Gold Standard: Olympians Common Cosmetic Procedures

WriterMama on 10 Aug 2012 at 9:00am

Olympic athletes are not only some of the fittest people on the planet, they're also among the most scrutinized. If you suspect that some medal-contenders may have gotten a little aesthetic boost from cosmetic surgery, you wouldn't be wrong—but for the most part, it's not what you think.

What are some common procedures among world-class athletes? It's all about the little things.


Don't sweat it: Permanent make-up

How does your average Olympian manage to maintain make-up that looks great not only between events, but during them? Simple—it never comes off, no matter how much they sweat.

Permanent make-up, also known as cosmetic tattooing, is rapidly gaining popularity among Olympic participants and other high-profile athletes. These procedures average $475 and include everything from eyebrow, eyeliner, and lip tattoos (liner or full lip) to eyelash enhancement, scar camouflage, and skin repigmentation.

And it's not just for the ladies—lots of men invest in micropigmentation, a procedure that enhances eyebrows, redefines eyes and lashes, and augments paler lips.

The verdict among the RealSelf community is teetering just above average at 66%, with some loving their newly defined eyebrows, and others unhappy with uneven results.


Smooth like silk: Hair that's not there

For anyone who constantly appears in public, especially under the close scrutiny of TV cameras that broadcasts to billions, body hair is less than desirable and often a both. But do pro athletes really have time to mess with pre-event shaving or painful bikini waxes?

Laser hair removal has been popular among Olympians, especially when their uniforms tend to bare more than a little leg, like the bikini bottoms worn by THREE-time (woo hoo!) beach volleyball champions Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor. In an interview with Allure magazine that was highlighted by the Huffington Post, Walsh Jennings proclaimed her disdain for waxing, stating that she relies on laser removal instead.

This technique is also favored among gymnasts, swimmers, and tennis players known for skin-baring uniforms. The community has weighed in and scored the procedure an even 70% Worth It Rating. One thumbs-down given by a few reviewers was due to burns that leave a pattern of white scars.

Want to look like an Olympic athlete?

The popularity of laser hair removal is growing in the United States, and cosmetic make-up is a rising up-and-comer. Would you ever consider getting these procedures done? Tell us about it in the comments!

photo credit: allure magazine