Simon Cowell’s extensive use of Botox and fillers has left him with a permanently ‘sad’ facial expression, while Madonna’s ‘creasing eyelids’ show her age, cosmetic surgery experts have claimed in a new Channel 5 show.
The A-listers’ years of cosmetic work will be examined during Celebrities: What’s Happened to Your Face? on Thursday, with experts comparing photographs from the past two decades and weighing up the impact of natural ageing versus enhancement.
Music mogul Simon, 61, who previously joked about ‘using too much Botox’, is said to have suffered some ‘volume loss in his forehead’, which has caused his appearance to change.
Dr Sarah Tonks, from The Lovely Clinic, says on the show: ‘Now it looks like an attempt has been made to soften the wrinkles and lines around his eyes. The two things together here have given this really sad appearance.’
The experts also suggest Madonna, 62, has used ‘too much’ filler in her cheeks to help maintain a ‘youthful lift’ – although cosmetic surgeon Mr Alex Karidis insists the pop princess’ ‘crepey eyelids unfortunately portray her actual age’.
Examination: Simon Cowell’s extensive use of Botox and fillers has left him with a permanently sad facial expression, surgery experts have claimed in a new show (pictured left in 2001 and right in 2019)
Meanwhile Madonna’s ‘creasing eyelids’ show her age, cosmetic surgery experts claimed. Pictured, the singer in 1985, left, and in 2018, right
Mr Karidis explained: ‘You can see that the skin at the top of the eyelid is very, very crepey like.
‘You can fill up the cheeks, you can lift up the jawline, you can fill up the neckline but if the skin around the eyes is looking a little crepey and creasing that’s going to portray your age unfortunately.
‘The likelihood and probability that Madonna has had some surgery is very high because unquestionably once you get over 50, no amount of non surgical treatments is actually going to reverse some of the sagging and laxity that comes on naturally.’
Several of the experts interviewed commented on the singer’s wrinkle-free forehead, claiming that it couldn’t have happened naturally – despite Madonna previously saying she isn’t keen on cosmetic procedures.
Cosmetic doctor Dr Zoya Diwan commented on Madonna’s 2018 appearance to the MTV Video Music Awards in New York City, compared to her earlier looks.
Madonna’s extremely youthful appearance at the 2008 (pictured) Cannes Film Festival, when she was aged 50, was also highlighted by the experts
‘She’s putting more and more filler in her cheek to help maintain that lift,’ claimed the doctor. ‘But you can see actually that these folds are getting deeper and she’s trying to fill that more to prevent them sagging down.
‘And I think that essentially is making her look a little too filled in that region.’
Madonna’s extremely youthful appearance at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, when she was aged 50, was also highlighted by the experts.
They praised the contouring of her face and suggested that her flawless skin could’ve been down to cosmetic surgeons at the top of their field.
Meanwhile, Simon Cowell’s looks were also called into question, with Dr Sarah Tonks suggesting his ‘tweakments’ have given him a ‘permanently sad’ look.
The experts suggest Madonna (pictured in 1986, left, and right, in 2011), 62, has used ‘too much’ filler in her cheeks to help maintain a ‘youthful lift’ – although cosmetic surgeon Mr Alex Karidis insists the pop princess’ ‘crepey eyelids unfortunately portray her actual age’
‘He’s got some volume loss in his forehead on both sides which is not helping his brow position because the bigger your volume loss in your forehead, the lower your brows will be. At 46 there’s not a line on his forehead. Not one line,’ she said.
‘He’s either had a very stress-free life or there’s some Botox in there. Maybe he’s had filler in the jawline, maybe he’s had his face lifted at this point. After keeping up the Botox jabs, by 2012 his eyebrows have started drooping.’
Leading surgeon Dr Alex Karidis claims the X Factor star began to age naturally in his mid-thirties, before suspecting he ‘overdid’ his treatments to combat ‘natural sagging in his cheeks’. MailOnline has contacted Simon’s representatives for further comment.
Cowell is also estimated to have spent up to £50,000 on his ‘ultra bright’ Hollywood smile, with veneers that one expert are ‘probably off the whitening scale’.
Dr Guy Barwell, a dental surgeon at The Implant Centre Hove & Haywards Heath previously told
Cowell is also estimated to have spent up to £50,000 on his ‘ultra bright’ Hollywood smile, with veneers that one expert are ‘probably off the whitening scale’ (pictured left in 1994 and right in 2020)
‘On average veneers tend to only last seven to 10 years as they are susceptible to damage and discolouration, and I suspect he may have had several sets over the years, costing anything from £650 to £1000 per tooth.
