— Courteney Cox admits in a new interview she may have gone overboard in her pursuit to keep looking young.
The 53-year-old “Friends” alumna told New Beauty magazine that she regrets having had certain cosmetic procedures because they made her look worse, not better.
After seeing herself in pictures, she realized she no longer looked like herself and had her procedures reversed.
“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 said.
Cox said she has learned to embrace aging naturally.
“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. I’ve had to learn to embrace movement and realize that fillers are not my friend.”
Cox’s much younger boyfriend, musician Johnny McDaid, 40, is certainly happy with the way she looks.
“External beauty isn’t even on his radar. I used to worry about the age difference, but I don’t think it matters,” the “Cougar Town” star said. “He appreciates beauty, but it’s deeper than that. It’s deeper for me too, but luckily, I find him gorgeous and extremely sexy.”
What’s more, Cox, the mother of 13-year-old Coco, whose father is David Arquette, said she would love to have McDaid’s baby.
“I could carry someone else’s egg. I may be one of the older people doing it, but I would love to — with Johnny, that is,” she said.
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- 1. Courteney Cox was 30 when she filmed the Friends pilot
- 2. She tried out a variety of hairstyles during the show
- 3. Cox had turned 40 by the time Friends ended
- 4. The actress started dabbling in Botox and fillers
- 5. She felt pressure to stay looking young
- 6. Cox went to multiple plastic surgeons
- 7. She ended up ‘layered and layered and layered’
- 8. Cox eventually decided to let her fillers dissolve
- 9. She knows that her looks will change, with or without her intervention
Courteney Cox’s changing face as Friends star ditches the fillers
When actress Courteney Cox joined Friends as lovable neat-freak Monica Geller, she was fresh faced and glowing.
And while she still looks just as gorgeous as she did when the hit sitcom first aired in 1994, Courteney is the first to admit that she’s altered her look over the years.
Rising to fame under the glare of public scrutiny, the TV star, producer and director has received a lot of flack for opting to tweak her aesthetic rather than embrace her natural beauty in the past.
Now, she’s conceded that she prefers herself stripped back, and even taken the bold decision to tone down her fillers.
“I’m as natural as can be,” she told New Beauty in February of this year. “I feel better because I look like myself. I think that I now look more like the person I was”.
But what has Courteney had done to change her face? We asked our experts MYA to deliver their verdict.
Courteney told fans she had dissolved her fillers Courteney Cox has opened up on getting fillers in the past (Image: NBC via Getty Images)
A spokesperson for MYA Cosmetic Surgery explains: “Courteney has previously admitted to having the non-surgical treatment of dermal fillers to her cheeks.
“Filler plumps up skin sections, as plumpness can be lost with the natural ageing process that both men and women go through. The procedure replaces soft tissue whilst filling in wrinkles/skin folds.
“It’s possible that Courteney may have had more than the recommended amount of filler in her cheeks because she had what is called the “puffy look,” normally caused by over-filling.
“However I believe she has since had the filler dissolved and had a more natural amount injected, creating a slightly more natural youthful look than previously.
Fans previously noticed Courteney’s ‘puffy’ face (Image: Copyright (c) 2019 . No use without permission.) Friends ran for 10 years Courteney’s fans have begged her to embrace a natural look for years (Image: NBC via Getty Images)
“I would also suggest Courteney has had anti-wrinkle injections, often referred to as Botox, to her forehead and around her eyes (crow’s feet_.
“This non-surgical treatment will create a smooth forehead and limit any frown/expression lines. The treatment will normally last 3-6 months as muscle action gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to reappear and need to be treated again.
“The results of this treatment do not need to make a dramatic difference, as a small amount in the correct areas can go unnoticeable. This procedure can give the appearance of smoother skin if you are after a youthful appearance or it can be used as a preventative measure to slow the process of getting wrinkles.
Courteney Cox has tweaked her look since her Friends days (Image: NBC via Getty Images)
“More recently, Courteney may have asked for a more youthful appearance with expressive facial movements rather than the “frozen” look, which gives limited expression, that she may have asked for in previous years.
