Born in 1940, William “Smokey” Robinson, Jr. is a world-renown American R&B and pop singer songwriter who began his lifelong music career officially in 1955 as the founder and frontman for The Miracles, a Motown vocal group. Smokey has allegedly been writing music since he was six years old when he wrote his first song for a school play. Robinson’s unique songwriting style is integral to Motown and pop music in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s and is woven into famous sounds like The Temptations, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, and The Supremes, to name a few. In 1987 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and awarded an individual star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Robinson won his first Grammy award in 1987 for best R&B Vocal Performance and was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 1990. He has easily produced over 1,000 songs during his career beginning with over 30 hits with The Miracles and continuing throughout his songwriting career with hits like “My Girl”, “Tracks of My Tears”, and “I Second That Emotion.” His most recent award was in 2009 when he received an honorary doctorate degree.
Smokey Robinson Plastic Surgery Before and After
Smokey Robinson’s presence in the music industry is still prevalent today as he continues to write, produce, and perform in concert at the age of 74. There has been a lot of controversy centered around the prevalence of plastic surgery in the celebrity realm, and Smokey is no exception. It quickly became a largely controversial issue that a man of his age would undergo surgical cosmetic treatment. Cosmetic plastic surgery has become commonplace in Hollywood, and it comes as no surprise when young celebrities, seeking to maintain their youthful appearances or achieve more striking features, endure the knife or other non-invasive procedures to meet that goal. It is less commonplace, however, for men to undergo cosmetic surgery, much less a man of 74. Smokey Robinson’s features post surgery are still striking, but unnaturally youthful. He appears to have had at least one face lift, an eyebrow lift, and possibly a rhinoplasty. The wrinkles and sagging skin one would expect to see in the face of a 74 year old individual are completely absent in Smokey Robinson’s features. In order to maintain an overall youthful appearance for someone of his age, Smokey most likely had several plastic surgeries over the past few years. The tightness of the skin on his face is indicative of some sort of cosmetic work, either botox, a face-lift, or some combination of both.
Botox has become a common remedy for wrinkles as it temporarily blocks signals to the nerves causing the muscles to relax and soften because they are unable to contract. Usually lasting 3-6 months, it is popularly used to soften wrinkles on the forehead and crows feet around the eyes. Botox is most often prefered over face lifts or other treatments because it is non-invasive, non-surgical, and less expensive. The downside of botox is that it must be routinely used to maintain its effect, as the results of botox gradually fade over the months. Most people who eventually go the route of a facelift begin with botox. Some soon find that the results are too temporary or not strong enough to suit their needs. It seems that Smokey came to this conclusion himself and got a facelift. A facelift is a surgical procedure in which fat and unnecessary skin are removed from the face. The less fat and extra skin there is, the less the skin rolls over the bone and the more prominent the bone and strong muscles are. This results in fewer, if any, wrinkles, and creases around common areas such as the cheekbones, mouth, from the eye to the mouth line, and the forehead. Smokey’s face looks much smoother now than it did in his younger years, and much tighter, because of his surgery. Smokey, when he was young, also had very prominent lines (as many do) running from his nose to around his mouth. These lines are called nasolabial folds. Now, those lines are gone completely. Only a facelift, not botox, could have achieved this.
Smokeys heightened and more prominent brow suggests he may have also had a brow lift to decrease the wrinkles around the eyes and open them up for a more youthful look. A brow lift works similarly to a facelift, but on a different part of the face, to tighten the skin on the upper face and forehead. Also, his brows are definitely higher now, so he always has a sort of surprised look on him these days.
Facelifts and rhinoplastys are sometimes done together as one procedure and it seems that Smokey may have opted for that as well. Having had a rhinoplasty would explain why his nose looks slightly smaller in new pictures. Trimming down the nosebud and the bridge of the nose makes the nose looks sharper, and, with a sharper nose, the other features on one’s face are accentuated. For Smokey, making his facial features more impactful helps disguise his age. It has also been suggested that Smokey has had cheek implants, but it is unlikely, because he seems to have had nice high cheekbones before. When you look at early photos of Robinson, his high and pronounced cheekbones, which made him very handsome, are very apparent.
Most of the controversy surrounding Smokey Robinson’s cosmetic surgeries are because of his age and that he looks “unnaturally youthful” since he began his surgeries. If, however, one disregards his actual age and takes into consideration his lifelong career in the spotlight of the music industry, it is much more acceptable and understandable that he would want to maintain his youthful appearance to harken back to his Motown days and to look great on stage, even at 74.