Courteney Cox reveals why she had all her fillers dissolved in new interview
It's a well worn trope: Hollywood actress enters middle age and starts to overdo it on the fillers. Of course, the press live for such problematic stereotypes, but recently, we've also seen a noticeable move away from cosmetic procedures in favour of a more "natural" look.
I mean, even Kylie Jenner has dissolved her lip fillers - something that her multi-million business venture, Kylie Cosmetics, was arguably founded upon. And now, Friends alum, Courteney Cox has opened about why she had her fillers removed in a revealing new interview.
Cox spoke about the real reason why she dissolved her facial fillers back in 2017, admitting that she "didn't look like herself".
"I would say it’s a common thing you go through as you age, especially in Hollywood," the 54-year-old disclosed when speaking to PEOPLE. "You have to accept getting older, and that’s something that I had a hard time doing."
The actress - who is now the new face of L'Oréal Paris' Super Preference #OWNINGIT campaign - added that she started getting the injectable fillers because she "wasn't pleased with myself and the way I looked."
“[I tried] to keep up with time in a way that was anything other than maintenance. I didn’t realise it until one day I kind of stepped back and went, ‘Oh shit. I don’t look like myself.'”
But now, after getting her fillers dissolved, Cox has found that she's more confident than ever.
"So now I just embrace who I am and getting older with what God gave me, not what I was trying to change. I kind of own everything. And the things that I am not as comfortable with myself, they’re things that I continue to work on to grow and change. I am at a stage of my life where it’s very easy to be comfortable with who I am and who I’ve become and who I strive to be", she continued.
This is not the first time she's spoken about her experience of cosmetic surgery, and the decision to embrace a more natural look.
"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 next thing you know, you’re layered and layered and layered," she stated in an interview with New Beauty about her experience with cosmetic procedures.
"You have no idea because it’s gradual until you go, 'Oh sh*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.
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 movement and realise that fillers are not my friend."