“I would also suggest Courteney has undergone the non-surgical treatment of fillers to her lips as she appears to have fuller lips compared to previous images – especially when smiling.
“The average cost of lip fillers in the UK can range depending on the provider and the amount of filler used, however, you can expect to pay anything from £200 – £1000 per treatment.”
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Cutting your bangs at home is almost never a good idea — unless you’re Courteney Cox, that is. Not long after she debuted a shaggy new haircut with golden highlights, the Friends actress proved once and for all that she gives zero effs by taking a pair of kitchen scissors to her hair on camera for the whole world to see.
On October 31, she posted a video to Instagram captioned “Happy Halloween! 🎃👻🖤” In it, she’s sitting on a couch in a dimly lit room and says, “It’s Halloween, and I thought I’d get into the spirit of things and watch some of the Scream moves. I chose Scream 3. I noticed that Gale Weathers has those infamous bangs. I don’t think anything’s that wrong with it.” She turns her camera to show her onscreen counterpart, who’s wearing some baby bangs that are questionable even by 2000s standards. ” I think they’re cool. I say I bring them back. Let’s see.”
Then the unthinkable happens: Cox whips out a pair of scissors — which are definitely not designed to cut hair — and chops away in front of her face until all that’s left is a short, crescent-shaped baby fringe. Just after she’s finished, someone in that infamous Scream mask pops up behind her, at which point everyone realizes this is all just a little bit of Halloween fun. See the video for yourself below and prepare to gasp before laughing uncontrollably.
For real, though, there is no way Cox did not just actually cut her bangs like that. If that’s a wig, color me impressed because it’s identical to her current cut and color. I guess we won’t know for sure until we see Cox again in the light of day, potentially with a new and very short curtain of bangs lying across her forehead. Hey, if she could make them work as Gale Weathers in 2000, she can pull them off now.
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Courteney Cox has spoken out once again about why she chose to have all of her fillers removed. The actress – who has previously spoken out about her plastic surgery regrets – has explained why she’s ready to let nature take its course.
Cox is the new face of L’Oréal Paris’ empowering Super Preference #OwningIt campaign – and is using the opportunity to talk about her regrets in previously trying to reverse the ageing process.
“I would say it’s a common thing you go through as you age, especially in Hollywood,” she told People. “You have to accept getting older, and that’s something that I had a hard time doing. 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.'”
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“So now I just embrace who I am and getting older with what God gave me, not what I was trying to change. The things that I am not as comfortable with myself, they’re things that I continue to work on to grow and change.”
This is not the first time that Cox has spoken about this topic. In 2017, the actress admitted having her fillers removed because she wanted to look like herself again.
“I’ve had all my fillers dissolved. I’m as natural as can be,” she told New Beauty. “I feel better because I look like myself. I think that I now look more like the person that I was.”
Cox said she has accepted that the human face and body changes as we age and that, crucially, there is nothing wrong with that.
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“Things are going to change,” she said. “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.”
Courteney Cox in 2015. Getty Images
Cox said it was a comment from a friend which made her realise she had perhaps taken the cosmetic procedures too far.
“I have one friend who was like. ‘Whoa, no more!’ I thought, I haven’t done anything in six months. I didn’t realise.”
She also described how the Hollywood way of life normalises the idea of repeat cosmetic procedures. Cox said that often a doctor would suggest that “a little injection here or filler there” wouldn’t do any harm, and described how that would snowball to having more and more procedures to try and keep it up.
Courteney Cox’s ‘hard time’ with aging resulted in a face of fillers she didn’t recognize
Courteney Cox has a good reason for taking a more natural approach to aging.
The “Friends” alum, 54, spoke to People magazine about her move to dissolve her fillers about two years ago.
“You have to accept getting older, and that’s something that I had a hard time doing,” Cox told the outlet.
Jennifer Aniston’s close pal said she turned to fillers after not being “pleased with myself and the way I looked.” But they eventually resulted in a face that she didn’t recognize.
“I didn’t realize it until one day I kind of stepped back and went, ‘Oh, (expletive). I don’t look like myself,” she admitted.
