Hollywood places a great deal of importance on looks more than anything else, even talent. That leads many celebrities to go under the knife. Stars and plastic surgery go back to when the Hollywood sign first went up in 1923. Some celebs go under the knife for cosmetic reasons to fix a feature they dislike or fight father time. Other stars require plastic surgery to repair a previously botched surgery or improve a health issue.
Some celebs will get the slightest bit of work done that it’s not even noticeable while some Hollywood stars have a reputation for going overboard, getting nose jobs, lip injections, cheek implants, and more. Celebrities, notably female stars, often feel pressured to retain their youthful looks. Many female stars deny having any plastic surgeries, but their fans don’t believe them. But it’s not just women, with many male stars getting their fair share of plastic surgery as well. Below are some of the most famous celebrities who have had work done.
15 Celebrities Who Have Undergone Plastic Surgery
1. Dolly Parton
Starting her career in the 60s, Dolly Parton established herself as a country music icon and legend. Unlike many of her peers, Parton has been open and honest about the numerous surgeries and procedures she has had over the years. She increased the number of surgeries in her 40s when she showed signs of aging. Parton’s breast implants often get the most attention and are even mentioned in songs, TV shows, and movies.
Parton feels plastic surgeries are vital in retaining her image and beauty. Parton even joked that she’ll have a procedure if she notices the slightest change. She told The Guardian, “If something is bagging, sagging, or dragging, I’ll tuck it, suck it or pluck it.”
2. John Travolta
Few actors compare with the legendary John Travolta. He started as a TV actor in the 70s before becoming a major Hollywood star in the 80s and 90s. While Travolta says he has never had plastic surgery, it’s tough to deny the change in his face over the years. It appears Travolta had work done on his forehead, nose, and eyes. He likely had a facelift and Botox, possibly more than once in his career.
3. Courtney Cox
Courteney Cox has spent years in the public eye between her iconic roles as Monica Gellar on Friends and Gale Weathers in the Scream franchise. She felt immense pressure to maintain her looks, resulting in a series of surgeries and procedures. Cox is another celeb that’s honest about her surgeries and the drastic change in appearance they have caused. She also regrets many of the procedures she’s had.
She began by getting lip injections and fillers, eventually leading to Cox undergoing a series of more invasive surgeries. Cox told New Beauty in 2017, “The next thing you know, you’re layered and layered and layered. You have no idea because it’s gradual until you go, ‘Oh shit, this doesn’t look right.'” She has since dissolved her fillers and uses natural and healthy products to maintain her beauty.
4. Michael Jackson
The “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson, is one of the most polarizing celebrities in history. Besides his groundbreaking albums and controversial personal life, Jackson is famous for having several plastic surgeries. Before his death, Jackson looked significantly different than he did in the early 80s.
Jackson had numerous surgeries, notably several nose jobs, and a facelift. He also bleached his skin to look whiter. Jackson denied these claims, although his change in appearance was hard to deny.
5. Bella Hadid
Supermodel Bella Hadid has graced the covers of the top magazines around the world and walked all the major fashion runways for iconic designers. Like many stars, Bella felt pressured to maintain her youthful looks and fix her flaws. However, Bella also felt immense pressure being in the shadow of her famous sister, Gigi Hadid.
She recalls receiving nasty comments comparing her to Gigi, describing Bella as the “ugly sister.” The pressure led her to have a nose job at the age of 14. She regrets the surgery, wishing she kept her original nose. Aside from a nose job, Bella denies having any other type of procedure or cosmetic surgery.
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6. Joan Rivers
Comedian and TV host Joan Rivers started her career alongside stars like George Carlin and Richard Pryor. Aside from her blunt personality and “tell it like it is” attitude, Rivers had a reputation for having an addiction to cosmetic surgery.
While in college, she had her first nose job. Rivers had her second procedure, an eye lift, during her early career in 1965. That set off a storm of plastic surgeries, implants, lifts, and injections. Rivers was open about her many surgeries, which drastically changed her appearance. Rumors suggest Rivers had more than 700 cosmetic surgeries throughout her life, although that seems a bit extreme. Rivers died on August 28, 2014, from complications during a minor throat procedure.
7. Heidi Montag
In the 2000s, Heidi Montag gained widespread fame with her role on the MTV reality series The Hills. Many stars note that television and movies amplify a performer’s flaws. Then-23-year-old Montag felt the pressure to look good on TV and decided plastic surgery was the way to go.
