the small screen to the big one, but Makemeheal.com doesn’t think her chances are very good.

    Read the complete celebrity plastic surgery profile of Heidi Montag on Plasticopedia, the largest celebrity plastic surgery encyclopedia.

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    June 3, 2010 in Celebrity Plastic Surgery by Lisa Stanfield | 1 Comment

    Has Nicole Kidman Gotten Breast Implants?

    Nicole Kidman may be a stellar actress, but she also continues to be a stellar example of plastic surgery for Makemeheal.com.

    4Nicole Kidman, Plastic Surgery

    At a recent red carpet event, 42-year old Nicole Kidman was nearly popping out of her black cocktail dress, despite the fact that she clearly was not wearing a supportive undergarment.

    As Nicole is not known for her curves, it seems likely that Nicole has indeed had a breast augmentation procedure, as Make Me Heal has long suspected (See Make Me Heal’s story on Nicole Kidman’s Breast Augmentation).

    On his blog, plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn says, “These photos from NYDailyNews.com reveal what appears to be new breast implants. It would be very unusual for a woman as thin as she is to have breasts as full and round as those are. I haven’t seen her with obvious implants before, so she may be recently postop.”

    Dr. Youn then explains why Nicole’s breasts appear so round and high, ” It can be quite difficult, even with today’s silicone gel implants, to create a really natural look in someone who has so little body fat, especially after she’s had children and the breast tissue has thinned. Now, a plastic surgeon can make matters worse (less natural-looking) by placing an implant that is overly round or doesn’t fit the person’s dimensions. Excess scar tissue (capsular contracture) can make the breasts look rounder and less natural, too.”

    “Nicole has denied having plastic surgery in the past. I wonder if her denials will continue?”

    Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer says, “Nicole Kidman definitely looks like she has had a breast enhancement procedure.  Because she is so thin and doesn’t have much breast tissue it is harder to hide her implants completely allowing the implant border to be slightly visible.”

    Nicole is a notorious denier of plastic surgery, but she continues to look more Botoxed and plasticized at every event. Make Me Heal looks forward to seeing her funny side in the upcoming Adam Sandler and Jessica Aniston flick Just Go with It.

    Read the complete plastic surgery profile of Nicole Kidman on Plasticopedia, the largest celebrity plastic surgery encyclopedia.

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    June 2, 2010 in Celebrity Plastic Surgery by Sam Stets | 1 Comment

    Megan Fox Says Her Lips are Natural, Not Plastic Surgery

    Megan Fox is on the current issue of Allure, protesting that her lips are real, but nobody seems to believe the hot actress, who openly admits to being a fan of plastic surgery.

    Megan Fox, Plastic Surgery

    24-year old Megan Fox was recently interviewed for Allure magazine in a special beauty issue. The interview touched on plastic surgery, but the actress remained mum on whether or not she had spent time under the knife herself.

    “I would encourage anyone to first speak with a therapist, to try and figure out where this want comes from,” she says of plastic surgery, “because a lot of times it’s not related to your teeth or your nose or your chin — the surgery is not going to alleviate that insecurity for you.”

    “If, then, you feel, ‘This is something that I want to do, then do it. It’s amazing that we have the technology to do the stuff that we do.”

    In the past, Megan has been rumored to have had a rhinoplasty to remove a slight bump on one side of her nose Read the full story on Megan Fox’s nose job. Most often, she is rumored to have gotten a lip augmentation via injection like Juvederm or Restylane, but she adamantly denies this in the interview.


    Referring to a 2002 shot of herself in the Allure’s style time line, Fox says, “I will say for people who question the authenticity of my lips, you can clearly see that my lips are my lips.”

    Most people remain skeptical to Megan skipping the lip augmentation procedure so popular amongst Hollywood’s young elite.

    On his blog, plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn says, ” She’s likely had them injected within a few hours to days before the photo to the right was taken. While they look puffy now, they should settle down nicely… unless she used something insane like liquid silicone. Then she’s screwed.”

    Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer says, “Megan’s lips do appear to be very voluptuous but I do think they are au-naturel.  She probably has used fillers elsewhere such as her cheeks, giving them that beautiful fullness.”

    Whatever Megan Fox does or doesn’t do plastic surgery-wise, it’s certainly working for the stunning raven-haired beauty.

    Read the complete celebrity plastic surgery profile of Megan Fox on Plasticopedia, the web’s largest online celebrity plastic surgery encyclopedia.

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    June 1, 2010 in Celebrity Plastic Surgery by Ruby Marr | 1 Comment

    Is Lady Gaga Considering More Plastic Surgery?

    Lady Gaga is always pushing the norm with her outlandish outfits that would be more suited to being onstage. Recently, rumors have surfaced that the diva has been considering some plastic surgery alterations.

