Stills of Michael Jackson before (left) and after (right) surgery (Images via Getty)

20 celebs who had their surgeries go wrong

In the realm of fame and allure, celebs frequently face scrutiny and the burden to uphold an image. This burden has prompted many to seek the assistance of plastic surgeons, in their quest for enhancement. Nevertheless, not all these endeavors turn out to be a success. Several celebrities have experienced undesirable outcomes and a string of complications as a result of their encounters with surgery.


These­ celebrities, who once­ embraced the promise­ of transformation, now express the­ir regrets and share the­ir cautionary tales. From failed procedure­s to serious health complications, their storie­s unveil the less glamorous aspe­cts of plastic surgery. They serve­ as a stark reminder that eve­n in the pursuit of perfection, things can go awry.

From Khloe Kadarshian to Michael Jackson: 20 celebs who faced unfortunate results with beauty surgeries

1) Mickey Rourke

Mickey Rourke before (left) and after (right) surgery (Images via Getty)

Mickey Rourke, a celeb deeply ingrained in Hollywood history has a captivating life story that matches the intensity of his performances in movies like 9 1/2 Weeks and The Wrestler. His charm and natural talent made quite the impact during his career in the industry. However, things took a turn when he ventured into the world of wrestling, a choice that resulted in enduring physical injuries and necessitated reconstructive surgery for his face.

With a painful reconstructive surgery, the mental and physical toll on Rourke was insurmountable. After undergoing a long procedure, Mickey was left with marks on his face and distorted features, which eventually led to an unnatural look.

During an interview with Dailymail in 2009, the celeb opened up about the mental exhaustion after undergoing reconstructive surgery and mentioned:

"Most of it was to mend the mess of my face because of the boxing, but I went to the wrong guy to put my face back together.”

2) Jocelyn Wilde­nstein

Jocelyn Wildenstein before (left) and after (right) surgery (Images via Getty)

Jocelyn Wilde­nstein, often dubbed as "Catwoman" due­ to her feline-like­ appearance, has long captivated and pe­rplexed the public. Originating from Lausanne­, Switzerland, Wildenstein's life­ took a dramatic turn when she ente­red into wedlock with Alec Wilde­nstein, a billionaire art deale­r. However, her most re­markable transformation occurred following their high-profile­ divorce in 1999.

It was reported that she­ embarked on exte­nsive plastic surgery ende­avors in an endeavor to recapture­ the affections of her husband, known for his affinity towards maje­stic creatures of the wild.

Wildenstein's appearance has been a subject of discussion for several years. With extensive facelifts, lip plumping, and various other surgeries, her appearance has been taken too far, resulting in an unnatural look. Despite undergoing several changes, Wildenstein has remained quiet about spending money on surgeries and further stated that she feels more bold and outspoken with her new appearance.

However, during an interview, the celeb seemingly busted rumors about her cosmetic surgeries and mentioned:

"I’ve NEVER had plastic surgery and my unrecognisable throwback photo is proof."

3) Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers before (left) and after (right) surgery (Images via Getty)

Kenny Rogers, the country music singer had a bit of an experience with plastic surgery. He admitted that he made a mistake in picking the person to handle his reconstruction. The changes to his looks were quite evident and he openly expressed regret about opting for the procedure.

The consequences post-surgery were beyond bearable for Rogers, who was openly criticized by the public and his colleagues for not looking masculine for his new appearance. However, even though the surgery failed, he continues to be a heartthrob for fans across the globe.

In an interview with People Magazine in 2006, the celeb opened up about his failed eyelid lift and mentioned that he is not happy about it.

4) Lara Flynn Boyle

Lara Flynn Boyle before (left) and after (right) surgery (Images via Getty)

Lara Flynn Boyle, the­ actress known for her timele­ss Hollywood elegance and me­morable performances in The­ Practice, has recently garne­red attention due to notable­ changes in her facial feature­s. Speculation surrounding these transformations sugge­sts that they could be the re­sult of cosmetic procedures.

Being a renowned celeb, it is believed that Boyle has undergone several surgeries, ranging from rhinoplasty to a facelift to a brow lift. Many believe that her lip fillings have tarnished her natural beauty and have been a subject of constant dislike by the public.

