Glee star Lea Michele has opened up about her struggles with body image and societal standards of beauty, and now her fans are wondering if she’s had plastic surgery herself. They believe she may have undergone buccal fat removal, which is popular among A-listers these days.
The procedure, which removes the fat that lines the front of the nose and cheeks, has been around for decades. But it recently caught on to social media after people noticed Michele’s face looked more sculpted and slim in a recent Instagram photo.
Several other celebrities, like model Chrissy Teigen, have been spotted with more chiseled faces, fueling speculation that they’ve undergone the procedure as well. Unlike injectable fillers, which can reshape the face, buccal fat removal is less invasive, according to Dr. Ira L. Savetsky, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City.
But the rising popularity of this procedure has prompted some to be critical of it, with many arguing that this trend is simply pushing beauty standards too far and encouraging women to alter their appearance in order to meet those standards.
It’s not the first time that Lea Michele has addressed this issue, as she previously shared her struggles with body image and criticized a Hollywood standard of beauty that encouraged women to change their appearance in order to fit a specific image. In an interview with US television presenter Chelsea Handler, she revealed that she had been told that she should have a nose job by the age of 15.
She said that she had no interest in rhinoplasty and that she wanted to look like herself. Instead, she chose to embrace her features and be who she was, even in the face of criticism from those who didn’t share that view. She credits her parents for instilling in her a confidence that rude comments can’t diminish, and she says she now feels comfortable in her own skin.
Aside from her Glee career, Lea Michele has also starred in Scream Queens and Funny Girl. She recently made her Broadway debut in the latter, and it was a roaring success, with six standing ovations.
Now, rumors are swirling that Michele might have undergone the same cosmetic procedure as Teigen and other stars, thanks to a selfie she posted to her Instagram account. The star posted the photo on December 12 and her fans are speculating that she may have had buccal fat removal, which sculpts the cheekbones and nose to look more rounded.
Her fans are also swooning over her lips, which have gotten quite a bit of attention in the latest pictures. She has a fuller top lip and a thinner bottom lip, which are all different than her natural appearance.
She has also made an effort to stay vegan, as she has credited her toned figure and sexy bod to that lifestyle. In a previous interview, she revealed that she eats very little red meat and drinks plenty of water. She says she does this to maintain her youthful look and avoid the potential risks of developing diabetes or high blood pressure.