The Premiere Site For Celebrity Plastic Surgery By A Real Plastic Surgeon

I'm a Michigan-based Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has been featured on Dr. 90210. The info here is my opinion alone and should not be taken as fact or as medical advice. I've not treated any of the celebrities presented here.

Friday, August 01, 2008

What's Happening to Madonna?

What's the story with Madonna's appearance? She seems to be getting thinner and thinner (check out her arms) yet her cheeks remain full and soft. Can this be due to plastic surgery?

I think it is. There are three ways to effectively add volume to the face. The first is facial fat grafting. This is one of my favorite plastic surgeries to perform because it is minimally invasive and can really return a nice, youthful softness to the face. The second way to add volume to the face is via solid implants. With the exception of a chin implant, I am not a fan of these types of facial implants. Some of them require screws to keep them in place. Due to their hard nature, they also do not achieve the softer look of facial fat grafting, or the third technique: Sculptra injections. I believe Madonna may have had Sculptra injections to her face over the last several years to retain volume and softness. Sculptra is FDA approved for HIV-related facial wasting, but is often used for general cosmetic reasons. I think it is a very effective way to enhance the face.

So why do I think Madonna has had Sculptra and not facial fat grafting? Since it appears the fat in the rest of her body has all but disappeared, I would expect the same to occur in her face. However, even with an extremely thin body, her cheeks remain full. Sculptra-enhanced cheeks should not deflate quite as much as fat-enhanced cheeks.

For more of my thoughts on Madonna's possible $100,000 worth of plastic surgery, check out last week's issue of In Touch Weekly.

Photo credit:

Thanks for reading.
Michigan-based Plastic Surgeon
Anthony Youn, M.D.


Anonymous said...

"yet her cheeks remain full and soft"

soft? they look like they're made out of concrete.

Anonymous said...

Yes I agree with the first comment, they look hard and very symmetrical - can such perfectly balanced results be acheived with injections?

Further, they haven't 'remained' full and soft they've noticably become so fairly recently. If you did a side by side comparison of 4 - 5 years ago you'd agree.

Dr. Tony Youn said...

They also may be caused by solid implants.

darian zam said...

It's obvious that she had cheek implants just before her "Confessions" album. She reappeared looking wierd and I couldn't figure out why she looked so different, until I realised - cheek implants. Her face suddenly looked much more triangular.

Anonymous said...

Madonna is a real enigma to me, and although I love her, I feel as if she's gone overboard with plastic surgery. For example, she was utterly stunning at the 2007 Oscars; she still looked like Madonna. But now, in recent photos, it appears as though she's devolved into a surgical, plasticized version of her old self. Seriously, what did she do? How in only two years could she change so much? It's upsetting to me. Madonna and Sharon Stone are both 50, and even though I'm sure Stone has had work, she look so much more natural.

Ashwani Dayal said...

Queen of Pop Madonna is always brilliant till her age..her music is damn good..but her decision to go under knife and alter natural beauty is shameless.