Bethenny Frankel looks different now: is it fillers or something else?

Radar Online points us to some new photos of Bethenny Frankel (above & below) in which she looks much different than we’re used to. Something is different around her eyes and in some photos you can see a difference around her mouth. She looks squintier than usual and while the makeup may be throwing it off there’s definitely something going on.

Radar consulted a plastic surgeon and aesthetician who both speculate that Bethenny had work done. Dr. Anthony Youn, M.D. assumes that Bethenny had injectable fillers, particularly around her lips. Youn says “Bethenny’s upper lip looked plumped up, possibly with an injectable filler like Juvederm. It may also be a bit swollen from the injection, which should improve within a day or two.”

Bethenny Frankel seen out and about in Tribeca, NYC

An aesthetician, Zara Harutyunyan, R.N., states that “Bethany either went through a mid-face enhancement with dermal fillers such as Voluma, or cheek fat transfer. In both pictures Bethany had some neuromodulators, such as Botox done which froze her smile to a certain extent.”

Yes Bethenny’s smile looks “frozen,” that’s a good way to explain it. In other photos, like this one, you can really see the difference in her face when she tries to emote.

In the past, Bethenny has been very cagey when it comes to admitting whether she’s had injectables. In 2013, when she had her short-lived talk show, she saidI am not saying I haven’t ever done Botox. I am not saying I wouldn’t do Botox but I am not doing Botox on the regular because I am not one of those people that walks up to a mirror and says, ‘Hmmm, let me look at myself, let me see what I need to fix, let me see what I can do.’ That’s not really me and I believe in everything in moderation.” Then Bethenny bitched out a couple of doctors at the time who speculated that she’d had Botox.

So basically, Bethenny admitted that she’s done Botox but said she doesn’t get it constantly. Why do celebrities think that they’re fooling us with these half truths? That’s like Khloe Kardashian getting all pissed off that people think she had liposuction. When celebrities get obvious work done, they should ignore the reports or admit they’ve had something done (see: Susan Sarandon, Brandi Glanville) instead of getting all defensive about it.

Something nice: she doesn’t look wholly unnatural in the latest photos, just different. If I didn’t know what she looked like before I wouldn’t notice. Also, I like her hair short and light like that, it’s cute.

Bethenny in February:
Skinny Girl Valentine's launch party

In May:
2015 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfront

Bethenny Frankel seen out and about in Tribeca, NYC

Bethenny Frankel seen out and about in Tribeca, NYC

Photo credit:, Pacific Coast News and PRPhotos

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  1. Lama says:

    Holy smokes! I didn’t recognize her. She looks good, though. *shrug

    • Christo says:

      Haircut, lips, and cheek implants.

      • joan says:

        Softer makeup, softer color palate, softer hair color all flatter her. Plus a little injection or something.

        Nicely done.

      • Bell says:

        Her nose is smaller, upper lip is larger, something was done to the eyes or brows, lighter shorter hair, and new makeup artist. Waiting for the personality transplant.

    • Sara says:

      Right!? From far away she looks so much younger, like a twenty year old. The close ups were not quite as flattering, but I’d go with pretty good plastic surgery.

  2. Lama Bean says:

    I like her hair! Cut and color. Suits her really well.

    Something’s diff. Eyes are squinty. So cheek fillers? I’ve never understood the ins and outs of injectables.

    • Kitten says:

      Her hair looks awesome. Suits her face.

    • Sugar says:

      She’s definitely done something to change her jawline. Remember when she used to have a huge jaw area and people suspected it was bulemia jaw? That’s gone now.

      • Sonya says:

        I think she mAy have gained the slightest bit of weight (3-5) and when someone is so drastically thin it makes a huge difference. She has mentioned losing weight rapidly under stress, so maybe she is in a better place now.

  3. Kitten says:

    Fillers in her upper lip for sure. Not sure what else.
    I cannot stand this woman, but I have to admit that whatever she had done is an improvement.

    • Sabrine says:

      She looks amazingly better than she did before. Good work!

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Yes, I thought maybe she gained five pounds, but after reading, sounds like she had something done. She looks good, and I can’t stand her, either.

    • Rhiley says:

      Her mouth is very different, and her face his fuller. She looks younger. Her hair cut is very nice (but I still don’t like her).

    • Tifygodess says:

      I agree. Whatever it is makes her look softer. I’m sure the new hair cut and color is helping as well.

      On a side note I think I’m ready for fillers. Lol. My laugh lines are way to “laughy” looking.

  4. kri says:

    Is it me or does she look slightly…better??

  5. Bridget says:

    It’s pretty obvious that she’s trying to soften her face – she’s a prime example of the concept that at a certain age, you have to choose your face or your ass. Some fillers go a long way to make her look less Skeletor-ish.

    • Annie says:

      Yes, I think her face definitely has a softer look to it, Can’t stand her though.

    • Isabelle says:

      A good haircut/color can de-age you a lot. also looks like she has gained a pound or two she looks good.

    • beautifulDay says:

      For me it’s my face or muffin top. I don’t look facially skeletor, but am praying low rise jeans and cropped tops don’t make it back into mainstream fashion. She looks relaxed, and I would guess she’s gained up to 5 lbs, and this haircut is so fresh it’s shocking. Ok, the lips are very subtley filled. Overall this woman looks much better.

  6. GiGi says:

    The hair helps quite a bit, doesn’t it? The lighting is amazing in the recent photos – it may just be that, but I’m sure this woman gets a litany of things done at the dermatologist. Maybe she gained a little weight? It looks good & not obvious, regardless.

    • hadlyB says:

      I think she chopped and high lighted her hair to distract from her face work- celebs do that all the time so we are all ” omg she went blonde, she chopped her long hair! she’s a redhead now!” but in reality they got work done.