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Today, Cox is less resistant to the ticking of the clock. She has become the face of L’Oréal Paris’ Superior Preference #OWNINGIT campaign.
“Now I just embrace who I am and getting older with what God gave me, not what I was trying to change,” she said.
Cox previously opened up about her regret over cosmetic procedures in a 2016 episode of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls.”
“Just being a woman in this business… getting older is not the easiest,” she told her host.
“You find yourself trying, and then you look at a picture of yourself and go ‘Oh, God, I look horrible,’ ” she added.
At the time, Cox said she had adopted a “new motto”: “Just let it be.”
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Courteney Cox Gets Candid About Cosmetic Surgery
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There has been lots of “real talk” happening lately with celebs, athletes , and real women like you discussing beauty standards and unrealistic expectations, including plastics surgery, injectables, and even contouring body parts with makeup. With all of this becoming less hush-hush and more mainstream, even stars are feeling comfortable opening up about work they’ve had done, which in turn makes it easier for the rest of us to be more transparent about our own beauty routines. (ICYMI, Ronda Rousey Made a Powerful Statement About Perfection.) The latest famous face to share that “just own it” sentiment is Courteney Cox, and the Friends star is being honest about not just what she’s done in the name of beauty, but also the regrets that have come with some of those decisions.
While roughing it in the brutal Irish Highlands on a recent episode of Running Wild With Bear Grylls, Cox spoke candidly about caving to the pressure to stay eternally young in Hollywood. “I think there’s a pressure to maintain not just because of fame, but just being a woman in this business,” she said. “Getting older, I don’t think that’s the easiest thing. But I have learned lessons. I think I was trying to keep up with getting older and trying to chase that. It’s something you can’t keep up with.”
She went on to discuss how some of the cosmetic decisions she’s made have ended up in the ‘regrets’ column, but that she hopes to pass on the lessons she’s learned the hard way to her daughter in hopes she can avoid making the same mistakes.
As part of those messages, Cox also spoke about the culture of shaming on social media. “If I ever want to feel really bad about myself I just click on one of those Daily Mail comment sections,” she shared. “I have a new motto: just let it be.” Sounds like good words to live by.
Watch the full clip featuring Cox here. You’ll quickly see how being out in the wilderness allows for some vulnerability and realness to show through, reminding you that even glamorous celebs are real people, too.
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Courteney Cox is all about going back to her beauty basics.
In an interview with New Beauty, the actress opened up about her regrets about getting plastic surgery, and her decision to undo it all in favor of a more natural look. She said that her facial transformation happened bit by bit, over time, so it was hard to realize what was happening until things had changed drastically. “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,'” she says in the interview. “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 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 shit, this doesn’t look right.’”
She knew things had gone to far when a friend turned to her and said, “Woah! No more,” New Beauty reports. After that, she decided to reverse the process. “I’ve had all my fillers dissolved. I’m as natural as I can be,” she says. “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.”
So is the Friends alumna done with treatments forever? “I don’t know what the future holds, but I know I want to stay natural,” she says. “But, they come up with new stuff all the time — it’s crazy how many new machines are out there.” For now, she’s down with laser treatments like Clear and Brilliant, micro-needling, and micro-current technology to help strengthen muscles.
If anything, the experience taught her to become more comfortable with the process of aging. “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 says. “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.”
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Courteney Cox has had her fillers dissolved and looks like herself again! Hallelujah!
Friends star Courteney Cox has had all her fillers dissolved and is now happier with her natural look
Courteney Cox has revealed that she has had all the fillers in her face dissolved.
After slowly adding to her surgery bit by bit, she had a realisation that she looked completely different, and has decided to revert back to her natural looks.
Courteney, 53, was so desperate to keep looking youthful that she had many different treatments – most notably the fillers in her face.
Courteney had fillers put in her face (Credit: Getty Images) ©Getty Images
Speaking to New Beauty, Courteney explained that it is easy to fall into the trap.
She said: “I grew up thinking appearance was the most important thing. That as long as I looked OK, I would be OK, which got me into trouble.
