Summary: The recent interview with Courteney Cox on her plastic surgery regrets have taught us one thing for sure: choosing a good surgeon is important. And choosing a surgeon that will listen to your desires (especially about your outcome) is essential. When it comes to plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures, it’s important to remember who’s in the driver’s seat.
Listening to Courteney Cox on her Plastic Surgery Regrets
For a while now, there have been many stories floating around about Courteney Cox on her plastic surgery regrets. To be sure, she’s not the only celebrity to have these regrets. And sometimes that happens. But now Cox is going on the record and has been interviewed by New Beauty about why she didn’t like the end result.
In her story, Cox goes to several cosmetic surgeons, each of whom suggest an additional approach and a subtle change. But as those changes added up, Cox’s face started to look less like Cox thought it should. And that can happen. There’s a saying that too many chefs spoil the soup, and there’s some truth in that.
Generally, plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures both need direction. In many cases, that direction comes from the patient. In other cases, the direction will come from the surgeon—and when multiple surgeons have input at different time, your results could be pulled in multiple “directions” and diminish your outcome.
That’s what happened to Courteney Cox. But there are some ways to make sure something like that doesn’t happen to you.
In her interview, Cox does not go into extensive details about the procedures performed on her face. What she does say, however, is that many of these treatments came in the form of dermal filler injections. That’s a good thing, because dermal filler injections are usually temporary.
According to the website of the Twin Cities Juvederm and Voluma provider Carillon Minneapolis, most dermal fillers are used to fill volume in the face and provide the illusion of youth. But these fillers are designed to do so on a temporary basis, dissolving into the body within a year or two (depending on the filler).
But even though they’re temporary anyway, some patients will want to go through a process called dissolving their fillers. This is what Cox did. Essentially, injecting the treated area with a special solution can dissolve hyaluronic acid based fillers, such as Juvederm and Voluma.
Once the dermal filler is dissolved, the face will usually return to its original state.
Know What You Want
One of the keys to any plastic or cosmetic procedures is for the patient to know what he or she wants. We spoke briefly about who is “directing” the experience towards the end results. To be fair, things are a little more complicated than that. But the basic principle holds true.
Here’s what we mean by that: when you consider plastic surgery or cosmetic procedures, you should know what you want:
- Most patients know what area of the body they want to treat
- Many cosmetic procedure patients have a good idea of what they don’t like, even if they don’t know how to effectively make changes
- Know what you like about your features, so you can be clear about what you don’t want changed
- Be clear about what types of procedures you’re willing to consider (surgical vs. non-surgical, for example)
- Have an idea of how long you’d like your results to last
- Conjure a clear picture in your mind of what you’d like to look like once your transformation is finished
To a certain extent, surgeons are going to have quite a few suggestions for you. They’re used to looking at patients and seeing things that could be improved. But it’s important to keep a kind of guiding light with you as you go through this process. After all, it’s more important that you are happy with your results than that your surgeon is happy with the results.
Aging Naturally is Always an Option
Unfortunately, Cox works in an industry in which aging is a professional concern as well as a personal one. She may have felt, at first, completely content to age naturally before considering the limitations it might put on her career. And she’s not the only one. Many people will actually consider their careers as they think about cosmetic procedures and plastic surgery these days. It’s simply part of the calculus.
However, the one thing that is really important to emphasize is that—as Cox has discovered (or at least yielded to)—aging naturally is always an option. No one has to get plastic surgery or injections of Botox. In fact, most surgeons will recommend that patients get plastic surgery only when they really want a procedure.
A desire to get plastic surgery, to change the way the body looks (even if only temporarily) is a vital piece in the quest for great final results.
Maintain Realistic Expectations
The other part of the equation has to do with maintaining realistic expectations. In other words, you should have an idea (or your surgeon should explain to you) of what your desired procedure can accomplish. And here’s why that’s important: if you have realistic expectations about what a procedure can accomplish, you’ll know if your goals can be met.
And if your goals cannot be met, it might be time to re-evaluate what you’re trying to transform. Because ultimately what you’re trying to prevent is getting procedures that you don’t want or don’t need. To some degree, you could argue that’s what happened to Courteney Cox. She wasn’t happy with the results, and she wasn’t exactly clear on what she wanted those results to be.
Getting the results you want—the transformation you desire—starts by having a clear image of how you’d like to appear. That’s what consultations with surgeons are for. You can talk about what you want to accomplish and the best way to do that. But remember that you’re in the driver’s seat. The surgeon may give you options, but ultimately you’re the one that gives the go-ahead. So you should be the director of your own body. The interviews with Courteney Cox on her plastic surgery regrets teaches us that much, at least.