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10 Reasons To Not Get Plastic Surgery

By Tracey Gaughran |

Tori Amos. Yes, you heard me right.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found the question has started to come up more and more often: to get plastic surgery or to not get plastic surgery?

I’ve been asked which side I fall on regarding the question – the side of the plastic surgery yays or the plastic surgery nays – and honestly, I’m noncommittal. A lonely little in-between, as it were. Because while plastic surgery is something I wouldn’t have ever dreamed I’d consider back in my 20s – hell, even through most of my 30s – now that I’ve crossed the 40-year-old barrier, the idea seems less and less repugnant. This softening of my view on plastic surgery could likely be measured in direct correlation to the sagging and wrinkling of my own aging, falling-into-decreptitude-ish body. With each year, a new wrinkle/bulge/sag (or several) appears, and each year I become less and less sure of my formerly militant anti-plastic surgery stance as a result.

And while I’ve seen a few people – celebrities, mostly – get good results from plastic surgery, we all know there’s a terrible dark side, and real risk involved. Beyond the possible surgical complications (including death–which is, I think you’d agree, QUITE the complication), how many times have you looked at the “work” a celeb has had done and thought to yourself, “CONGRATULATIONS! You just ruined your own face, aka YOUR MONEY MAKER, STUPIDHEAD!”? Quite a few times, right? And that’s because the truth is that plastic surgery is more art than it is science. And great artists are hard to come by – let alone afford.

Sadly, some stars find this out the hard way, and are forced to live with the consequences forever. Here are ten celebrities whose unfortunate plastic surgery results might serve to give those of you thinking of going under the knife for vanity’s sake serious pause:

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Bad Celebrity Plastic Surgery

Melanie Griffith

Once a natural beauty with a lot of spunk, Melanie's plastic surgery has somehow had the opposite of the intended effect and made her look older than her actual years. She should ask for her money back, IMHO.


What about you guys? Would YOU consider plastic surgery? If so, what would you have done? If not, why wouldn’t you do it?




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37 thoughts on “10 Reasons To Not Get Plastic Surgery

  1. Rachael says:

    SHUT UP! Tori Amos! That blew my mind!

  2. twobusy says:

    “Janice from the Muppet Show” = genius call. Wow.

  3. Brian says:

    Leave your beautiful face alone, Tracey. For the love of God, just leave it alone . . .

  4. Heather says:

    While I totally agree with your premise here, I think I remember hearing that poor Rose was in a really bad accident and the surgery was to reconstruct her face :(

  5. Jessica McFadden - A Parent in America says:

    Dude, que horror.

    I like Julie Christie with her wrinkles,,20168763_20175502_20401574,00.html

    Gena Rowlands with her comfy bod

    Catherine Deneuve’s French ciggie lines are punk rock

    There’s nothing wrong with looking one’s age.

  6. Melissa says:

    How about non-facial plastic surgery? Is that a separate discussion altogether?

  7. Melissa: I don’t think it has to be facial at all! But I think the discussion is about plastic surgery for vanity’s sake — for sure though that could be, say, breast implants, a tummy tuck, etc. (The latter, most moms I know have probably thought about in at least the most glancing way possible.) So yes, by all means, non-facial! Would you?

  8. Melissa says:

    I’ve had a breast reduction, so I guess… yes? Facial is trickier business. And as for a scary plastic surgery horror story, how about Bruce Jenner?

  9. Monica says:

    I basically agree with your thoughts on plastic surgery, but a gallery scrutinizing choices women have made about their faces strikes me a lot like body snarking, no? Isn’t this kind of attention, which focuses so strongly on a woman’s appearance, part of the problem in the first place?

  10. Maggie says:

    I am perfectly fine with aging naturally, I have never been particularly vain though. What I do worry about is that the standard has changed so much, plastic surgery used to never really be an option for most people, so you aged gracefully with all of your friends. Now, though, I am a wee bit worried about looking like a hag next to friends who have been nipped and tucked, but not enough to have surgery. I really worry for my daughters, though and how to teach them to love themselves when so many are obsessed with looking “perfect”.

    Also, I was really missing Nicole Kidman in your line up. She has totally ruined her face in my opinion.

  11. Korinthia Klein says:

    It does worry me when people with the most resources available to do this right end up, well, like this.

  12. jodi says:

    I agree that every woman makes a choice about her appearance, but why are you judging these people you don’t even know? Your comments about them are downright mean. And yet we call attention to bullying in school. Look no further than Babble.

  13. Charisse A Hill says:

    Wth??? Janice Dickenson was a beautiful women. She looked like she was of mixed race. Why would she do that to her face. BOy OH BOY if these HOLLYWood so called image consultants would advice you to do something this stupid then they are stupider than they look.

  14. Lisa says:

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention Joan Rivers! I love the woman, and she makes jokes about her plastic surgeries all the time, but sheesh, talk about over doing it!

  15. Jacque Hubbard says:

    Can you kids say Kenny Rogers? But Tori, my sweet sweet Tori, why??? At least her facial plastics won’t effect her voice, right? But tbt, I would do a Mommy Makeover (tummy tuck and breast lift) in a friggin heartbeat.

  16. Annabell says:

    You forgot Lara Flynn Boyle.

  17. koolchicken says:

    Am I the only one who thinks Nina Van Horn (from Just Shoot Me) is supposed to be a parody of Janice Dickenson?

  18. Lora says:

    i am laughing my butt off at the carrot top comment, not that he was all that great looking before but damn, hes just plain scary now.

  19. Lisa and Annabell: Oh yes. And there are plenty of men who could just as easily been on here (Kenny Rogers, anyone?)… maybe a Part Deux is in order?

