I thought I’d weigh in on Renee Zellweger’s new face. With all of the publicity surrounding her new look how can I not?
It touches on exactly what I talk about on my blog doesn’t it? For those of you that are busy living life and haven’t heard the latest, then I’ll tell you. Renee Zellweger got some work done on her face and looks like a different person.
The Renee we know:
The New Renee:
Not at all the same huh? And so? It’s so funny how people can judge what a person does or doesn’t do with their own body. Especially men. But also young women who think they are impervious to aging and older ladies who are naturally, magically, beautiful as they age. And let’s not exclude those who just can’t afford or care enough to be bothered. As if we have control over how we age!
Newsflash – for the most part we don’t. You can eat healthy (whatever ‘healthy’ is, as the ideas change by the decade), exercise, drink lots of water and pray to the youth gods but it’s not going to make a damn bit of difference if your genes say otherwise. So sorry – but that’s just life.
But Renee’s case is extreme. If she’s really born in 1969 (one year younger than me), she’s only 36 years old in that pic above but take a look at her eyes. Do you notice the extra skin on her upper eyelid? That’s called an epicanthic fold and is commonly seen on Asian people’s eyes.
As you age they become more and more pronounced, so to the extent that it can become debilitating. No joke! I know a bit about this because it runs in my family. My mom is a nurse and had no choice but to address her upper eyelids when she started to have to use a pencil to hold them up to read EKG’s. True Story.
If you’ll notice the photos above, not much of Renee’s eyeballs are showing, and those pics were taken years ago! The less you can see someone’s eyeballs, it only stands to reason, the less they can see out too.
Upper Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
The best way to deal with sagging skin on the eyelids is to have a blepharoplasty. A blepharoplasty is a procedure that trims off the extra skin in your eyelid area and is becoming pretty commonplace, sometimes for aesthetic purposes, but in the case of my mom’s, and quite possible Renee’s, for functional reasons too.
And here’s the problem. How you look afterwards is really up to the surgeon. You can tell him/her to make it look natural but how it turns out is pretty much out of your hands before you can count back from 10, breathing in that first gas.
I’m sure that Renee didn’t tell her surgeon, “Please make me look like a totally different person because I spent most of my life trying to make my face recognizable to the planet so I’d like to start from scratch with a whole new face now”. Seriously.
You change your eyes and you change your whole face. Renee had to do something about hers and the change was a little drastic. Probably more drastic than anticipated but welcome to the challenges of aging! Regardless, Renee is a beauty – even if it turns out that it’s not Renee at all but a body double sent around town for her amusement. 🙂