A surprising number of teenagers are seeking out 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 25-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 local 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 2013
Next, we have a 17-year-old Dove, who got her big break when she was cast in the Disney Channel sitcom Liv and Maddie, shortly after relocating to Los Angeles. 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.
See what I mean about her skin? It's so poreless and glowy! But her lips lead me to believe she was already dabbling with fillers, and the tip of her nose suggests an early rhinoplasty. The bridge is also completely flat, making the area between her eyes look unnatural.
There's speculation that even her dimples were attained through a surgical procedure (yes, such a thing exists now!).
Then, Dove took her hair a little shorter (either that, or removed her extensions) and dyed it a more 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
At 19, Dove began 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. See how her lower lip dips in the middle, but is puffy on either side? That's a specific look known as "double-lobed" lips, achievable with fillers.
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 bright platinum hair and dramatic false lashes. If you look at her lips, the top one is no longer quite as full, but the bottom one juts out in an unnatural way. As for her nose, in this profile view it's obvious that she no longer has the bump that we saw at age 12.
Dove in 2018
In 2018, Dove kept the white-blonde colour, and starting getting into edgier hair and makeup looks like this long braid and smoky cat eyes—another move to distance herself from her Disney image. The lip fillers haven't stopped, and in fact, you can even see a bit of the inner tissue that her lipstick can't adhere to properly.
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 cleft chin is filled in now (Restylane), and how her brow tails are pulling upward (Botox).
Dove in 2020
In 2020, she seemed to tone things down a bit. I like the darker roots, and the sheer, rosy 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 in 2021
So far in 2021, we've had to rely on Instagram for pictures of Dove—and if this one is any indication, she's gone back to the double-lobed lips in a big way. It's obviously not makeup or any filter that can cause such extreme swelling and a crease through the middle of the lower lip.
Dove Cameron Before and After
So, is this proof of Dove Cameron before plastic surgery and cosmetic injections? I think it's clear that it is—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 headshot, 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?