A surprising number of teenagers are seeking facial cosmetic procedures, reports the Daily Mail—and plastic surgeons say they're being influenced by their favourite celebrities.
We already know about Kylie Jenner, who famously admitted to getting lip fillers starting at age 16. Kendall Jenner, Bella Thorne and Bella Hadid also appear to have tinkered with their teenage faces.
But there's another young celeb whose procedures may have flown under the radar: Descendants star Dove Cameron.
The 24-year-old first caught my attention back in 2015, solely on the basis of her skin. To this day, I've never seen a celeb with a complexion that flawless!
Dove is also known for her big eyes, long lashes, plump lips and tiny button nose. In fact, in most red carpet photos, she resembles a real life Barbie doll... which got me thinking. Is it hair and makeup, or has Dove enhanced her facial features, too?
(Apparently I'm not the only one wondering, because many of you guys requested this Before & After!)
Let's take a closer look at her beauty evolution from 2008 until now.
Dove in 2008
Our first photo dates from 2008, when Dove was only 12 years old. Except she wasn't Dove back then. She went by her birth name, Chloe Hosterman, when her acting career was getting off the ground with her role in a Washington production of "A Secret Garden."
As you can see, it's not just her name that was different. There was also quite a distinctive bump down the bridge of her nose, her lips were on the thinner side, and her natural hair colour was light brown.
Dove in 2011
Next, we have a 15-year-old Dove in what was probably her first headshot, after relocating to Los Angeles the previous year. It was around this time that she legally changed her name to Dove, in honour of her late father who called her by that nickname. Already, she was lightening her hair to a yellowy blonde. I'm also wondering if she had an early rhinoplasty procedure—either that, or this photo may have been retouched.
Dove in 2012
In 2012, Dove appeared in a Free People campaign, and despite the heavy makeup, we can get a sense of her underlying facial features. To me, it looks like the bridge of her nose was wider, and her lips were of course much thinner than they are now.
That same year, Dove got her big break when she was cast in the Disney Channel's Liv and Maddie and began being photographed at various events. See what I mean about her skin? It's so smooth, poreless and naturally glowy! There's a lovely plumpness to her face, probably from normal teenage baby fat. Her hair colour was also darkened into a more flattering strawberry blonde.
However, I want to draw your attention to two areas: her lips and lower cheeks....
Are you seeing what I'm seeing with her lips? They appear swollen, and even a bit lumpy and bruised, suggesting she was already dabbling with lip fillers at the tender age of 16.
As for her cheeks, they're completely smooth—no dimples. You'll understand why I'm bringing that up in just a second!
Dove in 2013
What's interesting about this shot of a 17-year-old Dove is that the bridge of her nose seems completely flattened, giving the area between her eyes a very unnatural look. Also, did you notice her dimples? There's speculation that even they were attained through a surgical procedure (yes, such a thing exists now!). The brassy blonde hair colour and matching eyebrows contribute to the artificial vibe.
Next, Dove went a little shorter (either that, or took out her extensions) and adjusted her hair colour back to a natural-looking strawberry blonde. I think there's still some filler left in her lips, and her nasal bridge doesn't look quite as flat here—which could be from filler, too! Also notice her cleft chin, because that changes later on.
Dove in 2014
Dove kept the reddish blonde hair through most of 2014, wearing it with dramatic long lashes, natural makeup and slightly over-plucked brows (she was 18 at this point). The filler seems mostly gone now, at least from her top lip, which is back to its normal thinner shape. If I only saw photos like this, where she's smiling, I'd never guess that she'd undergone any cosmetic interventions.
But it's clear that Dove was back on the lip fillers by the end of 2014, because her lower lip was once again inflated. This time, she left the top one alone, which is a very good trick to fool people into thinking that nothing was done. We also get a good look at the tip of her nose in this shot, and it definitely has an unnatural, chiseled appearance.
Dove in 2015
In 2015, a 19-year-old Dove started making the transition from Disney cutie to young starlet. So we've got several Hollywood upgrades here, including the bright blonde hair, voluminous waves, fuller brows and sophisticated makeup.
Her lower lip in particular looks suspicious. See how it dips in the centre, but is puffy on either side? That's a specific look known as "double-lobed" lips, achievable with fillers.
That brings us to my favourite photo of the bunch. It's crazy how her skin just glows! Her hair is finally the perfect buttery blonde, and without much detectable makeup—just lashes, sheer blush and a lip stain—you don't even think about the possibility of interventions.
