A doctor who makes controversial TikToks about potential plastic surgery for celebrities says they keep going viral because it’s ‘funny to speculate on the rich and famous’

Screenshot of Dr. Yun standing in front of pictures of Depp and Heard.

The combined videos have more than 10 million views.Anthony Yun via TikTok

  • Dr. Anthony Youn is a plastic surgeon who has 7.7 million followers on TikTok.

  • It has gone viral on TikTok to speculate about whether Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have had plastic surgery.

  • Yoon knows these videos are controversial but said he wanted to remove the stigma from cosmetic procedures.

A plastic surgeon who has 7.7 million followers went viral on TikTok to speculate about whether Johnny Depp and Amber Heard had plastic surgery.

Dr. Anthony Youn, a plastic surgeon practicing in Detroit, Michigan, told Insider that he noticed that videos of Depp and Heard were all over TikTok and went viral due to the ongoing defamation trial, so he wanted to jump into the “hot topic.” “

In videos he posted on May 8 and 9, Yoon filmed himself comparing old photos of Depp and Heard to the latest, analyzing their facial features to speculate whether they had had plastic surgery. It has received over 10 million views combined.

The videos were part of a regular clip of Young’s films on his TikTok account titled “Real or Sus,” in which he looks at celebrity photos and calls them “real” if he thinks they’ve never had plastic surgery, or “sus” – a A slang term meaning “suspicious”, popularized by the video game “Among Us” – if they are believed to have done so.

Yoon told Insider, “The idea for ‘Real or Sus’ came to me when my kids kept calling things ‘sus’ when we played ‘Between Us.’ So I made videos with it and it seemed to resonate with people.”

Youn’s “Real or Sus” videos often go viral on TikTok, where they have received millions of views, and he told Insider he believes this is because, “As a society, we’ve always been interested in whether celebrities get plastic surgery. They look as good as they really are.” Natural, so it’s refreshing when we find out maybe it’s not natural at all.”

“Plus, it’s fun to speculate on the rich and famous,” he added.

Depp and Heard have not spoken publicly about undergoing plastic surgery. Heard’s representatives declined Insider’s request for comment, and Depp’s representatives did not immediately respond to Insider’s request.

Speculation about celebrity plastic surgery has become a bit of a controversy on social media platforms like YouTube and TikTok, and influencers have been invited to make comments about them that they say are untrue.

Dermatologist Dr. Munib Shah previously told Insider that while it may be fun to speculate, people should exercise caution before jumping to conclusions about a celebrity’s personal life, especially their health.

“It is up to us to remember that what we see is nothing close to the whole story. And we must exercise respect and empathy towards all people and all bodies, always.”

Yoon told Insider that he is aware of the backlash some of these videos have received, saying, “I think it’s really important to give celebrities the benefit of the doubt. I’m happy to share my opinions, but in no way will I express them to them as the ultimate truth.”

He added that “there is no shame in performing plastic surgery” and he “completely opposes judging anyone because of the plastic surgery he underwent”, especially since he himself underwent surgery to retract his jaw.

As a precaution, Yoon included a disclaimer in his videos about Depp and Heard that said, “My opinion, I’m not his/her doctor,” and told Insider that it’s highly possible that another professional plastic surgeon might not agree with his comments. “I only analyzed a few photos,” he said, adding that “the angles, makeup, and photo shoots can deceive many doctors as well.”

Yoon told Insider that he is unlikely to make more videos joining the popular TikTok conversation about Depp and Heard, saying he hasn’t “watched enough trial to give a truly educated opinion” on the matter.

However, he told Insider that he plans to continue making TikToks that speculate on celebrity plastic surgeries. “I have enjoyed exploring new ways to share content and information, and TikTok has given me a platform to do so in the most honest and informal way,” he said.

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