Most of us have never considered going under the knife unless it’s for medical reasons. But celebrities live in an entirely different world filled with activities that non-famous people rarely get the chance to participate in. Having cosmetic surgery performed is a controversial subject, although some smaller procedures (like tattooing semi-permanent eyebrows or freckles) have become more mainstream in the last few years. From the celebrities who flaunt it- we’re looking at you, Kardashians!- to the celebrities who deny it, this list covers the rich and famous who spent big money to change their looks.
Jocelyn Wildenstein, AKA “Catwoman”
There is no better person to start this list off than Jocelyn Wildenstein. The New York socialite has never been a stranger to the media, which gave the public a unique perspective on her rapidly changing appearance. Her looks have gone from that of a fresh-faced young and hopeful actress to one so transformed by plastic surgery that she’s nearly unrecognizable. Wildenstein began her journey into plastic surgery like many young women- an eyelift here, a facelift there. But her foray into cosmetic surgery soon became an obsession. She was determined to transform her face into one that resembles a feline to combine her love of surgery and cats. She’s now known simply as “Catwoman” and the result is both stunning and terrifying.
We estimate Wildenstein has spent over $4 million on various surgeries.
Heidi Montag’s fame began on the MTV series “The Hills.” Montag wasn’t always obsessed with plastic surgery, but becoming famous at the young and vulnerable age of 19 presented challenges this star wasn’t ready to deal with. Montag has admitted to printing out pictures of comments from trolls online who spoke badly about her appearance. She took those photos to her doctor and “begged him to do something about it.” Montag underwent multiple surgeries over several years, but the results didn’t stop the trolls. Unfortunately, Montag now has life-long complications due to her extensive procedures.
Montag spent roughly $1 million on her procedures.
For those of us who watched Kylie grow up surrounded by her beautiful family who was already engaging in plastic surgeries, it wasn’t too shocking when Jenner went through her medically-induced “glow up.” It almost seems as if the young girl’s appearance changed in the blink of an eye. Jenner went from a round-faced teen to a woman with sharp, angular cheep bones, a more defined chin, lifted brows, and a shaved nose. Looking at these side-by-side images makes the difference even more startling. When you throw in the boob and botty jobs she also had done, it’s fair to say that Jenner bought herself an entirely new body!
Kylie Jenner has spent roughly $40,000 on her transformation.
Dolly Parton is one of the most well-known country music singers in American history. Parton has had an astonishing career as a singer, songwriter, actress, and philanthropist. Despite having 25 songs reach the #1 spot on the Country Music Charts and receiving overwhelming support from a dedicated fanbase, even Parton couldn’t resist the temptation of plastic surgery. You can see she’s had a lot of work done over the years, including facial sculpting, brow lifts, and a nose and boob job. She’s had an amazing career, but her addiction to plastic surgery has cost her big.
It’s estimated Dolly Parton spent $2 million on plastic surgeries.
Most people will recognize the fresh-faced woman starring in these pictures. Jennifer Aniston was skyrocketed to fame when she was cast to play the role of Rachel Greene in the beloved American sitcom “Friends.” Unlike the celebs we already mentioned, Aniston has repeatedly denied going under the knife. She has admitted to laser treatments and ‘no-scalpel’ facials, but experts suggest she’s probably had a couple of nose jobs and a facelift in the past two decades. She also keeps up an impressive (and expensive!) beauty regime, with her eyebrow treatments totally $900 a month alone!
It’s estimated, based on before and after photos, that Aniston has spent roughly $30,500 on plastic surgery over the years.
Kim K’s obsession with surgically altering her appearance has made her name almost synonymous with plastic surgery in recent years. Looking at a side-by-side comparison of her face before and after surgeries shows the startling reality of what a person can do to their appearance. It’s clear Kim shaved and sculpted her chin to create a softer and more even jawline. She underwent other facial sculpting procedures, liposuction, lip fillers, a boob job, and the famous BBL. Shockingly, Kim K has never admitted to getting plastic surgery done, but there’s no denying the evidence when you look at older pictures and compare them with more recent ones.
Despite her denials, it’s clear Kim K has spent upwards of $140,000 on plastic surgeries.
