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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.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Burt Reynolds

What's the deal with Burt Reynolds? The man who was once voted the "Sexiest Man Alive" by People Magazine is now a far cry from what he used to be. Burt appears to be another classic example of 3-Dimensional Facial Aging treated by 2 Dimensional Techniques. The "Before" photo shows a younger Burt, rugged-looking and handsome. The "After" photo is a more recent photo, and appears to show a number of facial cosmetic surgeries, likely performed using old-fashioned 2 Dimensional Techniques. I'll start with his eyelids and forehead today, and follow up with his probable facelift tomorrow or Tuesday.
He appears to have had an old-fashioned browlift where the eyebrows are pulled too high. When this occurs, it is usually done with a long incision from ear to ear which allows removal of a large amount of the scalp. This pulls the eyebrows higher, but appears too high in his case. In addition, he appears to have had an upper blepharoplasty (upper eyelid lift) which has made his eyelids appear a bit beady. The most state-of-the-art browlift is done using endoscopy, or fiberoptic scopes and very small incisions. Patients heal much faster and without the long scar and bald areas which can occur with the older techniques. The Endotine system is the most technologically advanced system that will help hold the brow in place to heal. Unfortunately, many plastic surgeons do not use this because of its cost.
It is very important for a plastic surgeon to avoid feminizing a male patient, like Burt has become. Pulling the brows too high and removing too much upper eyelid skin may be forgiveable in a female, like most of the contestants of "the Swan", but in a male makes him look too effeminate. That is one reason why Burt doesn't look as rugged and manly as he did in the early 80's. "Less is more" is definitely a lesson Burt's plastic surgeon should have learned, in my opinion. More on the face later...

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