In this day and age, there’s pretty much a plastic surgery for anything. Want to change your eye color? Get an eye plant that’ll change your iris color. Not so happy with your fate? Change the lines on your palms. Or maybe you’ve always wanted to look like an elf. Well, luckily there’s a surgery for making your ears pointy. Like we said, if you can dream it, they can surgically create it. That being said, there are risks involved with these surgeries, too. In fact, there are plenty of folks (celebrities included) who have gone under the knife and come out way worse for wear. Read on to hear some truly horrific stories about surgeries that went badly.
Reverse Colostomy Gone Very, Very Wrong
Just the sound of this isn’t good. But Joseph Swain, a man who was already suffering from diverticulitis, or a partial colon removal, lived to tell the tale. Due to a mistake on the operating table, this surgery caused him to excrete fluid from his penis. It was supposed to be a routine colostomy, but turned out to be a serious health risk.
Botched Testicle Removal: They Took the Wrong One
This isn’t an ideal surgery for any man, but for Benjamin Houghton, it was so much worse than that. Houghton, who only needed one of his testicles removed, was horrified to learn that the doctor had removed the wrong testicle while on the operating table. Thus, the man was left with neither.
Laser Skin Treatments Can Leave Permanent Damage
Laser skin treatments, popular to reduce the appearance of wrinkles as well as face and acne scars, have sometimes resulted in oily, slick-looking skin. Such is the case with Donatella Versace, who is believed to have undergone a few skin treatments. While not everyone has the same outcome, it’s a risky procedure that can permanently damage appearance.
Overseas Surgeries Aren’t Always a Bargain
Some surgeries just aren’t legal, or are too costly, to have within the United States. A woman named Cheryl Faunch, went to Poland rather than getting a costly face lift at home. However, after she started to heal, she noticed she had developed a double chin, scarring, and uneven bags under her eyes.
Brain Surgeons Who Couldn’t Tell Right from Left
Right versus left… probably something a doctor should know, right? However, a third-year resident at a Rhode Island hospital confused them during brain surgery. During the first occurrence, the man operated on the wrong side, and the mistake was repeated twice, by different doctors, but at the same hospital.
All-in-One Day Surgeries Have Insane Recoveries
When reality TV star Heidi Montag decided to get plastic surgery, she got them all ten of the surgeries done at once. The cute, bright-eyed Montag was transformed overnight after her doctor recommended a few additional procedures to improve her look. Montag describes how painful the experience was and how unprepared she was for the recovery time.
Leg Amputations: Two for the Price of One
The possibility of a leg amputation is real for many people suffering from diabetes. Unfortunately for a man named Willie King, what was intended to be the removal of one of his legs turned into the removal of both. The first time around, the surgeon removed the wrong one.
How Many Is Too Many Nose Jobs?
When getting a nose job, maybe just leave it at one or two revisions. A man named Vishal Thakkar underwent a whopping 22 nose jobs, leaving him with collapsed, barely visible nostrils. That’s not even the worst part… he now has to don a small, plastic “uni-nose” to breathe out of.
Facial Disfiguration at the Dentist
A mother named Kim Tutt was permanently disfigured after a routine dentist appointment went terribly wrong. The woman was mistaken for another with cancer, and told that she needed to get various parts of her face removed to survive, then replaced with her fibula. The mother underwent the procedure, only to find out it was for nothing.
Pec Implants Can Be a Disaster
Flaunt the pecs you were born with, or rather, the ones you acquire from training at the gym. The former Mr. Mexico, Alexander Baez, mistakenly was given breast implants, rather than pec implants, during a surgery in 1999. The doctor responsible wasn’t a real doctor.
Cheek Implants that Get Too Big
Kill Bill and Splash star Darryl Hannah’s classic blonde beauty look was derailed when she went under the knife to get cheek implants. The result were overly-puffy cheeks, that make her face appear squished and without definition. It’s possible that an additional lip augmentation contributed to the drastic change in appearance.
Cat-Similarity Procedures Are Plain Creepy
Jocelyn Wildenstein, perhaps known as best for her marriage and divorce to Alec Wildenstein, is also known for looking like a cat. Wildenstein, amongst her other extravagant life expenses, has spent around four million dollars in transforming herself to look more like a big cat. Nicknamed “catwoman”, Wildenstein’s narrow eyes and puffy cheeks continue to worsen with age.
