Random plastic surgeon thinks Madonna had a ‘ribbon lift’


Anyone who has looked at pictures of Madonna over the past year has probably been asking themselves the same questions. What did Madonna do to herself? Are those chicken cutlets on or in her cheeks? Why is she flexing her gristly man-arms? Is that young man her son? And so on.

Plastic surgeon Alex Karidis gave a recent interview to Grazia magazine about what kind of procedures Madge has likely gone in for. First, Dr. Karidis has never treated Madonna, he does not know her personally, so it’s possible he’s just talking out of his ass. Second, I really hate this habit of the tabloids to ask random doctors to diagnosis people they’ve never met, judging them solely by what’s written about them in said tabloids. Now that I’ve got those ethical nitpickings off my chest, let’s gossip about what Madonna’s done to herself.

Dr. Karidis thinks Madonna’s had something called a “ribbon lift”, and the details of this procedure are really gross. According to The Daily Mail, a ribbon lift “uses a dissolvable ribbon implant to lift neck tissues through a short incision around the earlobe. It takes around two months for the ribbon to be absorbed and the results last around three years.” But Dr. Karidis thinks that something went wrong with Madonna’s lift:

While this year’s big winners were all revealed at the Academy Awards last week, one question from the night still remains. Just what is Madonna’s secret?

The 50-year-old had onlookers mesmerised by her incredibly youthful appearance as she arrived at the Oscars ceremony, her super smooth complexion practically glowing under the spotlight. Now there is speculation her wrinkle-free skin is the result of an new procedure called the ‘ribbon lift’.

The 30-minute treatment, which is available at Beverly Hills clinics for around $6,000 (£4,300), uses a dissolvable ribbon implant to lift neck tissues through a short incision around the earlobe. It takes around two months for the ribbon to be absorbed and the results last around three years.

In an interview in the latest issue of Grazia magazine, plastic surgeon Alex Karidis claims Madonna was showing telltale signs of the procedure in a photograph taken days prior to the star-studded ceremony.

Mr Karidis explained: ‘[A tube-like device] is tunnelled under the skin and has lots of tiny hooks that attach to the muscle and tissue. We then pull it upwards to lift the whole area. It doesn’t appear as if the ribbon has dissolved properly. However, she looks to have cleverly covered it with a loose hairstyle at the Oscars party.’

He also suggests Madonna, who is linked to 22-year-old model Jesus Luz, may have had a separate skin resurfacing treatment.

Madonna has remained enigmatic on the subject of surgery, saying previously: ‘I am certainly not against plastic surgery; however, I am absolutely against having to discuss it.’

[From The Daily Mail]

When I first saw the pictures from the post-Oscar Vanity Fair party, I was struck by the simple fact that Madonna’s cheeks looked somewhat deflated. Post-divorce, Madonna was photographed with a new set of enormous, painful-looking cheek implants, and it looked like Madonna got those implants taken out for the Oscars. That was my guess, anyway. Dr. Karidis may be on to something, though. Madonna could have had a procedure that was intended to “relax” over the course of months. What do you think?

Here’s Madge when her face looked the most like she’d had some surgery – July 27th, 2008. Images thanks to WENN.com.

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

32 Responses to “Random plastic surgeon thinks Madonna had a ‘ribbon lift’”

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. Ash says:

    the veins in her buffed up arms are gross. completely gross. sorry.

  2. Holly says:

    I heard she’d gotten a sapphire or diamond blasted facial, which accounted for some of the redness of her face the few days before and the glow of her skin.

  3. Eileen Yover says:

    She used to have huge gorgeous eyes-but her cheek implants take over her whole face. Yuck.

  4. Codzilla says:

    Ash: Agreed. They look like they’re ready to burst.

  5. vale says:

    I dont get celebrities sometimes. They know they’ll be photographed anywhere they go, and insist on going out wearing something like what Madonna is wearing. I’m not saying you should always be on the nines, off days are awesome, but me regular nobody who a photographer would likely shove out the way to take pictures of a famous person would still never be caught dead wearing what she’s wearing.

    what she’s wearing isn’t even the worst offender I’ve seen from paparazzi pics, but jeez.

    And I’m totally on board with the nasty veins- although that NASTY bicep muscle is even worse for me, in a car-wreck hypnotizing way.

  6. anon says:

    i never thought it was cheek implants; i’ve always thought it was some procedure that sucked out the fat in her cheeks.

    but whatever procedure she’s had done, it still screams DESPERATION.

  7. Zoe (The Other One) says:

    She looks hideous in these pictures. Call it what you will ribbon-whatsit or whoever – it just looks bloody painful.

    She was such a beautiful woman – what a shame she didn’t have the guts to grow old gracefully.

  8. anna says:

    I’m not Madonna. I’m not walking in her shoes with millions of eyes on me waiting for me to f*ck up. I don’t know what I think I think of her having surgery.

