Bella Hadid Plastic Surgery: Was It Just A Nose Job?

Supermodel Bella Hadid is a household name, being one of the highest-paid models in the world along with her sister – a fellow model – Gigi Hadid. Having joined the fashion industry as a young teenager, her face has undergone a dramatic transformation since, giving rise to the “Bella Hadid plastic surgery” rumours. 

Even though the model recently came clean about it, many believe it’s not the end of the story. Following in the footsteps of the model, many teenagers and adults have tried to emulate her Y2K style and even her facial features through plastic surgery. This doesn’t come as a surprise, especially since she has “the most beautiful face” in the world according to the Golden Ratio. But fame is no easy road, and the model herself has struggled quite a bit.

Who Is Bella Hadid? 

Isabella Khair Hadid was born in Washington D.C. to the real-estate developer Mohamed Hadid and Dutch-born ex-model and reality TV star Yolanda Hadid. She spent her early years in Santa Barbara, California, having attended Malibu High School. While now a full-time model, previously, the California girl had dreamt of competing at the 2016 Summer Olympics as an equestrian. This is in addition to her desire to study photography – which she briefly did at Parsons. 

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Taking after her sister Gigi Hadid, Bella became an IMG model in 2014, even though she had been modelling for 2 years before that. Holding a “Happy To Be Here” placard, she strutted down the runway in her first big gig for the spring show of Desigual in 2015. That marked her debut at New York Fashion Week. Since then, she has ruled the ramps in Milan, Paris, and London.

She has modelled for Calvin Klein, Versace, Chanel, Givenchy, Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger, Moschino, and Burberry, among many others. In addition, she has graced the covers of Vogue Magazine a grand total of 27 times while breaking the record for most appearances in 1 year in 2017. Hadid was also voted as the “Model of the Year” in 2016 by Currently, she has an estimated net worth of $25 million. 

What Procedures Do Bella Hadid Plastic Surgery Include?

While one of them is now an open secret, there are still other Bella Hadid plastic surgery procedures that many people believe have been a part of the “package.” Let’s take a look at all of them. 

Nose Job 

From her very early days in the fashion industry, it was speculated that Bella had gone under the knife to change the shape of her nose. That’s because a nose simply cannot shrink. However, the model vehemently denied all those claims. Her interview with InStyle is oft-quoted where she said, “People think I got all this surgery or did this or that. And you know what? We can do a scan of my face, darling. I’m scared of putting fillers into my lips. I wouldn’t want to mess up my face” That didn’t stop the rumour mill, though. 

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Bella Hadid in 2017, 2018 and 2020

Now we know that she definitely did not get fillers to reshape her nose; she actually had surgery to have its shape and size altered. While once she had bumps on the bridge of the nose, with the tip drooping downwards, her nose, now, is called a “masterpiece;” the bridge is smooth and the tip refined and lifted. 

Although Hadid herself regrets the decision saying, “I wish I had kept the nose of my ancestors. I think I would have grown into it,” referring to her Palestinian heritage. This was in her most recent interview with Vogue. However, another interesting detail that she revealed was that she had the surgery at the wee age of 14. It is legal to get the surgery at that age but with the signed consent of either of the parents. However, since the nose doesn’t stop growing till a girl’s 15 or 16, it’s usually recommended to delay the surgery till then. 


Time and again, the supermodel has made it clear that she didn’t have any face fillers. “People think I fully f—ed with my face because of one picture of me as a teenager looking puffy. I’m pretty sure you don’t look the same now as you did at 13, right? I have never used filler. Let’s just put an end to that. I have no issue with it, but it’s not for me.” Even the mother of the two Hadid sisters said, “None of my children have never done fillers or Botox or put anything foreign in their bodies.”

Regardless, people have always speculated that the model was able to transform her formerly “thin lips” into a perfect pout with the help of fillers. Looking at her “before” pictures when she still hadn’t had her nose done, her upper lips do seem to lack the volume that they have now gained. 

However, it’s also possible that the camera angle wasn’t the most favourable to her at times. Other than her lips, she is also believed to have had fillers in her cheeks, but that may have some other explanations. 

Botox/Buccal Fat Removal  

No doubt, if you look at Bella’s pictures from her early days and compare them with “now,” her face structure looks much different. It is slimmer with a prominent chin and cheekbones. To achieve that, people believe that she had Botox in the masseter muscles in her cheeks. Since that would stop them from contracting, she would be able to get that kind of a contour. 

