Michael Jackson: Surgery History
Michael Jackson, the world-famous singer and music icon, died Thursday, June 25, 2009, after being admitted into UCLA Medical Center for cardiac arrest. Jackson is well known for having a complicated and dramatic past, including undergoing multiple bouts of cosmetic surgery throughout his long and tumultous career.
Jackson first underwent plastic surgery in 1984 at age 26, slightly narrowing his nose while becoming famous for his hit song "Thriller".
The next year in 1985, Jackson obtained a second nose job and permanent eyeliner tattoos around his eyes. At this point Jackson was still at the peak of his career, with an entourage of staff taking care of all needs while he continued performing, entertaining, and donating to charities.
He was given the Heritage Award and praised by Queen Liz, President Reagan and others. Mike was everywhere, giving as much as he got and letting us all know how blessed he was. There was no one who wasn't impressed and didn't sprain an ankle trying to imitate his "Moon Walk" in their living room.
In 1987, Jackson changed his appearance considerably at age 29, eliciting more public outcry and media attention than his previous surgeries. The singer underwent nose surgery for the third time, and emerged with noticeably more prominent cheekbones and suddenly pale skin. Speculation suggested Jackson had contracted the medical condition vitiligo, which causes people of colour to lose pigment in their skin, though Jackson neither confirms nor denies this.
By 1991, Jackson has become almost unrecognizable from his former physical self, with still lighter skin, sculpted eyebrows, a new chin cleft, and lowered, more squared jawline. His nose is further thinned and pointed with a sharpened ridge and narrowed nostrils.
Jackson appears with a chin implant in 1997, with the skin on his face having become taut and angled, and with various other modifications made.
Two years later, Jackson has a new nose as well as a new chin, with smoothened cheeks and a smaller jaw.
In 2000, the singer began sporting a goatee on a longer jaw, with eyes pulled tighter on his face.
The next year, Jackson, 42 years old, is said to have a prosthetic nose tip on the end of an enlarged nose.
In 2002, Jackson's nasal passages are widened and his nose bridge is modified.
Michael Jackson surgery makes the papers one final time in 2004. The singer received a new nose made out of part of his ear, through the efforts of Dr. Werner Mang, a German plastic surgeon.
Jackson died several hours after the death of another treasured icon in the entertainment industry, Farrah Fawcett.