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Renée Zellweger who is known for her quirky role in the “Bridget Jones’ Diary” movies, recently appeared at ELLE US magazine’s Women in Hollywood awards and left the public, fellow celebrities and tabloids in awe of her dramatically different appearance.

The 45-year-old actress looked almost unrecognizable on the evening, but attributed her new appearance to a positive change in her lifestyle, as well as natural ageing.

Since the awards, the lovely actress who has always had the “girl next door” look hasn’t managed to convince the media these changes could occur solely due to minor changes and ageing.

According to plastic surgeons Dr. Michael Edwards and Dr. Stuart Linder based in Beverly Hills, Zellweger’s looks have changed to dramatically because her most distinctive features are the ones that changed dramatically, making her look like an entirely different person. “It doesn’t seem likely that she has had any invasive surgery, such as a mini-facelift, done, Edwards said. “Still, “it’s a pretty remarkable change.”

They suggest the most significant difference seen in Zellweger’s appearance are the changes to her eyes, which are the centre of the face and the first part of a person’s face we are drawn to, and that this could have occurred due to her brows being lowered as well as fat pads under her lower lids being removed. Linder also explains that he believes there has been some changes made to the actual shape of her face, which he explains “would have been achieved through the plumping of her jawline with a cosmetic filler such as Juvéderm. The final change that the two surgeons point out are those that have occurred to make her cheek bones more prominent, which they say could be attributed to some weight loss, natural aging as well as minor Botox, which would have made them plumper and reduced wrinkles.

Dr Xen Ludick

Dr Xen Ludick

Mirroring the views of the Beverly Hills’ surgeons, Dr. Xen Ludick, a medical doctor with a special interest in aesthetic and anti-ageing (preventative) medicine at Skin Renewal in Johannesburg, believes that Zellweger’s ‘transformation’ is a prime example of how change to prominent features of a person’s face can change the entire face, even to the point that the person is almost unrecognizable. “Her eyes, checks and jawline have definitely been altered,” he says, “If I were a betting man, I would put money on cheek fillers, a surgical bleph, which is eyelid surgery that removes excess skin and fat, as well as jawline reshaping.”

He goes on to explain that Zellweger’s jawline was most likely done surgically, but he believes that these changes could also be due to dermal fillers. “Zellweger has come forward and attributed her drastic change in appearance to ageing and lifestyle changes and there could be some truth to this too,” Ludick says, “When we age we do lose fat and volume in certain areas of the face, especially the cheeks and lips, and it does look like natural ageing also played a role in her ‘new look'”.

While it is clear that there have been major changes to Zellwerger’s look, it is important to note that the actress does not look bad, she just looks incredibly different to the face we were so used to. Ludick strongly believes that if we didn’t know it was Renee Zellweger, we probably wouldn’t even notice anything specific about her appearance. “I am sure it was never the intention to make her look like someone else, but the ratios between the prominent features — eyes, nose, lips and cheeks — has been altered too much of her appearance to ensure a “natural looking result”.

Here’s a look at Zellweger as she has aged over the years:

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Samantha Parrish

Samantha has been working as the features writer for Longevity since February 2013 after she graduated from the University of Johannesburg. She studied journalism and this is where she developed a keen interest in the health and wellness arena in South Africa.

She has always had a passion for writing and finds it incredibly rewarding working in the health and wellness industry. Samantha believes that it is important to take an active stance with regards to your health and wellness in order to live a happier, healthier and longer life.

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