Many of us can get to feeling insecure about our looks. In Hollywood, where looking picture-perfect is literally your bread and butter, this is even more keenly felt. Celebrities often owe their fame to not just their talent, but also their good looks. However with aging and the pressure to keep looking their best, many of them turn to plastic surgery or other cosmetic procedures to keep them looking gorgeous. While some celebrities manage to get procedures done without causing too much of a stir, others can end up looking completely different or even downright bizarre after getting work done. The following is a list of 40 celebrities that look completely different after having work done.
Jennifer Grey was probably the most famous for her roles in Ferris Beuller’s Day Off and Dirty Dancing back in the 80’s. With her mass of curls and distinctive facial features, Grey had a look that was uncommon in Hollywood. Despite this, she decided to get surgery on her nose in the 90’s and it had a detrimental affect on her career as she looked completely different afterwards. Her face, which was beautiful before her surgery, was still beautiful but totally unrecognizable. This made it difficult for her to get more acting gigs. She has publicly spoken out about regretting her surgery as it derailed her successful career.
Cardi B is a beautiful and successful rapper, probably best known for her unconventional charismatic personality and her exaggerated… ahem, assets. Cardi B rocks an hourglass shape and has been very open about the fact that her body has been surgically enhanced. The popular musician has talked about how she has gotten liposuction, breast augmentation and implants in her butt. Cardi B has been unapologetic and open about these procedures, which is a refreshing change of pace from the secrecy you usually get on the topic of plastic surgery from celebrities. He even shares with her fans the side effects she was experiencing after her most recent surgeries.
Megan Fox is known for being one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. Although she has never admitted to going under the knife, fans of hers have noticed that there has been a significant change in her appearance over the course of her career. It is true that changes in lifestyle or age can cause people’s appearances to shift, so it’s unclear whether the changes in her looks can be attributed to time or to surgery. Either way, when she started her career as a teen, she looked very different than she does today. Regardless of the cause, she was beautiful then just as she is now.
Priscilla Presley is probably one of the most famous examples of plastic surgery gone awry. Although she was blessed with beauty, and was even married to the King of Rock and Roll himself, she chose to undergo procedures that dramatically shifted her appearance over time. This has resulted in Priscilla not looking like your average woman in their 70’s. Priscilla has opened up in the past about being the victim of poor practices when it comes to fillers, most notably at the hands of Dr. Serrano who is now in prison for the work he performed. Priscilla was a great beauty and is sadly almost unrecognizable now, and the change is not just due to age.
Nikki Cox was an actress who had her golden moment in the 1990’s. Typically playing the role of the “hot” girl, Cox was known for her beautiful face and dazzling smile. Unfortunately, Nikki’s career took a turn when she became almost unrecognizable after allegedly getting work done. Although she hasn’t confirmed it publicly, her appearance has shifted her appearance so considerably it’s difficult not to speculate. Her facial features appear to be much more pronounced now, and common speculation is that she has had lip fillers and work done on her face. Whatever the cause, Cox looks drastically different now than she did before.
Tori Spelling was Hollywood royalty, and even appeared on camera herself from a young age. The actress certainly looks different now than she used to, and there has been speculation that she has had a variety of things done to alter her appearance. Spelling has talked about her breast augmentation, and how it affected breastfeeding her children, saying she regretted it. It also appears that she has had some work done to her face, which has changed her appearance as well. It would be incredibly difficult to grow up in an environment with the pressure to always look perfect, which may have played a role in Spelling’s changing appearance.
Tara Reid was a very popular actress in the early 2000’s and starred in many films as the stereotypical “hot” love interest. However, her career took a turn after she was on the receiving end of a few surgeries that she described as botched. In interviews, Reid has been open about not being happy with the results of breast augmentations and body sculpting that left her body scarred and unusually shaped. She later underwent more procedures to correct the results of the first that she was unhappy with, however her career was never the same. Additionally she became somewhat “known” for her bad plastic surgery results.
