When Plastic Surgery Goes Bad

We’ve all seen the horrifying results of plastic surgery gone terribly wrong: Michael Jackson and the Cat Woman Jocelyn Wildenstein come to mind. But most results are not that extreme. We asked Andrew Kleinman, MD, who has a private practice in Rye Brook and is the president of the New York State Society of Plastic Surgeons, for his opinions on what went right—and wrong—with these well-known celebs.

Why Raquel Still Looks Good

Before                                                                       After

Number one: good genes. Number two: good skin, which tolerates plastic surgery better. In addition to Mother Nature’s gifts, Dr. Kleinman surmises that Welch probably has had fewer surgeries than many of the egregious cases. “When you have too many procedures, you get that ‘stretched’ look.”

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Why Joan Doesn’t

Before                                                                      After

“I would say Joan Rivers, on the other hand, has had too many procedures—multiple facelifts, a brow lift, and she’s had her eyelids done,” Dr. Kleinman says. “She has augmented her cheeks with either implants or a tremendous amount of filler. She had rhinoplasty a long time ago and had too much cartilage removed, and that doesn’t age well. Her skin hasn’t aged well, either.”

Lesson Learned
If you are inclined to fight aging with plastic surgery, it’s important to have a long-term plan so you aren’t having multiple procedures.

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