    Lady Gaga, Plastic Surgery

    24-year old Lady Gaga has been on Makemeheal.com’s radar for a while, when we reported on the possibility of her having breast implants and a nose job (See Make Me Heal’s story on Lady Gaga’s plastic surgery). Now it seems, the pantless wonder is looking to have more work.

    A source has been quoted as telling the media:

    “She’s desperately unhappy but keeps talking about having thousands of dollars worth of plastic surgery. She really thinks that could fix everything.”

    “She’s in a really bad way right now. She puts up such a guard that no one ever really knows what she’s feeling. She thinks she looks too manly and spends hours looking at herself.”

    “She’s thinking about a whole host of cosmetic procedures, including a nose job, cheek implants, boob job and thigh and bum lift. She’s completely preoccupied with overhauling her looks.”

    If the rumors are true, Lady Gaga would likely end up looking more like Heidi Montag than the unique performer she is. However, given her penchant for shocking, the rumors could eventually prove to be true.

    Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer says, “Lady Gaga may opt to sculpt her figure with some liposuction and I wouldn’t be surprised if she did something crazy to her face.  I hope she doesn’t do anything to her face, but she certainly has a creative sense of beauty and style.”

    Dr. Paul A. Nassif, a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Rhinoplasty Specialist in Beverly Hills, California says, “Whether or not Lady Gaga would like to have any procedures is strictly up to her. It is difficult to determine what she may benefit from at this time, as every individual has heir own preference on what they may like to improve.”

    Luckily, Lady Gaga’s people have responded to the rumors, which are said to be false.

    “This is ridiculous and untrue,” contactmusic.com quoted the representative as saying.

    Lady Gaga has proved that you can still shock without permanent plastic surgery alterations, and she’s doing a great job of it.

    Read the complete plastic surgery profile of Lady GaGa on Plasticopedia, the largest celebrity plastic surgery encyclopedia.

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    May 28, 2010 in Celebrity Plastic Surgery by Sam Stets | 1 Comment

    Chaz Bono’s Plastic Surgery is Official

    Chaz Bono is now officially a male. His doctor announced that Chaz has officially completed his gender reassignment surgery. More recently Chaz has officially changed his legal name and gender.

    41-year old Chaz Bono is the son of pop legends Sonny Bono and Cher. Last year, Makemeheal.com reported on Chastity Bono’s decision to become male (See Make Me Heal’s story on Chaz Bono’s plastic surgery), now it seems the switch is official.

    In addition to an official name change and gender change on legal documents, Chaz also underwent hormone therapy in addition to gender reassignment surgery.

    Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer says, “Officially gender reassignment surgery entails changing the genitalia to that of the opposite sex.  This is a reconstructive procedure often performed by reconstructive Urologist and Cosmetic Surgeon.  Cosmetically speaking, the plastic surgery procedures that usually accompany a female to male sex reassignment are breast reduction, chin and jaw enhancements and body contouring with liposuction.”

    Chaz seems very happy with his new gender and body and Make Me Heal wishes him much happiness in the future.

    Read the complete plastic surgery profile of Chaz Bono on Plasticopedia, the largest online celebrity plastic surgery encyclopedia.

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    May 27, 2010 in Celebrity Plastic Surgery,Male Plastic Surgery by Jet H. Ross | Leave a Comment

    Did Rumored Gold digger Brynne Gordon Get Married with Plastic Surgery?

    By Jhen Kordela

    Brynne Gordon isn’t exactly a household name, but she is well known on the gossip blogs for her appalling lack of fashion sense. That, and her plastic surgery have made Brynne a favorite topic of gossip.

    Brynn Gordon, Plastic Surgery

    At somewhere around 26 years old, Brynne is an American who is making her name for herself by marrying a 66-year old very wealthy Australian, Dr. Geoffrey Walter Edelsten. And she’s gotten around the blogosphere by appearing on red carpets wearing lots of sparkles and little else to conceal her obvious breast enhancement surgery.

    If you can take your eyes off the tremendous showgirl-style cleavage, it looks like Brynne may also have had some plastic surgery on her face, in the form of a rhinoplasty, giving her an unusually small and perky looking nose.

    Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer says, “Brynne Gordon does appear to have enhanced her breasts and her nose.”

    Dr. Paul A. Nassif, a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Rhinoplasty Specialist in Beverly Hills, California says, “Brynne Gordon may have had Botox and facial fillers. She does not appear to have had any surgeries performed to her face.”

    It seems that Edelsten is lavish with his spending as the couples’ wedding is rumored to have cost in the neighborhood of $3 million and plastic surgery doesn’t come cheap, even if your husband does run numerous medical facilities.

