When Renée Zellweger stepped out onto the red carpet at Elle’s recent Women in Hollywood event, she likely had no idea that the appearance of her face would dominate the news cycle for the many days that followed. Rampant speculation followed – it must have been a facelift! And a forehead lift! She must have had facial liposuction, too! These were among some of the many outlandish and inaccurate claims that popped up in our news feeds.
While Dr. Lista doesn’t usually agree to make media appearances to speculate on celebrity plastic surgery, when he was asked to join Mad Dog and Maura at Virgin Radio’s Breakfast Show to talk about Renée’s new look, he wanted to take the opportunity to explain what in his expert opinion was really only a minor procedure, hopefully putting an end to the needless continued scrutiny.
“I think that we haven’t seen her in a long time, she’s reached sort of a critical age — early 40’s — where your face changes a lot,” he explained. “She’s just grown older but I think she’s had something really minor done. I think she had her upper eyelids done, which were her most characteristic trait. Combined with facial aging where your face thins out a little bit and gets thinner and longer as you grow older, think the combination of that and a little minor procedure on the most unique part of her body and she looks totally different.”
More importantly, he added, “she looks beautiful, and she’s happy, so… who cares?”
Dr. Lista also explained how he wouldn’t be surprised if the motivation for this procedure was also for functional reasons. “If you look at her pictures from about five years ago, she had a really heavy upper eyelid, and that was her most characteristic trait and it looked like she was even having trouble seeing,” he observed. In Renée’s case, it appeared to be an inherited condition that contributed to her signature look, but also likely inhibited her sight. “I think that it was interfering with her vision and I think she didn’t like it. So that little minor thing, having an upper lid blepharoplasty, made all the difference for her.”
Aging in Hollywood continues to be a difficult endeavour, especially for women. “I think about being a celebrity and how horrible it is because they’re in a movie and they’re not seen for four or five years and then they come out and people say, “oh my god, you look so different, what did you do?”” Dr. Lista says. When something so simple can put a person’s face under the microscope, stir up so much conjecture, and dominate the 24-hour news cycle, sometimes it’s best to remind everyone once again: it’s her body and she’s happy. So who cares?