Ashlee Simpson was the little sister of musical superstar Jessica Simpson, and ended up having a full fledged career all her own. Simpson was a beautiful girl, with striking features, however she decided to get some work done that resulted in a drastic change in appearance. She was open about getting a nose job, however there has been speculation that she had more than just this done. The reason? She was almost unrecognizable all of a sudden. Although still a very beautiful woman, Ashlee Simpson is a great example of a celebrity that looks completely different after getting work done.
Heidi Montag was most known for her role in The Hills, a popular reality show by MTV. Unlike many celebrities, Montag has been completely honest about the multiple surgeries that completely changed her appearance. In interviews, she has discussed the lasting scars and damage from these procedures, and expressed regrets about making the decision to have so much work done. She stated that she chose to get surgery to keep up a “perfect” appearance, but wishes that she could go back and not have done it at all. Ultimately all the procedures that she had done left her looking completely different than when she started.
Kim Kardashian is a great example of someone who has been in the limelight for awhile, whose appearance has had many changes along the way. Although no one but Kim knows exactly what procedures she has done, the drastic difference in her appearance has made people speculate that she has gotten some work done. Kim usually attributes the changes in her appearance to makeup techniques, such as contouring. She even claimed that she has never had a nose job, despite rumours to the contrary. The changes in Kardashian’s appearance aren’t just limited to her face. Her bombshell curves have also caused some to wonder if she’s been enhanced.
Given the dramatic difference between Kylie Jenner’s face a few years ago and her appearance now, many people assumed that she had a lot of work done. Although she is very young, she has admitted to using fillers but that’s it. Kylie is another member of the Kardashian clan who attributes differences in her look to makeup techniques. She also manages to change her look up often with contacts and wigs. Kylie’s body and face have certainly changed enough to make her practically unrecognizable from the way she looked before. Although she was a child at the time, the differences are enough to make people wonder.
Darryl Hannah rose to fame in the 1980’s, starring in hit films such as Splash. Hannah’s cool blonde good looks made her easy to watch on the silver screen. However recently she has been seen looking a little different than she used to, and it appears to be a result of more than just age. Although Hannah has denied having work done, when she appeared to be puffier with more exaggerated features, people started to wonder. People do change in appearance as they get older, however the changes in her looks seemed to be from more than just the passage of time.
Lara Flynn Boyle
Lara Flynn Boyle was an absolute stunner in her Twin Peaks days, however more recently she looked like a completely different person altogether. In the late 2000’s, her face started to appear more puffy and swollen, causing people to believe that she had gotten work done to her face. If she did get work done, it appears that it wasn’t very well done, as her facial features appeared somewhat distorted and swollen. Lara Flynn Boyle’s transformation to looking like a completely different person is often cited as an example of celebrity surgery that’s gone wrong. Her face is barely recognizable to her earlier acting days.
Mickey Rourke was a heartthrob in the 1980’s with hit movies such as Angel Heart. Despite his successful acting career, Rourke turned his attention towards professional boxing. In his time as a boxer he had multiple injuries and ended up seeking surgeries to correct the damage done to his face. Unfortunately, the surgeries he received left him looking like a completely different person. Rourke has stated in interviews that he feels the work he had done wasn’t well done. The surgeries definitely changed his looks drastically, and he looks like a totally different person now than he did in his earlier career.
Donatella Versace certainly has a signature look that’s unique. The fashion designer is known for her long blonde hair and distinctive style and facial features. However, as she’s aged her appearance has changed significantly, causing many to believe that she has had work done to her face to combat signs of aging. Versace has admitted to having Botox done in the past, however it looks as if her exaggerated features are the result of fillers and other procedures. When looking at a photo of Donatella from 20 years ago, she looks virtually unrecognizable than the way she looks today.
