“Plastic surgery should enhance a person’s appearance, rather than completely transform it,” says Houton Chaboki, M.D., a plastic surgeon in Washington D.C. “For example, with a face lift or neck lift, your friends and family should say. ‘You look refreshed. Did you lose weight? New diet? New hairstyle?’ rather than ‘You look different.’”
Chaboki said he can tell when someone’s had a face lift when they have that “wind-swept appearance.” As in, they look like they’ve sat in front of an industrial fan for too long. Other dead give-aways: A “pulled” facial appearance, ear lobe deformity, hair loss and visible scars.
Keeping Up with the Kardashians star Bruce Jenner is the perfect example. “His skin is too smooth. An older gentleman that is handsome should still have some roughness or ruggedness,” Chaboki says. “Also, his eyebrows are pulled up too much. For a man, the eyebrows should be lower as compared to a woman.” Chaboki speculates that a bad face lift pulled Joan Rivers’ lips out too much, giving her what he calls a “Joker’s smile.”