Aging gracefully

I’ve been wondering for years why people get such elaborate plastic surgery. There are so many botched jobs. Wouldn’t you think these movie stars would check into their surgeons a little more carefully?

Today on Oprah, the show was about aging. It started out with Teri Hatcher who showed herself make up free. She said in the past she did get Botox but hasn’t gotten it in years.

Then they talked to Cybill Shepard and Linda Evans. Cybill Shepard talked about being young and beautiful and growing up in front of the camera. She said all the while she was growing up, she never felt pretty. She felt she needed to act outrages in order to stand out and bring attention to herself. She has had very minor things done and to me, looks beautiful.

Then Linda Evans came on and she must have “been the one” who’s had very dramatic stuff done. She said she got her plastic surgery because she was with a much younger man and she wanted to “fit in” to his life better. She looks awful in my opinion. Here’s a before and after of her.

This is what she had done.

Here is also someone who I thought was really good looking before plastic surgery and simply awful after. Kenny Rogers.

Kenny Rogers doesn’t even look like the same person. This surgery reminds me of Heidi Montag who we wrote about here. You can google plastic surgery and this is what you’ll find.

Both Linda Evans and Cybill Shepard said they grew up thinking they weren’t pretty or beautiful. I wonder how one thinks that? Surely they can see in the mirror. It’s got to be something way down deep inside and if that’s the case, no matter what they do, won’t they always feel that way?

The other thing is all this is focusing on is how one looks. I’m all for someone fixing their nose or boobs or making “slight” alterations but some of these people don’t look anything like what they used to. Take Jennifer Gray who just happens to be on Dancing With The Stars this season. Here are her before and after shots and in her case, her surgery cost her, her career. Nobody knew who she was afterward Dirty Dancing. Here’s also what she had to say about it and there are other links to see other people’s surgeries.

I think one of the things that makes me feel the worst is that Linda Evans said she was glad she had this surgery. That she feels like she looks good now. I think she was one of the most beautiful women of our time before surgery.

Do you think any of these people look better afterward? I just guess I never realized how important self esteem is. Apparently none of these people had any and it sounds like these kinds of things are addictive. Some of these people have gone way too far and keep trying that “one more thing” and they end up looking plastic and fake looking.

Other than dying my gray hair, I plan to age gracefully. How about you? How far would you go? Do you think any of these people look better after they had their surgery?

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14 Responses to Aging gracefully

  1. SKL says:

    There is no way I can see myself altering myself surgically. I look just normal for my age and I am quite OK with that. I am 44. What is the problem if I look 44? I can’t think of one situation where fooling people via fake looks would lead to better results.

    Now, I understand that someone who has a deformity would want to get that fixed. I remember a girl in high school who had an extremely small chin. And a school employee whose nose was way too small for her face. It made them stand out and get stared at, even sometimes insulted. I could more than understand if they decided to go under the knife to get those things fixed.

    Myself, I have some features that are not ideal. I have a longer nose and squarer face than I’d prefer, and a few other things. Even a scar on my forehead. Even crooked teeth. But none of those, in my opinion, make me look “weird” or draw attention. At least, I don’t think so. If anything, my choice not to wear make-up has the biggest impact on others’ first impression. (I kinda like to fade into the woodwork.)

    I am not against cosmetic surgry per se, but several things about it make me sad: (1) the amount of money people spend on it, which could usually be used toward more meaningful ends; (2) the way it becomes a fad and some young women feel compelled to do it, even though they wouldn’t if it weren’t for the peer pressure; (3) the fact that it often makes people less attractive in the long run, leading to more “fixing up” and so on.

    Now Michael Jackson, he claimed he didn’t have plastic surgery except a couple times to improve his singing voice. Most people apparently don’t believe him. I have a hard time believing it, even though I am a fan of the late artist. He kicked some showbiz butt and I don’t understand how a doctor could have led him to make changes that would hurt his image so badly. It’s not really different from the Octomom doc. At some point you put ethics ahead of money, fame, experimentation, whatever. You’re dealing with someone’s life.

  2. Ellen says:

    I have no idea what I would do if I had the money. I still feel good in my body at 51 years old. But, I do not know what I will do when I am dramatically aging. But seeing Linda Evans after photo is horrible. Those stupid big lips, everybody is doing, they all look so fake.

  3. Laura says:

    I never understood how all the people surrounding these “extreme makeover” people can let them do it. Michael Jackson, Lisa Rinna, Meg Ryan… all these people were attractive all by themselves before going under the knife and frankensteining themselves. How does nobody – the doctors, included – stand up and said, “it’s too much, don’t do it”?

