Despite being a very funny lady and having a long and interesting life, comedian Joan Rivers is best known for one thing: her plastic surgery. Joan began going under the knife decades ago and her routine plastic surgery procedures have become fodder not only for her own comedic schtick, but that of other funny people as well. In nearly 80 years of life, Joan has managed to squeeze in over 700 cosmetic procedures. A few years back, she wrote a book on the topic and revealed that while she was happy with much of her work, she didn’t like the results of her liposuction.
Through the years, Joan Rivers has become better known for her plastic surgery than for her witty comebacks, although she has plenty of those too. Joan has had tons of plastic surgery, including numerous facelifts, a brow lift, cheek lift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), Botox injections, laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, and breast augmentation, in addition to other procedures.
Back in 2009, Joan decided to document her plastic surgery in a book, telling People magazine, “I’ve become the plastic surgery poster girl. People stop me on the street and say, “I’m getting my nose done. What do you think?” I’ve done a little of everything, so I figured, I’ll write a book.”
Joan rolled off a list of procedures she has undergone: “I thinned my nose and raised the tip, had my eyes done, a full face-lift, liposuction, breast reduction, chin tucks, botox, collagen … I’m sure I’ve spent at least $80,000 over the years.”
However, just because she is still heading under the knife or needle for some on going tweaks, doesn’t mean she doesn’t have any regrets.
According to Joan, when working on the book, she did a lot of research, something she failed to do when going for liposuction. When asked about her regrets, Joan explains, “Liposuction. I didn’t check out the doctor and the result wasn’t smooth.”
And although Joan is commonly mocked for her appearance, it doesn’t mean that she isn’t aware of overdone plastic surgery. She tells People, “I look at some actresses and worry their lips are going to explode.”
Joan also has some advice for people considering going under the knife, citing Robert Redford as an example of what not to do, “The younger the better. Don’t make the mistake of most men. They wait until they really need it. Then, you don’t know who the hell is walking down the red carpet! Like Redford. You went, where did Robert Redford go? [Redford has always strenuously denied having plastic surgery.]”
In fact, apparently she is so firm in her stance on beginning plastic surgery at a young age that she made her daughter Melissa have a nose job in her late teens. And Melissa still doesn’t like the work and it continues to be an ongoing source of contention in their relationship.
Still, at the time of the interview, Joan was considering getting a touch up under the chin and advising Melissa to do the same.