Celebrities go to great lengths to look good in public. For the past four decades, plastic surgery has been the solution for most celebrities who want to improve their appearance and figure.
Even though plastic surgery procedures such as botox and lip injections are often successful, things go wrong in some instances, leaving celebrities with lifelong scars.
They say if life gives you lemons, perhaps a plastic surgery can give you melons. But we all know that’s not always the case. Here are the top 8 celebrity plastic surgery gone wrong cases that will shock you.
Michael Jackson was the world’s most celebrated recording artist. His popularity had a significant toll on his self-esteem and consciousness. As a shadowy figure of intense self-conflict, Michael wanted to look perfect to his millions of fans.
The release of his hit song “Man in the Mirror” revealed that he had undergone plastic surgery. Unfortunately, the new appearance overshadowed his riveting performance in the song. In one interview, J. Randy Taraborrelli stated that he didn’t want to be Michael Joseph Jackson. “He just wanted to be something else. And he went about the business of doing that.”
Rumors have it that he had his first plastic surgery after an accident shortly after releasing the “Off the Wall” solo album. He broke his nose when he fell dancing. Michael said the nose job helped him hit higher notes better at the time, but a renowned rhinoplasty, Dr. Pamela Lipkin, refuted the claim.
As facial makeovers gained traction, Michael teased his fans about his skin color changes with music videos such as “Black or White.” In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 1993, Michael claimed that the change in the color of his skin resulted from a rare skin condition, Vitiligo.
The claim was deciphered as a lie by many plastic surgeons. After weeks of speculations, details were revealed that Michael bleached his skin in his quest to have lighter skin. Besides his skin becoming white, his lips and nose appeared thinner six months after the surgery. Somethings never change though, isn’t?
Courtney Cox is another celebrity who turned to plastic surgery to look younger and sexier. In an interview with The Sunday Times, she confessed that the cosmetic injections left her feeling and looking strange.
In a 2017 interview, she revealed that she hired a plastic surgeon to dissolve all filler injected on her face through a procedure referred to as Juvederm. She also learned to be comfortable and maintain her natural appearance. In an interview with New Beauty Magazine, Cox said, “You need movement in your face, especially if you have thin skin as I do. I’ve had to learn to embrace movement and realized that fillers are not my friend.
Dermal fillers gained popularity in 2020 for being non-invasive. Even though the procedure costs thousands of dollars, the results are temporary. Funny she once told the press, “I’m actually looking really strange.”
Joan Van Ark
Joan Van Ark looked beautiful and was adored by many fans, but the plastic surgery ruined his facial appearance. In the 1970s and 1990s, Joan rose to fame for her roles in Knots Landing and Dallas soap operas. At the peak of her career, she opted to undergo plastic surgery due to the fear that signs of aging on her face and changing her fan’s perception of her.
One fan who saw Joan after the surgery told The Globe that her face looked as though it was melting. “It’s just sad to see Joan now. She should have left well enough alone.”
In an interview with National Enquirer, Dr. Anthony Youn, a plastic surgeon, said that Van’s drastic facial change was due to one or two facelifts that caused her jawline and neckline to appear tighter. Youn stated that Botox and brow lift caused her forehead to appear smooth and free of wrinkles.
Despite Dr. Anthony Youn’s recommendations to stop all invasive cosmetic treatments except a bit of Botox, Joan’s face was utterly ruined. She went into hiding after the surgery and is rarely seen in public since then.
After lockdown, she was spotted outdoors and one fan hilarious wrote online, “What exactly did she have done on her face? A good excuse to continue masking! And that filler shit around her upper cheek/eyes, truly looks like Rocky Dennis. Kind of similar to the awesome Lee Grant.I hope they both live to 100+. Decent chicks.”
Bobby Norris is considered a cosmetic surgery addict not only by his fans but also colleagues. His latest Instagram post that flaunts his new line of facial hair got mixed reactions. Most fans thought he had gone too far and hated his new look.
“All you can change is yourself, but sometimes that changes everything,” the caption read. One of the people who seemed to support his decision is his long-term friend, Gemma Collins, who said, “Don’t change too much. I love who you are.”
Over the years, Bobby has undergone several cosmetic surgeries. His first was a beard transplant that received positive and negative comments on Instagram. He later appeared in the TOWIE show in 2012, looking fresh-faced.
During the show, one of the GC openly told him, “You’re all Botox and no backbone!” Bobby responded to the comment in equal measure, saying, “You’ve got a head full of peroxide, so you’re hardly natural.”
