5 Ways To Spot Bad Plastic Surgery

We’ve all seen bad plastic surgery, especially from celebs who’ve become a bit too friendly with the scalpel. When a person suddenly steps out as an almost completely different human, or not even human looking at all, it’s pretty much a dead giveaway. How does this happen and how can you tell what was done? We’ve got the top 5 ways to spot plastic surgery and become and expert in where the doctor or injector went wrong.

So how do you spot good plastic surgery? You don’t. Because good plastic surgery is not obvious to others but does improve one’s appearance. Patients of Thompson Facial Plastics typically get compliments from others on how refreshed and rejuvenated they look though the person is unsure of what has changed.

Think about celebrities that aren’t in the news for botched or bad plastic surgery but look amazing. What do they always attribute their looks to? You got it, diet and exercise. If a surgeon has done his job right, no one should know you had a facelift or eyelid lift. The same goes for fillers and botox. The goal of facial rejuvenation is to improve, restore and rejuvenate, not to change a persons looks.

So here are the top 5 ways to spot bad plastic surgery, as if it wasn’t easy enough. In general, overdoing it is the giveaway but here are more specifics.

1) Frozen

No, not the movie. That was actually popular. But a frozen face? Not so popular. If administered too often or too much is used, Botox can leave one looking a bit expressionless. Yes, some patients like the forehead area more frozen but it’s best to find a good balance with the help of a certified facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Thompson.

2) Chipmunk Cheeks

When injected correctly, fillers can do wonders for restoring lost volume in the face and filling in wrinkles. Voluma is highly popular for the midface when it comes to restoring volume, as well as Radiesse. But if too much is injected, you guessed it, you’ll look like a chipmunk with big puffy cheeks.

3) Duck Lips

This one always makes me cringe when I see it out and about. Especially in this recent photo of Farah Abraham, reality television star. She sent out a tweet including the picture above warning others to do their research before settling on a dermal filler injector. You really want to choose someone who is more conservative when it comes to lip injections. Dr. Thompson typically injects a smaller amount into a patients lips and has them come back when the swelling has subsided to determine if they want more or not. There is no additional charge once a patient has purchased their syringe.

4) Wind-blown Face

Older facelift techniques were more likely to leave a face that’s pulled and too taut that often resulted in distorted hairlines and ear placements. Modern surgical techniques, such as Dr. Thompson’s facelift and MACS facelift, give patients a completely natural look.

5) Changed Eye Shape

Less if often more when it comes to eye procedures as the eye area is such an important part of the face. Too much cutting can really change the shape in a drastic way. Many speculate that such was the case recently with Renee Zellweger’s drastic new look that left her almost unrecognizable.


Who look’s suspiciously good? A recent post from AARP gives us some speculations that sound like they could be accurate.

Jane Fonda has confessed to “looking great at 76, thanks to multiple cosmetic procedures over the years.” My guess is she’s had more than one face-lift — and that she has a well-thought-out strategy of nonsurgical procedures for maintenance.

Helen Mirren appears to have had a successful recent face-lift. At 69, she now has a smooth jawline and a beautiful neck (and those lines around the eyes can easily be resolved with Botox).

Sigourney Weaver looks great at 65; I believe she had good work done. Only from certain angles does she look her age.

What do you think? Do they look too good to be true, overdone, or completely natural?

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