Meg Ryan was America’s sweetheart, and starred classic films such as When Harry Met Sally and City of Angels. Ryan was known for her adorable good looks and quirky personality. However in recent years, the popular actress has been looking much different than she did earlier in her career. Although she hasn’t opened up about whether she has had work done, her changed appearance has been jarring for fans. Many have speculated that she is using fillers to get the fuller effect that her face currently has. Either way, Meg Ryan is looking very much different than she did before.
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea is rumored to have gotten lots of work done to her face and body. In the past, she has opened up in interviews about her breast augmentation and a nose job. The result has been that the popular rapper now looks a great deal differently than she used to. While she is still a beauty, her face is very much changed. Her body seems to have changed as well, with the popular rapper flaunting a much more curvy and robust backside than before. Iggy Azalea is a good example of a celebrity who’s looks have been changed a lot since they first rose to fame.
Wayne Newton is a musician and entertainer whose career has spanned decades. He’s a staple in the Las Vegas entertainment scene. Wayne Newton is aging fantastically, you would have trouble guessing his real age based on his appearance, and many have speculated that this is due to cosmetic surgery and procedures. Although Newton has a similar look to his younger days, his face seems to have many of the hallmarks of someone who has had work done. Over the past while, his face has appeared more puffy, giving him a much different appearance than he used to have in his early career.
Lil’ Kim rose to fame in the 1990’s with her musical talent and her gorgeous good looks. However, a few years ago, the popular rapper shared some photos where she looked completely different than she did before, confusing her fans. Lil’ Kim’s hair, facial features, and evern skin tone was dramatically changed, giving her a totally different look than she had before. Over the years, Lil’ Kim’s looks transformed greatly, and she appears to have the signature “cat-like” features of those who have gotten too much surgery. Many have speculated that she has gotten extensive work done on her face and body.
When you think of outrageous celebrities, Courtney Love must certainly come to mind. Love is an musician and actress, and has been the subject of tabloid fodder for many years. Love is notorious for her outspoken personality and her ever-changing alternative style. Love has spoken out about her nose job and claimed that it was a great experience. However, it appears that she has likely gotten other work done, based on the fact that she looks very much different than she did in the early days of her career. Love has criticized other celebrities for not “aging gracefully”, however it seems that perhaps she might be part of this club as well.
Joecelyn Wildenstein is a Swedish born New York socialite that is probably the quintessential example of too much surgery. Also known as “Catwoman” or the “Lion Woman of New York”, due to her incredibly cat-like features, Wildenstein’s look is unique (to say the least!). Wildenstein looks drastically different than she did in her younger years, and her facial features are exaggeratedly feline. Her face itself is puffy, and it appears that she has had a LOT of work done to get this effect. Although she has denied getting surgery, it is unlikely this look would happen over time by accident.
Due to her musical talent and keen business sense, Cher has had a career that has spanned decades. She first rose to fame in the 1960’s, and had a distinctive look. Her high cheekbones and unique facial features gave her an edge, as she didn’t have the typical cookie-cutter celebrity face. As time has gone on, Cher has aged beautifully, however she does look different than she did before. This is unlikely to be from age, as she still looks as young as ever. Cher has admitted to getting a facelift, however people have speculated that she has had much more work done to her face than that.
Pamela Anderson is probably best known for her bombshell beauty role in Baywatch. Anderson’s blonde good looks and curvy body gained her stardom, and if you look at photos of her from the past, she looks a great deal different than she used to. Pamela Anderson has been fairly open about her surgeries, and how she has gone about enhancing her exaggeratedly feminine physique. Although still a very beautiful woman, Anderson’s look went from fresh-faced to full-fledged Playboy playmate thanks to the work that she has had done. As she’s aged, she’s changed her look, however she continues to look fantastic.
Scott “Carrot Top” Thompson has made an incredible transformation through the years, and if not for his wild red locks he might be unrecognizable. The comedian’s looks changed dramatically, with the exception of his signature red curls. He bulked up considerably, which led to speculation of steroid use. His face also appears to have been worked on, although he denies having had any surgery. Whatever the cause, Carrot Top’s looks had a pretty big transformation over the course of his career. He is usually used as an example of a celebrity who’s appearance has changed greatly after going under the knife.
