Barbara Walters’ new face: improvement or stop with the chipmunk cheeks?

Barbara Walters is 82 years old and has probably had at least a couple of face lifts prior to her most recent work. Unlike say, Betty White whose face lift(s) look natural and were allowed to settle at some point, Barbara keeps tweaking it and she’s starting to get that freaky look. (Don’t tell me Betty hasn’t had any work done. She’s admitted to getting her eyes done at least and she looks way too good to be all natural at 89.) As I’ve mentioned many times before, I’m completely fine with face lifts and will probably get one myself in about 15 to 20 years. I’m serious, and I’m being honest. It’s the injectables, the touch ups and the follow up surgeries that end up screwing with your face. I really wanted to report on poor Melanie Griffith’s latest work, which is really really bad, but we don’t have the latest photos of her yet. I hope it settles for her. Instead we’re writing about Barbara. You may have heard this last week on Radar, but In Touch is running something on Melanie and Barbara’s work (alongside their Brandi Glanville plastic surgery story) and The Daily Mail has more about Barbara:

With her career still going strong you can’t blame Barbara Walters for wanting to maintain her on-camera appearance.

The 82-year-old television host and veteran journalist recently debuted what appears to be a freshly-tightened face sparking rumours that she went under the knife.

Barbara showed off her smoother complexion and more define jawline at the wedding of Sir Paul McCartney to Nancy Shevell ten days ago.

This is not the first time that Barbara has been rumoured to have gone under the knife in the name of her appearance.

Back in 2007 she also looked to have freshened up her face with some form of tightening procedure. – Daily Mail

With the iconic stars appearing to have rejected the option of aging gracefully or naturally, asked a plastic surgery expert why they may have gone to such extremes to fight back the years.

Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Ashkan Ghavami (who has not treated either star) told in an exclusive interview that he thinks both women have had what he calls “the last straw” in facial plastic surgery.

“By last straw, I mean that they have likely had procedures before and now with this extensive work, they look overdone,” Dr. Ghavami told

“Barbara Walters appears to have had another facelift combined with way too much fat or filler injections,” he explained, adding that her face doesn’t look like it has settled yet and still has post-operative swelling.

Dr. Ghavami went on to say that The View host looks like she has had too much fat removed from around her eyelids, causing an “A line” deformity.

“The combination of excess pull and too much fat transfer are likely the culprits here,” he told – Radar Online

[From Daily Mail and Radar]

I really think Barbara, and Melanie, looked better before. At least Barbara is almost 30 years older and doesn’t have a mask-like face yet. Those cheeks are really bad though. I don’t give a crap about her and found her so pompous during her book tour. She’s a piece of work. I hope she ends up looking like Priscilla Presley or Joan Rivers. Melanie, I like though and I really want her to stop with the visits to her surgeon. It must be hard to see positive results and then take a step back and realize you need to stop or there’s no going back. There are always things we want to improve, but less is best when it comes to surgery and injectables.




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  1. ladybert62 says:

    Yikes – AWFUL!

  2. Dorothy#1 says:

    It makes me sad that she is still doing this at 80. When will it end??

  3. says:

    She looked way better in the 2008 picture.

  4. birdie says:

    for a woman over 80 she looks amazing, but she really went too far with this one! not good at all!

  5. Abby says:


  6. Franny says:

    love that picture of that mustachioed man totally trying to give to her from behind.

  7. Elleh says:

    I don’t begrudge a woman getting a little somethin’-somethin’, but most of the time it makes them look worse. Women get work done in order to appear younger and, being 47 myself, I am sympathetic to that. The thing is, they aren’t fooling anybody. I can spot a woman whose had plastic surgery or injections a mile away. That’s because women usually can’t stop at just one conservative surgery or a small number of injections. They become addicted.

    When I see women who have jacked their faces, I automatically assume they are older. What’s sad is that more and more young women (women under 50) are getting this done and I end up assuming they are older than they really are.

    I know getting old sucks. I’m not a big fan of it myself. But good grief, who wants to end up with a busted face like Priscilla Presley, Joan Rivers, Melanie Griffith, Terri Hatcher, Lara Flynn Boyle, etc…

    There’s a fine line between touching up your face and going full Frankenstein.

  8. Diane says:

    Leave your face alone, Babs.

  9. Green_Eyes says:

    She looks horrible for an after photo! I agree much better before. I totally can see she would be pompous..she comes off that way on The View.. As for woman aging gracefully and looking younger than their age. My mother in law was 76 when she died of a rare form of liver cancer..and she easily passed as a woman in her early 60’s. She was gorgeous! Had it not been for her pure white hair (she refused to dye).. Bet she could have passed for 50’s. She passed those lovely genes on to hubby and sister in both are in early 60’s and neither look it..nor ever have had work done. As for can’t miss it… Use those cheeks are horrible as is the work around the eyes! JUST STOP!

