What This Former ‘Friends’ Star Said About Receiving Too Many Cosmetic Injections

Celebrities such as Kaley Cuoco, Chrissy Teigen, and Pam Anderson have been open about having plastic surgery procedures, which have become commonplace in Hollywood. Some actresses have also revealed some mishaps with cosmetic procedures, including Gwyneth Paltrow. “I won’t do Botox again, because I looked crazy,” she said, according to MSN.

Another famous face from the former hit sitcom Friends has commented in the past on going overboard with facial injections in the pursuit of keeping her youthful looks.

“Friends” Matthew Perry, Matt Le Blanc, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, and Courteney Cox | David Bjerke/NBCU Photo Bank

Aging in Hollywood

Courtney Cox has a long list of acting credentials to her name, including an appearance in Bruce Springsteen’s 1984 music video “Dancing in the Dark,” a guest role on the NBC sitcom Family Ties as Michael J. Fox’s girlfriend from 1987 to 1989, and playing reporter Gale Weathers in the Scream trilogy films. Her biggest claim to fame is portraying Monica Geller on the iconic NBC comedy series Friends from 1994 to 2004.

With decades of experience in the entertainment industry. Cox knows the pressure on actresses to stay looking young. In 2017, Cox spoke to NewBeauty on the challenges of getting older, especially in Hollywood. “I think getting older is just hard in general. I feel like I’m 34, so the thought that I’m not just doesn’t seem natural. I don’t get it,” she told NewBeauty. “I feel better than I’ve ever felt in my entire life. I take much better care of myself now. But Hollywood—this business—makes it harder. 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.”

Going too far

Cox admitted that while trying to ‘keep up’ with Hollywood’s expectations of her looks, she unfortunately went a bit overboard when it came to cosmetic treatments. “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,” she said. “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.”

The actress revealed that she started seeing unflattering results in pictures, but well-meaning friends would tell her she looked fine. “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.’

It wasn’t until a friend of Cox’s gave her some much-needed honesty that she realized her pursuit of youth went a bit too far. “You have no idea because it’s gradual until you go, ‘Oh s***, 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.”

Beautifully authentic

Through her experience, the Friends star learned that being natural and authentic were the true keys to beauty. “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,” she told NewBeauty. “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 realize that fillers are not my friend.”

Cox now focuses on self-acceptance and authenticity. “It’s beautiful to see somebody own who they are and not hide; someone who is open and comfortable in their skin,” she said. “I feel best about myself when I’m at peace—relaxed and happy. The great part about getting older is that you learn so much about yourself. Whether it’s through heartache or a good experience, you learn about the tricks you played on yourself or fell back on because you were comfortable with them. I just wish I had this information a little sooner. I would have saved myself a lot of problems.”