“Biggest Loser” Contestants Are Spending Winnings on Plastic Surgery


Contestants on the hit TV show “Biggest Loser” are left with more than just new-found confidence after losing hundreds of pounds and debuting a newer, slimmer self on national TV – they are also left with loads of excess skin. Not only are loose folds of skin left behind after dramatic weight loss unsightly, but they are also unhygienic and may even lead to health risks like rashes and chafing. What do most “Biggest Loser” contestants do to get rid of this excess skin, you ask? Plastic surgery of course! Take season 11 winner, Olivia Ward, for example. Over the course of five months, Olivia lost of total of 129 pounds and went home with the the $250,000 prize for losing the most weight of all the contestants on the show. But that wasn’t the end of her weight-loss story. Weighing in at a much slimmer 132 pounds, the 35-year-old then opted for a tummy tuck to get rid of the excess skin her drastic weight loss left behind, and she decided to get a breast lift as well.

Olivia Ward before and after weight loss of 129lbs:
Olivia Ward before and after losing 129lbs

Olivia Ward before and after liposuction and tummy tuck surgery:

While a healthy diet and a strict fitness regimen can improve a person’s health and help tone muscles, these positive lifestyle changes do little to shrink skin that has been stretched beyond repair by excess weight. Unfortunately, this means that many individuals who lose 100 pounds or more are left with loose skin on the back, abdomen, arms and legs. To remedy this issue, many “Biggest Loser” contestants opt for plastic surgery procedures like tummy tucks (abdominoplasty), arm lifts (brachioplasty) and breast lifts with augmentation to boost their confidence and improve their silhouette.

Even “Biggest Loser” contestants who don’t win sometimes turn to plastic surgery to improve their look. Amy Cremen of season 6, for example, lost 104 pounds, only to discover that she was more uncomfortable in her new body than she was in her overweight body. She decided to undergo numerous plastic surgery procedures to complete the transformation, including a breast lift with augmentation, tummy tuck, and liposuction on her inner and outer thighs. And she’s not the only one! Shannon Thomas of season 7 decided on an arm lift, tummy tuck, liposuction and breast surgery; Erik Chopin of season 3 underwent a full body lift (to the tune of $35,000!) and Danny Cahill of season 8 opted for a tummy tuck and gynecomastia surgery.

Danny Cahill before and after losing 239lbs:
Danny Cahill before and after weight loss

Danny Cahill before and after tummy tuck and gynecomastia surgery:
Danny Cahill before and after plastic surgery

It’s not uncommon for “Biggest Loser” contestants to use part of their winnings to fund cosmetic surgery procedures, especially if their new-found weight loss leaves them with unsightly flabby skin. But will it end there? It’s not hard to imagine that some “Biggest Loser” contestants may like the effects that plastic surgery can have on their appearance just a little too much, possibly returning in the future for a nip here and a tuck there. Amy Cremen has admitted that if she decides to get more plastic surgery in the future, she will return to the same doctor who performed her previous procedures. And Helen Phillips, who lost 140 pounds and was crowned the season 7 champion on “Biggest Loser,” underwent not only plastic surgery procedures to rid herself of excess skin, but also opted for a breast lift, breast implants, a tummy tuck and rhinoplasty (nose job), because it was something she “always wanted.”

“Biggest Loser” contestants Helen Phillips and Shannon Thomas talk plastic surgery:

It just doesn’t seem right that individuals who not only commit to a new diet and exercise program, but ultimately adopt a new way of life in order to shed the pounds, would still need cosmetic surgery to be happy with their new image. Let’s be real – it’s not hard to get behind “Biggest Loser” contestants getting tummy tucks and arm lifts to avoid the health risks and physical appearance of loose skin…but a nose job? Seriously? Why not throw a chin and butt implant in there too, while you’re at it? Plastic surgery is a slippery slope folks, and it seems like “Biggest Loser” contestants may be the most likely to slide.

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  • avatar Leslie says:

    After seeing the Before picture of Danny Cahill, you reach the conclusion that surgery is a “slippery slope…and the Biggest Loser contestants may be the most likely to slide”. You make it sound as if his and the others’ decisions were in some way frivolous, overindulgent and flawed. Would you be OK with the Before body of Mr. Cahill? After all of his Herculean efforts and jaw-dropping results–do you think he’d feel good at the beach? In the bedroom? But you suggest that he should just feel great about himself with the pendulous breasts and hanging flesh. That glow he radiates in his After picture is the real deal. That man feels fabulous and has immense self-esteem–and rightfully so. The results are a happier, more productive, contributing member of society. Plastic surgery can become addictive, but every one of those contestants had surgery that went beyond cosmetic. It was like repairing an accident victim. And if someone has hated their nose their whole lives, why not fix it and move on with a better attitude?

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