Summary: In recent days, Renee Zellweger has caused quite the stir. Well, that’s not quite right. Rather, people have been buzzing about her new look—and they’ve been trying to figure out whether its been caused by plastic surgery or a shift in lifestyle or some combination of the two. Of course, this isn’t really the point. The point is that it only takes subtle changes to vastly transform your face. So if you’re thinking about procedures on your face, think about all the ways you could keep your procedure subtle, so all your friends will talk about you beautiful you are—instead of how your plastic surgeon was.

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Saving Face

Your face can change over the years. There’s little doubt about that. In fact, that’s why we have facial plastic surgery in the first place. So it’s a little surprising that Renee Zellweger has garnered so much attention for changes in her appearance that, she insists, have been brought on by a change in lifestyle and by the progress of aging. But maybe we shouldn’t be surprised. More than anything else, the human brain is wired to recognize the face of another human being—it’s something of a survival strategy. And so we’re quick to notice changes in the face of anybody, which is especially true of celebrities who star in our favorite Bridget Jones movies.

The Ends and the Means

There’s some evidence to suggest that Zellweger is telling the truth when she talks about aging and a healthier lifestyle. There appears to be less fat around her eyes. And there certainly appears to be less stress showing in her features. When it comes to the face, even subtle differences are going to make a big impact.

So it’s also possible that Zellweger has had some very minor work done. This work might come in the form of Juvederm or other dermal fillers, as that would help account for the sudden fullness and radiance in her cheeks and around her jawline. Now, it’s possible that she may have had other work done, and it’s really not our business to pry into that, especially if she’s not terribly willing to talk about it (and for the moment, that seems to be the case). It’s hard to blame her, as there is a certain stigma attached to plastic surgery in the United States—at least, within certain circles.

A Lesson About Subtlety

But there is a lesson we can drawn from this, and that’s when it comes to the face, a little can go a long way. So while a facelift might be a tempting option, it’s worth thinking about how much of a facelift you want. According to the website of the New Jersey facelift experts at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery, a facelift can to a certain extent be targeted, to give you a more natural look in the end. It’s not absolutely necessary for you to go with a complete facelift that ends up leaving you looking like you’ve had plastic surgery.

Dial Back the Power

Sometimes facial plastic surgery is far too powerful to achieve the look you want, and you’ll instead want to focus on other areas for your procedure. For example, one small procedure that many patients opt for is called blepharoplasty—or an eyelid lift. As we age, the eyelids tend to accumulate extra tissue, and that extra tissue can cause wrinkles and interfere with vision. And because the eyes are such a focal point in the face, excess eyelid tissue can make you look much older than you feel. An eyelid lift is a great way to quickly bring some life and youthful looks back to your face. It can make a dramatic difference.

Put Your Best Face Forward

And, of course, there are always options that involve injectables. Whether it’s Botox or Juvederm or Radiesse, wrinkle treatments offer temporary but potent ways to give your face a more youthful glow and radiance. Injectables are nice because they are, by their nature, subtle and non-invasive. Sure, if you go overboard with the Botox, you probably won’t be looking your best. But as long as you’ve got a well-qualified cosmetic surgeon looking out for you, that likely won’t happen.

The advantage of going subtle (and not in-your-face) is that you get people talking about how good you look rather than talking about how you had plastic surgery. There’s nothing wrong with plastic surgery, and I don’t mean to imply that there is (obviously)—but even your plastic surgeon will definitely want the focus to be on you. Whatever the procedure you ultimately decide on, the important thing is that you get the results you desire. We want you to look like your best you.