Michael Jackson was known for his music, controversy, and his ever changing appearance. Michael Jackson’s features and skin tone caused a lot of speculation, as they changed through the years. Jackson became almost unrecognizable from how he looked when he was younger, with his features distorting and his skin color progressively lightening. Although Jackson had vitiligo, a condition that affects skin pigment, it was guessed that he also engaged in skin bleaching. Jackson’s face also seemed to be the result of a lot of cosmetic work, most notably his nose which was very changed after a few nose jobs. Jackson’s face was much changed, and he looked very different in the later years than he previously did.
Joan Rivers was known for being hilarious and outspoken, and was never one to shy away from being open about work she had done. Rivers was open about a variety of work she had done, that made her virtually unrecognizable from the way she appeared earlier in her career. Joan Rivers maintained a very glamorous appearance that was enhanced through her many cosmetic procedures. Rivers spoke about getting her neck and her face, among other things. She even wrote a book that discussed this topic at length. Rivers was a gifted comedienne and sadly passed away from surgery complications (not cosmetic) in 2014.
Pete Burns is probably best known as the visually stunning Dead or Alive frontman. Since his career blossomed in the 1980’s, his appearance has undergone many incredible changes. By his own estimation, he underwent over 300 procedures to alter his appearance. He was even featured in the TV show Botched Up Bodies shortly before his death. Burns’ look through the years changed so dramatically that at many points in his career he was virtually unrecognizable. These surgeries also caused many health issues. Unfortunately, Pete Burns passed away in 2016 from cardiac arrest. He was only 57 at the time of his death.
Melanie Griffith is a beautiful actress, well-known for her role in Working Girl. Her career blossomed in the mid-80’s and 90’s, and she was known for her beautiful unique face. However, there was a point where she was almost completely unrecognizable due to some cosmetic procedures she had done. Griffith has been open about her regrets in getting so much work done, and how it dramatically changed her appearance. Her surgeries left her face puffy and distorted, and she eventually had to get corrective procedures done to restore a more natural look. She expressed that she felt hurt with the public response to her cosmetically-altered appearance.
Teen Mom reality star Farrah Abraham has gotten a lot of work done, and she is pretty up-front about it. The reality TV star has gone on record talking about her multiple procedures and cosmetic enhancements. She has expressed that she is a fan of surgery, and wants to continue getting work done to maintain a youthful appearance. Abraham was even transparent about a botched result she had from an allergic reaction to lip fillers that left her swollen and deformed-looking. However, this wasn’t enough to scare the star off from getting more surgeries and cosmetic procedures to alter her appearance.
Shauna Sand is a former Playboy Playmate, but through the years has come to look drastically different than she did before. Sand appears to have had multiple surgeries, most notably on her body and her face. Sand appeared on the TV show Botched to try and get help for her breast augmentation, that had bad scarring that she wanted to get fixed. Shauna Sand looks a great deal different now than she did in her earlier playmate days. Although she still has the exaggeratedly feminine body, her face appears to have been enhanced by cosmetic procedures, giving her a bit of a manufactured look.
The frontman of Guns N’ Roses finds himself on this list because he came back from a hiatus from public life looking like a completely different person. The dramatic change in his look led people to speculate whether he had work done, such as a facelift or other cosmetic procedures like Botox or fillers. His face appears to be tighter and shinier, which might indicate that he has had injections or fillers. additionally, his features are much altered from the way they were before. Axl Rose may be known for his music, however he more recently made waves with his dramatically different face.