Everyone knows that the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, had his fair share of plastic surgery done, but few know that his daughter Janet followed in his footsteps. Despite being blessed with the type of natural beauty many envy, Janet Jackson had a bit of work done throughout her years, giving her an unnatural youthful glow at 57 years old. Ms. Jackson has denied undergoing any invasive procedures but admits to freshening up her appearance with “a little bit of zhuzh” as she ages. Despite her comments to the contrary, it’s easy to see she’s had at least one nose job and facelift performed. Many also believe she’s received fillers in her cheeks and lips as well.
Assuming she’s had the procedures we mentioned, Janet Jackson would have spent between $6,000-$12,00 on plastic surgeries.
We’ll be making our way through all the Kardashians in this list, but right now, it’s time to talk about Kourtney. The change in Kourtney’s appearance is slightly less startling than Kim, but it’s still glaringly obvious. The reality tv star has famously spoken about the breast augmentation she received while in college, claiming it didn’t come out as she’d hoped and that she regrets getting it done. Along with that, Kourtney has clearly had some work done to her face, although she denies any other procedures. Like her sister, Kourtney says she’ll stick to non-invasive procedures if she wants to get any more work done to her body.
Experts have estimated Kourtney has spent around $25,000 on her cosmetic surgeries.
We can’t forget to mention Khloe Kardashian! Her vivid change in appearance is almost more drastic than Kim’s when you see this side-by-side comparison. However, her transformation can’t be attributed to plastic surgery alone. Khloe has maintained a strict diet and exercise regimen, which allowed her body to slim and tone into the shape we recognize today. However, it’s clear that some work was done to attain the look she flaunts today. Along with the same BBL her sister is famous for, Khloe has undergone a nose job, breast implants, and some non-invasive sculpting procedures.
Khloe Kardashian has spent over $2 million on a variety of plastic surgeries and other cosmetic procedures.
Many liken Sir Tom Jones to the stylish singer Prince, which has given him the nickname “The Prince of Wales.” Sir Tom Jones has been a consistent and talented presence in the music scene and entertainment industry since the 1960s. His career has been wildly successful. Sir Tom Jones has sold over 100 million records and was even knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2005 for his stunning contribution to music. Despite his massive successes, Sir Tom Jones couldn’t resist the temptation of cosmetic alterations. This music legend has paid big to get an eye lift, nose job, Botox, and teeth capping throughout the years.
Sir Tom Jones has reportedly spent around $46,000 on cosmetic procedures throughout his career.
Nicki Minaj became an influential icon to young black women around the world. She’s considered the most successful female rapper of the 2010s, with her music achieving critical acclaim and reaching top spots on Billboard charts. Her success is nothing short of pure talent and hard work, which continues to inspire generations of women. However, the signature look Minaj is known for isn’t natural beauty. Minaj has spent thousands on breast implants, skin bleaching, a butt job, and other procedures to revamp her appearance into something she felt would gain her more positive public attention.
Experts estimate Nicki Minaj has spent in the neighborhood of $11,000 transforming her appearance.
Caitlyn Jenner’s very public transition made her the face of the transgender movement throughout the early 2000s. Formerly known as William Bruce Jenner, Caitlyn has undergone an impressive array of surgeries to make her outside appearance match how she’s always felt on the inside. Being a woman is already costly enough, thanks to the “pink tax,” but Jenner had to undergo a range of surgeries to achieve her ideal look. Among other cosmetic procedures, Jenner has had facelifts, nose jobs, breast procedures, vein removal, laser treatments, neck lifts, and eye lifts.
Caitlyn Jenner dished out a ton of capital to complete all her procedures. Experts estimate she spent about $5 million in total.
Unlike other members of her family, Kris Jenner has never been shy about the alterations she’s made to her appearance. The American businesswoman, reality tv star, and media personality has always struggled with her appearance and turned to plastic surgery as a way to feel more comfortable in her skin and retain a youthful look as she ages. This celeb has admitted to having Botox, liposuction, facelifts, and facial fillers done. Despite her procedures, Kris Jenner has managed to maintain a more natural look than others on this list, which gives her an edge as far as we’re concerned!
Sources close to Kris have stated she’s spent around $1 million on plastic surgeries over the years!
Victoria Beckham is a well-known fashion designer, singer, and television personality. She’s best known for her time with the all-girl group “The Spice Girls,” but her career has continued in other lucrative directions since the group split in 2000. Beckham has admitted to having a love/hate relationship with plastic surgery. Insecurities drove her to get different procedures done, some of which she had reversed later on. Beckham has spoken openly about the breast procedure she received and regrets having it done. She spoke about the experience and said, “Don’t mess with your boobs, just celebrate what you’ve got.”