    As for a Melanie, I hope she stops before she starts looking like Walters or that NY Cat Socialite!

  10. grace says:

    She looks hilarious!!! She needs to stop with the fat fillers in your cheeks…she looks like she could store food.

  11. Girl says:

    You’d think she’d focus more on that neck situation. Meh, I guess if they have nothing better to do with their time and money then mangle their appearance….

  12. Luise says:


  13. Elleh says:

    I’ve got to say this. JFS (Jacked-Face Syndrome) seems to afflict mainly women who want to maintain both a super slender figure and a youthful face.

    This, of course, seems to be most prevalent among celebrities who are pressured to remain thin and superficial wives of superficial wealthy men who fear their husbands will leave them for a younger woman.

    The fact is, nothing prevents wrinkles but a bit of fat in the face will push them out and make them less noticeable. When a woman loses too much weight, it shows in her face, which becomes gaunt. Wrinkles, then, become more pronounced.

    Instead of putting on a few pounds and letting the face fill out, these women instead have fat (and sometimes implants) stuck in their faces.

    I suppose there’s a way to keep a slim figure and do some modest things to the face that will make one look a few years younger, but most women go overboard. I think Jane Fonda has done a good job of finding balance. Her figure is fabulous and her face looks good, even though it’s still obvious she’s an older woman. Maybe not 73, but at least she’s not trying to look 30.

  14. ShanKat says:

    It takes at least one year for plastic surgery to settle in the face. Minimum 1 year!

    If I were Barbara, I’d kick back and enjoy being an obscenely wealthy media icon. And enjoy that guy, he looks pretty awesome.

  15. Laurie M. says:

    Yuck Barbara!!! Any more surgery and she’ll have to get off tv.

  16. Christine says:

    Who is that guy with Barbara?
    Poor Barbara – definitely too much work. She looked so good before – I always marvelled that she knew how to do the plastic surgery game. I guess not.

  17. lucy2 says:

    WTF! I never would have recognized her. She looks like she’s having some sort of allergic reaction, her face all puffed up like that.
    At some point, just let it go and accept the fact that you aren’t 21 anymore.

  18. mia135 says:

    I don’t like her and I think she looks terrible.

  19. Barker says:

    I am okay with people in their 40s or 50s get a tweak here and there but if you are blessed to live into your 80s, come on!! Why do all these people try to look like they are in their 20s or 30s? If I am in good health in my 80s, I would wear those wrinkles like a badge of honor. Is she trying to look sexy? With all her credentials, is that really necessary??

  20. Jo says:

    I had to put my glasses on to see that it was not Hilary Clinton in the top picture.

  21. Jayna says:

    It’s the flat hair on top, no bangs. With thinning hair and older it’s not flattering. The other hairstyle much more flattering. Her face is fine. I love the way she lives life to the fullest at her age. It’s to be admired.

  22. The Truth Fairy says:

    The ironic thing is it doesn’t make her look any younger!

  23. Lena says:

    who’s that young guy behind the mustachioed old man? He’s hot! Tell me please! 🙂

  24. Ron says:

    Everyone knows you are 82. Why fight it like that. You look older now with you fake face. I think it’s fine to get little things done her and there but the fillers always always always look bad. Someone who has had great plastic surgery is Deidre Hall from Days of Our Lives, she is 64 and looks amazing but not done at all

  25. Denise says:


  26. mssnarnd says:

    Now her face matches her personality.

    There are several analogies – just pick one 😉

  27. G says:

    If it makes her happy…..whatever.

  28. gab says:

    Just go away already. She is a horrible person and now her looks match her personality- I agree mssnarnd!! Hahahaha. Let’s see what her money can buy now to fix this.

  29. yo mama says:

    I agree with you on the facelift< I think if I needed work a good ole fashioned facelift is the way to go..peple with injectables end up looking bloated and disfigured,everyone who still look like themselves have had a facelift by a good surgeon. stop with all the poison people!!u look scary.

  30. smh says:


  31. bananapanda says:

    I don’t know why she bothers- they put a ton of vaseline on the lens for her appearances on ABC News.

  32. Callli Pygian says:

    This is what Jocelyn Wildenstein and the Spanish duchess with the super long name looked like when the facial tweaking addiction first took hold.

  33. Chris says:

    Terrible…why do people insist on plastic surgery?

  34. I have to agree with the writer of the story…Barbara has done too much tweeking to her face and as a result it doesn’t look natural. This is a prime example that it is very important to pick the right procedure BEFORE you undergo a change.

