Celebrities who wish they’d never gone under the knife

Sharon Osbourne, Courteney Cox, and Bella Hadid are just some of the famous faces who regret their cosmetic procedures
April 25, 2023 11:28 a.m. EST

We know by now that there is an inordinate amount of pressure in our society to look young and chase the fountain of youth even when they’re in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and more. That pressure is tenfold in Hollywood, where it is literally the job of women in the performing arts to stay fit and young, lest they be cast aside for the next fresh face. Just look at how Madonna is both lauded for keeping her finger on the pulse of youth culture while at the same time lampooned for not “aging gracefully” whatever that means.


Many women in Tinsel Town have gone under the knife to maintain their youthful complexion and stave off the indignities of sagging skin, eye bags, or unsightly wrinkles, just so that they can continue to work under this sexist system. But now, many famous women are changing their minds, and warning us of the perils of going under the knife. In fact, many of them regret their decision to get fillers, botox, face lifts, and rhinoplasty, and are being very vocal about it.


Sharon Osbourne

Sharon Osbourne, wife of rocker Ozzy Osborune, and co-star of The Talk and The Osbournes, is the latest celeb to say that, if she could do it all again, she probably wouldn’t go so wild with the facial procedures. 


Speaking to The Sun UK, Sharon revealed that her last face lift from October left her with one eye a bit higher set than the other, and that has forced her to reconsider all of her work.


"That one put me off and it frightens me,” she told the outlet.  "I really f***ng pushed it with the last facelift and I am now like, no more."


"Time is against me, I cannot have another facelift," she added.


This isn’t the first time she has openly admitted to regretting the work. She also recently told The Sunday Times, “I had a full facelift done in October and I looked like one of those f***ing mummies that they wrap [with bandages]. It hurt like hell. You have no idea."


"One eye was different to the other. I looked like a f***ing Cyclops. I'm, like, 'All I need is a hunchback,'" she told the outlet.



Courteney Cox

The Friends icon has had a second career boost from her incredible Instagram presence, but according to her, she first started getting facial fillers when she was young because she was worried about her role options drying up.

Speaking on the Gloss Angeles podcast back in March, she said about it, “Thinking I was getting older when I was really young, that's just a bummer, a waste of time.”


“It's a domino effect, it's like you don't realize that you look a little off, so then you keep doing more 'cause you look normal to yourself,” she continued. “You look in the mirror and go, 'Oh, that looks good,' and you don't realize what it looks like to the outside."


"Thank god they are removable," she added of her fillers. "I think I messed up a lot and now, luckily, I was able to reverse most of that. Now, I'm actually just older."


She added the lament, “I look at pictures of me from when I thought I looked okay, and I can't believe it."


The Scream star started dissolving her fillers in 2017, and has since said that she feels like she looks more like she is supposed to. "I feel better because I look like myself," she shared with NewBeauty. "I think that I now look more like the person that I was. I hope I do."



Blac Chyna

The model and former partner of Rob Kardashian has been in the headlines a lot over the past few years, most notably for her tumultuous relationship with Kardashian, and also for her lawsuit against the Kardashian-Jenner family for what she claimed was interference in her career.


But she also has been vocal recently about her regrets over her facial procedures. In fact, she is trying to turn over a new leaf, having her procedures reversed, and preferring to go now by her legal name Angela White.


"I'm done with it y'all. No more,"  she said on the Tamron Hall show about any possibility of more plastic surgery.


Revealing that she had her facial fillers dissolved and had her breast and butt implants removed, she went into detail on why she even had the work done in the first place. TL;DR: Hollywood played on her insecurities. Also, sexism.


"Insecurities and, honestly, what was kind of in at that moment," she told Hall. "Being in the industry, you want to have this image of yourself to look perfect. And there's no such thing as that. There's no such thing."


"I was an exotic dancer for six years, from the ages of 18 to 24 years old," she added. “And being inside the strip club or the gentleman's club ... I'm looking at the [other] women, I'm looking at myself like, 'Okay, that's not it. This is not gonna make the money. This is not gonna do it.' So I felt the pressure of trying to hurry up and build my body when I should've just waited until I was older."


"At 19, 18 years old, your body's not developed. In my mind set, I wasn't thinking about that, and nobody was telling me, you know, right from wrong," she continued. "It was the golden ticket. I was not worried about [the health risks] at all."



Bella Hadid

The supermodel has an eclectic ethnic mix of both Dutch and Palestinian, but she had rhinoplasty (aka a nose job) when she was still a teenager to smooth and streamline her nose. Bella has since been very vocal about her regret over that decision. 


In a Vogue interview, she revealed she went under the knife at the tender age of 14. And now, at just 25, she regrets it. "I wish I had kept the nose of my ancestors," she said, adding she believes she would have "grown into it."


However, she was adamant that she has never had some of the procedures assigned to her, like jaw shaving or fillers.


"People think I fully f***ed with my face because of one picture of me as a teenager looking puffy," she told Vogue. "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."


She went on to say that filler wasn’t for her, but did admit to using the “oldest trick in the book:” face tape.


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