Although he denied it until the day he died, there is no doubt that Michael Jackson underwent a hell of a lot of surgery during his time on earth. The child star completely changed his skin complexion, as well as the whole structure of his face, to such a drastic degree that it is almost impossible to believe that the white man we saw towards the end of his life was the same black child who won the hearts of millions earlier in his career.
The star underwent a variety of surgeries that included cheek implants, skin bleaching, chin restructuring, botox, fillers, and lip augmentation. He also seemed to have multiple operations on his nose, which got thinner and pointier as time went on, apparently to the point where his airways were blocked.
There is no doubt that Jackson’s surgeries were due to a deeper reason than just pure vanity, the star suffered child abuse at a young age and seemed to struggle with his unfathomable wealth and popularity from the get go. It seemed as if Jackson continuously battled with his identity and dysmorphic disorders, which in turn led to his strange image. However, a simulation of what Jackson’s face would’ve looked like without any surgery has emerged in a documentary and it’s pretty shocking.
In the documentary where the projection is from, The 10 Faces of Michael Jackson, Jackson’s sister La Toya describes how Jackson had initially been so nervous about his first rhinoplasty (a nose job) that he had persuaded her to get one first so he could see how it looked and if it hurt.
Miss Jackson, 58, said: “He wanted to get his nose done . . . he kept saying: ‘What do you think? What do you think?’ I said: ‘Michael, if that’s what you want, if it’s gonna make you feel better, get it done.'”
“He asked me: ‘Can you be the guinea pig for me? Can you get your nose done and let me see how it looks, and if it hurts?'”
After being satisfied with La Toya’s results, Michael decided to go ahead and get the operation himself in 1979 and this operation began his journey into the world of plastic surgery.
Despite the drastic changing of his appearance, Jackson continually denied that he had any other work done, other than a nose job. In an interview with Martin Bashir, Jackson is quoted as saying: “‘I’ve had no plastic surgery on my face, just my nose. It helped me breathe better so I can hit higher notes. I am telling you the honest truth, I didn’t do anything to my face.”
However, Dr. Eda Gorbis, an expert in body dysmorphic disorder, believes that Jackson could have had up to as many as 100 procedures and was showing characteristics of the illness whereby sufferers have a distorted view of their appearance.
The most shocking part of the documentary came when the experts looking at Jackson’s surgery revealed what they believe he would’ve looked like if he had left his face alone. The image, above, of an attractive, contented black man with a warm smile is stark contrast to the Jackson we all came to know. Jackson clearly had his demons, and it seems that he took a lot of his frustration and insecurities out on himself.