    Jennifer Grey is different, I think. I remember when she ‘came out’ with the nose job. She was interviewed like crazy over it, and said over and over again that she did it because she didn’t like her nose. It had nothing to do with her career. And I don’t think the nose job killed her career – she was gone for YEARS before anyone saw what she did. Maybe she was too typecast as ‘Baby’, I don’t know. Maybe that’s what everybody wanted, and by redoing her nose, they couldn’t capitalize on the success of Dirty Dancing. I really don’t know.

    As for me? I doubt that I’d ever do plastic surgery, unless something happened to disfigure me. I’m pretty satisfied with the way I look, except for my weight, which plastic surgery can’t fix.

    • Joy says:

      I honestly think I’d be too afraid to have plastic surgery. I’m afraid of the pain. I don’t take pain drugs. Never once. They scare me too.

  4. Nikki says:

    I have no real problem with it. If I had unlimited amount of money, there are a few things I would have done. I would never go as far as some of these celebrities have gone though. I’m not opposed to tweaking a few things here and there. The plastic look, is gross. The look of SURPRISE, 24/7 is ridiculous!

    The older generation actors and actress’ , I think feel like they have to compete with the younger ones. They don’t want to look old, and they have the money to reverse age, so they do. WE may think they look beautiful, but I’m betting they don’t feel beautiful. And that’s where it starts, within. They all for the most part, grow up and grow older before our eyes, and are left with images of themselves at a young age. They try to hold on to that for as long as they can. Sometimes, they go too far!

  5. Just a Mom says:

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder that is for sure! I think the people shown above were beautiful before the surgeries. But if you don’t feel good on the inside you will never feel good on the inside.
    I would never have plastic surgery. I have always felt that God made me the way I am for a reason. But that is just my way of looking at things.

  6. starlaschat says:

    I was surprised when Jennifer Gray changed her look. I did think it made her look shift into a catagory of ordniary. I also understand if a person is tormented usually from school tauntings that maybe making a change is a good thing, if they feel better. The before and after shots can be hard to look at when things don’t go well. It’s interesting to see that some starlets are opting for not getting face lifts and growing old gracefully. I find a little duck tape and a properly placed flower or bow can do wonders.The white trash face lift. :+)

  7. Sue says:

    I am not opposed to plastic surgery either. I have a couple of things I’d like fixed, and maybe if I had an unlimited amount of money I’d do them, but otherwise it’ll just be plain me! In the pictures above, I think Linda looks awful! My guess is if she would have not gotten plastic surgery she would have aged gracefully. Now it just looks like she had plastic surgery! No amount of plastic surgery can make an oldie look like a youngin’ anyway! Taking care of yourself from the beginning, I think, is the key to looking hot when you’re a grandma 🙂

  8. Karen Joy says:

    Oh my word,Linda evens looks just awful!So does Kenny.They dont look like themselves at all.Thats so sad.I think a little nip and tuck are fine but when we can hardly recognize the person its gone too far.I think to many plastic surgeons dont say no to them because the money is so great.

  9. Laura says:

    I was watching “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader” last night (yes, it’s still on), and Joan Rivers was on. Dear GOD, it was scary!! I don’t know what they had to do to her to keep the lights from melting her face, but holy smokes, was it scary! And the sheen off her face. She honestly looked like a moving mannequin. It was just awful. Sad, too, because she was as funny as ever, but I honestly couldn’t look at her – and at the same time, couldn’t look away. It was like watching a train wreck.

    • Joy says:

      I know. She looks awful. Each time I see her she looks like she’s had more stuff done. Her daughter is getting into it now too. I’m like you. I don’t want to look at her but I can’t look away either. I’m not a fan of hers but did come to respect her a little more from The Apprentice two seasons ago.

  10. Joy says:

    I’m not at all opposed to plastic surgery either until it becomes a “guess who I used to be” deal. Even with the botox now, even the young people look so hard. Their faces look like they can’t move and that’s very sad to me.

  11. lucy says:

    I feel so bad for these individuals who make the decision to get surgery and just look horrible afterwards!! I’m struggling myself with looking older, having more and more wrinkles… but I dont think I would want to change what I look like. It s part of who I am and part of getting older. Now that doesn’t mean I am not trying to find a face cream that reduces wrinkles (or at least keeps them from occurring)!!! (Suggestions anyone??) 🙂

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