Victoria Beckham has spent close to $13,000 on her cosmetic alterations.
NeNe Leakes is another American reality television star who began dabbling in plastic surgery once she was thrust into the limelight. Leakes was cast on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” in 2010, and by her third consecutive season, it was very obvious to audiences that she’d had some work done. Unlike many celebrities, Leakes has admitted to her procedures and spoken openly about some of the problems they caused. Along with a tummy tuck, breast lift, and liposuction, Leakes also had a nose job done. The nose job didn’t work out and had to be redone in 2016 due to cartilage rapidly growing back.
It’s hard to say exactly how much NeNe Leakes has spent, but experts estimate it could be anywhere from $9,000-$30,000.
Hailey Baldwin grew up in the spotlight. She worked as a model for quite some time and was best friends with Kylie Jenner for many years. Baldwin eventually met and married Justin Bieber, which kept her firmly in the public’s eye. Changes to her appearance became noticeable after her appearance at the 2016 MTV music awards. Shortly after, a cosmetic surgeon made a Tik Tok where he suggested Baldwin had had significant work done, including a skin tightening procedure, genioplasty, cheek and lip fillers, a nose job, and jawline contouring. Baldwin vehemently denied the claims, but it’s obvious just by looking at her that some work has been done.
Since she denied claims of cosmetic surgery so aggressively (even threatening to sue the Tik Tok doctor for defamation), it’s impossible to say how much she’s spent. A safe estimate would be somewhere around $10,000-$20,000.
Pete Burns passed in 2016, but his reputation continues to live on. The English musician was well-known for his androgynous appearance, which influenced generations during his time in the entertainment industry. Burns wasn’t shy about speaking on the cosmetic procedures that allowed him to create his signature look. Throughout his successful career, he received multiple facelifts, lip fillers, cheek implants, and nose jobs, among other minor alterations. Burns’ candor about his experimentation with plastic surgery helped remove some of the stigmas for celebrities who shared similar journies.
It’s estimated Pete Burns spent roughly $38,000 on various cosmetic alterations throughout his career.
New York rapper Lil’ Kim has had one of the most dramatic transformations we’ve ever seen, thanks to plastic surgery. Seeing a side-by-side of her before and after photos make you question whether you’re looking at the same person! Best known for her sexually explicit lyrics and smash hit “Put Your Lighters Up,” this Brooklyn Rap queen has had a worrying amount of work done over the years. Experts believe she’s undergone cheek implants, a nose job, lip augmentation, skin bleaching, and a chin job. The excessive alterations have led many to wonder whether she’s addicted to plastic surgery, but Lil’ Kim has said her “love” of plastic surgery comes from a lifetime of feeling uncomfortable in her own skin and the trauma from dealing with childhood bullies.
Lil’ Kim has easily spent around $20,000-$25,000 on various cosmetic procedures.
Nicole “Snookie” Polizzi was thrust into the public eye when she was cast in the hit reality television series “Jersey Shore.” The changes to Snooki’s looks are also pretty dramatic, but not all changes are due to plastic surgery. Fans of the reality tv star watched her progress on social media as she took on a more structured diet, exercise, and beauty regime. While some of her physical changes can be attributed to the changes in her lifestyle and diet, others are clearly thanks to fillers, sculpting, and implants.
It’s hard to say how much Snooki’s spent over the years, but we can make an educated guess that it cost her around $10,000-$20,000.
While the majority of celebrities undergo cosmetic surgeries for a complicated mix of mental and emotional reasons, Angelina Jolie had a different experience. She tested positive for the BRCA1 gene in 2013, which put her at advanced risk of developing breast cancer. After watching her mother struggle through breast cancer and unfortunately pass away, Jolie couldn’t take that risk. She had a double mastectomy performed and received implants afterward to restore her natural appearance. Most people would consider that a medically responsible procedure, yet there is debate about whether she’s had some facial work done. Looking at these two photos, it’s reasonable to believe the star had a nose job and other facial sculpting procedures.
Since Jolie hasn’t admitted to any facial surgeries, putting a dollar amount on what it would have cost her is challenging. We can confidently say she would have spent anywhere from $5,000-$15,000 on facial sculpting procedures, depending on the work done and whether she required any post-op touch-ups.