Dove in 2016
With her hair up, and in dramatic lashes and newfound bushy brows, Dove looks a little different here. If it weren't for her pinched-looking nasal tip, I'm not sure I would have recognized her! Again, take note of her lips. The lower one appears to have been re-injected, making it bigger than ever.
Only a few months later, Dove made a radical change to her image by lightening her hair to platinum blonde. She can pull off this colour with her ultra-pale skin, but it's definitely a more grown-up vibe—marking a departure from her wholesome Disney days. Especially since she paired it with plumped-up lips and extreme strobing. I don't understand this trend of dabbing shine on the tip of your nose!
By the end of the year, she looked even more "plastic," and it's not just the makeup or new hair colour. Here, Dove's lips rival Kylie Jenner's in size, with generous amounts of filler placed not only in the bottom lip but also the top. In addition, it looks like her nasal bridge has been built back up, if you compare this shot to 2013. At this time, she had just split from fellow Disney alum Ryan McCarten, so perhaps the procedures were her version of a breakup haircut?!
Dove in 2017
The following year, at age 21, Dove continued to experiment with a bolder beauty aesthetic, rocking dramatic smoky eyes, false lashes and drawn-on brows. If you look at her lips, the top one is no longer as full, but the bottom one still juts out. In fact, you can even see a bit of the inner tissue that her lipstick can't adhere to properly. As for her nose, in this profile view it's obvious that she no longer has the bump we saw at age 12.
Dove in 2018
In 2018, Dove kept the white-blonde colour, but chopped her long hair into this collarbone-grazing lob—another move to distance herself from her Disney image. Her makeup got even more theatrical, and her cheekbones seem super sculpted... from weight loss, perhaps, or something else? The lip fillers haven't stopped, and once again you can see the double-lobed injection style, as well as the inner tissue that lipstick can't cover.
Dove in 2019
By age 23, Dove's face had changed again, and I don't think it's because she'd finally shed all her baby fat. Her cheekbones are so prominent here, and her features so symmetrical, that I can only assume she got more injections. Also notice how her upper lip is volumized again (Restylane), how her cleft chin is filled in (more Restylane), and how her brow tails are pulling upward (Botox).
Dove in 2020
That brings us to our most recent picture of Dove, who just turned 24. Maybe it won't last, but to me, it looks like she may be toning things down a bit. I like the darker roots on her, and the sheer pink makeup is grown-up but still pretty.
The lip injections are still there, but aren't as over-the-top. However, the fact that the tails are the highest point of her brows indicates that they've been lifted with Botox.
Dove Cameron Before and After
So, are these photos evidence of Dove Cameron before plastic surgery and cosmetic injections? I think it's clear that they are—and that she started changing her features at a very young age, while she was still a teenager.
If that seems strange, you should know that Dove's mother, Bonnie Wallace, has written a book called The Hollywood Parents Guide: Your Roadmap to Pursuing Your Child's Dream. "My daughter Dove and I moved to Los Angeles from an island in Washington State when she was 14, armed only with her head shot, resume of community theater roles, and her dream," she reveals.
Knowing that her mother was willing to relocate in pursuit of fame, it's not a stretch to believe that cosmetic interventions for Dove were also on the table. After all, rhinoplasty is practically mandatory to get ahead in Hollywood these days, and it's no longer unusual for teenage celebs to get lip fillers.
My guess is that Dove had her nose reshaped when her face hadn't fully matured (and maybe even more than once!), and since this was pre-fame, she may not have gone to the best surgeon. That would explain the flattened, collapsed bridge, and pinched tip from too much cartilage being removed.
To fix it, she would need to have a revision rhinoplasty that probably isn't in the cards right now due to her busy schedule... so I suspect she may be using Restylane to temporarily build up the bridge.
Of course, it looks like there's plenty of Restylane in her lips, chin and cheeks, too—which is why her face appears wider and a lot more sculpted these days. I also believe she is using Botox to lift up her brows, creating a more feline look to the eye area. As for the dimpleplasty, there may not be enough evidence to say for sure, but that would make total sense for her Disney persona.
I won't lie, I think she looks amazing, wonky nose job or not—but it's a lot. And she hasn't gone on record admitting to any of it, even though she has a fan base of impressionable young teens and tweens. Is it any wonder that the under-18 crowd are seeking out cosmetic procedures in higher numbers than ever before?
How do you feel about Dove's beauty evolution?
Which of these looks is your favourite?
What "beauty work" do you think she's had done?