Liam Payne has been a fan favorite throughout the 2010s, from his days with One Direction to his solo artistry. He’s grown up before our eyes, and die-hard fans have watched him evolve into a handsome young man with a chiseled jawline and slimmer face. But when he debuted a dramatic new look at a recent red carpet event, fans wondered whether he had undergone cosmetic surgery to achieve the look.
Liam has always had a baby-face, but the 31-year-old singer rocked a dramatically chiseled jawline at the premiere of his former One Direction bandmate Louis Tomlinson’s documentary All Of Those Voices last week. His pronounced cheekbones and chiseled jawline caught the eye of fans and experts alike.
“It is a very bold change to his face,” plastic surgeon Dr. Ramtin Kassir told Page Six. He also added that it looks “model-ish and rugged.”
Despite the fact that his jawline and cheekbones looked significantly more defined, many of his dedicated fans still wondered if he had undergone cosmetic surgery to achieve such a drastic appearance. Some even speculated that he may have had buccal fat removal, which is a viral cosmetic procedure that removes excess fat in the mouth to give an angular and defined look to the jaw and cheekbone area.
In addition to buccal fat removal, many also suspected that Payne might have undergone other cosmetic procedures like chin filler and lip filler. According to plastic surgery expert Pamela Weinberger, a chin implant or jaw line filler might have helped achieve the chiseled and slimmer look. She says, “Liam could have had a chin implant or jawline filler,” and that he would need to keep them in place with regular maintenance Botox.
Other plastic surgery experts agree that the former One Direction star has likely had buccal fat pad removal, which is a relatively common procedure that celebrities have undergone to achieve a sharper jawline and facial features. However, they also point out that the procedure can be painful and may have caused Payne to have premature ageing, which is why it’s best for a person to avoid it.
Another popular surgical option is the facelift, which can help give a more youthful and defined facial appearance. During the procedure, an incision is made on the forehead and cheeks to remove the skin. The incisions are then closed and a silicone implant is placed in the area to make the face firmer and smoother.
He’s not the only celeb to have undergone this procedure: Mindy Kaling has also been known to undergo the procedure and recently announced that she will be going under the knife for a second time. Both Kaling and Payne are said to have used the weight loss drug Ozempic in order to achieve their slimmer figures.
While Payne has not addressed plastic surgery speculation, he has been open about his struggles with alcohol and drug addiction. He previously spoke on The Diary of a CEO podcast, in which he revealed that he suffered from “moments of suicidal ideation” due to his addiction and has since cut them out of his life. He has also praised his ex Cheryl Tweedy and described her as the best co-parent to his son, Bear.