The Simpsons Love to Hate on Cosmetic Enhancements

K. Mathews on 7 Sep 2011 at 10:31am

When considering whether to get plastic surgery, it’s important to ask yourself, “What would Bart Simpson do?” Okay, not really, but over the course of twenty-two seasons, The Simpsons has addressed the topic a number of times, with four characters, plus one voice actor, who have gone under the knife:  

* Marge goes to the surgeon for liposuction, but wakes up with giant breasts instead. Although everyone treats her nicer because of her buxom chest, Marge ultimately decides that she feels happier without implants

* Bart’s longtime nemesis Sideshow Bob takes a modern – and criminal – approach to a “facelift” when he steals the face of his cellmate in prison in order to assume a new identity. His shoddy craftsmanship is a good reminder to leave this sort of thing to the professionals.       

* In real life, Yeardley Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson, admits she paid more than $40,000 to have liposuction on her thighs, knees, ankles, arms, and cheeks. “I don’t regret my plastic surgery, but I do regret feeling at the time that I couldn’t live without having it,” Smith says.

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* After receiving a facelift, newly attractive Moe the bartender nabs a role on a soap opera. Unfortunately, a set piece crashes on his head, setting his face back to the way it used to be. If only undoing plastic surgery was that easy!

* When Marge starts a successful business, Homer worries that he must become a trophy husband to maintain her interest, so he has his stomach stapled. In the end, he learns a questionably valuable lesson:
 

Of course, the real lesson here may be to avoid getting plastic surgery in Springfield. Did they even bother to search for a well-reviewed doctor in their area first?

What do you think of The Simpsons portrayals of plastic surgery? If you know of any other moments we missed, share in the comments! 


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The Simpsons is totally negative on any form of self improvement. There have been other portrayals of plastic surgery besides these, and they are never good (or accurate). They are also down on antidepressants, and characterize them wildly inaccurately, as though they were hallucinogens. If exercise or diet are addressed, it's generally as a lost cause.
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Love it!

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I had no idea this topic came up so often! That photo of Marge cracks me up.

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