Partial Cystectomy Turned Penis-Removal
Hurshell Ralls faced every man’s nightmare when his penis was accidentally cut off. In the hospital to get a tumor extracted from his bladder, Ralls woke to realize that the cancerous tumor wasn’t the only thing that was missing. The surgeon claimed that it was preventative, as he thought the cancer had spread. It hadn’t.
Silicone Injections Can Cause Irreparable Damage
Silicone injections, which are supposed to create a youthful look, have left some people looking deformed. Priscilla Presley, who started with injections and progressed to riskier procedures, has been left with irreparable damage to her face.
Lip Fillers: Sexy Or Scary?
Sophie Monk, an English Australian singer and actress, had her lips augmented to give her them a fuller, more sensual look. However, the surgery resulted in lips that were too large and unnatural looking. Monk regrets having the filler, saying that she should have declined it, but was going off the advice of a doctor.
Radical Prostatectomy Nightmare
Lose one tumor, gain a ton of medical supplies that shouldn’t be in a body. German cancer patient Dirk Schroeder experienced above average pain during what was intended to be his recovery time. Schroeder had underwent a tumor removal a few weeks prior. Come to find out, the man was literally closed up with sixteen items used during his surgery.
The Nose Job That Ruined a Career
The famous Dirty Dancing actress Jennifer Grey tried to capitalize on her fame with a nose job… A nose job that left her looking like a completely different person. Instead of embracing her new look, studios wouldn’t hire her in fear that people wouldn’t know who she was. Her career never bounced back.
Fatal Heart and Double-Lung Transplant
It sounds dangerous, and for one teenage girl, it was fatal. Although a risky procedure, Duke University Hospital later made the shocking discovery that she had died because her body rejected the organs… which did not match her blood type. Before she died, they tried to find another donor but were unfortunately, unsuccessful.
Skin Bleaching Shocked Lil’ Kim’s Fans
Hip-hop star Lil’ Kim is a great example of what can happen when using bleaching chemicals that transform a natural skin color. Now unrecognizable from when she started bleaching, Lil’ Kim’s rich, dark natural tone is now gone, in favor of a light, cream skin color. Fans were shocked at the change, expressing disgust that Kim would drastically alter her appearance this way.
Tara Reid’s Botched Tummy Tuck
Tara Reid, once America’s sweetheart, became a surgery horror story with her botched tummy tuck. The tuck, which should have left a smooth, flat belly, instead made awkward-looking bumps and grooves in Reid’s stomach. Reid is also known for her poorly done boob job, that showed during an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction.
Clay Aiken’s Jaw And Chin Surgery
American Idol star Clay Aiken underwent surgery to even out the size of his chin, as well as to define his jaw. Once narrow and a little pointy, Aiken now has a firm jawline, rendering him almost unrecognizable to his fans. The delicate features that gave him a distinct, unique look are now too define, oddly changing the shape of his face.
A Waking Nightmare: Awake During Surgery
Ever have that dream that you can’t wake up from? This is kind of like that, but in surgery. A young man undergoing exploratory surgery was inflicted with a rare disorder called anesthesia awareness. It’s exactly what it sounds like; the man felt everything poking around in his body.
Too Many Lip Surgeries
Lisa Rinna, known for her time on Days of Our Lives, is a prime example of what happens with too many lip enhancement and shaping surgeries. Rinna’s mouth now lacks definition, and just appears swollen and puffy. Her lips are now in a constant state of pouting, giving her a fish-like appearance.
Facelifts Can Get Frightening
“Knots Landing” and “Dallas” star Joan Van Ark opted to avoid aging with a few facelifts. The procedures left her looking strange and frightening, with tight, unnatural skin around her mouth and eyes. Photos show that her skin is also discolored, so though Van Ark never admits to plastic surgery, the obvious changes in her appearance suggests otherwise.
Awake During Eye Removal
In another terrifying case of anesthesia awareness, a patient undergoing an eye removal woke up in the middle of it. It took awhile for the surgeon to realize she was awake, then hit her with another hit of anesthesia. The extra dose resulted in a ton of additional pain for the woman, who was traumatized by the event.
The Wrong One! Mistaken Kidney Removal
Getting rid of a kidney? Better make sure the doctors know which one to take out. Graham Reeves, an older patient undergoing the surgery, suffered through multiple surgeries because his doctors removed the wrong kidney. If that wasn’t enough, the second time it happened, it was with a different doctor.
