When a video surfaced of country singer Ashley Judd with a puffy face and a bit of weight gain, it caused many to speculate that she had undergone plastic surgery. Judd herself was quite irritated by the rumors and explained that she had been getting Botox injections on a regular basis in order to help with her siege migraines. Botox is a form of onabotulinum toxin A and it has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat chronic migraine headaches.
In 2021, the High Crimes actress suffered a serious injury in the Congo rainforest while she was on an expedition with researchers to study the bonobos. While hiking, she fell and shattered her leg in four places. She was stranded on the ground for 55 hours without any access to medical help. The leg was badly damaged, and her health had significantly deteriorated by the time she was rescued.
In the aftermath of the accident, Judd had to undergo an emergency surgery that involved amputation of her leg in order to save her life. She also underwent a lot of rehabilitation and physical therapy which could have contributed to her changed appearance. Judd has been open about her experiences and has been very vocal about her injuries. She has also emphasized that her changes are due to the accident and the necessary medical treatment rather than plastic surgery procedures.