Hunky High School Musical star Zac Efron continues to fill out. But this time, we’re not talking about his arms bulking up.
Appearing as one of the celebrities on Bill Nye’s Earth Day Musical special with Facebook Watch on Thursday, April 22, Efron looked as dashing as he normally does — however, there seemed to be something slightly off about his appearance, and it wasn't long before pictures started making their rounds on the internet.
“What in hell did Zac Efron do to his jaw,” one Twitter user asked, while another questioned: “Is Zac Efron planning to be casted as Shrek in a live action.”
Others compared the 33-year-old to Handsome Squidward from SpongeBob SquarePants.
With a noticeably fuller jaw, OK! reached out to plastic surgeons for their professional take on Efron’s jaw-dropping (literally) look as compared to pictures from April 2019, when the actor was promoting his performance as Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.
So did Efron, who recently split from Vanessa Valladares, actually get a breakover?
“Zac does look quite different, with a wider jaw especially on the right,” renowned board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn exclusively tells OK!. “I suppose it’s possible he’s had injections of filler to reshape his jaw.”
Dr. Chris Funderburk of Neinstein Plastic Surgery also tells OK! that it appears Efron has “fallen victim to the overfilled face with facial fillers.” He adds, “This happens frequently when patients find a cosmetic injector (frequently of the celebrity variety) who they trust, but the injector either 1) has a poor grasp on proper facial aesthetics or 2) is just milking a wealthy client for more money with continued injections.
“While some augmentation of the angle of the jaw (mandible) and subtle enhancement of the chin can provide a nice, broad and masculine jawline, this is clearly a case of way too much filler and an unnatural result,” he speculates.
However, devoted fans of the Baywatch babe who prefer Zac au naturel may not have much to worry about. Dr. Youn also argues that Efron’s appearance could be due to “swelling from a recent surgery like wisdom teeth removal,” adding: “That would explain why it looks kind of lumpy.”
If it is, in fact, fillers, Dr. Funderburk explains, “Fortunately, many facial fillers can be dissolved with hyaluronidase if the patient so desires.”