Unlike other celebrities who go into hiding or don’t openly accept they have undergone plastic surgery, Bobby seems appreciative of the lip filler treatments and Botox. He has repeatedly thanked the cosmetic surgery clinics on social media for being part of his journey to look “perfect” for the cameras.
Has the facial filler dissolved after the trolls on social media? Was the surgery worth the harrasment he received online?
Not all plastic surgeons have the skills and expertise to do the job correctly. One celebrity who learned this too late is Pricilla Presley. She was left with a botched plastic surgery that cost her thousands of dollars and her appearance and career.
The surgery was done by an unlicensed plastic surgeon, Serrano. He is from Argentina and charges between $300 and $500 per injection. Surprisingly, he does it at lavish cocktail parties in different parts of Hollywood.
According to Dr. Tomas Fuente Serrano, his magical European silicone treatment could permanently eliminate wrinkles. Shawn King is one of the celebrities who paid $7,000 for silicone injections at her Beverly Hills home in 2003. The injection wrecked her lower lip to the extent she couldn’t drink liquids or talk normally due to a hard bump that developed around the chin.
In an interview with TMZ, Pricilla’s spokesperson said that his client fell prey to an unlicensed plastic surgeon. The silicone used on Pricilla was commonly used as a car lubricant.
Pricilla’s corrective surgery in 2008 was partly successful, but she has yet to recover fully. “To this day, I have big bags under my eyes, and I’m still trying to get treated for it. It’s a constant battle. I feel like I have sand in my eyes.”
Carrot Top was a household name in the 1990S for his thrilling and unforgettable over-the-top comedy performances. He mastered the art of making her performances sensational by using bizarre props, baseball bats, and mannequin heads.
His determination and commitment earned him a spot in “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in 1992. Over the last two decades, the now 56-year-old comedian has undergone a series of notable physical transformations. A section of his fans speculated that his change from skinny to buff and then slim body physique resulted from cosmetic surgeries, particularly laser treatments and botox.
As expected, he denied the claims when his photo dubbed “Chairman of the Board” broke the internet. He confidently told the press that his face looked toned and his jaw because chiseled due to lifestyle changes. “I just worked out a lot and never had any plastic surgery. I can see why people would think that since I got really big for a while, but I never had any work done.”
In another interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2013, he said, “I’m sorry that I look good. I got a lot of grief because I’ve always been in shape, and I think for comedy in general, they don’t expect comics to be in shape.”
True to his words, “it takes a lot of makeup to make me look great.”
It’s not uncommon for celebrities to regret undergoing Juvederm, Botox, laser treatment, or lip injections after the procedures fail to yield the expected results. Melanie Griffith is one such celebrity whose facial appearance was drastically changed by botched plastic surgery.
“I was so hurt I went to a different doctor and he started dissolving all the sh-t that the other woman doctor had put in. Hopefully, I look more normal now.”
Despite her failed marriage, addiction, and botched plastic surgery, she has recently started to appear on the red carpet alongside her daughter, Dakota Johnson. Melanie is a successful actress who still stands tall in the comedy industry even after her divorce from Antonio Banderas in 2015.
Most people can barely recognize her today due to the botched surgery. Can you? Also, what’s you take on her new “perfect” look?
Donatella Versace stepped into the limelight after the death of her brother Gianni Versace. Her main goal was to prove that she could be as good as him in the industry. In her quest to get and retain media attention, she underwent a series of botox and lip injection procedures to change her face.
A picture showing that she had undergone cosmetic surgery went viral in 2014. In the photo, she looks extremely shiny, indicating that a heavy Botox procedure was done. Botox experts said that the elongated line-free forehead was caused by the over-application of Botox around her eyes and forehead.
Another renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. Steven, said, “She’s pretty much had it all. Botox, fillers, and lasers for the skin. Minimal recovery time for those, though there can be some skin redness for a few weeks with laser therapy.
“If you look at her eyes, they appear half shut ” Mark, a Botox expert, said. Was spending thousands of dollars on Botox treatment really worth her new look?
The above botched plastic surgeries on celebrities are proof that there is no guarantee that Botox, lip injections, laser treatment, or any other cosmetic procedure will deliver the expected results. If you are planning to undergo a cosmetic procedure, make sure that you consult widely to avoid regrets down the road. More importantly, confirm the surgeon is reputable and licensed before booking an appointment.