Plastic surgery has been around for years. After scouring ancient texts and consulting with some top-notch historians here at HQ we reckon the science has been around since 3000 BC; basically way before TVs went colour. Although in the days of Egyptian cow goddesses and mummies people didn’t opt for surgery unless it was completely necessary, since techniques were so basic that a simple nose-job would have landed you on an early funeral pyre.
Plastic surgery was carried out for just plain practical reasons. Just for a moment picture yourself hard at work on a pyramid for Ramses II in the scorching sun of the Nile delta. The guy at the top, Olaf, drops his bag of rocks and one of them happens to land squarely on your nose. What happens next? Well back then you’d be taken somewhere for an evening of incantations and foul applications, ploughed with alcohol and given a reconstruction of your nose using the bones of a small animal. Naturally!
Let’s not forget as well, the Romans a few years later sewing Gladiators genitals back on after a particularly heavy session at the theatre, or: "To make a new nose for one who lacks it entirely, and the dogs have devoured it". However, because of the dangers of infection and even more damage caused by unskilled labour (Yikes!), plastic surgery didn’t kick off properly until the 20th Century.
Nowadays there are many types of plastic surgery but the one we’re most interested in is cosmetic surgery. So, without further ado here are some examples of the good, the bad and the ugly in contemporary plastic surgery.
15 Rumer Willis
Although Rumer Willis, daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore has never actually told us she’s had surgery, it was speculated in 2014 especially after the eagle-eyed among us noticed a marked change in the weight of her jaw and again in 2017 when her lips gave the appearance of someone on the cusp of an anaphylactic shock.
We think beauty is in the eye of the beholder and whether someone’s appearance is conventional or not it’s there to be celebrated. However, we also think Willis shares not one jot our humane outlook on life because her pictures in this 2014 shot look like different people!
The lady herself has not denied the prospect, speaking in favour of going under the knife: “If I choose to do something to myself, it's because I've thought about it. And if it's going to make me feel better, I won't be ashamed of the choices that I make."
14 Haylie Duff
Surprising us all in 2015 was Haylie Duff, beautiful American actress and singer, songwriter who, it would seem, opted for surgery. While it was never confirmed, it seems apparent to the eagle-eyed among us that something happened after she’d strolled into a clinic with blacked-out windows. But what surprises us is her decision to go for it. Why such a beautiful and young woman would feel the need is beyond us.
But when experts compare the before and after photos from 2015 most agreed that Duff opted for not only a nose job but so too a chin shave. Her face is “smaller, straighter, and even more proportioned,” according to website Plastic Surgery Talks. There has also been media speculation about a collagen lip fill. What’s more after all this work, Duff looks even more like her sister Hilary Duff. Deliberate?
13 Priscilla Presley
Here’s one of the success stories we never really get to hear much about. Back in the early part of last year photos appeared of former wife of Elvis, Priscilla Presley putting on a new face after a recent round of surgery. But this latest surgery was only to rectify problems she’d encountered from previous bouts performed by Argentinian Dr Daniel Serrano.
Back in 2008, Presley underwent what she later called “botched treatment from an unqualified plastic surgeon.” Then she’d had, among other things, cheek implants, Botox and a face lift; all of which left her looking like a plastic, expressionless doll. What’s more, it’s suspected the Argentinian injected Presley’s cheeks with an industrial silicone used by car mechanics!
Still, according to one recent source, “Her naturally beautiful face looks plastic, and her facial expression is always the same. Her face looks frozen, and she cannot even change its look, even when she is smiling.” So, money well spent?
12 Carrot Top
American stand-up comedian and actor Carrot Top (AKA Scott Thompson) performed his first comedy routine at the tender age of 18. He has had various acting roles since; appearing in an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, “Family Guy” and “Scrubs” to mention but a few.
Thompson denies ever having plastic surgery or for that matter taking performance enhancing drugs but that hasn’t stopped many of us wondering how looks can change so oddly as the years go on. Some have wagered that he has been the victim of too many plastic surgery procedures with speculation about treatments carried out such as Botox, brow lift surgery and laser resurfacing. We think it all sounds a bit drastic for peeling a carrot.
We’ll let you be the judge of whether he has or not, but suffice it to say we all think his current appearance is “freakish”, although that could just be part of the act.
