Zac Efron has revealed the truth behind the plastic surgery rumors circulating last year.
The actor confessed that it was actually a nasty accident at home that caused the massive transformation in his face.
In a new interview with Men’s Health Magazine, the 34-year-old actor recalls slipping on a pair of socks while running around his house, causing him to slam his chin into a granite fountain.
The star explained that he lost consciousness only to wake up with “his chin bone hanging off his face.”
Cause a stir: In April 2021, Efron got everyone talking when he showed up on Earth Day! The musical Facebook video with a more prominent square chin and jawline (pictured left, and right after he had surgery to repair his jawline)
Interesting: Zac Efron finally revealed what caused his facial transformation, which put him at the center of plastic surgery rumors last year
Efron said that when he was injured, the masseter muscles on the inside of his face and jaw “compensated” for his injury, making them bigger – hence his remarkable transformation.
He says this explains why he looked so different back then. ‘The masseters have just grown. They just got really, really big.”
Efron was the center of plastic surgery rumors last year, but the handsome actor reveals it all in the October 2022 issue of Men’s Health magazine, in which he appears on the front cover.
Science: Zac said that when he was injured, the chewing muscles on the inside of his face and jaw had to compensate for his injury, which explains why he looked so different back then
He told the monthly that it was as a result of shattering his jaw and slamming his chin into the granite that completely changed his face.
The High School Musical star also claimed not to know that he was a huge conversationalist on social media and had, in fact, gone viral because of his different-looking jaw, until his mom called to ask if he’d gone under the knife.
“If I cared so much about what other people thought of me that they might think I do,” he told the magazine, “I absolutely couldn’t do this job.”
In April 2021, Efron started trending on Twitter after being spotted on a video for Earth Day! The musical displays a more prominent square chin and heavier jawline.
Which drama? The High School Musical star also claimed not to know that he was a huge conversationalist on social media, until his mom called to ask if he’d gone under the knife.
It led fans to speculate that the hunky star had sought plastic surgery.
Efron’s friend Kyle Sandilands said the Baywatch star would never do such a thing, comparing him to an oil painting by one of the old masters.
The Australian radio host, 50, who has known Zac for years, stopped speculating on The Kyle and Jackie O Show at the time.
“I’d know if he’d had plastic surgery,” Kyle declared, before telling co-host Jackie “O” Henderson that “of course” Zac hadn’t let work.
He then said it would be pointless for the High School Musical’s heartbeat to be operated on because he already looks so good.
Without drama: “If I cared so much about what other people thought of me that they might think I do,” he told the magazine, “I absolutely couldn’t do this job.
Viral: In April 2021, Efron started trending on Twitter after being spotted on a video for Earth Day! The musical with a more prominent square chin and heavier jawline
Ouch: He said he told that the evolution of his jaw was the result of his jaw shattering after running around the house wearing socks, slipping and slamming his chin against the granite corner of a fountain
“It’s like getting a Picasso and having a kid finger paint on everything. Why bother?’ he said bluntly.
Kyle joined the debate days after leading plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn offered his own hot take on Zac’s new look.
In a TikTok video uploaded at the time, Dr. Youn that Zac may have had dental surgery, but not plastic surgery, as some fans speculate.
“Everyone’s talking about Zac Efron and how strange he looks. Did he have surgery to reshape his jawline, Botox or fillers?’ Dr. Youn started.
‘I do not think so. I actually think he had a dental procedure, not plastic surgery.
The actor can be seen on the left in 2018. But just three years later, his appearance, especially his jawline, had changed significantly
‘That’s why he’s swollen’ [along his jaw]. This is what you looked like after your wisdom teeth were extracted?’
In the Men’s Health interview, Zac also discusses his body transformations over the years, admitting that his famously ripped look for the 2021 Baywatch movie isn’t “really achievable.”
‘That look, I don’t know if that’s really feasible. There is simply too little water in the skin.’ he explained. ‘Like, it’s fake; it looks CGI.
And that required Lasix, powerful diuretics, to achieve. So I don’t have to do that. I’d much rather have an extra, you know, 2 to 3 percent body fat.’
The star explained how the intense exercise regimen and bland diet of the same three meals every day, coupled with little sleep, had a lasting effect on him.
‘I started developing insomnia,’ he says, ‘and I went into a pretty severe depression for a long time. Something about that experience burned me out. I found it very difficult to reboot. In the end, they attributed it to taking way too many diuretics for too long, and that messed something up.”
This story appears in the October issue of Men’s Health.
Changing shape: By January 2022, his appearance had changed slightly (photo)