Demi Moore rose to fame while starring alongside entertainment industry legends like Whoopi Goldberg and Patrick Swayze in major films like “Ghost.” The former spouse of Ashton Kutcher has always had a natural beauty, but as she began aging, the actress appeared to go through a transformation that left her nearly unrecognizable. The star has admitted to having work done on her body, including laser surgery on her knees, liposuction, and breast implants, but denies getting any work done to her face. Despite her claims, fans and experts can tell just by looking at photos that the actress has had a facelift and possibly lip fillers.
If you combine the work we know Moore did to her body with the facial procedures experts believe she’s had performed, then we can estimate Moore has spent around $400,000 changing her appearance.
Jenni “Jwoww” Farley was another personality on “The Jersey Shore.” Like many of the other celebrities on this list, Jwoww appears to have gone through an amazing “glow-up” in her early 20s. Such a dramatic transformation can only be the result of cosmetic surgeries, which the star has admitted to. She did admit to receiving breast implants as a present for her 21st birthday but claims she hasn’t had any further work done. However, the noticeable facial changes suggest she’s at least had some cheek implants put in. Regardless of what work Jwoww has had done, she’s managed to retain a uniquely natural appearance rarely seen in celebs who dabble in plastic surgery.
A generous estimate for Jwoww’s procedures would be around $6,000-$10,000.
Do you recognize the face of the late pop king’s sister? Michael Jackson’s sister, La Toya Jackson, has dabbled in several areas of the entertainment industry throughout her career. She’s been a singer, songwriter, TV personality, and businesswoman, which has certainly kept her busy over the years! Much like her famous brother, La Toya underwent significant cosmetic surgeries, which gave her a nearly unrecognizable appearance. Sources report she’s had a couple of nose jobs, an eyebrow lift, and breast augmentation.
La Toya Jackson has spent over $22,000 on various updates to her appearance.
Ashlee Simpson grew up in the shadow of her older and famous sister, Jessica Simpson. Ashlee began her career starring in television commercials and appearing as a background dancer in her sister’s music videos before finally finding her own spot in the entertainment world when she landed a leading role in the hit drama series “7th Heaven.” Ashlee Simpson didn’t have nearly as much work done as the other celebs on this list, but she did go under the knife to receive a nose job. The effect leveled up her appearance from that of the shy girl next door to a total blonde bombshell!
A nose job like the one Ashlee Simpson received can cost anywhere from $2,000-$8,000.
Mickey Rourke is a former boxer and American actor known for his roles in dramas and thrillers like, “The Wrestler.” Most of the celebrities who have spent big money on plastic surgery are female, but Rourke is here to prove that men are willing to put significant money into altering their appearance too! He openly spoke about the nose job he received, even posting photos on social media after the procedure with his face swollen and covered in gauze. He’s also undergone multiple facelifts throughout his career, though the 70-year-old actor doesn’t look as though he’s had any work done for quite some time!
Mickey Rourke easily spent over $36,000 throughout his career on facelifts and the nose job.
Best known for her hilarious role in the hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” Kaley Cuoco is an American actress with several major projects under her belt. She’s been a television star since the 1990s, and while her looks haven’t changed dramatically over the decades, some noticeable differences have been pointed out. Cuoco admitted to having a nose and breast job done and actually took it a step further by saying her breast augmentation was the best thing she’d ever done! Congrats to Cuoco for living her best life and loving it.
Depending on where she received her surgeries, Cuoco could’ve spent anywhere from $5,000-$20,000 for these procedures.
Michael Jackson is easily the most recognizable example of the dramatic transformations plastic surgeries are capable of. The King of Pop began dabbling in plastic surgery at a young age, and it appeared to turn into an obsession that he continued to pursue for his entire life. The most obvious and somewhat chilling change is to his skin color, which can be partially attributed to his vitiligo diagnosis. Aside from that, Jackson underwent several facial surgeries, including nose jobs, cheek fillers, chin sculpting, and more.
Experts estimate Michael Jackson spent around $1 million on various cosmetic procedures.
The “Dancing With The Stars” celebrity Bristol Palin had an interesting experience with plastic surgery that set her apart from the other celebs on this list. Palin admitted to going under the knife, but she insists the procedure was medically necessary corrective jaw surgery. It’s possible she had other work done, but the dramatic change to her jawline changes the entire contour of her face! Palin looks amazing post-op, and she appears pleased with the results of the procedure.
