Joey Fatone opens up about his hair plugs and fat removal procedures

Joey Fatone has been busy since NSYNC ended. Post-band, he’s placed second on Dancing with the Stars, appeared in both the movie and TV spin-off of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, hosted the U.S. and Australian versions of NBC’s The Singing Bee, spent five years as the announcer for Family Feud, and appeared as “Rabbit” on the first season of The Masked Singer. He’s also hosted a bunch of other shows and is currently the host of Game Show Network’s Common Knowledge. Whew!

While Joey has been working steadily over the past 20 years, he’s also somehow managed to steer clear of the tabloid and gossip drama that a certain former bandmate likes to cry rivers about. Fatone is now 46-years-old and since he appears on television regularly, he decided to do a little freshening up. In the name of transparency, Joey is speaking out about his cosmetic surgery, including hair plugs and AirSculpt, a procedure to remove fat from his chin and stomach.

Everybody’s doing it! “It’s crazy how many guys get work done,” he tells PEOPLE exclusively. “They don’t broadcast it because a lot of men are very shy or embarrassed about it, but there’s nothing to be embarrassed about! I’m never afraid to tell people about this stuff. Who cares?”

From hair spray to hair plugs: “Two years ago things were a little thinner up there, and I’m on television. I had to start wearing this spray to fill in my hair, and I just hated it,” he says. “Every time I was on TV I was spraying my hair and it was just a pain in the butt. So I was like, I want to get plugs to fill it in.”

He’s just editing his looks: The star says he’s not trying to drastically alter his appearance or endlessly chase the fountain of youth. “I’m not trying to change my look,” he says. “I’m not trying to change who I am. I’m just trying to just edit it a little bit!”

He loves the results: “I’m definitely starting to see the results now,” he says, adding that the procedure was easy and he recovered in 48 hours with no bruising. “My stomach had kind of a nice little hump underneath it and now it doesn’t. Same with my back. It’s crazy because it’s one of those things I never thought I’d do, but then there’s just this unwanted fat that even if you lost weight or no matter how you dieted, just certain things you can’t get rid of.”

He wanted to look better for himself: Fatone, who’s a dad to two daughters, adds, “Look, I’m just trying to look a little bit better in the way that I look in clothes. That’s really what I want to do, what I want to do for myself. I’ve had so many people in this industry tell me that I need to lose weight and look a certain way, blah blah blah. I mean, I may lose a little bit of weight but I’m still going to be the same person I’ve been. I’m not going to get drastically cut. Unless someone calls me up for a Marvel movie!”

Jobs will find a way: He continues, “I’ve had some people say ‘You can’t get a certain job if you’re not a certain weight.’ But I’ll find a way to get those jobs. There’s plenty of room for everybody in every field. Plus, aging just happens. We all age in some shape or form!”

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“I’m not trying to change my look…just trying to edit it a little bit!” I love that framing. It’s like when you edit a picture of yourself to smooth over blemishes, only it’s real life. Next time I go get my gray roots covered up, I’ll have to say, “I’m going to edit my hair color a little bit!” Getting Botox? You’re just editing your forehead a little bit! Crest Whitening Strips? Editing your teeth a little bit! Ah, that phrasing just tickles me so much.

I do hope his healthy attitude isn’t just lip service. Joey was never one of the more lusted-after members of NSYNC, and it seems like he’s managed to have a fairly healthy relationship with fame. I give him props for having such a great attitude about cosmetic surgery and willingness to talk about it so openly. There have definitely been famous men who have admitted to hair plugs before, but when it comes to cosmetic procedures, we generally only hear female celebrities sharing (or denying) their experiences with it. It’s refreshing to hear a male celebrity be so candid about surgical enhancements.

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