Twins with ‘love for plastic surgery and fillers’ used to look a lot different

There's no denying that cosmetic procedures can completely transform someone's appearance, and that seems to be the case with the Bogdanoff twins.

Igor and Grichka, 71, look unrecognisable nowadays – compared to when they first found fame on French television back in the 1970s.

The brothers – who were raised by their maternal grandmother in her castle in southern France – reportedly had their first round of plastic surgery in the 1990s.

Although they were once known for their good looks, the duo are now barely recognisable.

In 2010 it was reported that Igor and Grichka had both had a number of chin and cheek implants, as well as Botox and fillers.

As a result, the siblings have regularly been called "freakish" and described as "cat people" by the media.

Their stretched faces bear many similarities to the look of socialite Jocelyn Wildenstein, who was dubbed the "Bride of Wildenstein".

However, it has been reported that Igor and Grichka have always denied an over-indulgence in having plastic surgery.

Some of their fans to this day believe they are suffering from acromegaly – a serious medical condition linked with pituitary gland disorder which makes bones of the skull and extremities increase in size.

According to US statistics, the number of males having plastic surgery has steadily increased.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons' annual report for 2019 says 18.1 million surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures were performed in the United States alone last year.

This compares with 13 million in 2011, and the top five procedures were breast augmentation followed by liposuction, eyelid surgery, nose reshaping and facelifts.

As well as their changing appearance, Igor and Grichka are also known for being television presenters, producers and scientific essayists.

Since the 1970s they have presented various subjects in science fiction, popular science and cosmology.

The pair also have ties with some of Europe's old noble families.

Their grandmother was a member of the noble Kolowrat family of Bohemia who sent shock waves through European high society by getting pregnant by their grandfather – the African American tenor Roland Hayes while she was married to another man.

As well as that, Igor was married to both Countess Ludmilla d'Oultremont and Amélie de Bourbon de Parme, the daughter of Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma.

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