Last year, the term “pillow face” was being bandied about in the British tabs about her presumed overuse of facial fillers, and Madonna reportedly was going to back off from or change her cosmetic medicine regimen because she didn’t want to look like “a freak.”
Some plastic surgeons looking at a variety of then-and-now photos at our request, including her Super Bowl appearance, told us Monday they think she’s managed to turn it around.
“In my mind Madonna is a good example of plastic surgery done really well,” said Dr. Terry Dubrow, a plastic surgeon in Newport Beach who’s married to Heather Dubrow, the newest cast member of “The Real Housewives of Orange County”.
“Photos we’ve seen of her over the years have varied from her looking like she needed surgery to looking like she’s had too much. Recent photos may have reflected her having a bit too much filler or being weirdly over botoxed but she looks incredible now. She has found the perfect balance between having low body fat and just the right amount of facial filler so she doesn’t look gaunt. Bravo Madonna!”
Dr. Douglas Hendricks of Newport Beach also was complimentary:
“Overall she appears to have corrected the unnatural looking things that were done previously and has gotten just the right amount of tightening in the right places to look great yet at the same time look natural.”
Dr. Tony Nakhla, a dermatologist, author and medical director of the OC Skin Institute in Santa Ana, Laguna Niguel and San Clemente, thinks Madonna’s face appears more in synch with her anatomy now:
“I think she looked fabulous at the Super Bowl and commend her for taking a more subtle approach with her treatments. In the past she did appear a bit ‘puffier’ than how she looked last night and I think it is a more natural look for her, especially since she is so lean and muscular everywhere else.”
Madonna, 53, has neither confirmed nor denied getting any cosmetic work, so we don’t know exactly what she might have done. But as Dr. Anthony Youn, a plastic surgeon in Detroit, summed it up in RadarOnline last year: ”I doubt she’s a virgin to plastic surgery!”
Writer: MARILYN KALFUS / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER