There’s no denying that we live in a visually-obsessed culture. And if you have a job in the entertainment industry or the fashion industry? Now more than ever, it is expected of professional women, especially, to always appear their best for the camera.
It’s thus not shocking that so many celebrities seek out plastic surgery to improve their appearance.
While most women welcome the boost to their self-esteem that plastic surgery may provide, some high-profile figures have expressed regret about their decision to have the procedure.
Keep scrolling to see 10 famous people who have spoken publicly about their regrets regarding plastic surgery, ranging from Botox to breast implants.
Tisdale shared her experience on Instagram, revealing that she had breast augmentation surgery in the past but had her implants removed in 2019 because she thought they could have been harmful to her health.
“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 said. “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.”
She goes on to admit that removing her implants “has been [a journey] of growth, self-discovery, self-acceptance and most importantly self-love.” She added, “I think you can tell just how happy I am to be fully me finally.”
Teigen disclosed that she had had breast implants since she was 20 years old in a May 2020 interview with Glamour U.K., saying:
“Yeah, I did my boobs when I was about 20 years old,” she told Glamour. “It was more for a swimsuit thing. I thought if I’m going to be posing, laid on my back, I want them to be perky! But then you have babies and they fill up with milk and deflate and now I am screwed.”
However, on May 27, Teigen took to her Instagram to announce that’s finally getting her implants removed. When referring to her past plastic surgery decision, Teigen claims that she’s “just over it”. In the post, Teigen also discusses her reasons for the removal, being that she’d “like to be able to zip a dress in my size, lay on my belly with pure comfort! No biggie!”
The actress and CEO of GOOP admitted that she had previously tried Botox but decided it wasn’t for her.
“[I’ll] try anything—except I won’t do Botox again, because I looked crazy,” she told Harper’s BAZAAR U.S. in 2013. “I looked like Joan Rivers!”
After exclusively nursing her two children, the Brazilian beauty suddenly revealed in her book Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life in 2015 that she had gotten breast implants.
In a 2018 interview with People, she elaborated on the subject and told the publication that she regretted getting them done.
“I was always praised for my body, and I felt like people had expectations from me that I couldn’t deliver,” she said.
“I felt very vulnerable because I can work out, I can eat healthily, but I can’t change the fact that both of my kids enjoyed the left boob more than the right. All I wanted was for them to be even and for people to stop commenting on it.
“When I woke up, I was like, ‘What have I done?’ I felt like I was living in a body I didn’t recognize. For the first year, I wore [baggy] clothes because I felt uncomfortable.”
Similar to Paltrow, Cameron Diaz acknowledged having used Botox in the past before opting against doing so in the future.
“I’ve tried [Botox] before, where it was like [a] little tiny touch of something,” Diaz told Entertainment Tonight in 2014.
“It changed my face in such a weird way that I was like, ‘No, I don’t want to [be] like [that]’… I’d rather see my face aging than a face that doesn’t belong to me at all.”
Kourtney Kardashian, a reality TV star and the creator of POOSH, admitted to Showbiz Spy in 2011 that she regretted getting breast implants at the age of 22.
“I had my boobs done but if I could go back, I wouldn’t have done it. I was so cute before,” she said (quote via People).
“I’ve realized that I was made to look a certain way and I’m considering removing them.”
Nicole Kidman publicly admitted that she was unhappy with how Botox impaired her facial mobility, much like Diaz and Paltrow.
“No surgery for me,” Kidman told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica
“I did try Botox, unfortunately, but I got out of it and now I can finally move my face again.”
Kylie Jenner once regretted having her lips filled out with filler, despite creating a massive cosmetic business around the feature.
When asked what she thought her worst beauty mistake was in a 2016 interview with her sister Kim Kardashian West for Allure, Jenner replied,”Well, I definitely made my lips a little too big at one point.”
“I got excited and felt like I needed to do a lot. And then you guys were like, ‘Kylie, you need to chill.’ And then I had to go back and have it fixed, and it was a crazy process. Thank God I didn’t end up on Botched,” she continued.
It was also reported in 2018 that Jenner has now begun getting lip fillers, despite the fact that she had her fillers removed at the time.
The former Spice Girl and fashion designer openly confessed that she now regretted her youthful decision to undergo breast implants. In a 2017 interview, Beckham—who subsequently disclosed that she’d had them removed—confessed that her decision to get them done was motivated by insecurities.
Beckham said, “I would tell my 18-year-old self, “I should probably say, don’t mess with your boobs. All those years I denied it—stupid. A sign of insecurity. Just celebrate what you’ve got.”
After frequently hearing from physicians that “a little injection here or filler there” will “help,” the Friends actress said to New Beauty in 2017 that her discontent with fillers developed progressively over time.
“The next thing you know, you’re layered and layered and layered. You have no idea because it’s gradual until you go, ‘Oh shit, this doesn’t look right.’ And it’s worse in pictures than in real life,” she said.
She also admitted to stopping the treatment altogether. “I’ve had all my fillers dissolved. I’m as natural as I can be. I feel better because I look like myself. I think that I now look more like the person that I was. I hope I do,”