8 Reasons Athletes Have "Had Some Work Done"

K. Mathews on 21 Jan 2012 at 9:00pm

Though a cosmetic procedure can mean time off the court or field, many professional athletes have had a little work done on their appearance. 

We rounded up some of the more famous examples, bringing you eight reasons athletes have seen a cosmetic doctor:

1. During an infamous boxing match, Mike Tyson chomped off a part of Evander Holyfield’s ear. Thanks to the reconstructive surgery, doctors were able to make it look as though Holyfield’s ear was never treated like a snack. If only Tyson's problems could so easily be fixed...

2. It doesn’t take a bite to mangle an ear. This month, when Welsh rugby player James King was tackled, he “literally tore the ear off the side of his head” said his coach. Rushed to plastic surgery specialists, King was lucky to have his ear reattached. He’ll have to sit on the sidelines until his recovery is complete.

3. Though it’s not a sports injury in the traditional sense, after years of playing tennis in the sun, the former #1 player in the world Lindsay Davenport found herself with prematurely aged skin. Wanting to remove facial lines to look younger and healthier, Davenport became a spokesperson for Juvederm.

4. Fellow player Simona Halep found that she was attracting a lot of attention in the tennis circuit: not for her tennis skills, but her 34DD breasts. Citing back pain and interference with her game, Halep had breast reduction surgery. Since the procedure, Halep’s game has improved, and she’s currently ranked in the top 50 in the world.

5. Professional hockey players don’t always have something to smile about, particularly when they’re missing so many teeth. Between speeding pucks, sticks, and yes, even the fights, it’s not uncommon to see teeth fall to the ice. Take NHL player Mark Lamb: he's had three sets of dental implants in his 20 year career. “I’ve spent a lot of time in the dentist’s chair,” he concedes.

6. Teeth aren’t hockey’s only victims. After being struck by a puck, New Jersey Devils’s player Colin White was injured so badly that his “nose was on the other side of [his] face” as he describes it. Fortunately, a plastic surgeon was able to reset White’s nose.

7. & 8. Gold medals are a great reminder of your successes in your youth, but they can’t help you to look younger as your golden years approach. Swimmer Mark Spitz and gymast Nadia Comaneci, both Olympic champions, have found that Botox injections help them to look and feel like they’re still at the top of their game.

Photo Credits: All from Wikimedia Commons. Holyfield courtesy Shelka04 and White courtesy Horge.