Thinner Zellweger sends Botox talk into overdrive

Renée Zellweger had onlookers doing a double take as she arrived looking almost unrecognisable at a screening of a new movie in California.

Thinner Zellweger sends Botox talk into overdrive

Zellweger, 44, attended the movie, held at the AMC Burbank 16 theatre, looking like a completely different person from how she looked in 2002. Her entire face was slimmed, her skin looked smooth, and her eyes appeared larger. She is now apparently a size 6.

Her hair was pulled back halfway, with pieces of her bangs pulled out loose in the front. Her skin was smooth and free of wrinkles. She wore very little make-up, just a light blush and some black eyeliner and mascara.

She was dressed down in a black pea coat, blue jeans, and black boots.

Zellweger was famous for gaining and losing lots of weight — reportedly around 30lb — as she played the character Briget Jones in the Bridget Jones’s Diary franchise.

The disappearance of Zellweger’s distinctive rounded cheeks and endearingly, slightly squinty eyes have sparked a flurry of rumours about a Botox makeover.

Twitter is buzzing as the photos circulate, and several gossip sites have asked what she had done.

Zellweger hasn’t been in the public eye as much in recent years, particularly following her extremely short marriage to country star Kenny Chesney.

“I made the biggest mistake of my personal life,” she said. “I felt a failure. I was looking for something else. I just needed to put acting aside. I needed to sit still and not to worry about the dresses and the hair and the travel and the interviews. I was going through huge life changes at the time. I wanted to stop and be a girl for a while.”

The Bridget Jones star has counted numerous celebs among her boyfriends, including Jim Carrey and Jack White, but has reportedly got serious recently about blues musician Doyle Bramhall. The two met in college and reconnected after several years.

Doctors say weight loss can make a person’s nose appear slimmer as Zellweger’s does post- weight loss, though it does not appear as if she has had rhinoplasty. While weight loss can certainly eliminate the appearance of a double chin, in her case, the chin is actually elongated, which is not something that can be attributed to weight loss, plastic surgeons say.

Some believe Zellweger has had a chin implant, which can be attractive without giving the jawline a look that is too masculine. The added length to her face seems to make the rest of her features “pop”, giving her face a look that is overall quite striking, experts say.

She has always had small eyes and by losing volume in her cheeks through weight loss, it makes her eyes more outstanding.

Nothing in the shape or angle of her eyes has changed and nor has her brow position. Aside from the likely chin implant and the continued use of botox (since the “before” pictures of her show her forehead wrinkle free), the rest of the facial changes appear to be weight loss related.

Dr Barry M Weintraub, a national spokesperson for the American Board of Plastic Surgery, doesn’t believe she has had any significant procedures: It does not appear that she had a blepharoplasty [eyelid lift], as she still has some hooding on the upper eyelid, although fat or fillers can be conservatively put into the upper eyelid [just below the brow] to give the appearance of “bedroom eyes”.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr Yael Halaas says she is doing more superficial and attainable procedures for her youthful-looking skin.

Her skin is radiant and shows that she has been likely doing facials, peels, and possibly laser treatments to maintain that perfect complexion.

Her eyebrows are lower and straighter.

This can occur with age and also with the use of Botox to maintain a smooth, wrinkle-free brow.

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