Simon Cowell, minus the surgeon! How the X Factor mogul would REALLY look without a facelift and ‘too much Botox’ ahead of his 60th birthday
- Simon is set to turn 60 in October, but appears much younger
- Plastic surgeon Alex Karidis told MailOnline his recent 20lbs weight loss has caused the skin on his face to sag – he adopted a vegan diet
- Simon admitted to having had a facelift and said the procedure ‘hurt like hell’
- He visited cosmetic surgeon Dr Jean-Louis Sebagh, known as the ‘Picasso of dermatology’, for a Silhouette Soft Lift
- Simon opted for a non-surgical ‘sewing bioplastic-infused thread’ facelift that set him back £2000
- The mogul once claimed that using Botox ‘added 10 years’ to his TV career, but that he regrets going overboard with the procedure
- He also once had a sheep placenta facial, favoured by Victoria Beckham
He looks strikingly different after adopting a vegan diet and dropping 20lbs – and Simon Cowell has also admitted to having a facelift and ‘too much Botox.’
So, ahead of the TV mogul’s 60th birthday in October, no doubt his fans are wondering what he might look like if he not had any cosmetic surgery.
Computer software has predicted how Simon might have looked without surgical intervention and while he still looks handsome, it’s fair to say he looks a little different, with more fine lines and looser skin.
Simon Cowell, minus the surgeon! How the X Factor mogul would REALLY look without a facelift and ‘too much Botox’, according to ageing facial software, ahead of his 60th birthday (left) and how he looks now (right)
He still retains that cheeky charm of course and a twinkle in his eye.
Pictures taken throughout the years suggest Simon started having Botox injections from 2009 onwards.
Last year, Simon admitted to having the facelift – but didn’t say when, and said the procedure ‘hurt like hell.’
He told The Sun that he visited cosmetic surgeon Dr Jean-Louis Sebagh, known as the ‘Picasso of dermatology’, for a Silhouette Soft Lift.
A step back in time: Simon pictured in 2001 (left) versus how software predicts he would look without surgery and a beard (right)
What could have been? Dr Alex Karidis believes the picture on the left is an accurate representation of how Simon might look without surgery, explaining that when we lose fat in our faces as we get older, the skin sags
He underwent a non-surgical ‘sewing bioplastic-infused thread’ facelift that set him back £2000.
Simon explained: ‘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.’
Natural: Simon was flashing some pearly whites (he has since upgraded them) and a smooth forehead back in the day and is starting to display some natural fine lines around the eyes
Simon once claimed that 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.
Botox begins: Simon has admitted to getting Botox injections to smooth out his features, which are mostly noticeable in his cheeks and forehead
‘I also had a sheep placenta facial once, which was quite out there.’
Sheep placenta facials were all the rage around five years ago and Victoria Beckham also famously took the plunge.
Unsurprisingly, the buzz started in LA, at the swanky Rodeo Drive clinic of dermatologist Dr Harold Lancer – Simon and Victoria are his clients.
Subtle changes: Before he lost weight recently, Simon’s face looked plumper, which reduced sagging and the appearance of wrinkles
Ouch! Simon previously admitted that he visited cosmetic surgeon Dr Jean-Louis Sebagh, known as the ‘Picasso of dermatology’, for a Silhouette Soft Lift which costs £2000 around this time
Not moving a muscle: Simon recently admitted he had ‘too much Botox’ injected into his face, which made his face appear stiff while on television
The facial costs £185 for an hour and 15 minutes.
It combines the sheep-derived lotions and potions with microdermabrasion (which exfoliates the skin and blasts away dead cells).
There’s also a mask and red light therapy (to boost circulation and collagen production).
Slim Jim: Simon appears to have started to lose weight (and apply some tan) and is clearly feeling way more confident
Barely recognisable: Now, having lost weight, Karidis believes Simon’s skin has started to sag because he has lost the fat in his face, causing a deflation effect
Dr Alex Karidis, Plastic Surgeon at Karidis Clinic, told MailOnline that he believes the aged photo of Simon is an accurate representation of what he would look like.
Karidis said: ‘As we get older, gravity takes effect – the skin thins and there is a ‘deflation effect’ which occurs when we lose fat in our faces and skin starts to sag.
‘There is a saying, “fat don’t crack” and this is why sometimes, carrying a little extra weight can make the face look younger.
‘Because Simon has lost 20lbs recently, that weight loss shows in his face. With ageing, the neck starts to sag, as do the brows and the eyelids.’
He continued: ‘Some people opt to have their own fat injected into their face to combat this or a hyaluronic acid which may need to be injected two or three times.’
No doubt Simon, who has a net worth of more than £325million, has been keen to slow the ageing process.
In 2010, Louis Walsh claimed he was forced to undergo plastic surgery by his boss and X Factor sidekick Simon.
Louis said he reluctantly underwent an operation to remove fat from under his eyes after Simon insisted that the procedure was vital.
He claimed: ‘Simon said it was essential because of high-definition TV. The eye thing was all I’ve had done. There will be no Botox or anything like that.’
Louis also claimed that remarks from Simon led him to have his teeth fixed back in 2009 – but the mogul did at least settle the bill for him.
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’
Dr Nyla Raja, leading cosmetic doctor who has treated Simon’s friend Mel B told MailOnline that she believes Simon has been left with a ‘drooping face.’
‘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.’
Simon has previously said that he would love to come and see Dr Nyla. ‘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.
‘I am determined to provide only the best possible treatments, individual to each client, ensuring they have fantastic results.’
She continued: My responsibility first and foremost is to my clients health and wellbeing.
‘Simon’s fallen face and “sunken” eyes are a result of the wrong 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.
‘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!
‘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.’
Dr Nyla Raja, (second from right) leading cosmetic doctor who has treated Simon’s friend Mel B told MailOnline that she believes Simon has been left with a ‘drooping face’
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