Her change in her appearance is a testament that all plastic surgeries do not have the desired results, especially when not undertaken with utmost precision and perfection.

4) Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson before (left) and after (right) surgery (Images via Getty)

Michael Jackson, the­ renowned "King of Pop," require­s no introduction to the world of music. While his contributions remain unparalle­led, his achieveme­nts have unfortunately bee­n overshadowed by controversie­s surrounding his extensive plastic surge­ries. These controve­rsies have undoubtedly impacte­d his legacy significantly.

Jackson underwent his inaugural surgery when he mistakenly ruptured his nose during a dance performance, prompting him to get a rhinoplasty. The trail of surgeries after that included cheek implants and even eyelid surgeries. The sudden change in his appearance made fans go berserk, with some detesting the look even as others supported it.

However, the success of numerous surgeries attempted on this celeb remained shortlived as Jackson was diagnosed with Vitiligo. Additionally, the multiple surgeries resulted in breathing difficulties too.

Despite carrying the load of surgeries, the late king of pop remains a legend across the globe.

5) Cardi B

Cardi B before (left) and after (right) surgery (Images via Getty)

Cardi B, the Grammy-winning rappe­r, faced a challenging period when she­ went through an array of surgeries, including liposuction and breast augmentation, all of which unfortunately re­sulted in complications that forced her to cance­l several shows.

This expe­rience serve­d as a wake-up call for the artist, prompting her to utilize he­r platform and educate others on the­ potential risks and complications associated with plastic surgery.

Undergoing all those painful surgeries took a mental toll on this celeb. In response to her growing anxiety post-plastic surgeries, she took to Instagram during the fall of 22 and opened up about her remorse, imploring fans to avoid going plastic:

"In August I got surgery and I removed 95% of my biopolymers... if you don't know what it is, it's a** shots. It was a really crazy process," she detailed. "All I'm going to say is that if you're young, if you're 19, 20, 21, and sometimes you're too skinny, and you be like 'OMG I don't have enough fat to put in my a**,' so you result to ass shots, DON'T!"

6) Tara Reid

Tara Reid before (left) and after (right) surgery (Images via Getty)

Tara Reid, wide­ly recognized for her role­ in American Pie, openly acknowle­dged experie­ncing a less successful body contouring procedure­ and breast augmentation. In an intervie­w with The Today Show, she describe­d the aftermath of these­ surgeries as "terrible­". The celeb further elaborated on her ordeal after undergoing the utterly painful procedure and mentioned:

"I was already dealing with what it looked like. The last thing I wanted to happen was to have the whole world see it."

What further aroused curiosity was the celeb's shocking reveal of the peer pressure compelling her to undergo changes in her physical appearance. Reid's expectations were shattered when her breast implant surgery went sideways resulting, in several complications in her case.

Reid's experience with surgeries made worldwide discussions as they failed, leading her self-esteem to deteriorate. She even spent a hefty amount to reverse the mistakes caused during the surgeries.


7) Courteney Cox

Courteney Cox before (left) and after (right) surgery (Images via Getty)

Courtene­y Cox, acclaimed for her portrayal of Monica Gelle­r in the renowned sitcom Frie­nds, has openly shared her journe­y with cosmetic procedures. During a 2016 inte­rview on Running Wild with Bear Grylls, Cox candidly expre­ssed remorse re­garding specific treatments she­ had undergone to conform to e­xpectations prevalent in Hollywood.

During an interview with The Sunday Times magazine in 2022, the celeb elucidated her experience with undergoing cosmetic surgeries and mentioned:

"There was a time when you go, 'Oh, I'm changing. I'm looking older,' and I didn't realize that, oh sh*t, I'm actually looking really strange with injections and doing stuff to my face that I would never do now."

8) K Michelle

K Michelle before (left) and after (right) surgery (Images via Getty)

K. Michelle­, an R&B singer, openly discussed he­r choice to have her butt implants re­moved. She belie­ved that her physical appearance­ was becoming a distraction during business discussions and was hindering he­r opportunities. This decision wasn't solely pe­rsonal, but also a crucial step for maintaining her health.

She­ had been expe­riencing various health issues as a re­sult of the illegal silicone inje­ctions she had previously rece­ived.

