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Nice face, Mr Douglas. But a shame about that neck

by TOM BRYANT, Daily Mail 08:35am 20th June 2006

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With a wife 25 years his junior, Michael Douglas could be excused for worrying about his looks.

But with a remarkably wrinkle-free face, he seems to have discovered the secret of eternal youth.

His wrinkly, haggard 'turkey' neck made the actor look every one of his 61 years as he arrived at Los Angeles airport carrying his two-year-old daughter, Carys.

Some wondered if he was regretting shaving off the bushy beard he had been sporting until only a few days before.

His complexion, on the other hand, was exemplary.

In fact, it was almost as good as that of his 36-year-old wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, who arrived separately holding the hand of their son Dylan.

Douglas denies he owes his enduring good looks to any cosmetic procedures,

But plastic surgeon Alex Karidis, of St John and St Elizabeth Hospital in London, said: "The giveaway or tell-tale sign that somebody has had some cosmetic treatment is that you look at their neck.

"There's only so much that we as surgeons can do to keep their necks tight, whereas the face can stay much tighter for longer."

Cosmetic expert Mary Burney, of Transform Medical Group, added: "It's clear he has had a facelift because he has a lot of loose skin around his neck, but the skin around his jawline is taut.

"I would suggest that he may also have had skin peels as his skin is quite smooth, as well as Botox to get rid of wrinkles."

Last year, when the Douglases holidayed in Barbados, the Fatal Attraction star was seen with two bleeding scars in front of

both ears. His publicist denied surgery, insisting the actor had had benign lesions removed from his face.

However, later that week he appeared on the beach showing off a newly toned physique, prompting speculation that he had also had liposuction and a possible tummy tuck.

Six years ago Douglas reportedly paid £7,000 to "freshen up" his features with a face and eye lift.

The couple have flown to Britain, where Douglas is to receive an honorary degree from St Andrews University.

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It is a pity that people feel compelled to have face lifts, growing old gracefully is certainly more attractive than all that hanging loose skin and stiff appearance. A male friend of mine who is very good-looking made the mistake of having a face lift, resulting in loss of many of his extremely enchanting smile!

- Chips Westwood, Sarlat La Caneda, France

Surgery, surgery, surgery, that is all these plastic people think of. It would be so nice if people who do real jobs could earn the money these shallow people earn and if they could learn to grow old gracefully. After all beauty is only skin deep and the rest of their bodies are ageing, I bet they look old when they undress. Oh well, image is everything when you don't have anything else.

- Nigel, Somerset

I looked good at sixty now seventy that's a different matter!

- Alan Grocock, Huntingdon

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