For those who don't know Raquel Welch, Welch was more best known as a sex icon than an actress. The statuesque star was one of the most famous celebrities of the 1960s and 1970s. Now she is 72 years old, but still has glowing and shining skin and sparkling personality.

Many people wonder: "Did Raquel Welch go under the knife to maintain her beauty?"

Welch has long denied having any kind of plastic surgery procedure. Instead she attributes her youthful looks to strict diet and rigorous exercise

It has to be mentioned that Raquel Welch appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show and she openly stated that she never had plastic surgery. On the other hand, she shared her secret of her youthful appearance with the audience, which is yoga, a perfect diet and three hours of makeup in the morning.

In detail, Welch is doing two hours of yoga, weight training and cardio exercise for six times a week to maintain her look and beautiful shape. She even wrote a book named "The Raquel Welch Total Beauty and Fitness Program" which includes a Health Yoga and fitness program and beauty and personal style in 1984.

"I’m constantly on a diet, and I hate it," was quoted as saying Welch, who follows a high-protein, low-carb diet with lots of organic fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.

"I have three fruits a day and lots of water," Welch continued. "I love bread, pancakes, and burritos, and pizza. But I have to stick to the diet, because it makes me look and feel better."

Many people who knew personally Raquel Welch (real name: Jo Raquel Tejada) claim that Raquel has absolutely had her nose done, although it was not unattractive before. Her nose seems absolutely stronger now and the tip was shortened a little. She was always well endowed, and had a great figure, but through the years she has had at least a breast lift and possibly got breast implants as well. She has obviously had a face lift in later years.

There are many people who insist that Welch had a nose job before arriving in Hollywood...

Welch has long been rumored to have had breast augmentation, nose job and facelift. In addition, plastic surgeons speculate she may also have had a browlift as well as a possible upper and lower eyelid surgery. To maintain her youthful appearance, she may also use fillers like Restylane and Juvederm or possible fat grafting in addition to Botox or Dysport.

It has to be noted that Welch has denied having breast implants at least four times (in January 1970 Playboy magazine interview, once in 1974, another time in 1977 and 2005)

The question is: "What plastic surgeon experts estimate about Raquel Welch's plastic surgery?"

On his blog celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn reveals: "I think she’s not being truthful. Her forehead hardly moves, likely frozen by a good amount of Botox or Dysport. Her brows are nicely elevated, possibly from a browlift. She shows none of the excess skin and puffiness of a 72 year old woman. I believe she’s also undergone an upper and lower blepharoplasty. Her cheeks and lips are full, likely from a filler like fat grafting. Her neckline is way too sharp for a person her age who hasn’t had a facelift. Finally, her nose looks overly chiseled, likely from at least one reduction rhinoplasty. If her looks are solely due to Yoga, diet, and makeup, then I’m one of Tiger Woods’ mistresses."

Paul S. Nassif, a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Rhinoplasty Specialist in Beverly Hills, California claims: "Raquel Welch looks a great deal younger than her actual age. She appears to have had a facelift, browlift, fillers, and Botox. The work was performed fairly conservatively, and her look is not too overdone." 

Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer states: "Raquel Welch does look fantastic for 72 years young.  She certainly knows the benefits of botox and how a smooth and wrinkle free forehead can really give you a younger look to your appearance.  Her eyes and brows seem to have defied gravity probably with the help of a Blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) and a Browlift."

Conclusion: With or without plastic surgery Raquel Welch is very beautiful!

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