HOST: Have you seen the pictures of Renee Zellweger? I saw them first on Entertainment Tonight yesterday and, at first, I really couldn’t tell much of a difference. But, now, when I look a little more and I have more time than just three seconds to kind of look side by side, I can see some differences, but there’s also I think a little thing called “age” that comes into account and that is what Renee is saying. She’s like, “Hey, you know what? I’m older now. I’m glad that people think I look different, but some people think she has had a lot of work done.”
We are joined by Dr. Bill Johnson, a cosmetic surgeon.
Dr. Johnson, you are in Texas, is that correct?
DR. BILL JOHNSON: That’s correct.
HOST: All right, what kind of plastic surgery do you specialize in?
HOST: Okay, very good. Well, I assume you’ve seen the pictures of Renee Zellweger. What do you think? You know, you have more of a trained eye than the average Joe like me would.
DR. BILL: Well, I think that she’s had some aging process, certainly. But I think also, age doesn’t typically change things like the size of your face.
DR. BILL: And the shape of your face. And they typically are cheeks and get softer and less pronounced, and the folds – like the folds coming down to your nose to the corner of your mouth – tend to get more pronounced, not less pronounced. And so, I think she’s definitely had some work done in the last year or so.
HOST: Yeah, and you know, as I look at her in an older picture of her, her jaw is definitely a little more square.
DR. BILL: She was famous for a round face.
DR. BILL: And, now, she’s much more an oval face. So, definitely, there’s change in both the shape of her face and the shape of her eyes.
HOST: Okay. So, someone that knows very little about any kind of plastic surgery, how does one go from a square face to an oval face? Do you shave off bones? What happens there?
DR. BILL: I think, on this, it looks more like a fairly standard facelift. She’s had a facelift with some volume – either implants or her own fat – put into her cheeks and the folds coming down from her nose, and I think she’s probably had an eye job.
HOST: Ah, interesting. Yeah, her eyes do look a little bit bigger.
DR. BILL: Yeah, and before, she had the squinty, again, one of the things she was known for were those expressive somewhat squinty eyes, and now they’re more open. So, I think that it’s probably mostly a facelift with eye job and some volume put into the cheeks and folds – probably her own fat.
HOST: Probably. Okay, interesting. We’re talking with Dr. Bill Johnson, a cosmetic surgeon out of Texas. So, when you have people that come to you and want to get things done, sometimes people probably don’t know they may look quite a bit different than they do now. Do you have any way of kind of showing them that this is what you need to be able to know that you might look like? Or is it kind of a crap shoot?
DR. BILL: My personal feeling is to try and help folks look like they did themselves when they were younger. And so, I tend to go over that with the person and, when we’re doing things like fat transfer to the face to restore volume, we like to do it from a picture of them when they were young. So, if you come in in your 50s and want to say, “Hey, I’ve lost volume in my cheeks, I’ve lost volume in my face, I’d like to restore it,” I’d have you bring in a picture of yourself when you were 18 to 20, that way you have adult facial pattern but you’ve not started to lose any facial fat. And then, we use that as the pattern to try and restore your look, if you would. And then, that allows us to make you look like a younger version of yourself as opposed to what’s been called the third person phenomenon – you look like yourself as a young person then you’re an older person, but then when you do the work, you look like somebody else, a third person.
HOST: Which is kind of what she looks like, right? You’re supposed to kind of go back to what you used to look like and then you look completely different which, I mean, it’s pretty obviously sometimes – and it makes me sad – when I see some women that you know they’ve just done way too much – their lips are too big; there’s too much in their cheeks; their eyes are, you know, I feel like somebody has just taken their whole face and pushed it back.
DR. BILL: And you do see that quite a bit and some of it is real popular in Hollywood, you know. But youth is king there and you can honestly say that some of this work that they do is a career move. If someone that’s been the romantic interest get to be 45, they’re not going to be cast a romantic role anymore.
DR. BILL: And so, they have to look like they’re 30 or 25 again. And, sometimes, it looks better than others, but it definitely is no different than an athlete going to gym and pumping iron – that’s part of what they do for a living.
HOST: Right, yeah, absolutely. All right, Dr. Bill Johnson, appreciate your time this afternoon.
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