Bristol Palin and her jaw surgery: What do you think? [Poll]
Our eyes do not deceive us: Bristol Palin has changed the look of what she called her "chubby little baby face," but she didn't do it with plastic surgery.
Oh yeah, she also dropped 5 pounds before debuting the look at the White House Correspondents' Assn. dinner April 30. Hey, couldn't hurt -- but only five, really?
"Yes, it improved the way I look, but this surgery was necessary for medical reasons," she tells Us Weekly magazine for its May 23 issue. Despite wearing braces and a device to correct an overbite while she was growing up, she knew from her dentist that surgery loomed down the road.
[Updated, 6:30 p.m. May 11: We added some profile shots, left. Note that the "before" shot here was taken more than a year earlier than the "before" shot above. The "after" shots were taken within days of each other.]
"I look older, more mature and don't have as much of a chubby little baby face," the single mom told the mag, adding that she wouldn't do plastic surgery unless she "got in an accident or something terrible and got disfigured."
Us Weekly, incidentally, was the mag that Bristol and baby daddy Levi Johnston told about their on-again engagement even before giving parents Todd and Sarah Palin a heads-up about their plan. That engagement quickly became "off-again."
Palin, who took third place last season on "Dancing With the Stars" behind Kyle Massey and Jennifer Grey, just landed her own reality show for the Bio Channel. In the 10-part documentary series about her transition from Alaska to Los Angeles to work with a charity, Bristol and her son Tripp will live with Kyle -- her friend -- and Kyle's brother Christopher Massey.
Forget for a second, if you can, that this is hot-button Bristol Palin, and share what you think of her new face. And if you can't, well, we have poll answers for you too.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Top left photo: Bristol Palin in November 2010. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press
Top right photo: Bristol Palin on May 3. Credit: Michael Reynolds / European Pressphoto Agency
Left photo: Bristol Palin in profile in July 2009, left, and on April 30, 2011, right. Credits: Al Grillo / Associated Press, left; Jonathan Ernst / Reuters, right.