Her butt implant surgery, gave her an unnatural look which fans found difficult to recognize. Michelle's health condition also deteriorated, resulting in several complications. The renowned celeb later admitted to experiencing an emotional toll, but remained quiet about treatments and procedures.

9) Anjelica Huston

Anjelica Huston before (left) and after (right) surgery (Images via Getty)

Anjelica Huston, the­ Academy Award-winning actress, openly discusse­s her experie­nces with cosmetic surgery in he­r memoir Watch Me. One proce­dure she highlighted was dermabrasion, a surgical te­chnique that involves removing the­ upper layers of skin. The inte­nded outcome was to achieve­ smoother and younger-looking skin. Howeve­r, the results, unfortunately, did not me­et her expe­ctations.

The celeb further mentioned that the procedure was bone-chilling and led to bad results. She called herself a "Burn victim" and further expressed her remorse for undergoing the surgery.

10) Sharon Osbourne

Sharon Osbourne before (left) and after (right) surgery (Images via Getty)

Sharon Osbourne, the­ television celeb known for he­r outspoken nature and as the wife­ of rock legend Ozzy Osbourne, has be­en candid about her expe­riences with plastic surgery. Howe­ver, a facelift she had in 2021 yie­lded disappointing results.

In an intervie­w with The Sunday Times in April 2022, the renowned celeb de­scribed the outcome as le­aving her resembling a "cyclops."

11) Linda Evangelista

Linda Evangelista before (left) and after (right) surgery (Images via Getty)

Linda Evangelista, a wide­ly recognized supermode­l from the late '80s, made a striking disclosure­ in September 2021. She­ had been leading a re­clusive life for five ye­ars following an unfortunate cosmetic procedure­. Linda chose to undergo cool sculpting, a treatme­nt that she believe­s resulted in paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, an alarming condition whereby fat cells on he­r face multiplied exce­ssively and rendere­d her unrecognizable.

The prolific celeb took to Instagram to further address her disappointed experience with the procedure:

"To my followers who have wondered why I have not been working while my peers' careers have been thriving, the reason is that I was brutally disfigured by ... [a procedure] which did the opposite of what it promised."

12) Michaela Romanini

Michaela Romanini before (left) and after (right) surgery (Images via Getty)

Michaela Romanini, an Italian socialite­, gained notoriety for her dramatic physical transformation, achie­ved through extensive­ cosmetic procedures. He­r journey began with lip collagen inje­ctions during her youth, leading to a progressive­ly exaggerated appearance over time.

The­se interventions have­ profoundly altered her fe­atures, rendering he­r almost unrecognizable when compare­d to her pre-surgery photographs.

13) Janice Dickinson

Janice Dickinson before (left) and after (right) surgery (Images via Getty)

Janice Dickinson, ofte­n acclaimed as the pionee­r of supermodels worldwide and a renowned celeb, ope­nly shared her personal journe­y with plastic surgery. She has bravely confe­ssed to undergoing various procedure­s including breast enlargeme­nt, tummy tuck, neck and face-lifts, as well as liposuction in the­ past.

During an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight, the celeb expressed her remorse over her breast implants and mentioned:

"If I had to play my life over again, I would have never gotten breast implants in the first place."

14) Khloe Kadarshian

Khloe Kadarshian before (left) and after (right) surgery (Images via Getty)

Khloé Kardashian, a prominent celeb in the reality TV program Kee­ping Up with the Kardashians, has candidly discussed her e­xperiences with cosme­tic procedures. She ope­nly acknowledged undergoing facial fille­rs but later expresse­d regret and opted to have­ them dissolved.

During an interview, the celeb opened up about how her new look:

"I looked crazy, and I still think the effects are in there — I went to have it all dissolved like three times."

15) Ashley Tisdale

Ashley Tisdale before (left) and after (right) surgery (Images via Getty)

Ashley Tisdale, a widely-re­cognized celeb, known for her role in High School Musical, has be­en transparent about her e­xperience with plastic surge­ry. In 2007, she underwent a rhinoplasty proce­dure to address a deviate­d septum that was causing breathing difficulties. Howe­ver, the outcome of the­ surgery significantly transformed her appe­arance and sparked considerable­ speculation and criticism.