Montag developed an addiction to plastic surgery, having ten procedures done in a very short time, including breast reconstruction, cheek injections, liposuction, lip injections, and a nose job. The surgeries took a toll on Montag’s health, who nearly died during one of the surgeries. Thankfully she now leads a healthy lifestyle, using natural beauty products to maintain her appearance. Montag joins a long list of celebs who regret going under the knife.
8. Barry Manilow
With a career spanning seven decades, singer Barry Manilow has spent a lot of time performing in front of large audiences. Manilow decided to go under the knife to hang on to his youthful looks as he aged. The “Could It Be Magic” and “Copacabana” crooner doesn’t discuss his procedures in the media, but he’s apparently gone under the knife a few times. Despite being in his late 70s, Manilow has virtually no wrinkles, which is why people believe he has had a host of surgeries including a nose job, eyelid surgery, Botox, and a facelift.
9. Priyanka Chopra
After winning the Miss World pageant in 2000, Priyanka Chopra became a significant star in Bollywood. This success took her to Hollywood where she starred in the hit series Quantico. As Chopra’s career started taking off, she discovered a polyp in her nasal cavity, requiring surgery. During the procedure, the surgeon shaved the bridge of her nose. The botched surgery resulted in a drastically different facial appearance.
Chopra felt devastated as she looked at the stranger in the mirror. Fans assumed she had a botched cosmetic surgery and started calling her “Plastic Chopra.” She had a series of corrective surgeries to fix her nose. Chopra wrote in her memoirs, “Now when I look in the mirror, I am no longer surprised. I’ve made peace with this slightly different me.”
10. Jennifer Aniston
In the 90s, Jennifer Aniston became a household name with her role as Rachel Green on Friends. Since then, fans and critics have wondered if Aniston had plastic surgery. As Aniston ages, she retains her stunning good looks, adding to the suspicion that she’s had work done.
Aniston denies having cosmetic surgery to look younger. She did admit to having a nose job to fix a deviated septum, allowing her to sleep at night. 12 years later, Aniston required a second nose job to resolve more issues regarding the deviated septum. These are the only plastic surgeries she has admitted to having.
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11. Kim Kardashian
Socialite, reality show star, and business mogul Kim Kardashian admits she cares about her looks. She puts in a great deal of work to stay in shape and eat healthy. Like most of her family, Kardashian denies allegations of having several surgeries and procedures on her face and body. Kardashian admits to getting some Botox done on her forehead but she denies getting lip injections, a facelift, and butt injections.
12. Cardi B
Few rappers compare with the chart-topping Cardi B. Like many stars, Cardi has had numerous surgeries but later regretted many of them. She had her first surgery at 19 when she got breast implants. She then had a breast augmentation in her 20s. The Grammy Award winner also had liposuction and a Brazilian butt lift, or BBL. She admits to paying a woman $800 to perform the surgery in her basement.
In December 2022, she opened up about the shady BBL procedure and the corrective surgery she had over the summer. Cardi warned her fans against getting the BBL and encouraged everyone to research cosmetic surgeries before they go under the knife.
13. Kylie Jenner
Kylie Jenner is quickly becoming the most talked about member of the famous Kardashian-Jenner family. The reality star and business mogul is famous for having full lips. Most people assume Jenner has a long list of plastic surgery procedures under her belt. Jenner denies the claim of course, but admits to having lip injections to make her lips fuller, which she’s happy about.
She told Elle magazine, “I think a big misconception about me is that I’ve had so much surgery on my face and that I was some insecure person, and I really wasn’t! Yeah, I love full lips and wanted full lips, but growing up I was always the most confident person in the room.”
14. Chrissy Teigen
Model Chrissy Teigen gained widespread fame by appearing on the covers of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues. She parlayed the fame into a successful career as a TV personality. Teigen has spoken about her various plastic surgery procedures in the last few years.
She discussed undergoing Dr. Diamond’s buccal fat removal on her cheekbones in 2021. She also gave up drinking, improving the procedure’s results. Teigen isn’t shy about discussing these types of surgeries. In 2017, she openly talked about having fat removed from her armpits, and then in 2020, she decided to have her breast implants removed.
15. Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande grew up in front of a global audience going from a child star on Nickelodeon to a world-famous pop icon. Throughout her career, she’s faced allegations of plastic surgery. Grande has consistently denied the allegations despite gossip mags claiming she’s had an eyebrow lift, nose job, and lip fillers. Grande denies each claim, noting she has never had any work done on her face.
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