MADONNA, Kylie Minogue and Lulu are among a host of celebrities suffering from an affliction known as 'pillow-face', the world's leading plastic surgeons have been told.
The 53-year-old singer, who has always maintained a dignified silence on the issue of cosmetic work, was name-checked at the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) Annual Scientific Meeting, where cosmetic surgeons from all over the world met to discuss the problem.
BAAPS president and consultant plastic surgeon Fazel Fatah said as a woman's body ages there was a natural hollowing of the cheeks.
Many celebrities combat this with injectable cosmetic fillers – but the procedure can become slightly addictive, leading to a plumped-up 'hamsterish' look known as 'pillow face.'
Mr Fatah said: “This look is usually the result of too many injectable fillers.
“As we age, our skin becomes depleted in the substances that give it elasticity and volume.
“Older women, especially if they are slim, will notice a hollowing of the cheeks and around the eyes. These things visibly age the face. Fillers are chemicals that are injected into areas in the face to plump out the skin, restoring a youthful look.
“The problem is that patients may be so thrilled with the results they want more and more injections.
“At a certain point, the face and lips look puffy and over-stuffed, hence the term pillow face.”