Let the speculation begin.
Nicole Kidman’s followers are questioning her latest social media post, a smiley snap posted to Instagram on Wednesday, which shows the actress with director Lulu Wang on the set of new Amazon series Expats.
But according to commentators, something about Kidman’s face appeared to be different, as her porcelain skin appeared puffy, tight, and wrinkle-free.
Fans speculated that the 54-year-old Oscar winner may have gotten her job done.
“What have you done to your face?!?!?!!!? You’re starting to be like a monster, it’s sad because you were beautiful,” one devout fan wrote on the post.
“You don’t look like you Nicole,” commented another.
“Something’s wrong with your face,” someone else interjected.
dr Dara Liotta, the Dual Board-certified facial plastic surgeon who hasn’t treated the actress, told the Post she believes Kidman recently went under the knife — or used “a serious facetune.”
“There is no doubt that these photos make it look like she had a facelift and neck lift surgery,” said Dr. Liotta, who owns a practice on the Upper East Side, and provided a chart to illustrate her expert opinion.
“You can tell by the direction in which the deeper facial structures have been pulled and lifted (yellow arrows) – most notably at the end of the brow and at the corner of the mouth,” explained Dr. Liotta. “The chin – no cheeks! – and neck look tighter and much more youthful than would be possible without surgery or some serious facetunes (blue lines). The photo with the red lines shows the face and neck lift scars and you can see that the area just in front of this incision line looks flat. This is a classic in early facelift healing, a year and under.”
Double Board certified, award-winning plastic surgeon Dr. David Shafer of New York, who didn’t work with Kidman, told The Post that there’s often more to the story than meets the eye.
“When people look different, everyone’s first curiosity is whether they’ve had plastic surgery. However, other considerations also need to be made – particularly with the ubiquitous use of filters on social media,” said Dr. Shafer. “How someone looks in a static image online can be completely different from what they look like in person or in real life.”
dr Shafer, whose clinic is on Fifth Avenue, doesn’t rule out surgery in this case. Plastic surgery, he explained, covers a spectrum of different procedures — ranging from botox, facelifts, fillers and liposuction — but it often gets a bad rap. Only the “bad jobs” look unnatural, he said.
“In the picture, Nicole has a youthful glow and smooth skin,” he said. “This could be filters, botox or dermal fillers like Juvéderm to smooth out wrinkles and replace lost volume in their cheeks. She certainly has access to the best skincare and beauticians.”
State-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Norman Rowe of Rowe Plastic Surgery echoed similar speculation while viewing Kidman’s recent photo.
“She looks like she’s had a facelift in the past,” said Dr. Rowe, who hasn’t worked with Kidman, told The Post, adding that it’s “hard to tell” whether the work is new or not.
“If it’s been a year or more, she may have a more recent change in her appearance if she has laser, botox and filler treatments on her face since even a facelift has to be maintained,” he added. “Her changed appearance on her Instagram photo is due to her continuously maintaining her already previous procedures. Since you still get lasers, botox or fillers in conjunction with a facelift, the appearance can change slightly over time.”
Time could also be another factor, explained Dr. Shafer as it might just be a perception based on long film careers.
“With celebrities, we get used to what they look like at the height of their fame or their most memorable scene in a movie, but celebrities age just like the rest of us and change over time,” he said.
The ‘Being the Ricardos’ actress has previously denied she’s ever worked on her face, insisting it’s au naturel and vowing to follow a skincare routine and healthy habits.
“I’m totally natural, to be honest,” she told Marie Claire in 2007. “I don’t have anything on my face or anything. I wear sunscreen and don’t smoke. I take care of myself. And I am very proud to be able to say that.”
But in the past 13 years, priorities may have changed. In 2011, Kidman revealed to German magazine TV Movie that she had tried Botox — but had stopped.
“I didn’t like how my face looked afterwards,” she continued. “Now I don’t use it anymore — I can move my forehead again.”
Gwyneth Paltrow tried it too, but it wasn’t for her.
“I’m not going to do botox anymore because I looked crazy,” she said. “I looked like Joan Rivers!”
Simon Cowell joined the ranks of celebrities to drop the face freezing procedure and announced that he too is putting down the needle.
“There was a phase where maybe I went a bit too far. I saw a ‘before’ picture of me the other day and didn’t recognize it as me at first,” Cowell told the Sun.
Admission or not, Kidman isn’t the first celebrity to face the wrath of his fans over cosmetic procedures. Renée Zellweger, Chrissy Teigen, and many more A-listers have been criticized for their use of Botox.
Zellweger, who denied having the surgery in a powerful essay, called comments from fans about her looks “pretty painful.”