The Weeknd’s Shocking New Look Is Thanks To Clever Prosthetics Credit : prorenfx/Instagram

It turns out that The Weeknd's shocking new look that was seen on his latest music video is merely the work of a prosthetic artist. While fans initially thought it was plastic surgery of epic Michael Jackson's proportions, the New York Post reports that the credit is due to Mike Marino of Prosthetic Renaissance.

In his video for the song "Save Your Tears," which premiered on Tuesday, The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, is seen with an exaggerated jawline, swollen cheeks, smaller eyes, and a slimmer and crooked nose. The new-look immediately went viral on social media as fans expressed mixed emotions of dismay and support over the drastic change.

False Alarm

This is not the first time that The Weeknd has superficially manipulated his looks to reflect his songs. As Marie Claire recounts, he appeared at the MTV Video Music Awards last year sporting what looked like a broken nose and black eyes. He also embraced a gory and bloody look with a matching red jacket for a Saturday Night Live performance. But perhaps what led fans to quickly conclude plastic surgery on the Weeknd's shocking new look were his heavily bruised eyes and bandaged face at the American Music Awards in November.