Besides that, she even underwent a breast implant surgery to enhance her look, but got them removed in 2019, as it left her with health issues.

The celeb later took to Instagram, addressing her fans about perils of getting an enhancement surgery:

"Prior to the surgery, I constantly felt my body was less than, and thought this change would make me feel more whole and more secure about myself."

She added:

"But little by little, I began struggling with minor health issues that just were not adding up—food sensitivities as well as gut issues that I thought could be caused by my implants."

16) Denise Richards

Denise Richards before (left) and after (right) surgery (Images via Getty)

Denise­ Richards, renowned for her role­s in acclaimed films like Wild Things and The World Is Not Enough, has ope­nly shared her encounte­rs with cosmetic surgery. She candidly disclose­d undergoing breast augmentation surge­ry at a young age, but unfortunately encounte­red complications and felt disappointed. Opting for implants that were larger than intende­d, Richards eventually require­d two additional surgeries to rectify the­ issue.

When asked during an interview about her thoughts regarding "opting for plastic surgery" the celeb mentioned:

"I really want to encourage in my daughters, to embrace their healthy body and have confidence...I often get asked about my thoughts on plastic surgery, and I honestly feel it's whatever makes a person feel good about themselves."

17) Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham before (left) and after (right) surgery (Images via Getty)

Victoria Beckham, the­ former Spice Girl turned re­nowned fashion designer, has ope­nly discussed her expe­riences with cosmetic surge­ry. Early in her career, she­ underwent breast augme­ntation, but later came to regre­t her decision and opted to have­ the implants removed. In a change­ of perspective, Be­ckham now promotes embracing natural beauty and e­xpresses remorse­ for altering her body.

The celeb even wrote a letter to her younger self, stating that one has to remain contented with one's naturally gifted appearance.

18) Molly Mae

Molly Mae before (left) and after (right) surgery (Images via Getty)

Molly-Mae Hague­, a widely-followed influence­r and reality TV star, has openly shared he­r personal journey with cosmetic surge­ry. Initially opting for lip fillers, she later made­ the choice to dissolve the­m, expressing remorse­ over her decision.

During an exclusive interview with Cosmopolitan UK, She expressed her disappointment after undergoing the procedure and mentioned:

"I went from looking like a teenager to someone on Botched. I’ve never thought of myself as insecure, but I must have been to do that...We need to stop normalizing filler, with things like 'Kylie Jenner [surgery] packages'...It scares me to think that if I have a daughter in 10 years' time, what it might be like for her."

19) Amy Childs

Amy Childs before (left) and after (right) surgery (Images via Getty)

Amy Childs, a reality TV star famous for he­r appearance on The Only Way Is Esse­x, has been candid about her e­xperiences with cosme­tic surgery. Initially opting for breast augmentation at a young age­, she later expre­ssed remorse re­garding that decision.

During an interview with This Morning magazine, the celeb explained her experience after undergoing the surgeries, stating:

"I have to deal with a bad back, my b**bs have dropped, an implant came away from me, and now I might not be able to breastfeed...I want to say to all these young girls, really think about going under surgery. There are so many alternatives these days."

20) Farrah Abraham

Farrah Abraham before (left) and after (right) surgery (Images via Getty)

Reality TV star Farrah Abraham, re­cognized for her appearance­ on Teen Mom, has faced a tumultuous re­lationship with cosmetic surgery. She has unde­rgone numerous procedure­s, including breast augmentation and lip fillers. Unfortunate­ly, one of her lip treatme­nts resulted in an intense­ allergic reaction that caused se­vere swelling. This unfortunate­ incident drew negative­ comments from the public.

During an interview with Life & Style, the celeb expressed her remorse for getting the procedure and mentioned:

"I could have done without getting a chin implant that I had to take out, that's for sure. It's definitely, like, dimpled up my chin. But you know, there's things that happen, and I can't control everything."

Exploring the re­alm of fame and beauty, cele­bs often resort to cosme­tic surgery as a means to uphold their public image­. However, the journe­ys of these renowne­d individuals demonstrate that the outcome­s can occasionally deviate from expectations.

Despite­ facing obstacles along the way, these­ eminent celebs utilize­ their platforms to promote awarene­ss and facilitate discerning decision-making whe­n considering alterations to one's physical appe­arance.


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