From Anti-Aging to Anti-Human
Amanda Lepore, one of the most influential transgender figures in the community, underwent surgeries to transform her into her ideal image. Lepore had three breast augmentations, intentional rib breaking, as well as buttock implants, Botox, a nose job, a forehead lift and lip injections. Although Lepore is pleased with her image, her multiple surgeries were incredibly painful, and gave her the title of “most expensive body”.
Partial Brain Removal Caused Porn Addiction
A young man, called Kevin, was reportedly the victim of a surgery gone wrong when his partial brain removal changed his personality. He had two procedures to help ease his amount of epileptic seizures, which are suspected to have anterior temporal lobes. The damage resulted in bizarre behavior, including an addiction to pornography that landed him in prison.
Too Many Celebs Get Too Many Surgeries
Stars such as Shauna Sand and Michaela Romanini, once known for their captivating beauty, are now known for their surgery disasters. The stars chose to go overboard with a combination of procedures, which inevitably made them look unnatural and plastic. The women are among many who don’t seem to know when to stop getting surgery.
Body Dysmorphia Treatments
Actor Reid Ewing, star of “Modern Family,” underwent multiple procedures due to his body dysmorphia. Treatments such as cheek implants left Ewing constantly undergoing surgery to resolve problems he believed he had. Ewing now fires back at surgeons who don’t have processes to identify potential mental health hazards in patients.
Katie Price’s Watermelons
English TV personality Katie Price now has the breasts the size of watermelons, thanks to multiple breast enhancements. Price has reportedly had eight boob jobs, although she took a break and returned to her natural size due to complications. Her most recent enhancement enables her to go completely braless, something she’s particularly proud of.
Eyelid Lift Gone Wrong
An English woman Dawn, who had just lost nearly 50 pounds, opted to get an eyelid lift to get rid of residual puffiness. After the encouragement of her surgeon, Dawn got an upper lift and a lower lift, which resulted in the inability for Dawn to completely close her eyes. Even as she slept, her eyes remained open. Her eyes constantly watered as well, making it difficult for her to perform day-to-day activities.
Rib Removal for Waist Augmentation
One of the most shocking of risky plastic surgery fails, happened to Pixee Fox. Swedish personality Fox has underwent multiple kinds of surgeries, most notably, a waist augmentation that makes her appear to have no waist at all. Her silhouette now resembles a cartoon character, with a nearly impossibly small waist and extremely large breasts.
Gauze Left Inside Man After Prostate Surgery
Frank Hibbard, a cancer patient, felt relief after undergoing surgery to remove the cancer in his prostate. However, after the surgery was conducted, an eight-inch piece of gauze was left inside him. The gauze led to soft tissue cancer called angiosarcoma that caused Frank’s death years later.
Wayne Newton’s Botox Injections
Celebrities like Wayne Newton are a cautionary tale to the potential hazards of Botox injections. While the occasional injection can help refresh a tired face, too many can result in tight skin and an unnatural, plastic appearance. Newton has undergone Botox injections multiple times, making his face appear puffy and wax-like.
Porcelain Veneers Cause Tooth Damage
Some people, not just celebrities, invest in porcelain veneers to give themselves a better appearance. However, veneers can be incredibly damaging, resulting in long-term tooth damage due to reshaping. Some high profile actresses and actors with veneers, such as Miley Cyrus and Nene Leakes, are often critiqued because of how large and unnatural their veneers look.
Women Get Behind Implants to Look Like Kim
In a world of only one Kim Kardashian, women are more determined than ever to achieve the perfect behind. However, this results in occasionally poorly executed butt implant surgeries, such as a young woman who risked her life. This woman, who remains nameless, made plastic surgery history when an unlicensed doctor gave her butt implants, and sealed her up with Crazy Glue.
Collagen Overload Is Terrifying
Collagen is an accessible solution for thin lips, but many women who choose to use it go overboard. Case and point: Michaela Romanini, who famously abused collagen to give her a snake-like appearance. Her lips are huge, stretching across her face, in an unnatural, unattractive way.
Keep Your Bingo Wings
Marcia Thomas, a grandmother from East Grinstead, had surgery to minimize her upper arms, which remained saggy after recent weight loss. Instead of slimmer arms, she had severe scarring up and down her arms. The fat on her arms that was supposed to be removed, was not.
LASIK Can Cause Partial Blindness
LASIK, the laser eye surgery that many have chosen to get, sometimes has disastrous side effects. For Stephanie Holloway, that was sensitivity to light that’s resulted in partial blindness outdoors and even in the shower. Holloway got LASIK in hopes of joining her local police force, instead, she carried through a lawsuit suing the surgeon who botched the procedure.