Love Island UK before and afters: Participants’ cosmetic ‘tweakments’ before appearing on hit show

And while the show has come to an end for another year, the careers of this season’s most popular participants are only just beginning, with Cülcüloğlu and runner-up Gemma Owen – daughter of English footballer Michael Owen – rumored to be set for £1 million paydays as brand’s rush to work with the newly minted reality TV royalty.

However, it’s no secret the yearly cohort of Islanders enter the sun-soaked Spanish villa not just for ‘finding love’, but a shot at finding fame. To prepare for their 15 minutes, contestants have been known to undergo multiple ‘tweakments’ in the lead-up to the show, with some having their ‘glow-ups’ documented on social media. I for one am guilty of Googling contestants’ “before and after” photos – and some of the transformations are pretty significant.

As a disclaimer, this is, of course, a judgment-free zone; if I was preparing to be filmed 24/7 and seen by millions of people across the world in a bathing suit and minimal makeup, you bet I would also be lasering, zapping and buffing my bod into the best version of itself.

With all that being said, here is a look at some of the 2022 Islanders’ transformations.

Ekin-Su Cülculoğlu

Turkish-English actress and newly crowned Love Island winner Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu underwent a series of cosmetic procedures ahead of entering the villa, including fillers and veneers.

The 27-year-old has been candid about her pre-show procedures; despite mainly undergoing ‘tweakments’ – non-surgical or cosmetic work – Cülcüloğlu has also been open about her breast augmentation, which she had done by a plastic surgeon in Istanbul. She revealed she had her veneers – thin, porcelain shells or caps that are placed on the front of the teeth to improve the appearance and strength – done at a dental clinic in Antalya, Turkey.

Before entering the villa, Cülcüloğlu also went to an aesthetic clinic in Wilmslow, England and had filler placed in her cheeks, jaw and tear troughs. Cosmetic doctor Dr Rosh carried out the treatments, and recently took to social media to share before-and-after snaps of the contestant.

“Ekin-Su came to see me in preparation of entering the villa. We decided to add subtle changes but still [keep] everything looking very natural,” he said on Instagram.

“First, we added tear trough filler to fill the hollows and give her that gorgeous ‘eight-hour beauty sleep’ refreshed look. Then, I feathered some filler into the lateral cheeks to soften her middle cheek fullness, and jaw filler to lift and create more definition.”

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