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Summary: Should you believe plastic surgery rumors in 2019? After all, we’ve come a long way in being able to identify plastic surgery results, haven’t we? Well, yes… but plastic surgeons have also come a long way in terms of making plastic surgery results look completely natural. So it can be very difficult to tell whether a celebrity has undergone a procedure–giving rise to plastic surgery rumors in 2019.

Should You Really Believe All Those Plastic Surgery Rumors in 2019?

It’s 2019, and there are still all kinds of plastic surgery rumors swirling around. It’s a little perplexing, because you’d figure that by now we’d know a little better. And yet, there are still all kinds of plastic surgery rumors and innuendo on the front pages of various gossip sites almost every single day.

For someone who specializes in getting accurate information about plastic surgery out there, this can be a little frustrating. But it begs a question: should you believe plastic surgery rumors in 2019?

That’s… hard to say. Plastic surgery rumors in 2019, you’d figure, would be a little more sophisticated than they used to be–maybe even a little more accurate. These days, it’s harder than ever to detect good plastic surgery results. So rumors are sometimes all you have to go on. Then again, is it that important to know who has undergone a cosmetic procedure and who hasn’t? That’s another good question. And it’s those questions we’re going to get into today.

How Plastic Surgery Rumors Start

Plastic surgery rumors in 2019 start for a wide variety of reasons. In most cases, here’s what happens:

  • A closely followed celebrity will unveil a new look. This look can be “new” for any number of reasons (which we’ll get into later). In any case, the celebrity looks slightly or significantly different than they used to.
  • Cosmetic or plastic surgeons are asked to comment on whether the celebrity’s new look could be caused by plastic or cosmetic surgery. (The answer is usually ambivalent.)
  • These “rumors” and supposition are then published in a gossip column or in a magazine of some kind.

This process, or some variation on this process, is typically how plastic surgery rumors get started, at least in part. There are sometimes other levels of influence involved (a publicist, for example, might have some influence on which plastic surgery rumors are started and which ones aren’t).

The point is that, for most celebrities, the “plastic surgery rumor” begins with a change in the way they look. Sometimes it’s a subtle change. Sometimes it’s a substantial change. The important thing is that a change occurs. And then the rumor mill gets started. So, if it’s not plastic surgery, what else could account for those changes?

How Faces Change

There are several important ways in which faces and people can change. Some of these we expect, and some of them don’t. It’s important to remember that many celebrities have heavily calibrated and extremely intentional “looks.” That is, the way the celebrity looks is manufactured to represent a certain style, brand, projection–you get the idea.

But there are plenty of ways in which a celebrity’s appearance might change:

  • A change in makeup: If a celebrity uses a new style or kind of makeup, the overall look of the celebrity may change. This could account for some of those plastic surgery rumors.
  • A lack of makeup: Nothing will make a celebrity look totally different than going out sans makeup. We often forget that celebrities are almost always wearing makeup of some kind. So when we see a celebrity without makeup, it’s entirely possible for some alarm bells to suddenly go off.
  • Small cosmetic procedures: It’s important to make a distinction between plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. Botox injections will definitely change the way the face looks (that’s why people get Botox, after all). But it won’t make the kind of changes that a facelift surgery will.

So, in some cases, celebrities are being totally honest when they say that they have not undergone plastic surgery–but they have indeed had Botox injections. It’s totally their right to do that, of course. Celebrities are under no obligation to divulge procedures that they’ve undergone (or not undergone).

Respecting the Privacy of Celebrities

Ultimately, it’s important to remember that celebrities have the same rights to privacy that you do. In other words, if celebrities don’t want to discuss their plastic surgery procedures, they really don’t have to. And, in many ways, speculating about those procedures only adds to the uncertainty around what plastic surgery can accomplish that already exists.

So it’s usually a good idea to refrain from reading too much into plastic surgery rumors until there’s some mechanism for confirmation in place. In other words, until a plastic surgery rumor is confirmed, it’s just a rumor. So you really shouldn’t believe plastic surgery rumors in 2019.


About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for over four years. This article was written in conjunction with the team at South Shore Plastic Surgery, a Houston area plastic surgery clinic founded by Dr. Charles Polsen.

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