It was either that or a buccal fat removal surgery, another name for which is cheek reduction surgery. It gives one a more “chiselled” appearance, and since Bella definitely has one, it is possible that she was able to achieve that through surgery. 

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But the other explanation for it is that as she aged, she simply lost the baby fat on her face. She has been modelling since a teenager. At that age, you can have “ natural puffiness” from that. Many people end up losing this baby fat in their early 20s. It is quite likely that the same happened with Bella. The model also follows a diet and workout plan to make sure that she’s in shape. So really, at the end of the day, it could just be that instead of another “Bella Hadid plastic surgery”.  

Cat Eye Surgery/Thread Lift

This surgery has many names in the industry. The idea, however, is the same, the outward corners of the eyes are lifted, making them look foxy or cat-like. It is believed that Bella Hadid plastic surgery also includes a canthoplasty, where the muscles in those corners of the eyes are tightened and repositioned. They are essentially lifted, which end up giving that cat-eye effect. 

When it comes to this, it seems pretty likely that the supermodel had this surgery, although she herself attributes the look to “face tape” while calling it “the oldest trick in the book.” That is not likely to be true because when a person uses face tape, it is going to be visible. To hide that, either the hair is let down, or a wig is worn. Bella has been seen with her hair tied up in a high ponytail without any face tape and her eyes still lifted at the corners. 

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If it hasn’t been the more invasive canthoplasty, it is suspected that it may be a temporary eyebrow thread lift. That’s because, along with her eyes, her eyebrows are also arched upwards in her more recent photos. The eyebrow lift involves the insertion of a thread in the outer corner of the eyebrow, which is then lifted. This also ends up giving the person the desired “cat eyes.” It is quite likely that Bella Hadid plastic surgery involved one of these. 


Another alleged Bella Hadid plastic surgery includes blepharoplasty. The reason why this is believed to be the case is that her eyes look more “open” in her “after” photos. The surgery can remove excess fat from the upper and lower eyelid, which can make that happen. It is possible that Bella had this surgery on her upper eyelid to make the eyes look bigger. 

Chin Implants 

While once the mound of Bella’s chin appeared more smooth, it is now slightly protruded in a very visible manner. This only adds to her “chiselled” look, but allegedly, Bella had chin implants to change the shape of her chin. There’s also a visible crease below her lips now, which was absent before. So, it might just be true. However, since the change is so subtle, it could also be that the shape of her chin changed as a result of growing up! 

What Does Bella Hadid Have to Say About the Cosmetic Surgery Rumours?

Other than her nose job, Bella Hadid plastic surgery has been denied by the supermodel. While before the Vogue interview, she denied getting any plastic surgery at all. However, it is quite likely that she had other procedures done, especially when you compare the Bella Hadid before and after plastic surgery photos. Her fans have also speculated as much. For now, though, we can only speculate on the end of the “Bella Hadid plastic surgery” story. 

Did Bella Hadid Feel Pressured to Get Plastic Surgery?

It certainly seems like Bella Hadid felt pressured to conform to certain “beauty ideals” in order to be considered pretty, hence the surgery. “I was the uglier sister. I was the brunette. I wasn’t as cool as Gigi, not as outgoing,” said the 25-year-old. 

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She further went on to say that it was what people said about her, “and unfortunately when you get told things so many times, you do just believe it.” Hadid also shared her history of an eating disorder, anxiety, and depression. She described herself as someone who had “incredible insecurities” and “body-image issues.” 

Many people criticised the parents of Bella Hadid, Yolanda in particular, after she made these revelations in the Vogue interview. Yolanda has been very vocal about trying to maintain her daughters’ “body image.” There’s the popular cake and almond incident. Also, many times, Yolanda has referred to Gigi as the “all-American girl” while Bella was the “darker and exotic” one. So, for a growing girl, the idea that “Eurocentric” features are more desirable could have motivated her to get the surgery. 

Concluding Remarks 

Bella Hadid plastic surgery is very much a real thing. The model herself has admitted to getting a nose job at the age of 14 and nothing more. However, it is widely believed that she also had other procedures done to reshape her eyes and facial structure. 

Some of these rumours might just as well be true because there’s a drastic difference between Bella Hadid before plastic surgery and afterwards. As far as the changes that the model has made to herself, it seems like she felt pressured to do so because the modelling industry, in particular, demands a certain aesthetic. Now, however, there’s no doubt that Bella has one of the most beautiful faces out there.

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