The corrective jaw surgery cost Palin around $10,000.
Nadya Suleman, better known for her media-appointed nickname “Octomom,” gained international attention in 2009 when she gave birth to the first surviving set of octuplets. Suleman began IVF treatments in 1997 and had several successful pregnancies before using IVF treatments again to become pregnant with octuplets. The doctor who approved transferring this excessive number of fetuses to her womb lost his medical license in 2011. After gaining media attention, Suleman had several procedures done, including lip injections, nose jobs, and vaginal rejuvenation.
Octomom has spent roughly $13,000 on her cosmetic surgeries.
Most of the female celebrities on our list used cosmetic surgery to increase the size of their breasts, but Ariel Winter did the exact opposite. The famous “Modern Family” star experienced back pain and unwanted attention due to her F-sized bust and decided enough was enough. She received a breast reduction surgery in 2016, and maintains that it was one of the best decisions she ever made. Not only did it reduce her physical pain, but it also helped to increase her confidence.
A breast reduction surgery would have cost Ariel around $6,000.
Best known for her roles in the hit tv series “Beverly Hills” and the movie franchise “Scary Movie,” Tori Spelling is a much-loved American actress. Unlike many actresses on this list, Spelling has never shied away from discussing the cosmetic surgery she’s had performed. Spelling has been particularly vocal about the drawbacks her breast augmentation caused because it prevented her from successfully breastfeeding her children. Spelling says she might not have gone through with the procedure had she know about that potential outcome.
Tori Spelling has spent an estimated $13,000 on plastic surgery.
The reality TV star is best known for her appearances on “16 and Pregnant” and its spin-off “Teen Mom.” Farrah Abraham underwent a dramatic transformation that involved a nose job, a chin implant, and three breast augmentations before she was even 21! That’s a lot of work to get done so young, and the results are honestly shocking. She looks like a completely different person today and is nearly unrecognizable to fans of her original self from “16 and Pregnant.”
Farrah Abraham has spent around $20,000 dollars for her various procedures.
Who remembers Pamela Anderson from her role in “Baywatch?” The Canadian-American actress became very popular through that role and other ventures, including her appearances in Playboy Magazine. As Anderson aged and had a more difficult time securing roles, she decided the best way to stay in the limelight was through plastic surgery. She had multiple facial tightening procedures done, along with a very impressive breast augmentation. The surgeries did help her retain a more youthful appearance, but they cost her big!
Pamela Anderson has reportedly spent around $11,000 on cosmetic surgeries.
Kailyn Lowry is another reality tv star who rose to fame through her appearances on “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom.” Lowry struggled with her body image, especially after having a child so young, and turned to plastic surgery to help her feel more confident. Lowry had liposuction and a Brazilian Butt Lift, which transformed her appearance and gave her the confidence she’d been searching for. She also had a large mole on her face removed to boost her confidence.
All the procedures would have cost Kailyn Lowry around $12,000.
Philanthropist, former fashion model, and star of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” Denise Richards turned to plastic surgery when she was only 19 years old. The young woman wanted to alter her appearance with a breast augmentation, but she had to repeat the procedure a second time to get the effect she’d been hoping for. Fans also believe she’s had some minor facial work done, like Botox and an eyebrow lift.
Aside from the nose job, Denise Richards hasn’t confirmed receiving any other cosmetic surgeries. She probably spent around $10,000 for the breast procedures and the possible facial work.
The “High School Musical” star admitted to having a small amount of plastic surgery done, but like a couple of other celebs on this list, she claims it was medically necessary. Tisdale had a nose job done to correct a deviated septum, and the result is stunning. The nose job changed the shape of her face, giving her a more mature and stylish look.
The nose job would have cost Ashley Tisdale around $4,000-$8,000.
Anyone who remembers growing up in the 1990s will recognize Kelly Rowland from the hit group “Destiny’s Child.” Like most young women in the spotlight, Rowland struggled with her self-image. She wanted to get a breast augmentation when she was only 18 years old but was talked out of the procedure by her mother and Beyoncé. However, the desire to enhance her appearance never disappeared, and Rowland finally got her breasts done ten years later.
Kelly Rowland spent around $22,000 on breast augmentation and other cosmetic procedures like Botox.