11 Meg Ryan
American actress, director, and producer Meg Ryan, most famous for films such as “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle” looks a little different these days too. In fact, some snaps from an awards ceremony last year point to more than just a little dab of night time lotion.
While 55-year-old Ryan herself has not confirmed any surgery, it seems likely that she either doesn’t remember booking herself into a clinic or she has achieved her new bizarre look through purely practical means.
Decide for yourself; we’re not making any swift judgements. But seriously, what about reports of a “Gore-Tex lip implant”, enhancing the muscles of the mouth, then fat grafting or similar filler in her cheeks noticed by cosmetic surgeon Mark Youssef as being “too much because the apple of her cheek is too full and too large”. And what of the rumoured neck and forehead lift? Just rumours?
10 Michael Jackson
American singer-songwriter, Michael Jackson spent 30 years undergoing various treatments to achieve what he considered perfection. However, after so long and upwards of 100 procedures, Jacksons face not only bore no resemblance of its former glory but so too did it take on the appearance of an totally overworked sculpture.
America's “Holistic Plastic Surgeon” Dr Youn speculates that the chiselling down of his nose, whitening skin and unnatural chin were symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) which were left untreated and took hold of the singer to devastating proportions.
“BDD is a psychiatric condition that makes it impossible to see oneself as others do. This unrealistic view causes BDD sufferers to undergo multiple plastic surgeries in a misguided attempt to correct a defect - one that wasn't there to begin with,” according to the good doctor.
9 Jocelyn Wildenstein
European-New York City socialite Jocelyn Wildenstein is famous for…well, surgery. In fact, allegedly the 71 year old has spent over $4M on plastic surgery alone in attempt to keep in with her ex-husband Alec whom she divorced anyway in 1999. A University of Pennsylvania Press publication in 2006 reported that she underwent surgery to have her face “resemble a jungle cat's..." because her husband liked big cats.
Whether the "Lion Woman of New York" spent so much on surgery to correct previous surgery is unclear, but likely. In any case, her attempt to turn herself into a cat failed to win the heart of her ex. In a Mirror article from last year, Mr Alec Wildenstein was quoted as saying, “She was thinking that she could fix her face like a piece of furniture. Skin does not work that way. But she wouldn't listen," he added.
Despite all of this, Jocelyn is quoted as saying she is "ecstatic with her work. She feels beautiful. She looks in the mirror and she loves what she sees. She got exactly what she wanted." Erm, OK then.
8 Jennifer Grey
Weirdly, changing the shape of your nose can affect your appearance dramatically, according to Dr Youn. This is never better illustrated than with American actress Jennifer Grey. Best known for her role as Baby in “Dirty Dancing”, 57-year-old Grey reputedly went under the knife in 1989 - and regretted it instantly.
“It was the nose job from hell,” she said. “I’ll always be this once-famous actress nobody recognises because of a nose job.” What’s more, in 2014, Grey attributed the collapse of her movie career to the outcome of the surgery.
But despite not looking like she used to and losing one of her defining features, we think the results are great. In fact, most of her fans still think she is one of the sexiest celebs in Hollywood, so it’s not all bad. What with her lips injected with fillers and a touch of Botox, the visual results at least could be called a success. Keep the faith, Baby!
7 Mickey Rourke
Once one of Hollywood's cool young things, Mickey Rourke is best known for his roles in films such as “Diner”, “Rumblefish”, "The Wrestler" and “Iron Man 2”. The now 64-year-old is another great success story but only after a series of failed procedures left him looking worse for wear.
His face took a hammering over the years with a heavy lifestyle and a successful career in professional boxing. After boxing as a young man, he took time out from acting and returned to the sport in 1991 because he "was self-destructing ... [and] had no respect for [himself as] an actor.” This only added more damage to his already complicated features.
Facial surgery failed to halt the process initially leaving the actor with a botched treatment. Rourke’s struggle to regain some structure to his features culminated in a far more successful procedure some time before he was seen out in 2014 and reported on by the Mail Online.
6 Joan Rivers
Famously, the late and much loved Joan Rivers underwent countless cosmetic treatments. Unlike others, the American comedienne wrote candidly on more than one occasion about her eye lifts, nose job and breast augmentation. She admitted to having had the surgery and famously made no apology. In fact, it might even be said that Rivers sang the praises of surgery for vanity’s sake.
