Beauty is Payne?
Liam Payne made his red carpet debut on Thursday with a heavily trimmed face, which didn’t go unnoticed by fans or cosmetic surgery pundits alike.
“He didn’t look bad before, but his face instead of being soft and a bit chubby looks model-like and rugged,” says celebrity plastic surgeon Dr Lele Pons, exclusively tells us.
Florida-based plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Su adds, “He definitely has a more masculine look with sharper, chiseled features compared to his previous looks.”
Pamela Weinberger, Founder of Plump Cosmetics agrees, “His new look is definitely sharper than in the past and certainly has a little ‘wow factor’ because his facial structure looks so different.”
Cosmetic surgery experts exclusively tell Page Six that Liam Payne’s new look is likely due to the removal of the buccal fat pads. WireImage board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kassir says the singer now looks “model and sturdy”. WireImage
The experts we spoke to, who have decades of combined experience but didn’t work on Payne, agree that the former One Direction member appears to have turned to fillers, or the celebrity-favorite buccal fat removal procedure, to help his achieve sharp facial features.
Weinberger says the 29-year-old “What Makes You Beautiful” singer may have opted for jaw fillers, lip fillers, chin fillers and botox for regular maintenance.
Kassir notes that the fillers could be used to contour the singer’s jawline and chin.
Expert Pamela Weinberger adds that Payne may have had fillers in his jawline, jawline, and cheeks. WireImage
dr However, Azza Halim, a board-certified esthetician and functional medicine specialist, doesn’t believe that fillers alone could help Payne achieve such a defined look on the lower part of his face, and thus agrees that buccal fat removal likely has a role played.
Meanwhile, Su points out that Payne may have had liposuction on either his chin or jawline, which could also help achieve a sharper jawline.
However, all of the experts we spoke to believe that buccal fat removal is the most likely procedure to have been used, which we’ve been told costs anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000 depending on the person performing the cosmetic method can.
However, Kassir warns against those trying to jump on this new cosmetics “craze,” as not all people are the right candidates.
“You can cause premature aging just by randomly removing people’s buccal fat,” points out the New York and New Jersey-based doctor.
According to Kassir, the best candidates for buccal fat removal are those who are generally fit, have a good diet, exercise regimen, and weight control, but their face is round, so “no matter what they do, their face is full .”
“If you do it on someone who’s thin, by the time they hit their 30s and maybe even early 40s, their face will start to look hollow and gaunt and aged,” he says.
Payne has not confirmed whether he went under the knife or used injections to achieve his new look. WireImage
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Kassir and Halim note that buccal fat removal is irreversible, and while Su and Weinberger mostly agree, they say there are alternatives that could be tried to restore facial structure to its natural appearance, but that is not a guarantee.
“Buccal fat pad removal could potentially be reversed with fat transfer,” says Su, who specializes in liposuction and body contouring.
Weinberger and Allergan Medical Institute national trainer adds, “You could try replacing the fat with a collagen-inducing agent like Sculptra or a hyaluronic acid filler, but some fullness on the face is really nice because it keeps us all young.” ”
dr Kassir thinks Payne’s new look could also be due to weight loss. WireImage
Kassir concludes that while Payne’s altered face has sparked speculation, his results could have been brought about by natural causes – or by the popular diabetes drug Ozempic, which is widely used by Hollywood’s elite for weight loss.
“He looks like he’s lost weight, so that [chiseled look] can happen if they lose a decent amount of weight or if they use insulin or diabetes medications like Ozempic,” says the plastic surgeon.
“It arches your face a lot more than the rest of your body when you lose weight, so theoretically he could have done that, but even if he had gone to the gym and lost 20 pounds, his face could get tremendously better and more chiseled.” ”
Doctor says pop star used to look ‘softer’ Getty Images for BFI
However, Kassir notes: “I’m not saying he did it [taken Ozempic].
While Payne hasn’t confirmed what he’s been doing – if anything – people on social media seem upset that the “Night Changes” singer doesn’t look the same anymore.
“Omgggggg what happened to Liam?” one person commented below an Instagram post from Payne at the premiere of Louis Tomlinson’s documentary All of These Voices in London.
Other fan tweeted, “Liam Payne’s buccal fat removal makes me so uncomfortable, I know this man.”