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Renee Zellweger. The “Eyes” Have it. Blepharoplasty Notes.

Renee ZellwegerRenee Zellweger has certainly has had a good career for a Hollywood actress. Remember Bridget Jones Diary? I do. In fact, I might be the only man to ever read that book, which is another story altogether. I certainly remember  the movie quite well because along with Rene Zellweger, it had a on-the-rise Colin Firth before he made himself a household name with roles like Mr. D’Arcy and of course, King Edward in the academy award winner The King’s Speech.

I also when Zellweger co-starred in Chicago with Catherine Zeta-Jones, whom the Welsh generally regard as a goddess –and rightly so.  Not only can she act, but she she can sing and dance, AND as I have seen watching some celebrity golf outings, she is also quite a golfer as well.

But still, Renee Zellweger, though maybe not so great on the greens, was on par with Zeta-Jones in that movie showing she could also sing and dance quite well. And in spite of having her share of movie duds and flops (all actors and actresses do), she still has put together a respectable career.

I mean let’s not forget Jerry Macguire, right? A classic movie where she played Tom Cruise’s girlfriend. Not bad for an actresses CV if you ask me.

With her Norwegian roots, she has both pleasant and wholesome good looks that were definitely appealing to silver screen gazers. Heck, when you look at  this picture of her, it kind of make you wonder why they didn’t make a non-animated version of Frozen 20 years ago?

So, it was kind of a shock to many when she re-appeared recently looking like an altogether different person.  She has changed quite a bit, prompting many to ask if that is even her?Blepharoplasty Renee Zellweger

From my perspective, I think she looks great, and frankly, if she were not etched in so many people’s minds from the roles that she played, I do not think it would be that big of a deal. It does appear that she did have some work done. From what I can tell, nothing out of the ordinary, some Botox & Juvederm, some facial treatments in all likelihood. It also appears as if she has had an upper eyelid blepharoplasty (which appears well done), but it does change her appearance.

This is one of the things that I try to counsel my patients about before undergoing eyelid surgery. There is a reason why people say: “Eyes are the window to the soul.” It’s because, in many ways, they are. We tend to focus on people’s eyes when when first meet them, and certainly, this trend continues as we get to know them as well.

Blepharoplasties have the potential to create a significant change in a person’s face, and so, subtlety may often be the key, especially for someone like Zellweger who (a) already had some signs of excess upper eyelid skin at an early age and (b) people know rather well from her acting career.  However, what is really unique in Zellweger’s case is that even though she had excess upper eyelid fullness/skin when she was younger, this gave her a hallmark look, which was sultry and mysterious, which contrasted with the “fairy tale” princess look she had otherwise. I am sure that was part of her appeal in many ways. But now, with an upper lid blepharoplasty, her eyes are ‘wide open’ so to speak, giving her less of that sultry and alluring look. It certainly was not a subtle move by any means.

But once again, subtlety is not the modus operandi of Hollywood. After all, we haven’t heard any buzz surrounding Zellweger in a long time, and you know what they say about bad press in the entertainment world? There is no such thing.

Of course, I can’t judge motives, but I can make a reasonable guess about what was done and how it looks. And frankly, it looks fine. The key to plastic surgery is doing it safely and achieving your goals. A dramatic change is not always bad, as long as it is not garish and overdone, but from my experience, most people prefer subtle results. And make no mistake, even though results can be subtle, they can also be stunning, especially if they preserve what is already stunning about you.

The key though is developing a relationship with a knowledgeable plastic surgeon that you trust.

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