In her 2008 book, “Men Are Stupid...And They Like Big Boobs: A Woman's Guide to Beauty Through Plastic Surgery,” Rivers proclaims that, “I'd rather look younger and feel happy than look older and be depressed.” With that said we can’t help feeling her attitude epitomises the current trend for self-improvement on a purely superficial level.
True, she came out of it all looking not half bad but her daughter Melissa Rivers writes of her late mother: “[she] had 348 cosmetic operations over her life and was never happy with the way she looked.”
5 Lindsay Lohan
American actress, singer and Disney princess, Lindsay Lohan made her motion picture debut in the 1998 remake of “The Parent Trap” at the age of just 11-years-old. Since then her filmography has been a long and illustrious one, albeit riddled with hiatuses because of drug and alcohol abuse.
Although she has neither denied nor confirmed rumours she has undergone cosmetic treatment we’ve noticed several striking differences since 2006. Last year, OK! Magazine reported that while Lohan was “no stranger to the odd plastic surgery rumour here and there” a recent selfie on Instagram got tongues a-wagging once more.
Speaking to “Celebrity Plastic Surgery” online zine in 2015, plastic surgeon Dr. Garth Fisher noted she had a larger degree of “excess filler injections”.
4 Lil Kim
Back in the late 90s, American rapper and songwriter, Lil Kim (AKA Kimberly Denise Jones) seemed to be embracing her African American roots. The staggering success of her musical career has been only marginally overshadowed by colourful and at times dangerous relationships with men.
According to a report by Life & Style, the 41-and-a-bit year old has been dipping in and out of cosmetic surgery for a decade with a nose job, face lift and Botox to boot. However, what got people really hot and bothered was a before and after photograph of Jones last year in which she appears to have transformed every single detail of herself; not just her nose but her skin tone, eye colour, hair and ethnicity.
Renowned surgeon Dr. Jennifer Levine suspects she has bleached her skin, had filler injections, and Botox under the chin.
3 Kenny Rogers
When will these celebs who marry with a huge age gap learn; there is no guarantee getting a younger appearance attracts a younger person to you. We can’t stress it enough; true beauty is on the inside! Kenny Rogers of The Gambler fame, take note!
But he didn’t and over the course of almost ten years after meeting Wanda Miller (28 years his junior) Rogers underwent extensive cosmetic treatments, including a botched eyelid lift, Botox and facelift. Quoted in 2015 Rogers said, “I didn’t want to be an old man with this young girl. I didn’t want to look like an old man. As you go through life, you make choices. Some are good, some are bad.”
In 2006, The Gambler was quoted as saying to People Magazine of his jaunt with the knife, “I'm not happy about it; it drives me crazy.”
2 Heidi Montag
Dr Youn says about American television personality Heidi Montag that she is an interesting case in point as he believes her to be someone who has had surgery for the wrong reasons altogether, namely notoriety.
By all accounts, the 30-year-old underwent 10 treatments in one day when she was only 23. According to a Mail Online article this included: “Mini brow lift, Botox, redesigned nose job, cheek and lip injections, chin reduction and buttock augmentation.”
Montag was later quoted as saying, “I felt really insecure after the doctor pointed out everything that was wrong with me” and by her own admission she was “beyond obsessed” with plastic surgery. In fact her obsession began early on in her life; at 21 she already had a nose job, lip injections and breast augmentation.
She was quoted in 2010 as saying she was happy with the results and that she saw, “An upgraded version of [herself]”.
1 Donatella Versace
Italian fashion designer and current vice president of the Versace Group, Donatella Versace, today shows us some of the more unfortunate side-effects of plastic surgery addiction.
Being immersed in the quick-paced and superficial world of fashion design, Versace decided to undergo plastic surgery in an effort to stem the flow of time. But as is so often the case, one procedure inevitably leads to another and another. According to renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Fallek, the 62-year-old has “pretty much had it all. Botox, fillers, lasers for the skin.” Dr Fallek adds that multiple treatments lead to permanent skin damage and loss of elasticity.
The outcome shocks many who mourn the good looks of the younger Versace. As online zine Plastic Surgery Stars puts it, “Plastic surgery can transform an ugly duck into a splendor swan, but there are also some cases turning ordinary people into zombies and no one wanted to see that face.”
Sources: cbsnews.com, dailymail.co.uk, en.wikipedia.org