Amanda Lepore is transgender, and known for her glamorous and artistic appearance due to her many surgical procedures. Lepore was a club kid, and has gone on to dabble in modelling, acting, music and writing. Lepore’s procedures have created a highly enhanced feminine physique that is predominantly glamorous. Through the years, Lepore’s look has shifted and changed making her appearance fluid depending on which time period you’re looking at. Lepore has spoken out about her many procedures, including how she travelled to Mexico to get her ribs broken to enhance her hourglass figure.She’s also spoken about the work she has had done on her face and body.
LaToya Jackson is another member of the famous Jackson clan, with famous siblings including Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson. Although she hasn’t been open about her surgeries, many people have theorized that she has had extensive work done to her face, much like her brother Michael. LaToya’s skin has also appeared lighter over time, much like the case of her famous brother, leading folks to wonder whether she has been attempting to lighten it. The changes in LaToya’s appearance have led to her looking very much different than she did earlier in her life in the public eye.
Kenny Rogers is mostly known for his country music career, however he most recently made a splash with his drastically altered appearance after getting work done. Rogers has gone on record expressing regret for getting his eyelids done, claiming that he was very unhappy with the result. The work he’s had done has made him look almost completely different than he did earlier in his career. Rogers certainly looks good for his age, so I guess you could say that these procedures were a success, although who knows how he would have aged if he had not gotten them done.
Janice Dickinson is known for being the “World’s First Supermodel” with a modeling career that has spanned decades. Although a very beautiful woman, Dickinson today looks very much different than she did in the past. She has been very open about work that she has gotten done in order to maintain a youthful appearance. She has spoken about having had a brow lift done, and regularly getting injectables in her face. Janice Dickinson is honest about getting procedures done to combat aging. This work is largely responsible for her glamorous appearance despite her age, and explains why she looks so different than she did in the past.
Dolly Parton is a successful musician and public personality, and is no stranger to plastic surgery. Parton’s unique look is based on a hyper-realistic version of femininity, complete with a curvy physique, large lips and big hair. When looking at photos of Parton prior to her fame, it is difficult to tell that it is the same person that we know and love. Through the years, her looks have transformed, and she has made no secret of the fact that she is a huge fan of surgically enhancing her look. She has had quite a bit of work done over the years, and it has resulted in her still looking pretty fantastic considering her age.
The Duchess of Alba
The Duchess of Alba (born Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart) had a dramatically different shift in her appearance over the course of her life, and those changes were likely the result of getting plastic surgery. In her older years, the Duchess appeared to have a puffy face with exaggerated and enlarged features such as her lips, which are the telltale signs of having had work done in the face. In photos of her from her youth, she looks unrecognizable from the way she looked later on in life. Although she wasn’t public about getting work done, it appeared obvious based on her transformed appearance.
Khloe Kardashian is another member of the Kardashian family who has had a lot of speculation regarding her appearance. Khloe’s looks have transformed over the years, and she now looks completely different than she did in earlier years, causing people to believe that she has had a lot of work done. Like the rest of her family, Khloe is quick to attribute changes in her appearance to makeup techniques and working out. Khloe has talked about getting (and not liking) injectables but that’s it. Either way, Khloe loos significantly different than she did earlier on in her time in the public eye.
Courtney Cox was one of the stars of the hit TV series Friends, and was known for her unique beauty. With raven hair and bright blue eyes, Cox was a beauty. Over time, her appearance started to shift and she began to look different than she did on her time on the hit show. She was seen sporting a tighter, puffier face, which led to speculation that she was getting work done on her face in an attempt to maintain a youthful appearance. She has gone on record saying that she had her fillers dissolved, as she was unhappy with the way they looked, and is now opting for a more natural appearance.
Joan Van Ark
Joan Van Ark is an actress that is best known for her role in the TV program Knots Landing. The actress now looks dramatically different than she did during her time on the show. She appears to have gotten a LOT of work done, which had changed her appearance significantly. Joan Van Ark is usually one of the examples given of plastic surgery gone wrong, as her face began to look quite unusual. She has stated that getting work done is now fairly routine, and that since people are living longer, they are wanting to keep up their youthful appearance.