Did Joel Osteen get plastic surgery? Pastor once confirmed he wants to 'look good'

The topic of Osteen getting plastic surgery on his face became so controversial because of his profession as a pastor


                            Did Joel Osteen get plastic surgery? Pastor once confirmed he wants to 'look good'
A before and after comparison of Joel Osteen from 2011 and 2020, respectively (Photo by D Dipasupil for Getty Images)

Popular televangelist Joel Osteen found himself surrounded by criticism and controversy when his insane wealth became a hot topic for Twitter on July 18. But as Twitter users argued that churches should be taxed after Osteen credited God responsible for his "greatness", the other narrative that has long been speculated are theories on Osteen getting plastic surgery. 

The Texas-based pastor, author, and businessman has long been a controversial figure in America, despite his worldwide popularity thanks to his best-selling books and sermons. Having amassed millions of followers through his infamous Lakewood Church's weekly televised service, the pastor, headquartered in Houston, is listened to by more than seven million citizens weekly, and some twenty million every month in over a hundred countries, transmitted through a twenty-four foundation on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. But Osteen, who has been a controversial figure because of his openly anti-gay and hardcore conservative views, has publicly also addressed questions about whether he got work done on his face or not.

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Did Joel Osteen get plastic surgery?

The topic of Osteen getting plastic surgery on his face became so controversial because of his profession as a pastor. Osteen eventually addressed those claims in an interview with People magazine, where he didn't entirely "rule out" prospects of getting work done, writes the outlet. "I want to look good!" Osteen told People. Plastic surgeon Dr. Otto Placik also seemed to lean towards the possibility of Osteen getting work done, even though he did not treat the pastor. Speaking to The National Enquirer, he said Osteen "looks five years younger than he did 11 years ago!" 

A lot of botox fillers and some upper-eyelid tuck are some of the procedures Osteen has allegedly gotten done, believes Placik. "You couldn't even see his upper eyelid line 12 years ago, and now you can clearly see the upper eyelid skin and crease." The plastic surgeon, in fact, claims Osteen's entire plastic surgery costs would be an estimated $36,000. But that isn't a whopping expense for Osteen, whose estimated net worth is $100 million. Big homes, fancy cars, and a love for shopping are among his many indulgences, thanks to his status as one of America's richest pastors. 

Victoria Osteen (L) and Joel Osteen attend Highwire Live In Times Square With Nik Wallenda on June 23, 2019, in New York City (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)

 

 

Controversy surrounding Joel Osteen

The pastor's extravagant expenses have led to controversies surrounding his wealth even though he denies acquiring anything from the church. In a 2012 interview with Oprah Winfrey, he claimed his wealth comes from the sale of his books "and other things like that." He added, "I really don't (make any apologies for his lifestyle). I feel like this is God's blessing. We are big givers... and I don't think there's anything wrong with having a nice place to live." 

Osteen's River Oaks mansion is valued at $10.5 million. Sprawled across a property of 1.86 acres, the 17,000-square-foot mansion has six bedrooms among other lush features. Osteen moved there in 2010 and put up his old home in Tanglewood for sale. At the time of selling, his previous home was valued at $2.9 million.