‘So he could have spent upwards of £50,000 on his teeth over the years, depending on how many sets he’s had.’
Dr Nyla Raja, leading cosmetic doctor who has treated Simon’s friend Mel B, echoed the comments as she previously told MailOnline she believes the businessman has been left with a ‘drooping face’.
The health expert said: ‘Men also go through hormonal changes leading to a lack of collagenesis in the skin. Unfortunately when we lose weight the fatty tissue is also depleted from the face, leading one to look more drawn.
‘It looks like an attempt has been made to soften the wrinkles and lines around his eyes’: His work will be examined on Celebrities: What’s Happened to Your Face? (pictured left in 2004 and right in 2019)
‘He’s not got the right people around him saying that’s enough. I often refuse clients if they want to go overboard with cosmetic treatments – I just want clients to look and feel like the best version of themselves in the safest possible way.’
She added: ‘Simon’s fallen face and “sunken” eyes are a result of treatments being advised to him, leading to the facial muscles starting to drop around the eye area.
‘I believe Simon should step away from cosmetic treatments for a while and try focusing on non-surgical treatments to lift and tighten the sagging skin.
‘I am a huge advocate of using a combination of non-invasive treatments such as ultrasound technology to lift the skin at its deepest level and radiofrequency to tighten the skin.
‘I did have too much Botox a couple of years ago’: The talent previously previously touched on claims he and his BGT co-star Amanda Holden went too far during the so-called ‘Botox Years’ (pictured together in 2012)
‘To revitalise the entire face I recommend an Intraceuticals Oxygen Facial as it is an effective, non-invasive way to enhance and restore the quality of your skin which may be affected by your lifestyle or as you age – or in Simon’s case – too many procedures!
WHAT THE PLASTIC SURGEON SAYS…
Dr Alex Karidis, Plastic Surgeon at Karidis Clinic told MailOnline:
‘As we get older, gravity takes hold, the skin thins and we get what is called the deflation effect.
‘When we lose fat from our faces, the skin starts to sag, like a deflating balloon and the supporting muscles weaken.
‘The neck sags, as do the brows and upper and lower eyelids which can result in a droopy face. There is a truth to the saying, “fat don’t crack” and having a little extra fat on the face can result in the appearance of fewer wrinkles.
‘Because Simon has lost weight recently, his skin has started to droop. This can be remedied with weight gain, fat injected from other parts of the body or hyaluronic acid.’
‘Intraceutical facials use hyperbaric oxygen to enhance the delivery of serums used in treatments. Oxygen is a natural bacteria which helps keep the skin cool and calm during treatment.’
Pictures taken throughout the years suggest the media personality started having Botox injections from 2009 onwards.
In 2018, the father-of-one admitted to having a facelift, but didn’t confirm when the procedure – which ‘hurt like hell’ – took place.
The Britain’s Got Talent judge previously told
Simon, who has also adopted a vegan lifestyle in recent years, underwent a non-surgical ‘sewing bioplastic-infused thread’ facelift that set him back £2000.
The TV executive explained at the time: ‘For me now, it’s all about having clean skin. If you have clean skin, you look better. But you have to be very careful with some of this stuff.’
‘There’s lots of things you can do now. You don’t just have to stuff your face with filler and Botox. It hurts like hell but it gets rid of sun damage and unplugs all the cr*p.’
On rumours that he and his BGT co-star Amanda Holden have gone too far during the so-called ‘Botox Years’, the talent manager previously told
‘You know, the old clips of us are hysterical, Amanda’s always like, “What was I thinking?” I said, “Well, I don’t look a lot better.” I look all right now, but certain years it was like, “Wow’, I don’t know what was going on”.’
Simon once claimed using Botox ‘added 10 years’ to his TV career, but that he regrets going overboard with the procedure.
He said: ‘Hopefully I look better now – I probably did have a little too much Botox a couple of years ago, because everyone on TV has it.
‘Now I have facials, but nothing too extravagant at the moment. I have a girl who comes here and does a great face massage – it’s very relaxing. I also had a sheep placenta facial once, which was quite out there.’
Celebrities: What’s Happened to Your Face? airs on Channel 5 on Thursday at 10pm.