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Courteney Cox's plastic surgery transformation

And why she's ditched the fillers for good.

By Rebecca Sullivan
Courteney Cox is one of the few women in Hollywood who have been completely open about the cosmetic procedures they've had done to their face.
The 55-year-old star has admitted she had a tonne of work done, confessing even she thought she had gone too far at one point, looking completely unrecognisable.
If you take a look at photos of the Friends star from back in the 90s, compared to now, it's easy to see she has undergone a whole range of different procedures.
Courteney Cox pictured in 2019. Getty
Courteney Cox in 1994, when Friends first debuted. Getty
Courteney was once a massive fan of fillers, but says she has now had them all dissolved.
"I've had to learn to embrace movement and realise that fillers are not my friend," Courtney told New Beauty in 2017.
"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 I was. I hope I do."
Courteney says she has stopped all fillers now. Getty
Courteney pictures in 2019, two years after she said she had her fillers dissolved. Getty
Friends stars Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow in 2019. Getty
She explained she gradually became addicted to surgery and was taking advice from the wrong people.
"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. 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."
She added: "I'd see pictures and think, 'Oh, is that what I look like?' And I'd ask a friend and they'd say, 'Oh God, no'. And I never thought of myself as being delusional. I think photographs do show up worse, so when people in the world see you and write comments that are usually mean, I think, 'It can be worse than what it really is'."
Courteney and Jen Aniston in 1994, the same year that Friends premiered. Getty
A young Courteney pictured in 1994. Getty
Courteney in 1995. Getty
Courteney said as she has gotten older, she has embraced a more natural version of ageing.
"Things are going to change. Everything's going to drop. I was trying to make it not drop, but that made me look fake," she said.
"You need movement in your face, especially if you have thin skin, like I do. Those aren't wrinkles — they're smile lines."
While she's steering clear of cosmetic surgical enhancements for the time being, one thing Courteney says she is still a massive fan of is in-salon skin treatments.
"They come up with new stuff all the time - it's crazy how many new machines are out there," she said.
"I believe in getting laser treatments like Clear + Brilliant. I believe in microneedling. I think microcurrent technology makes sense to strengthen your muscles."
Courteney pictured in a promo shot for Friends. Getty
Dermatologist surgeon Dr Daniel Lanzer says it's clear Courteney has had filler injected into her cheeks, lips and around the eyes.
He says it's also possible she has had a "mini face lift", a hugely popular procedure that offers far more natural results than the classic dramatic face lifts of the 1980s.
"We really work on the lower face and neck and only lift up a couple of centimetres of skin and put a couple of stitches on the muscle," he explained.
"We're not going very deep."
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Dr Lanzer says Courteney's desire to look more natural is part of a huge trend is cosmetic surgery, with patients undergoing a massive change in their outlook.
"There's a huge drive for people to look natural," he said.
"Patients come to me and say 'I want to look better, but I don't want anyone to notice that I've had work done'. They just want to notice that you look healthier and better overall."

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