Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
What is going on with all the Pillow Faces in Hollywood? There’s been a rash of them lately, each one seemingly worse than the next. A Pillow Face is the term used when a person has overplumped cheeks, causing them to look like a Cabbage Patch Doll or as if they’re storing nuts for the winter. Here are some Hollywood stars who appear to have exhibited Pillow Faces of late:
1. Ashley Judd - This natural beauty recently resurfaced to promote her new show Missing. What’s really missing, though, are the wrinkles in her forehead and her previous appearance. She and her reps have denied plastic surgery, instead blaming her puffy cheeks on a combination of steroid treatments and a sinus infection. To read more about Ashley Judd’s face, click HERE for the MSNBC.com article and HERE for the RadarOnline.com article, both with my quotes.
2. Ellen Pompeo - Has Gray changed her facial Anatomy by getting a Pillow Face? Looks like it! Click HERE to see recent photos.
3. Lindsay Lohan – Not only are her cheeks overly puffy, but so is the rest of her face. Click HERE to see what’s the scoop with LiLo.
4. Madonna – The Material Girl just might be the originator of the Pillow Face. Click HERE for a photo.
Why are there so many stars sporting a Pillow Face and why didn’t we see it before?
Up until recently, most plastic surgeons considered facial aging to be a two-dimensional process. They believed that aging caused the face to sag, hence the treatments all involved lifting. This created the wind-tunnel looks of many of the older facelift and plastic surgery patients. One of my mentors, Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, was among the first to describe facial aging as a 3-dimensional process, one that involved sagging PLUS deflation. We described this in our 2004 article, The Volumetric Facelift. Now all sorts of plastic (and non-plastic) surgeons have realized that proper facial rejuvenation surgery requires a combination of tightening loose skin PLUS adding volume to treat deflation.
Unfortunately, some of these doctors are going way, way overboard. Instead of a conservative filling-in of the cheeks, they’re plumping faces as if blowing up a balloon. Hence, the dreaded Pillow Face.
As for most things in life, moderation is the key. A little volume is a great thing. A lot of volume makes a person look not like a Man, but like a Muppet.
Thursday, August 7th, 2008
The Early Show on CBS had a segment this morning explaining the “new” trend in plastic surgery: Adding volume instead of just lifting. They explained that adding fullness to the cheeks is a key component of reversing aging and creating the most naturally youthful look possible.
Is this old news? When I did my aesthetic surgery fellowship with Dr. Richard Ellenbogen five years ago, the importance of volume enhancement in facial rejuvenation was the most important thing he taught me. We even published an article in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal about it, entitled the Volumetric Facelift. Click here for the article.
I strongly agree that adding fullness into a face is an extremely important part of reversing aging. I teach my patients that aging is a 3-Dimensional process. The best methods for volume addition are surgical facial fat grafting or nonsurgical Sculptra injections (not approved by the FDA for general cosmetic use). These are some of my favorite procedures to perform, as the results can be very natural and very powerful.
Thanks for reading.
Anthony Youn, M.D.
Sunday, December 3rd, 2006
Greenville Senior High School: 1986-1990 (valedictorian)
Kalamazoo College: 1990-1994 (magna cum laude- B.A.)
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine: 1994-1998 (M.D.)
Michigan State University Grand Rapids General Surgery Residency: 1998-2001
Michigan State University Grand Rapids Plastic Surgery Residency: 2001-2003
Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship w/Dr. Richard Ellenbogen: 2003-2004
I was offered a spot in Dr. Ellenbogen’s practice, a prominent one in Beverly Hills, California, but turned it down. My wife and I moved back home to Michigan, where we settled in Rochester Hills, a suburb of Detroit. I opened my practice, The Hills Plastic Surgery and Laser Centre, in August of 2004. I am thankful for the great success that we’ve had.
My practice currently consists of mainly cosmetic plastic surgery. I do participate with the major insurance companies as a resource for reconstructive patients in need.
I’ve been featured in Dr. 90210. My comments on celebrity plastic surgery have been published in many national magazines, including In Touch Weekly, Life and Style, US Weekly, JANE, The National Enquirer, and OK! Magazine, among others.
Some of the surgeries I specialize in include facial fat grafting, the Volumetric Facelift, Breast Augmentation, Tummy tucks, and VASER Liposelection, to name a few. I’m also an active writer for major plastic surgery journals and am on the Editorial Advisory Board for the prominent magazine, Plastic Surgery Products.
It feels like I’ve gone to school forever. The field of cosmetic plastic surgery is my passion, however, and I am dedicated to practicing my craft with the utmost in integrity and skill.
So that is who I am in a nutshell. In general, I prefer to keep the intimate details of my family life private and off the blog. Over the next several months I will post information on some of the plastic surgeons around the country whom I respect and consider either my mentors or my respected contemporaries.
Now back to the celebrities!
Thanks for reading.
Michigan-based Plastic Surgeon
Anthony Youn, M.D.: