23 Celebrities Who Have Gotten Real About Plastic Surgery
Within the last few years, and especially compared to a decade ago, many more celebrities are willing to share their experiences with plastic surgery. For example, Priyanka Chopra opened up about getting a nose job early on in her acting career and the "deep depression" she fell into thereafter. Even more recently, Doja Cat revealed she had gotten liposuction on Twitter, and Martha Stewart, after revealing her cover for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, said she hasn't gotten plastic surgery but that she does get dermal fillers every once in a while. And there's more where that came from.
Thankfully as the years have gone by, the public's perception of plastic surgery has shifted. Since going under the knife isn't solely looked at as an activity for the rich and vain anymore, and rather as a personal choice that anybody should be able to make, celebrities have been a lot more forthcoming about the work they've had done, whether it's breast augmentations, nose jobs, or just a few injectables like Botox or filler here and there.
If you're curious about the plastic and cosmetic treatments some of your favorites celebrities have undergone over the years, keep reading. Everyone from Kylie Jenner to Cardi B have gotten real about the once-taboo topic, including procedures like nose jobs, breast augmentations, and liposuction.
— Additional reporting by Jessica Harrington
Kylie Jenner Talks Plastic Surgery
After loads of speculation, Kylie Jenner admitted to getting lip fillers when she was 15 on an episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," explaining that she had always felt insecure about having small lips.
Despite rumors, she maintains that's all she's had done to her face. "People think I fully went under the knife and completely reconstructed my face, which is completely false," she told Paper in 2019. "I'm terrified! I would never."
However, on a July 2023 episode of "The Kardashians," the star admitted to getting a breast augmentation when she was 19, just before having her first child, Stormi. Ultimately, she said she regrets the decisions, saying "I just wish, obviously, that I never got them done to begin with."
Priyanka Chopra Talks Plastic Surgery
Priyanka Chopra revealed in her memoir that she received a botched polypectomy early on in her career when her surgeon accidentally shaved the bridge of her nose while trying to remove the tissue.
"My original nose was gone. My face looked completely different. I wasn't me anymore," she wrote. Chopra has since had several more surgeries to restore her original nose, though she admitted that she's gotten "accustomed" to her face. "Now when I look in the mirror, I am no longer surprised," she wrote. "I've made peace with this slightly different me."
Chrissy Teigen Talks Plastic Surgery
Chrissy Teigen revealed to Byrdie back in 2017 that she's had work done on her entire face, except for her cheeks. "Everything about me is fake except my cheeks," she said. However, in October 2021, the model underwent buccal fat removal to thin out her cheeks, too. She also admitted in the same interview to having had liposuction under her arms.
Additionally, the model got breast implants earlier on in her career that she had removed back in June 2020. "They've been great to me for many years but I'm just over it," she wrote on Instagram. "I'd like to be able to zip a dress in my size, lay on my belly with pure comfort! No biggie!"
She also underwent an eyebrow transplant in November 2021.
Cardi B Talks Plastic Surgery
Cardi B has never been afraid to open up about the changes she's made to her body before and after fame. In an interview with GQ in 2018, she admitted to getting illegal butt injections when she was 21 after seeing that her colleagues with curvier figures were making more money stripping than she was. At the time, she paid $800 for the injections in a basement apartment in Queens, New York.
"They don't numb your ass with anything," she said. "It was the craziest pain ever. I felt like I was gonna pass out. I felt a little dizzy. And it leaks for, like, five days."
Later, after giving birth to her first child with husband Offset, she had liposuction and a breast augmentation that she revealed after having to cancel a handful of shows to recover. She's also discussed getting a nose job, as well.
Kaley Cuoco Talks Plastic Surgery
In a cover story for Women's Health back in 2016, the "Big Bang Theory" alum admitted that she's had a nose job and her breasts done. "Years ago, I had my nose done and my boobs — best thing I ever did," she said. "As much as you want to love your inner self . . . I'm sorry, you also want to look good. I don't think you should do it for a man or anyone else, but if it makes you feel confident, that's amazing."
Kourtney Kardashian Talks Plastic Surgery
In 2010, Kourtney Kardashian told "Nightline" that she's had her breast done, but she wasn't ashamed about having the procedure done at all. "I have had breast implants, but it's so funny 'cause it's not a secret, I could care less," she said.
Kelly Rowland Talks Plastic Surgery
Kelly Rowland told Shape in 2013 that she waited 10 years to get breast implants after consulting with her mother and Tina Knowles-Lawson. "I wanted to get breast implants when I was 18, but my mom and Beyoncé's mom told me to really think about it first," she said. Rowland took their advice and got the surgery at 28 years old.
Blac Chyna Talks Plastic Surgery
In March 2023, Blac Chyna shared a PSA to her Instagram Stories about her plastic-surgery history. "I'm at the doctor's office right now, and as ya'll know, I've been changing my life, changing my ways," she says in the video. "So one of the things that I feel like is gonna take me to the next level is, obviously, taking some these ass shots out."
Referring to her biopolymer butt injections, she went on to say, "Do not get silicone shots because you can get sick, you can die, you can have complications, and all this other crazy stuff."
Khloé Kardashian Talks Plastic Surgery
After years of speculation and scrutiny from fans about whether or not she'd gone under the knife in her career, Kardashian opened up about the plastic surgery she's had during the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" reunion, which aired after the show's series finale. In part two of the reunion, host Andy Cohen decided to let Kardashian address the rumors while asking the siblings a series of different questions.
"Everyone says, 'Oh my gosh, she's had her third face transplant.' I've had one nose job," she said before explaining that, even after all the interviews she's done, Cohen was the first person to ask about it.
"Everyone gets so upset, like, why don't I talk about it?" she said. "No one's ever asked me. You're the first person that's ever asked me in an interview about my nose."
Jane Fonda Talks Plastic Surgery
In an interview with Vogue, Jane Fonda discussed the facelift she had and explained why she regrets it. "[W]e all know a lot of women who are wealthy who've had all kinds of facelifts and things like that and they look terrible," she said. "I had a facelift and I stopped because I don't want to look distorted. I'm not proud of the fact that I had [one]."
She went on to say that she understands how "you can get addicted" to plastic surgery, but now her top antiaging tip is to stay moisturized.
Bella Hadid Talks Plastic Surgery
In March, Bella Hadid told Vogue in an interview for its April cover shoot that she regrets getting a nose job at 14 years old. "I wish I had kept the nose of my ancestors," Hadid said. "I think I would have grown into it."
She also addressed other plastic-surgery rumors, like that she's gotten filler and had an eye lift. "People think I fully f*cked with my face because of one picture of me as a teenager looking puffy," she said. "I'm pretty sure you don't look the same now as you did at 13, right? I have never used filler. Let's just put an end to that. I have no issue with it, but it's not for me."
Kehlani Talks Plastic Surgery
In a recent interview with Byrdie, Kehlani shares that they had recently removed their breast implants after years of health complications. "I got breast implants about four years ago because I was very much struggling with what beauty meant to me," they tell the publication. "I remember this video of me performing went viral. People were like 'she's horribly built.' So I went and got breast implants."
The decision to remove them stemmed from years of sickness like fatigue and joint pain, to name a few, which can sometimes happen to patients who have undergone breast augmentation surgery with silicone implants. Now that the implants are out, Kehlani said, "I actually feel way more beautiful than I ever felt because I feel healthy."
Dolly Parton Talks Plastic Surgery
Dolly Parton has always kept it real — and that extends to the cosmetic work she's had done in past, including breast implants, eyelid surgery, and a brow lift. "I wasn't naturally pretty, so I make the most of anything I've got," she said in an interview with "CBS Sunday Morning." "I'm not a natural beauty, but I can enhance it. Whatever it takes, I do. I try to make the most of everything."
In 2011, Parton also joked in an interview with The Guardian that "if something is bagging, sagging, or dragging, I'll tuck it, suck it or pluck it."
Iggy Azalea Talks Plastic Surgery
Iggy Azalea has spoken publicly about having plastic surgery on more than one occasion. After having work done on her nose and breasts in 2017, she thanked her plastic surgeon via Instagram. The rapper later explained to Ellen DeGeneres that she went under the knife simply because she wanted to.
"There was nothing wrong with me," she said. "I think it's a personal choice and anybody, man or woman, they should be able to make an informed decision, and if you want to change something, then that's up to you."
Ariel Winter Talks Plastic Surgery
Ariel Winter got a breast reduction in 2015. Her decision was the result of a combination of bullying from her peers and physical pain.
"Being a 5-foot tall girl and having extremely large breasts is really ostracizing and excruciatingly painful," she told People. "But I didn't really express how I felt about that."
K. Michelle Talks Plastic Surgery
The R&B singer opened up in the past about getting black market butt injections with hopes that altering her figure would boost her career.
"He wasn't a doctor — it was black market, it was these 'hydrogel' injections — that's what they were being called," she told People. "When I found out my favorite rapper did it, that's when I decided, 'I'm getting it done.'"
In 2017, she began to experience severe leg and back pain caused by the silicone from the injections spreading down her leg and damaging her tissue. Michelle ended up having four surgeries and two blood transfusions to remove the silicone from her body, and she used her story as a cautionary tale advising women against getting illegal plastic surgery.
"Now we know the outcome of these [injections]," she said. "Before it was up in the air, but now we know the outcome, that your body cannot handle foreign objects in it."
Jessica Simpson Talks Plastic Surgery
In her memoir, "Open Book," the singer said that she had two tummy tucks against her doctor's orders after giving birth.
"The surgery wasn't for weight loss," she wrote. "I weighed 107 pounds when I planned the surgery. I wanted to get rid of the stretch marks and loose skin left sagging from my back-to-back pregnancies."
Simpson's doctor was concerned about the first surgery because of the toll that her alcohol and pill addiction had taken on her body. She ended up being fine, but she was still unhappy with the "loose skin that hung over my pants," so she scheduled a second tummy tuck after, but this time, she had a few complications.
"I got an infection — colitis — and was vomiting so much I thought I was going to bust my sutures," she said. The singer later admitted that she realized that plastic surgery wasn't a cure-all for what was happening with her mentally: "Really, it's about how you feel emotionally, and I was still just as hard on myself once those stitches were out."
Amy Schumer Talks Plastic Surgery
On Jan. 18, 2022, Amy Schumer opened up about getting liposuction and summed up her current state in three words: "I feel good." Schumer shared the update with an Instagram photo of her at the beach with a big smile on her face. Her caption reads: "It's been a journey thanks for helping me get my strength back @seckinmd (endo) @jordanternermd (lipo) never thought i would do anything but talk to me after your uterus doesn't contract for 2.5 years and you turn 40. @paulvincent22 vickie Lee (acupuncture) my girl Nicole from the tox my friends and fam. Let's go!"
This wasn't the first time Schumer opened up about her experience with various cosmetic procedures. In December 2021, she said she'd recently tried facial fillers but ultimately opted to get them dissolved.
Clare Crawley Talks Plastic Surgery
In a recent IGTV video, the former Bachelorette star opened up about her decision to have her breast implants removed and the health implications that brought her to that choice. "The truth is, I've been going through things medically with my body that I have not had answers to for a couple of years," she said. After many trips to the doctor, "they found fluid sacs behind my implants. My white blood count for the last 5 years has been up and elevated this whole time and fighting something that we didn't know. And as much as I love my implants, my body is fighting them and recognized them as something foreign in my body. I know this is not everybody's case, this is my case and my body."
And with that, she made the decision to have her implants removed: "My health is the most important thing, so that's where I'm at right now — they're coming out."
Victoria Beckham Talks Plastic Surgery
In a 2017 letter to her younger self published by Vogue UK, Victoria Beckham gave herself a few words of advice — from "wear less makeup" to "don't let that make-up artist shave your eyebrows" — but she also described her feelings around getting breast implants. "And I should probably say, don't mess with your boobs. Just celebrate what you've got."
Tyra Banks Talks Plastic Surgery
In 2018, the supermodel opened up to People about the plastic surgery she felt compelled to get early on in her career. "I had bones in my nose that were growing and itching," Banks said. "I could breathe fine, but I added cosmetic surgery. I admit it! Fake hair, and I did my nose. I feel I have a responsibility to tell the truth."
She added: "Fix it or flaunt it — I think women should be able to do both. You want a hair weave? Fine. You want permanent eyebrows? Fine. We as women need to stop judging."
Raven-Symoné Talks Plastic Surgery
In August 2023, Raven-Symoné shared on an episode of "The Best Podcast Ever With Raven and Miranda," that her experiences with bullying and body-shaming as a teenager resulted in her getting liposuction and a breast reduction before she was 18 years old. "It was just a mess, just being that young and the pain of it all," she said.