  7. kennedy says:

    The short hair really suits her well. The long hair was a no-go.

    Anyone else think she’s a mega-biatch on this season of RHONY? I love her but she is EXTRA this season. Like Carol said, she only has two moods: tightly wound up or overly emotional. It must be a chore to be around her.

    • LAK says:


      I started watching RHONY when Carole joined. I don’t know what Bethany was like before, but even allowing for the b!tch edit, she is completely vile.

      I think Carole was being polite.

      • kennedy says:

        She can’t have one civil conversation. Everything – in her mind – is confrontational and she’s immediately on the defense. I wonder if she just hams it up for the cameras or if she’s as obnoxious and filthy in everyday life.

  8. Lexie says:

    Oldest trick in the book, getting a haircut to distract from the new face.

  9. EM says:

    She looks like she has had small tweaks here and there. To me, she looks like she has had some dental work done. Her upper lip looks a little fuller and she’s had fillers in her cheeks. Whether it’s make up or not, her nose looks a little straighter as well – but I’d say that’s lighting/makeup.
    I don’t think it’s the new hair, because her face does look less angular and more round in places – softer.

  10. Mel M says:

    I think she filled in all the laugh lines she has around her mouth, they look a lot softer, as well as upper lip enhancement.

  11. Becks says:

    She definitely got her lips plumped, I also think she some filler in her cheek area. Whatever she did, she looks great, very youthful.

  12. Dragonlady Sakura says:

    She looks good. Less harsh in the face, so more power to her.

  13. Sandy says:

    It’s the lighter shorter hair- face looks same

  14. yuyka says:

    She reminds me of Elisabeta Canalis or whatever her name was, Clooneys ex-gf.

  15. celine says:

    Looks like she had her upper lip plumped, as well as fillers around her laugh lines. I can’t stand her, but I have to admit she looks almost 10 years younger.

  16. Penelope says:

    Can’t stand her but whatever she had done suits her. She looks great.

  17. Jayna says:

    Whatever she did (it’s not just the haircut and color, which helps), she looks great and much softer.

  18. db says:

    She’s a good looking woman anyway, but here’s what I see: brow lift, something done to her lips, nose revision, and either fillers or maybe a sculptra facelift.

  19. Tiffany says:

    I was thinking she but on a little weight and it soften her face.

  20. Liz says:

    She just looks high to me in those photos. High + softer out-of-doors lighting = different look.

  21. Me too says:

    Someone please get me the number to we surgeon/filler doc. She looks fantastic.

  22. smcollins says:

    I’m on the same page as most of you. I don’t really care for the woman, but whatever she’s had done looks good. Her features were so hard before. This softer look is a big improvement. I’m loving the hair, too.

  23. Just Me (and my Bobby McGee) says:

    She had a bleph. You can see it best in the photo with the blue dress. Really makes a difference and the healing time is quick. She looks good.

  24. kat0711 says:

    I noticed on her WWHL her smile was softer and prettier, yet weird. Her teeth seemed fake too. When she smiles, look at the weirdness in the corners of her mouth. Why don’t they just say it? Do they think we don’t have eyes and are stupid?

  25. QQ says:

    She looks better even if you can see the nasolabial situation a Mile away in that pic with Andy, also the haircut helps distract from the fillers and whatnot

    DO NOT GO Conflating our overall vote of “whoa she looks better” with “likes” or Coverage Honks PLEASE

  26. Bread and Circuses says:

    I agree about the lip-plumping, but mostly I think this is just good lighting, good makeup, and good (different) hair. I don’t see much difference in her actual face — although that could in itself be evidence she’s having some minor maintenance work done.

  27. funcakes says:

    Yes, she definitely looks “refreshed.”

  28. lukie says:

    I don’t think she did anything except soften her makeup, cut her hair and maybe put on a couple of much needed pounds.

  29. sam says:

    She looks like Jennifer Esposito (sp?).

  30. Kym says:

    Wow, she looks fantastic!
    She definitely did something, because her jaw looks much much less severe than usual. The poor thing looked really odd when she was pregnant. I have no idea why, but at that time her jaw made her look almost disfigured.
    Pregnancy jaw-who knew?
    She looks 10xs better. I still think she is batsh!t insane and more work than she is probably worth but I hope this makes her feel a bit better.
    Anyone watch RHONY? Her (ex?)husband somehow got custody of her apartment. For a few episodes, she kept comparing herself to a homeless person. Yes, if homeless people live in a 5 Star hotel in New York City. Oy vey!

  31. Nikki L. says:

    She’s got major bulimia-jaw.

    • Kym says:

      I have no idea what bulimia-jaw is. ..but I’ve seen this a few times. I have to google this but does that just mean big jowls?.

  32. anne_000 says:

    She looks better, because before, she looked meaner and angrier. Now with the filled out face and lighter hair color, she looks softer.

    I wonder if she told the doctor to make her face look less severe and harsh.

  33. Bella says:

    nice nose job. Eye lift. Fillers to soften it. Looks like a whole new face!

  34. jojo says:

    Y’all, I can’t believe you can’t tell:Its her eyebrow game! She stopped with the harsher pointed arch and went with a softer curved one. Maybe she was kimspired! lol. Both her brows and haircolor are lighter which is softer because her skin is so fair. Also, I think her upper lip might be a bit plumped. She seems to have changed something about her formerly very pointy chipmunk cheeks. That is my take.

  35. Jordan says:

    Whatever she did, she looks great.

  36. M.A.F. says:

    the haircut and color is what stood out. It looks good on her, makes her face look more soft. Plus, that is some good sunlight. As for fillers, eh.