  20. Nicole says:

    After my already small breasts got smaller after breastfeeding, I started thinking about breast implants..but I know I could never afford a good surgeon. Apparently, from your photos, some rich people can’t either. I think plastic surgery is fine if you make that choice, but like you said it’s hard to know what you’ll get and I’m sure the best surgeons are damned expensive.

  21. Nora says:

    Aaah! Y kant Tori blink?

    That said, I’m all for people’s rights to do as they wish with their own bodies. But is this honestly what we’re supposed to aspire towards as we age? Because I look forward to relaxing, and that shit looks exhausting.

  22. Jennifer Strickland says:

    Rose McGowan should not be here, and research should have been done first. Her plastic surgery was not done because of superficial reasons, it was because she was in a car accident, and she sustained injuries to her face.

  23. Lynn says:

    Some people have so little direction in their life. So much good could be done with 4 million dollars, but unfortunately a person with low self-esteem and self-centeredness had the checkbook. Also, I think that Janice Dickinson is trying for the Steven Tyler look. They could pass for siblings, I think!

  24. Amanda says:

    I wouldn’t change anything about my outward appearance that people look at everyday. But… after having two children or more (only on number 2) I would consider a boob lift but yet again, probably not because it would hurt.

  25. jlj says:

    Rose McGowan had a car accident that necessitated some pretty severe plastic surgery. Apparently, her glasses smashed into her face. :/ Awful. So, that’s a little different. I’m guessing they did something to get rid of the scars that left her face pretty stiff and plastic looking. My only problem with her situation is the changing of her lips, which she was doing before the accident. I hate it when women get their lips ‘trout-pouted.’

  26. RM says:

    I think the issue with this post is that its showing pictures of these celebrities twenty years ago. Of course theyre going to look drastically different. I dont agree with over the top plastic surgery but Its not my body. If it truly makes someone feel better than who are we to judge them?!

  27. JLJ – Duly noted, and thanks for that correction. I’ll add a note to that slide to avoid confusion! -T

  28. Heather C. says:

    Now that I’ve entered my 40′s and am seeing the sun damage on my face I sometimes fantasize about filling the age cracks around my lips and a small neck tuck. But once you open that door it seems like things can get out of hand.

    Ont he other hand, if I had the disposable income I’d get a breast reduction and lift. And maybe a small tummy tuck. Both without any hesitation.

  29. TwoBusy: That little gem was a staple joke around MamaPop. So many of those ladies look like Janice from The Muppet Show it’s kind of terrifying.

  30. Maggie: Really? It seems to me Nicole Kidman has had fairly decent plastic surgery. See: No? What am I missing?

  31. amy says:

    I kind of love my wrinkles. I have no issues with the shape of my facial features. I embrace my boobs that look like tennis balls in tube socks (as long as I have a decent bra). I begrudgingly accept my flabby belly and butt (with aspirations to make them less flabby with diet and exercise one of these days). I would never consider plastic surgery for vanity’s sake. Hell, I won’t even dye my graying hair.

  32. Sheena Castro says:

    Well obviously the left picture was taken in their younger years. The right picture was taken in their aging years. What can you say? People get old. Not everyone can maintain their beauty when they were young. Time changes everything. Another factor that I see is that the make up on the left picture is lighter compared to the makeup on the right picture. Don’t blame everything to plastic surgery.

  33. Kim Olson says:

    They’ve all gotten tummy tucks, especially the mom celebrities. I approve of this procedure and as you don’t see the scar there’s a good chance of never overdoing it.

  34. hlritter says:

    I’m a guy and I would. In my 60s, with a full head of slightly greying hair and not too many wrinkles, not slumped and overweight, I look generally a good deal younger except for that “turkey wattle” from my chin to my mid-neck. Looking at my profile in a mirror and pushing this up, the way the contour used to be, I am astonished at how much more youthful and how much better I look. I definitely intend to have this tucked, not in order to look younger but to look BETTER. In a few years I wouldn’t mind looking 70, but I want it to be a taut and tight 70.

  35. lydia says:

    I think there is a bit too much judgment in this article. You take a picture of Janice in her 20s– and then compare her 30 years later– sure she has had surgery, but how many of us would tear a before and after apart if we tried to compare a 50 something year old to a 20 something year old, as if they were true “before and afters,” they aren’t! There were 3 decades of aging in between. Plastic surgery isn’t perfect, but some people prefer it to looking like a sixty year old, and I get that for someone who was once that beautiful. She lives in a world where aging is really hard for her. And, there is a lot of good procedures that make people feel really great about things that once made them insecure– the key is definitely not to go to far. I had my breast done in my twenties ( I am not 39) and it made me feel great. I have no regrets.

  36. St. Hubbins says:

    The myth about Rose McGowan’s car accident is exactly that. No car accident, no smashed glasses, no reason to believe that collagen would magically force the glass up and out of her skin, but a great distraction from Le Scandale starring Rose and Robert Rodriguez. I’m not saying that all of those things are connected and a con job was planned out by her, I’m not a conspiracy theorist or some irrational mortal enemy of Rose McGowan, but that accident rumour had her making out like a bandit with public opinion when her Q-rating would’ve been at an all-time low, which was when it was discovered that she became involved in a romantic relationship with her married director (which was revealed when they were promoting Planet Terror). So, to whatever source came that story: good timing. If only all of our indiscretions could be re-marketed into guilt trip fodder–how youthful we would all appear with all of those downcast eyes protecting our face from the judgemental sun’s aging rays.

    Maybe her real original face was drowning and a plastic surgeon who was standing right there didn’t do anything to save it and it DIED!

  37. St. Hubbins says:

    For what it’s worth, I don’t a reason to alter your face. Not that outside opinion should be any reason to sway you between one decision and the other, but there you go.

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