Be Careful: Cosmetic Surgery Can Make You Look Older

Halle Berry, photo by Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0,
Halle Berry, photo by Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Cosmetic surgery is the go-to for many celebrities and women who are looking to turn back the clock. Procedures can include Botox, fillers, liposuction and implants. Unfortunately, the faces of many celebrities who have had cosmetic surgery look puffy, stretched, or distorted.

In the last year, I had laser skin-rejuvenation sessions with Cosmetic Laser Specialist Safaa Elbanna. These treatments are promoted as natural facelifts since it is non-invasive surgery. Although I had laser treatments to increase the collagen production in my skin and reduce the redness in my cheek, I draw the line at Botox or fillers as I don’t like the idea of being injected with a toxin, or having hyaluronic acid inserted into my cheeks.

Courtney Cox, photo by Albert Domasin, CC BY-SA 2.0,
Courtney Cox, photo by Albert Domasin, CC BY-SA 2.0,

When I was having my make-up done at the beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart TIFF Lounge recently, there was a discussion brewing between the make-up artists and clients about which celebrities had had work done. I asked if a well known pretty woman who was in town for TIFF had had work done and one of the make-up artists turned to me and said, “Yes, [actress in question] has had work done. They’ve all had work done. When the work is done well, you’ll never be able to tell.”

If you are considering having any cosmetic surgery, it’s important to choose the right procedures, otherwise you may end up looking older than you did before surgery.

Dr. Manish Shah, Board-Certified Denver Plastic Surgeon, provides his expert opinion on optimum cosmetic surgery treatments.

Can You Get Too Much Filler?

According to Dr. Shah, a cosmetic surgeon must examine photos of the person when they are younger to determine how their features have aged. “You want to look at the facial features to see where there is drooping or volume loss as not to run the risk of over filling the face.”

Dr. Shah says he sees women in their 20s starting to use Botox or overfill their lips, breasts, and hips. He says many celebrities under 25 who have had work look 30 or even older. “The lips and cheeks are often the first facial features to be overdone in younger patients,” he adds. 

Facial Breakdown


Dr. Shah says, “Over-suctioning cheeks through liposuction can make you look older.” He adds that if there is too much filler injected, that will result in the appearance of stiff or puffy cheeks.


If you are getting Botox to raise your eyebrow height, make sure the practitioner is an expert in brow area Botox says Dr. Shah. If your eye brow is too arched or doesn’t have any arch, “[it] can instantly age you,” he adds.


Dr. Shah says that a chin implant has to be the right size, otherwise it will throw off the balance of the face. He notes that the face shape can transform from a heart shape to a square shape and lose some of its softness.


Some women get a facelift before it’s needed. “When it’s unnecessary or not done properly, the underlying facial tissues give an unnatural fullness in the cheeks that makes the face look aged, explains Dr. Shah.”


Fat removal under the eyes is popular in younger patients. The problem is that removing too much fat can really make a patient look hollower rather than refreshed.


If you remove too much fat from your neck, this can result in a deep and harsh angle that makes you look older, says Dr. Shah.

Botox: The Frozen Look

Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are all effective in reducing lines by temporarily paralyzing facial muscles to stop movement. But when this treatment is overdone, women may not be able to move their eyebrows and thus, be forced to maintain the same frozen expression. If you have had Botox, Dr. Shah recommends “[letting] the product completely wear off before getting injectable toxins applied to the face again.” Starting off with smaller doses of Botox is the best strategy because you can always increase it he adds.

Too Large Breast Implants:

Getting a breast implant operation that creates breasts that are too large for a woman’s frame will be the first thing people notice since the breasts do not fit the rest of her body. Dr. Shah notes that Jane Fonda is a perfect example of a woman whose implants perfectly complement her body.

Don’t Forget Your Hands and Décolleté:

More than your face, your hands and décolleté are the sneaky revealer of your age so don’t neglect these part of your body when it comes to cosmetic surgery.

Halle Berry, photo by Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0,
Halle Berry, photo by Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Celebrities Who Are Aging Gracefully:

Dr. Shah believes the following celebrities are aging gracefully, whether or not they have had plastic surgery: Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez, Jane Fonda, Angela Bassett, Kris Jenner, Ellen DeGeneres, Kathie Lee Gifford, Katic Couric, Naomi Campbell, Raquel Welch, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sharon Stone, Jayne Seymour, and Padma Lakshmi.

About Dr. Manish Shah

Manish Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S. is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.




  1. This is such a very interesting and informative post that I’ve read today. I guess we should be accept the fact that all of us are going to our aging moment but if you can’t, I can say that you need to choose the right professionals, the treatments and the procedures so that the result will not turn into regrets.

  2. I know its a to each their own kind of thing but I am just not a fan of it unless it’s for the betterment like an accident or something

  3. I say do whatever makes you happy. As long as you’re mentally and physically healthy, nip, tuck and lift until your heart’s content, but do realize that death is a risk of any surgery you get. Make sure it’s worth it.

  4. I don’t know I’d ever have the nuts to have cosmetic surgery. There’s some things I’d love to do but I doubt I would be able to.

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