ByKarly Rayner, writer at Creators.co
Editor/Senior staff writer | Movie Pilot's celebrity savant.
Karly Rayner

Hollywood is a glittering land of largely unnecessary nip/tucks in the name of vanity, but the celebs below have all gone under the knife for much more noble reasons.

Below are some celebs who have spent time in the cosmetic surgeon's office for their health and well being, but how many of them did you know about?

1. Angelina Jolie

Surgery: Breast augmentation

Reason: Angelina Jolie had breast implants after undergoing an elective double mastectomy when she discovered she was carrying the dangerous BRCA1 that can cause breast cancer. Due to her genetic history, Jolie had an 87 percent chance of suffering from the sometimes fatal disease, so she opted to remove as much of her breast tissue as possible.

In a deeply personal piece that she wrote to raise awareness about breast cancer Jolie wrote:

I can tell my children that they don't need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer. It is reassuring that they see nothing that makes them uncomfortable. They can see my small scars and that's it. Everything else is just Mommy, the same as she always was. And they know that I love them and will do anything to be with them as long as I can. On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.

2. Rose McGowan

Surgery: Multiple facial surgeries

Reason: Rose McGowan looks a little different than she used to thanks to undergoing multiple facial procedures, but she didn't have any choice in the matter.

In 2007 McGowan was involved in a serious car crash and suffered severe facial injuries thanks to her spectacles becoming embedded into her face after colliding with the steering wheel. She explained:

"I didn’t realize I was hurt until I put my hand to my face and felt the flap of skin."

3. Joaquin Phoenix

Surgery: Cleft Palette surgery

Reason: Joaquin Phoenix underwent a cosmetic procedure to correct a mini cleft-palette when he was an infant.

4. Cameron Diaz

Surgery: Rhinoplasty

Reason: Cameron Diaz has been outspoken about regretting having botox, but she claims some of the cosmetic procedures she has undergone were for medical complication.

Diaz has had four nose jobs for a deviated septum and breathing difficulties and she isn't the only celeb. Jennifer Aniston and Fergie also claim they have had nose jobs for the same reason.

5. Tommy Flanagan

Surgery: Micro surgery for intraoral mucosal lacerations

Reason: Tommy Flanagan received a "Glasgow smile" after leaving a nightclub he was DJing at. The Braveheart star required plastic surgery to ensure that the knife wounds healed with minimal scarring. Despite the efforts, Flanagan has large noticeable scars which illustrate the severity of the injury.

6. Gemma Arterton

Surgery: Minor amputation

Reason: Former bond girl Gemma Arterton was born with 6 fingers on each hand and had cosmetic surgery to remove them. Who knew!

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