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Facelift Face-Off: Actress Meg Ryan vs. Jane Leeves

by | Aug 14, 2015 | Blog

When patients visit me at About Face to talk about how a facelift can help them achieve their cosmetic enhancement goals, many of them say

I want to look like a movie star

Most of them don’t mean that literally, of course. They really want to look like themselves, only fresher, more youthful, and more radiant. Facial enhancement surgery can help them achieve all those things, but it can also go awry, even in Hollywood.

Did Meg Ryan Have Massive Facial Surgery?

When rom-com star Meg Ryan came to worldwide attention in 1989, she had a sweet face that made her famous scene in the film When Harry Met Sally all the more hilarious.



Flash forward to 2015 and Paris Fashion Week. Ryan, now 53, made headlines when she hit the red carpet looking like this:


She has not discussed which procedures she’s had done, but it is likely that the actress had:

  1. Lip augmentation
  2. Cheek implants
  3. Eye lift
  4. Browlift
  5. Rhinoplasty
  6. Cosmetic injectables (muscle relaxants and/or dermal fillers)
  7. Neck lift

Has Cosmetic Enhancement Destroyed Meg Ryan’s Career?

Fashion critics called Meg Ryan’s extreme makeover disaster another case of excessive celebrity plastic surgery. Hollywood insiders worried that the overly nipped and tucked Ryan had become unrecognisable to her fan base. The Daily Mail reported this:

“Meg Ryan destroyed her career with plastic surgery,”

Jane Leeves, actress

Jane Leeves is an outspoken opponent of what she calls an epidemic of cosmetic surgery in Los Angeles. She rose to prominence around the same time as Ryan when she became the highest-paid British actress, playing a dizzy housekeeper on the U.S. television series Frasier.



She maintains that she is one of only a handful of Hollywood actresses that has chosen not to have work done.



4 Ways to Make Your Facelift the Best it Can Be

I applaud Ms Leeves for knowing exactly what she wants. I pride myself on helping patients understand that they are beautiful exactly as they are, without cosmetic enhancement. That being said, as someone who has devoted my life to facial plastic surgery, I also know the profound benefits that various procedures can offer to patients.

An expert facial plastic surgeon has the medical and aesthetic skills necessary to create a beautiful face, and the “people skills” to educate patients about options and outcomes.  I recommend these four steps for optimal results to avoid the over-enhanced problems that affected Meg Ryan:

  • Everything in moderation – Using dermal fillers and muscle relaxants after a facelift can cause a face to look over-worked.
  • Go natural – The goal of a facelift is to achieve natural balance in the face with a careful, judicious, and most of all aesthetic removal of fat and repositioning of skin.
  • Think before you act –Before you make any decisions about addition facial enhancement, let your body heal. After the swelling and bruising have subsided, you may realise that you don’t need any further procedures.
  • Remember that you can’t stop time – A facelift is a wonderful way to turn back the clock by as much as ten years in terms of facial appearance. Unfortunately, time marches on. To prolong the benefits of a facelift, I recommend that patients:
  • Use broad spectrum, moisturising sunscreen daily with a minimum SPF of 30
  • Cleanse skin gently morning and night
  • Exfoliate weekly

If you would like to know more about facelifts and other rejuvenation procedures that we offer at About Face, please use our online enquiry form or call us on 1300 555 095.

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Meet Dr Marcells

Past President – Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgeons

Dr George Marcells is known for excellence in facial plastic surgery and is considered a true master of rhinoplasty. He performs advanced surgical techniques to restore balance and harmony to the face and can also resolve functional issues such as breathing difficulties.

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