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Did Michelle Obama Get A Facelift? Top Plastic Surgeons Speak Out!

Mon, April 18, 2011 5:35pm EDT by Chloe Melas 29 Comments

Has the First Lady gone under the knife? Is she using Botox or fillers to get her perfectly smooth look?

These days, Botox is as common as getting a manicure or your eyebrows waxed. It doesn’t last forever, but adds to a polished and professional look — and for Michelle Obama, looking presentable to the public is part of her job. So when the First Lady appeared looking extra-youthful on The View on April 18, consulted top plastic surgeons and dermatologists for their opinion on how the 47-year-old Mrs. Obama looks so fantastic.

NY-based plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Fallek thinks there may have been minor amounts of Botox used on the First Lady.

“[She] may have had a little Botox to the forehead and brow area for a small lift,” he said. “No surgery suspected. On a still photo where you can’t see movement, the overly raised or arched or ‘Dr. Spock’ eyebrows are the usual give away.”

NY-based dermatologist Dr. Katz agreed, saying, “It looks like her eyebrows are quite highly arched and that’s usually a tip off that someone has had Botox.”

Dr. Adam D. Schaffner of Weill Cornell Medical College also thinks Michelle is using Botox. “Mrs. Obama may have had Botox injected in the area around her eyes, between her eyebrows, as well as in her forehead, to soften the appearance of some of the wrinkles in these areas,” he explained.

Dr. David J. Goldberg, chief of dermatology at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, doesn’t believe Michelle has had Botox but a different form of cosmetic help.

“She has the classic look of the ‘Liquid Facelift,’ ” he said. “That is she has the look of the facelift…she may had liquid fillers injected and did not have surgery. In the past fillers were used only for smile lines. Now we can use specialized fillers in the cheek and along the jawline to give natural-looking cheek fullness and a lift of the jawline. These fillers are usually either Radiesse or Sculptra.”

The acclaimed Knife Coach Wendy Lewis, a NY-based plastic-surgery consultant, told us she doesn’t buy into Michelle having had any youth-enhancing injections.

“Michelle is a handsome woman who takes great care of herself and it shows,” she told “We know she works out, her skin is luminous and she looks stunning. As for cosmetic intervention, I doubt she is doing much, if anything.”

Wendy adds that women of color often are blessed with skin that tends to show lines and wrinkles later than fair skinned women. I have heard, however, that she has a brilliant Dermatologist in the DC area so perhaps good skincare is her secret.”

Sarasota, Fla., plastic surgeon Dr. J David Holcomb is also skeptical that Botox was used. He points to another medical procedure.

“Based on photos and compared to a previous photo in 2009 her brows are softer with a gentler arch — this may be partly due to Botox at the glabella area but may also be the result of brow shaping,” he said. “She doesn’t have crow’s feet lines with smiling but this doesn’t mean she has definitely had Botox in this area. She has a slight natural asymmetry of the eyelids seen on other photos, so it;s not the result of a Botox complication.”

Do YOU think the First Lady has had a little help from modern medicine to give her a youthful glow? Sound off in the comments!

Aimee Curran, with reporting by Chloe Melas

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