  35. OXA says:

    She looks like she was treated by Madonna’s injector as she looks overstuffed.

  36. BB says:

    She looks ridicolous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. TabbyCat says:

    It ages her and makes her look really fat in the face and bloated.

  38. JaneWonderfalls says:

    She looked better in the 2008 pic, She looks f*&king ridiculous in the new photo!

  39. Sassy says:

    When I saw her picture at the McCarthy wedding my first thought was – wow Barbara has really put on weight. She is normally a very slender woman and both her body and her face look like she gained a bit. I think she is fabulous, however. Do you know how much energy she must have to be rushing around the globe and doing a daily TV show at 82? Phenomenal.

  40. Madison says:

    She looked better in the 2008 picture but she’s 82 and the clocks ticking, do whatever you want Babs not much time left.

  41. april says:

    On the View she looks fine. Her injections must have settled down. I think she looks really good for 82, plastic surgery and all.

  42. palermo says:

    She looks a complete and utter fool now

  43. Jackie says:

    eewwww. not a fan of hers anyway, but this is just sad. she refuses to age or leave her profession gracefully. she is hanging on for dear life. and the constant name dropping….

  44. crazycatlady says:

    I think there comes a point – a certain age – when women need to just stop trying “a little tweak here, a little syringe-pump there”…Because, as one commenter put it here, all they get is JFS (Jacked Face Syndrome).

  45. autummleaves says:

    she looks awful now, but better back in ’08.

  46. theaPie says:

    She doesn’t look like Baba Wawa! I’m hoping she is still swollen from a recent facelift and fillers, and this will settle.

  47. justathought says:

    Who is this woman? Will the real Barbara Walters show herself please!!!

  48. Victoria says:

    Hey look isn’t that Barb-ry Manilow… mmmm hmmmm….yes, yes… I’m sure of it…

  49. Kloops says:

    JFS. She looks horrid. Betty looks awesome so some can be good. Off to check out how Melanie looks….

  50. Tara says:

    The hair. None of this explains. The. Hair.

  51. wenderwoman says:

    I am 49 and I started getting fillers under my eyes about 2 years ago. I also have a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon and he does the most MINIMAL amount and my eyes look fabulous. A cheek filler is supposed to go very high up on the cheekbone near your eyes. She looks like she either had cheek implants or way too much filler in her cheeks and it just makes her look fat. And it really emphasizes the wrinkles under her eyes.

  52. Darlene says:

    Couldn’t she have just put on 10-15lbs??

  53. Lady D says:

    If you hadn’t put her name in the title I would never in a million years guessed it was her.

  54. Amanda says:

    I really can’t decide. To me, they don’t even look like the same person.

  55. LittleDeadGrrl says:

    I don’t blame anyone who get’s work done. Your face/body … your choice. I couldn’t do it myself. I’d be too afraid of not looking like myself. Still, getting work done 30-50 is one thing. I just don’t get it doing it when you are 70 and 80. Who cares at that point? You are still superficial at that age? Sad.

  56. riri says:

    Are you kidding me?

    She is 80 years old! I agree she looked better before, but, come on. For her age she looks AMAZING.

    and why do you no like her?

    She has done an amazing thing for women in TV.
    There were no real big TV hosts/ anchor women before her, and she had to really eat a lot of cra! so that she would be able to rise to the top and be taken seriously.

    She is allowed to be pompous at 80 years old, and especially with all she has accomplished.

  57. Hootie Hoo says:

    I had no idea Babs was 82. She looks good! At least she look like a human unlike Joan Rivers.

  58. eternalcanadian says:

    Whoa. Major fail there! First of all this woman is 82. That is eight and two. Not 42 or even 62. Who or what is she trying to impress or hang on to? We’re not fooled, and she now looks worse than she did a mere 3 years ago! If she really was unhappy with the way she looked, then she has serious issues because life, especially when you’ve reached the 80s, shouldn’t be about what you look like but who you are as a person inside. Mizz Walters now comes across a vain, pompous, know-it-all with a bad face job. Bleh.

  59. MJ says:

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: those weird “scrunches” that show up on either side of the nose bridge aer a dead giveaway (not that there was ever any question) of filler over-use.

    I agree that women should do what makes them feel good, but it is a bit sad when you see they’ve only made themselves look worse. I recently posted that Melanie G. was looking more settled and natural, so I’m not looking forward to viewing the post-surgery pics. Didn’t she basically admit to getting many of her last bad surgery procedures for the scrips? I hope she doesn’t fall back into the trap now that she’s cleaned up.

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  61. PolkaLady says:

    I saw her this morning on TV. She was sitting next to a woman I’d say was in her 40’s. Although Barbara’s face looked youthful, her sagging boobs gave her away.