Bristol Explains Her New Face
No, it's not plastic surgery, but it is surgery
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2011 9:53 AM CDT
Updated May 11, 2011 10:32 AM CDT
Bristol Palin attends the Candie's Foundation 2011 event to prevent benefit gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 3, 2011 in New York City.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Yes, Bristol Palin did indeed have surgery at the end of last year, but not the kind you might think. The 20-year-old explains to Us the reason she looks so different these days: jaw surgery. Corrective jaw surgery. "It's not plastic surgery," she says. "Yes, it improved the way I look, but this surgery was necessary for medical reasons ... so my jaw and teeth could properly realign." And thank goodness for journalism: The AP reports that Palin's "new look" includes a 5-pound weight loss.

While growing up, she wore braces and a device to fix an overbite, but always knew she'd need surgery, she says. As for cosmetic surgery, she'd never get it "unless I got in an accident or something terrible and got disfigured," she says. Even so, she is happy with the side effects of the jaw surgery: "I look older, more mature, and don't have as much of a chubby little baby face!" Compare and contrast her new and old looks here or click to see one or two amusing reactions to Bristol's explanation.