Mickey Rourke has been making news lately with his widely acclaimed acting in The Wrestler. As this movie and his performance are seen by more and more people, many of these are wondering what's happened to his appearance over the years. Specifically, what plastic surgery might he have had?
I've commented on some of his possible plastic surgery in a previous post, entitled "Mickey Rourke - Bad Plastic Surgery?" You can visit that here.
If you look at the photos above, there are a few telltale signs that he may have had plastic surgery. Here are the surgeries I think he may have had:
1. Facelift - You can almost make out the scars in front of his ears. Also, notice how his sideburns are no longer present in the 2005 photo. This can occur when poorly planned facelifts are performed in men.
2. Upper eyelid lifts (blepharoplasty) - His upper lids are more open in the 2005 photo when compared with the younger photo.
3. Hair transplant - This procedure appears to have been performed between 2005 and 2008. Notice how his sideburns have reappeared and his hairline has been moved forward. The "wispy" hair of his new hairline is not as thick as in the young photo. This is how hair transplanted in micrografts (one to two hairs at a time) often appears. This is in contrast to old-fashioned hair plugs, which make the hair look like a toy doll's patchy hair.
I've not had a chance to see The Wrestler yet, but am looking forward to catching it in the near future. One of my fondest memories as a young kid was when my buddy Jason Swartz's dad brought the two of us to an NWA wrestling event in East Lansing. It was my dream at the time to see Tommy "Wildfire" Rich wrestle the Super Destroyer. Ahhh... if only life were that simple now...
Photo credit: Young Mickey Rourke : nndb.com, Older Mickey Rourke : prphotos.com
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