The stunning Naya Rivera makes for a very interesting case study for plastic surgery in a young person (Naya is only 24 years old) and, in fact, one has to admit after perusing her "before" photos that it is very difficult to say definitively whether or not the young woman has had any work done. It is a frequent topic of conversation among Glee fanatics, primarily because Naya has a very singular appearing face, which forms a stark contrast with, frankly, her rather ordinary appearing classmates on the show, even characters like Finn and Quinn, who are supposed to be the local stars at McKinley High School in Lima, OH. Interestingly, the case for a "yes" in the plastic surgery question is more convincing if one watches video of Naya, because her face appears to move very little. In pictures, the case is less convincing. Take a glance at Naya's before picture below.
Naya Rivera in high school (approx. ten years ago)
Naya was a pretty girl of mixed parentage (Puerto Rican, African-American, and German) and the bone structure of the face is essentially the same in 2011. In particular, Naya's nose (the most common object of surgical correction in men and women of all ages) looks similar now to the way that it appeared then. When the nose does appear different, one has to consider Naya's heavy use of makeup and the slimming effects that makeup can have on the nose when applied correctly (Yes, I have been watching way too much RuPaul's Drag Race). Other than the nose, areas of interest for Naya are the eyes, cheeks, and lips. Naya's cheekbones seem higher and her cheeks overall fuller now than they did when she was a high schooler, suggesting cheek implants. With the eyes, it is difficult to say, again because of the heavy use of makeup. The lips, on the other hand, are pretty convincing for lip enhancement of some kind. She naturally has full lips, as a person of color, but the shape of the lips at present has a plumped, unnatural aspect, suggesting lip injections.
I would argue that, at present, Naya is likely to have had the following three procedures: (1) cheek implants, (2) collagen, fat, or restylane lip injections, (3) breast augmentation. Other possibilities include rhinoplasty and chin implant, but I am not convinced about either of those. Because Naya is so young, the results of her likely surgeries are more obvious than they would be in someone in their thirties. Other examples of young, surgerized young women include the likely characters of Heidi Montag and Lindsay Lohan. In fact, Lindsay appears more obviously surgerized than Heidi, even though Heidi has clearly had more surgeries in the 10-20 range. [Yes, I realize 'surgerized' is not in the dictionary, but it's so convenient.]
Look at those lips
Breast augmentation anyone?