Plastic surgery garners much attention. Whether it is from someone we know or a magazine article that one reads, it is everywhere we turn. One may think that it is obvious to tell when someone has had a procedure done. However, it is not always that simple. Marc Malek, MD, one of the foremost experts in the areas of aesthetic transformation through plastic surgery, reveals the best ways to spot the telltale signs of cosmetic surgery.
- Creases: For a natural looking face lift the amount of tightening has to be consistent throughout the face. If there are creases around the outer eyes separating the cheek from the temples it usually indicates someone had a lower face lift without a transition to the brow.
- Scars: There are hairline scars that may be seen in front of the ears or thickened scars behind the ears. The hair of the sideburns may be dramatically elevated to a height near the top of the ear.
- Pixie Ear Lobe: The ear lobes may be unnaturally attached or tethered to the lower face where the usual notch below the lobe is missing.
- Eyelid Distortion: The lower eyelids may be over tightened or malpositioned creating a distortion of normal lid tone.
RHINOPLASTY: The best nose job is the one you can't detect.
- Pug Nose: The classic pug nose, which has been overdone, has very evident footprints. The top of the nose, or bridge, may be shaved or rasped down excessively leaving a dipped or overly sloped appearance. Sometimes an uneven or bumpy appearing slope is seen if it is not smoothed adequately.
- Nostrils: The nostrils are at times cut down to make them smaller and that may cause them to appear more vertical or slit like. In some, the tip of the nose may look too thin or pinched-in if the tip cartilage is shaped excessively.
- Proportions: When it comes to breast surgery it is really all about proportions. The easiest way to detect a breast augmentation is to see breasts that are over-sized for their surroundings.
- Shape: Next we can look at the upper pole of the breast which is the part above the nipple. If it is too round, high or projected then it is likely a saline implant (high profile or overfilled). Real breasts have a natural slope and a gentle outline that is not as crisp or well defined as in a breast with an implant.
- Movement: If the breasts don't move as readily or appear rigid or stiff they are likely to be fake.
BOTOX: Although most including some of my own patients think Botox is meant to keep your muscles from moving thereby eliminating their wrinkles it really is more about eliminating lines but not all forms of expression. Someone who has been over treated with Botox will appear non-animated or frozen when it comes to the daily expressions we all make.
- The Scowl: One example is the deep lines between the eyebrows caused by too much scowling.
- The Lowdown on The Shiny: If the forehead is shiny, very smooth and the eyebrows appear low or flat it is also an indication the toxin is in effect.
- Neck Wrinkles: Natural aging affects the neck as much as it does the face. So if the face is very smooth and the neck is wrinkled it is likely that the face was treated.
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