10 Odd Cosmetic Procedures Celebrities Have Done
As the beauty industry continually introduces new treatments and procedures that guarantee a Hollywood-style radiance, some celebrities have taken peculiar and sometimes extreme measures to enhance their beauty. To provide you with a better understanding, we rounded up some of the most bizarre cosmetic treatments Hollywood’s A-listers swear by. However, these procedures are not scientifically approved, and it’s advised to consult with a healthcare professional before opting for one.
1. Gwyneth Paltrow for bee sting therapy
Bee sting therapy, also known as apitherapy, has been used for thousands of years to alleviate inflammation and scars. Gwyneth Paltrow admitted turning to this one-of-a-kind technique. “People use it to get rid of inflammation and scarring. It’s actually pretty incredible if you research it. But, man, it’s painful,” she confessed.
However, it is important to carefully consider the potential risks before undergoing this unconventional therapy.
2. Chrissy Teigen for buccal fat removal
The model and television personality Chrissy Teigen has long been candid about having work done. The star has opened up about having buccal fat removal, showing off her extremely defined jawline and cheekbones.
The procedure involves removing fat from the cheek area to create a more contoured face.
3. Eva Mendes for mono threading
Eva Mendes turns to “mono threading,” a special skin treatment that involves the use of needles on her neck. Her facialist and provider of the mono threads, Dr. Mariana Vergara, took to her clinic’s Instagram and explained that the “mono threads” activate collagen synthesis. It results in gradual thickening, tightening, and rejuvenation of the skin, thus preventing a saggy neck.
4. Lais Ribeiro and Alessandra Ambrosio for candle therapy
Victoria’s Secret models Lais Ribeiro and Alessandra Ambrosio have turned to Velaterapia, also known as “candle therapy.” The treatment keeps hair smooth and refreshes locks left damaged and dry from over-styling, chemical treatments, and dyeing. It also eliminates split ends from the hair.
This Brazilian technique involves the use of a naked flame to burn away split ends and stray hairs. It is a time-consuming process.
5. Sandra Bullock and Kim Kardashian for hemorrhoid cream
The undereye area is notorious for showing age since the skin in that area is so thin and delicate. However, Bullock utilizes a simple skincare trick in order to keep her eye area youthful.
She applies hemorrhoid cream to get rid of the puffy bags and help the area stay smooth and wrinkle-free. “My favorite beauty-pageant secret: I didn’t realize that putting hemorrhoid ointment on your face is acceptable in the beauty business. But apparently butt cream does help lines around the eyes,” the actress stated.
6. Snooki for cat litter
The reality TV star Snooki sometimes opts for cat litter in place of her commercial exfoliants. Most skin exfoliants contain small rocks that are meant to help rub away dead skin cells.
Theoretically, cat litter could work as a textural substitute. However, experts still don’t advise the cat litter scrub as a viable option for clear skin.
7. Eva Longoria and Simon Cowell for sheep placenta
The placenta is a vital organ that develops in the uterus during pregnancy and serves as a source of sustenance for the fetus. It is rich in protein and amino-acids that help the skin retain its elasticity and glow. Some believe that using products containing placenta on the skin can improve its texture and reduce the visibility of wrinkles, owing to its high collagen content.
X Factor boss Simon Cowell is one of them, as he has reportedly tried this treatment, stating in an interview that he had a “sheep placenta facial” which he deemed as “quite out there.” Eva Longoria also uses this type of facial regularly to keep her skin looking gorgeous.
8. Miranda Kerr and Demi Moore for leech facials
Miranda Kerr, a well-known supermodel, has revealed that she undergoes leech facials. “It’s adventurous. Health is wealth. They’ve been doing leech therapy for thousands of years,” she stated. Leeches are blood-sucking worms that feed on the blood of their prey, extracting anywhere from 2 to 20 milliliters of blood in a time span of 10 to 30 minutes and then dropping off once fully fed.
In leech therapy, cosmetologists extract the blood from the leeches and apply it to the patient’s face, with the belief that it will result in firmer and more youthful skin.
Kerr is not the only celebrity to turn to this unconventional technique. Demi Moore has revealed that blood-sucking leeches help keep her looking hot. “These aren’t just swamp leeches, these are highly trained medical leeches,” the actress said.
9. Victoria Beckham for bird feces
Victoria Beckham is said to rely on pricey bird poop facials to keep her skin glowing. Specifically, she uses facials made of nightingale feces imported from Japan. The feces come in powder form, which is then turned into a liquid and used as a gentle exfoliant to cleanse the skin of dirt and impurities.
The mom of 4 reportedly likes the ingredient so much that she has a daily face cream infused with bird poo.
10. Kate Moss and Debra Messing for snake venom
Snake venom might be the new Botox, and celebrities like Kate Moss and Debra Messing weren’t afraid to give it a try. Snake venom shots act in a similar way to Botox.
The treatment, which involves injecting synthetic viper venom into a patient’s face, reportedly mimics the tightening effects of Botox — smoothing out wrinkles but leaving the facial muscles less paralyzed.