    Read the complete plastic surgery profile of Brynne Gordon on Plasticopedia, the largest online celebrity plastic surgery encyclopedia.

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    May 24, 2010 in Celebrity Plastic Surgery by Makemeheal.com Staff | Leave a Comment

    Did the Barnstable Twins Get Matching Plastic Surgery?

    Patricia and Cyb Barnstable are best known as the Barnstable twins, one of many sets of twins that appeared in Doublemint gum commercials back in the late 70s. These days the twins still look fresh and young, thanks to matching plastic surgery.

    The Barnstable Twins, Plastic Surgery

    The 58-year old Barnstable twins enjoyed some minor fame back in the day, appearing on gum commercials and television specials before landing their own short-lived sci-fi series known as Quark.

    Back in the day, Patricia and Cyb made a living off looking and acting alike and it seems that not much has changed. Nowadays, the twins look as though they have undergone some plastic surgery to keep them looking the same and as young as ever.

    The twins look like they’ve had dermal fillers like Restylane or Juvederm injected, although Patricia may have gone a little overboard with them, getting “chipmunk cheeks.” In addition, they both likely use Botox to smooth their foreheads and get rid of any lines between the brows. At some point, the twins may also have undergone matching nose jobs, as the better-known Olsen twins are rumored to have done ((See Make Me Heal’s story on the Olsen twins’ nose jobs).

    Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer says, “The Barnstable Twins both look like they have had a nose job or Rhinoplasty, Botox and dermal fillers.  It seems like one has enhanced her checks a bit more with facial fillers, but otherwise they have duplicated their cosmetic efforts to stay young looking, and stay looking like twins.”

    Dr. Paul A. Nassif, a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Rhinoplasty Specialist in Beverly Hills, California says, “The Barnstable twins both appear to have had rhinoplasties performed, as their noses appear narrower and slightly overdone compared to older photos. Facial fillers and Botox are likely, and a facelift is a possibility for both of them as well.”

    These days the twins are using their matching assets to promote their family philanthropy, holding Barnstable Brown Gala the night before the Kentucky Derby, which raises money for diabetes.

    Read the complete plastic surgery profile of Barnstable Twins on Plasticopedia, the largest online celebrity plastic surgery encyclopedia.

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    May 24, 2010 in Celebrity Plastic Surgery by Ruby Marr | 1 Comment

    Did Alexa Ray Joel Have a Nose Job?

    Alexa Ray Joel may be the offspring of some of the biggest names in The Biz, but that doesn’t make her perfect. So the daughter of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley has turned to plastic surgery to help her fit into the spotlight a little better.

    Alexa Ray Joel, Plastic Surgery

    24-year old Alexa seems to be taking a page from her model Christie Brinkley’s book by undergoing plastic surgery. (See Make Me Heal’s story on Christie Brinkley’s plastic surgery).

    It seems that Alexa had a nose job to help give her nose a more narrow shape and get rid of the somewhat bulbous tip. The result is well-done and helps her look more like the daughter of one of the world’s most beautiful women.

    Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer says, “Christy Brinkley’s and Billy Joel’s daughter Alexa definitely did refine the shape of her nose with a Rhinoplasty cosmetic procedure.  The tip is more sculpted and narrow and the profile is more defined and sleek.”

    Dr. Paul A. Nassif, a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Rhinoplasty Specialist in Beverly Hills, California says, “Alexa Ray Joel appears to have had a rhinoplasty performed. Her nose is slightly narrower than it was, and a bit more defined as well. Overall, her surgeon did an excellent job as she looks great and her nose does not appear overdone.”

    After much speculation, Alexa admitted to People magazine that she did indeed have a nose job, even though it has only been months since her drug overdose.

    “I was thinking about getting this for years,” says Joel. Her nose, she adds, “always bothered me a little bit. I was self-conscious of pictures taken from the side. To some people that’s vain, but at the end of the day, we all want to feel pretty.” But the daughter of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley says she’s done with plastic surgery. Says Joel, “Would I do anything else to my body? No. It’s not ten procedures like Heidi Montag. For me, that’s a little extreme, but to each her own.” As for the timing of the surgery–just four months after her overdose scare following a breakup–Joel says this was the right time for her. “Would it have been smart to get this procedure last year?” she asks. “No. I didn’t know who I was.” And now? “I feel really good.”

    Alexa seems to be in a good place and Makemeheal.com is happy to hear she is not yet another starlet going overboard on plastic surgery.

    Read the complete plastic surgery profile of Alexa Ray Joel on Plasticopedia, the largest online celebrity plastic surgery encyclopedia.

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    May 18, 2010 in Celebrity Plastic Surgery by Jet H. Ross | 1 Comment