    All I know is that as a little girl, I loved this woman when she first appeared in 1983 with her wacky “look at me” style and catchy tunes. She’ll always be that to me.

    And I’ll be sad the day the world doesn’t have Madonna.

  9. Frenchie says:

    She looks like a crane with skin on it. Hopefully time will smooth things. Geez, I would hate to do that to my face

  10. Ashley says:

    “The 50-year-old had onlookers mesmerised by her incredibly youthful appearance as she arrived at the Oscars ceremony…” The onlookers were mesmerized & asking themselves, WTF?!

  11. Rreedy says:

    There is beauty in aging gracefully. Try as she might, time ravishes all of us. SHe just looks ridiculous.

  12. caribassett says:

    Things have gone wrong. Very wrong.

  13. yasmin says:

    She looks bad in those pics, but the oscar’s pics.. wow. she looked so young and pretty.

  14. lrm says:

    she looks scary;like she cannot move her face,and like a caricature. I,too,wish she would’ve shown the world and hollywood a thing or two,and grown old gracefully. That seemed more her style-her way-rather than the maitrix way. kinda of a bummer,though there’s still time-she could just let it all go and become herself. [er,well,become someone interesting again,even if you don't like her,she was interesting and really did provide shock value and rebellion against convention. At the time she came into view,it was certainly controversial stuff she was doing.]

  15. SixxKitty says:

    I think she has done a great job on looking like Courtney Love…

  16. Ter says:

    Well lookee lookee, she’s on the Joan River’s fast track to Trolldom. The funny part is that they PAY to look like those troll dolls I played with in my youth. High-larity.

  17. Zoe says:

    Can you include some pics from the Oscars here too?

  18. Rio says:

    “I dont get celebrities sometimes. They know they’ll be photographed anywhere they go, and insist on going out wearing something like what Madonna is wearing.”

    Amen, Vale. A quote I literally live by is from Joan Crawford:
    “I never go outside unless I look like Joan Crawford the movie star. If you want to see the girl next door, go next door.”
    She said something else about never going outside unless she looked like she was expecting to get photographed that day. I am but a lowly civilian and I never, NEVER leave my house in a t-shirt, roots showing, sans makeup…gah! *SHUDDER*.
    (To be fair, though…I’m a Dita Von Teese style retro-gal. It takes time and effort to actually *look* like Joan Crawford every day…unless you’re willing to wake up an hour or two before you want to simply so you can do your hair properly, I’d recommend going out in a t-shirt ;) )

  19. raven says:

    This is really sad. For years she set cultural style so she was aware and perceptive. The fact that she apparently thinks those arms and that face look good means that she’s got a really pathetic sense of herself anymore.

  20. Sunnyjyl says:

    I certainly hope the skin relaxes sooner rather than later. These pictures do not make me want to get ANYTHing lifted, ever.

  21. Stan says:

    I’ve always thought she takes herself way too seriously.

  22. nag says:

    She is taking the theme of reinventing herself to far i believe….

  23. lily says:

    what is the point of this article?
    ridiculous….no being can look ” on ” 24/7…i admire that she has a great relationship with her kids…why post these photos?

  24. barneslr says:

    She is apparently going the “more is more” Jocelyn Wildenstein/Joan Rivers/Michael Jackson route with plastic surgery. Every time I see a picture of her she looks worse than the time before.

  25. Alias says:

    It’s actually pathetic, she’s grasping desperately to keep her fading youth instead of letting middle age come on gracefully. That and the constant crotch-in-your-face posing is just plain sad. You look at celebrities like Susan Sarandon or Meryl Streep and they look great, they’re doing it right. If she were my mother I’d be cringing with embarassment.

  26. daisy424 says:

    @barneslr; Great analogy, I will add Madame the puppet.
    Her cheek implants look like the cutlets I put in my bra for added cleavage. Great look when placed in a bra, bad look on your face……….


  27. Legend says:

    I hate Madonna and her face is starting to look weird but you have to give her credit for staying in shape.

  28. the original kate says:

    poor madge is so boring now. really the most controversial and shocking thing she could have done is to grow old naturally, embraced 50 and still be rockin’ it. now she looks just like 90% of celebs – stretched and weird.

  29. Alita says:

    These photos aren’t the shocking thing – merely the awful thing. The shocking and amazing thing was how fantastic she looked at the Oscars – not even touching on her clothes but just her skin. I genuinly saw one photo and thought “hmm – who is that – ScarJo?”. Then i fell off my chair, of course.

  30. Goddess711 says:

    Another poster-child for “vanity surgery gone horribly wrong”…shudder.

  31. meow mix says:

    I have heard that the ‘ribbon lift’ is a disaster. They say that the ribbons sometimes cause scar tissue. This could be what has happened.

  32. Hey, cool tips. I’ll buy a bottle of beer to that person from that chat who told me to go to your site :)