10 Celebs Who ‘Improved’ Their Appearance And Became Unrecognizable

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10 Celebs Who  Improved  Their Appearance And Became Unrecognizable Drew Carey attending CBS benefit October 2013 1400855759 74 64 52 85 jpg

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Happy birthday to Drew Carey, who turns fifty-six today! You remember Drew, right? He was that pudgy guy who had his own show and also ran Whose Line Is It Anyway? He was always a roundish guy with glasses, until one day he deflated and I could barely even recognize him anymore.

It’s great for Drew that he decided to make health a priority and lose some weight, and even greater that he’s been able to keep it off so successfully…I’m mostly just marveling at how very different he looks. When you’re a celebrity, your appearance figures in very closely with your fame, and sometimes a small change ends up in a big difference, y’know? After all, if you don’t look like the same person, it’s hard to go on having the same career.

Here are some people who tried to tweak a little something about their appearance and ended up with pretty much an entirely different face.

1. Joan Rivers

10 Celebs Who  Improved  Their Appearance And Became Unrecognizable Joan Rivers Heller Awards Beverly Hills California September 20 2013 jpg

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Joan is hardly an example of a person who ‘just tried to tweak a little something’, but things may have started out that way. I’ve heard that plastic surgery is like tattoos, in that as soon as you get your first one, you’re barely out of the shop before you’re planning your next one. I have to assume that that’s what went on here, because not only is Joan unrecognizable as herself, she’s unrecognizable as a human being.

2. Jennifer Grey

10 Celebs Who  Improved  Their Appearance And Became Unrecognizable Jennifer Grey attending Los Angeles premiere May 2014 1400856547 74 64 52 85 jpg(Photo: FayesVision / WENN.com)

Probably the classic example of someone who intended to change just one little thing…and ended up completely sidelining her own career. After making her name on movies like Dirty Dancing and Ferris Bueller’s Day OffJennifer underwent two rhinoplasty procedures in the early 1990s to make her nose a little less distinctive and GUESS WHAT. She succeeded. She ended up looking so different that even close friends didn’t recognize her, and said the change in public awareness was like ‘being in the witness protection program’.

3. Michael Jackson

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I mean, duh. He began his life as a young black man and ended it as a white alien, essentially. At my high school graduation in 2005, someone made a reference to ‘back when Michael Jackson was still black’ and my mom LITERALLY WAS NOT AWARE THAT HE EVER WAS. That’s an extreme example, but still.

4. Courteney Cox

10 Celebs Who  Improved  Their Appearance And Became Unrecognizable Courteney Cox attending Los Angeles Museum opening night party May 2013 640x460 jpg(Photo: Ryan / WENN.com)

Courteney got famous on Friendsand she seems determined to hang onto the skin she had during those years forever, even if it means stretching it so tightly over her cheekbones  that she becomes a macabre specter of her past self. It’s way more distracting than if she had let herself age naturally.

5. Renee Zellweger

10 Celebs Who  Improved  Their Appearance And Became Unrecognizable Renee Zellweger Armani One Night Only October 24 2013 New York City jpg

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I don’t know if you guys have noticed this, but I’m pretty sure Renee got something done to her eyelids recently. Previously, her squintiness was one of the quirkiest, most distinctive things about her, but now she’s wandering around with disconcertingly open eyes, and she looks totally different.

6. Heidi Montag

10 Celebs Who  Improved  Their Appearance And Became Unrecognizable Heidi Montag at book signing in London February 2013 1400857760 74 64 52 85 jpgOh Heidi. Coming from reality TV, she didn’t have much of a career to start with when she decided to get ten surgeries at the same time in 2010, but she definitely hasn’t had one after. Probably on account of looking like an aging thirty-five year old when she’s only twenty-seven. Great plastic surgery can make you look younger, but if it’s even a little bit off, I feel like you just automatically look forty. Not quite worth the risk to take when you’re only twenty-three, but what do I know?

7. Lindsay Lohan

10 Celebs Who  Improved  Their Appearance And Became Unrecognizable Lindsay Lohan in New York City April 2014 640x444 jpg(Photo: Araya Diaz / Getty Images Entertainment)

Rarely do I feel like plastic surgery is necessary for a young star, but Lindsay is a prime example for when it absolutely is. She got herself so beat up by her lifestyle choices (whatever they may have been — we may never know) that there was certain restoration work that had to be done to keep her looking like a human. Just…not quite the same human who started her career. And she’s also only twenty-seven!

8. Mickey Rourke

10 Celebs Who  Improved  Their Appearance And Became Unrecognizable Mickey Rourke at PHO in Beverly Hills September 2013 1400858457 74 64 52 85 jpg(Photo: Josiah True / WENN.com)

It’s rare for there to be a guy on this list, because there’s so much less pressure for guys to look in tip top shape, but welcome aboard, Mickey! Not being a doctor or an authority on hamburger meats, I can’t tell you specifically what’s happened to Mickey’s face, but it’s a lot. Luckily, there’s a much larger market (read: any market at all) for broke-down dudes than there is for broke-down ladies, so Mickey is still getting work while someone like Nicole Kidman is on the bench just because she finally started looking just ten years younger than her age instead of twenty.

9. Lara Flynn Boyle

10 Celebs Who  Improved  Their Appearance And Became Unrecognizable Lara Flynn Boyle attending Waynes World reunion April 2013 1400858792 74 64 52 85 jpg(Photo: FayesVision / WENN.com)

For a long time, Lara looked exactly the same — skinny, drop dead gorgeous Hollywood star. But as age naturally started to creep up on her, she seems to have overreacted and gotten some pretty intense work done on her lips that completely changed the layout of her face. I understand the impulse to stay young, but it honestly breaks my heart how many actresses make rash, desperate decisions to try to stay young-looking that have long-lasting consequences for their appearance. Lara is only forty-four!

10. Kim Kardashian

10 Celebs Who  Improved  Their Appearance And Became Unrecognizable Kim Kardashian attending Arbys Sports Award Show November 2006 1400859120 74 64 52 85 jpg(Photo: Nikki Nelson / WENN.com)

There’s young Kim in 2006, before she’d learned the magic of plumping and stretching and air-brushing away every distinguishing facial feature. Crazy, right? You can vaguely tell it’s the same person, but only barely. Someone should show Kanye West this picture and ask him if he still believes she’s never had work done.