The eternal struggle to stay one step ahead of aging has made a lot of people turn to plastic surgery for the solution. Everyone has probably imagined getting one: fixing your nose, having a facelift, or removing a few extra pounds. But doing it for real is an individual decision that merits our respect. However, some people have taken this whole thing a few steps too far. For them, using botox, facial fillers, and silicone in order to achieve their ideal of beauty has become almost an obsession.
It’s much worse for Hollywood stars. They are constantly in the spotlight and the whole world can see them age. Celebrities are under a lot of pressure to maintain their youthful looks, so some of them have a few too many surgeries. But there often comes a point when they stop feeling like themselves because they can’t recognize themselves in the mirror.
This is exactly what happened to Courteney Cox. The actress, who played Monica in one of the most popular sitcoms of all time, Friends, has gotten a lot of attention from the media about the way she looked after all the plastic surgeries she underwent. But after a while, the Alabama-born actress realized that this was no way of going forward in life, and opposite of what most celebs do, she resigned herself to the natural process of aging and decided to have her facial fillers dissolved.
The 53-year-old has spent a big part of her life worrying about the way she looked. Now, after years of trying to use artificial methods to make herself appear younger, she has finally embraced her natural beauty.
In a recent interview for New Beauty magazine, Courteney said, “I grew up thinking that appearance was the most important thing. That’s kind of sad because it got me in trouble. I was trying so hard to keep up, and I actually made things worse.”
Courteney has had numerous botox injections, facial fillers, and laser treatments, but over time she became unhappy with the way she looked. The cosmetic procedures made her look unrecognizable.
“Well, what would end up happening is that you go to a doctor who would say, ‘You look great, but what would help is a little injection here or filler there.’ So you walk out and you don’t look so bad and you think, no one noticed — it’s good. Then somebody tells you about another doctor: ‘This person’s amazing. They do this person who looks so natural.’ You meet them and they say, ‘You should just do this.'”
The world of cosmetic surgeries is a slippery slope. One little correction here, one little lift there, and suddenly there is a stranger looking at you in the mirror.
“The next thing you know, you’re layered and layered and layered. You have no idea because it’s gradual until you go, ‘Oh s–t, this doesn’t look right.’ And it’s worse in pictures than in real life. I have one friend who was like, ‘Whoa, no more!’ I thought I haven’t done anything in six months. I didn’t realize.”
Another very important reason for her to give up the fillers, besides her own happiness, is her desire to be a good role model for her teenage daughter. 13-year-old Coco is just starting to wade the waters of makeup and beauty treatments, and so far Courteney is giving her free rein.
“Luckily, at school, she can only wear mascara, but on the weekends you would think she’s going out to a rager at 2 a.m. — eyeliner, mascara, highlighter on her cheeks,” said the Alabama native. “I know some people think I should rein her in with the makeup, but it’s a form of self-expression. As long as she’s not sexualizing herself, it’s really just what makes her feel good.”
Courteney, who made her breakthrough in Bruce Springsteen’s iconic Dancing in the Dark video in 1984, needed a lot of time to come to grips with who she is and who she wants to be. Now, she is feeling a lot happier, having made a decision to change her life.
“I’ve had all my fillers dissolved. I’m as natural as I can be. I feel better because I look like myself. I think that I now look more like the person that I was. I hope I do. Things are going to change. Everything’s going to drop. I was trying to make it not drop, but that made me look fake. You need movement in your face, especially if you have thin skin like I do. Those aren’t wrinkles — they’re smile lines. I’ve had to learn to embrace the movement and realize that fillers are not my friend.”
The actress also talked about her relationship with 40-year-old fiance Johnny McDaid. She began dating the Snow Patrol frontman in 2013, and the age gap of 13 years used to weigh on her mind. But, luckily, it is not a real issue for the happy couple.
“Well, he’s younger than me, and with any other guy that would be the hardest thing in the world, but looks are not that important to him or his family,” Courteney revealed. “External beauty isn’t even on his radar. I used to worry about the age difference, but I don’t think it matters. He appreciates beauty, but it’s deeper than that. It’s deeper for me too, but luckily I find him gorgeous and extremely sexy,” she added.