Oscar Prep Secrets of the Celebrities


Amy Adams looked beautiful in her million dollar jewels, but many celebrities seek out cosmetic help before walking the red carpet.

Last night's Academy Award ceremonies brought out all the biggest celebrities who walked the red carpet looking their best. From hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco to Oscar winner Natalie Portman, you can be sure everyone prepared for weeks to be as stunning as possible for the cameras.

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Orange County cosmetic surgeon Dr. Thomas Barnes gave us a sneak peek inside the beauty secrets of the stars. "Just days before an event, we can do a little derma-planing and take some of the excess hair off the face, that makes the face look a lot better," he said. Removing all these little hairs and other imperfections helps the skin shine in photographs.

Another little secret is a trip to the tanning salon, "You get a little bit of inflammation of the skin and a little swelling in the skin, that erases those little lines and wrinkles and makes you look younger," says Dr. Barnes. "I'm not saying it's healthy, but these are the little tricks of the trade in Hollywood."

A week before, many stars will turn to injectables to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. "If you have 3-7 days before an event, then we can move into facial fillers and even Botox says Dr. Barnes. "If we have a week or more, then we can get into little mini procedures, tighten up the neck with a little liposculpture, SmartLipo and other body contours."

Dr. Barnes also says that for those who have a full two weeks, he can perform his own neck shrink lift procedure which is done awake. "I use a little liposculpture technique I do, and then I add my SmartLipo MPX, and I actually heat the tissue of the whole lower face and neck, and I can get amazing results and tightening. Very often, we can avoid cutting surgery for a lower facelift." People are able to return to their normal activities quickly. "They're working within 2-3 days."

Celebrities young and old work hard to look their best year round, but special events like the Oscars often inspire a little bit of extra preparation for the big night. If you have an event coming up where you'll be in the spotlight, talk to your doctor about how to be at your most beautiful.