“You go to a doctor who would say, ‘You look great, but what would help is a little injection here or filler there.'”
She explained that she would count is as a success if no-one commented on how different she looked.
Left: before, with fillers; Right: after, without fillers (Credit: Getty Images) ©Getty Images
Courteney added that it became a vicious cycle: “Somebody tells you about another doctor: ‘This person’s amazing. They do this person who looks so natural.’
It’s easy to see how someone could fall into a trap of having lots of treatments.
She looks a lot more natural since having the fillers dissolved (Credit: Getty Images) ©Getty Images
But thankfully, Courteney, who is engaged to Snow Patrol guitarist Johnny McDaid, has managed to break free, and revealed to the publication that she’s now had all her fillers dissolved.
She said: “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.
“You need movement in your face, especially if you have thin skin like I do. I’ve had to learn to embrace movement and realise that fillers are not my friend.”
Courteney has found love with Snow Patrol guitarist Johnny McDaid (Credit: Twitter/ Courteney Cox) ©Twitter/ Courteney Cox
The Hollywood star then went on to say how tricky it can be with a teenage daughter and teaching her to love her appearance.
She said: “Coco loves makeup and she expresses herself through it. Luckily at school she can only wear mascara, but on the weekends you would think she’s going out to a rager at 2am — eyeliner, mascara, highlighter on her cheeks.”
“I know some people think I should rein her in with the makeup, but it’s a form of self-expression. As long as she’s not sexualising herself, it’s really just what makes her feel good. I want to keep an open relationship with her. I care more about what she’s watching than what she’s putting on her face.”
Courteney with her daughter Coco, 13, and fiancé Johnny (Credit: Getty Images) ©Getty Images
The mum-of-one even admitted that she would love another baby: “I would love to have a baby now. I know it’s crazy, but I would.”
We’re so glad to see Courteney is embracing her natural self.
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Before and After Photos of Courteney Cox’s Changing Looks After ‘Friends’
When she began starring alongside Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, and Matt LeBlanc on Friends, was just 30 years old. The group didn’t know it at the time, but Friends would go on to become one of the most beloved sitcoms ever. And it would air from 1994 to 2004, for a total of 10 seasons. And when she finally put the role of Monica Geller behind her, Courteney Cox wasn’t quite as young as she once was.
Ahead, find out how Cox tried to stay looking young, even after Friends ended. And discover what she regrets about her efforts to avoid aging.
1. Courteney Cox was 30 when she filmed the Friends pilot
Courteney Cox of “Friends” in 1996. | Hulton Archive/ Getty Images
Comedy Central reports that Courteney Cox was 30 years old when she began playing Monica Geller in the Friends pilot, which aired in 1994. 30 doesn’t sound very old, and Cox wasn’t the oldest of the main cast members. That honor went to Lisa Kudrow, who was 31 at the time. At the time of the pilot, Matthew Perry was 24, Matt LeBlanc was 26, Jennifer Aniston was 25, and David Schwimmer was 27.
2. She tried out a variety of hairstyles during the show
Courteney Cox attends the First Annual Project A.L.S Event in 1999. | Brenda Chase/ Hulton Archive/ Getty Images
Jennifer Aniston’s hair may be the most famous style from Friends. But as The Skincare Edit notes, it looks like Cox also had some fun experimenting with hair and makeup during the time she was filming Friends. Photos seem to reveal that for a time, she dyed her hair darker than its natural color. She also tried out 1990s trends, such as skinny brows, chunky burgundy highlights, and brown lipstick.
3. Cox had turned 40 by the time Friends ended
Courteney Cox attends the premiere of “The Good Girl” in 2002. | Kevin Winter/ Getty Images
By the time the show ended, Courteney Cox had turned 40. Many women around that age start worrying about how aging will change their looks. And as Cox told NewBeauty, “I grew up thinking appearance was the most important thing. That as long as I looked OK, I would be OK, which got me into trouble.” She explained, “I was trying so hard to keep up, and that actually made things worse.”
4. The actress started dabbling in Botox and fillers
Courteney Cox Arquette attends the “2006 Fox Summer TCA Party.” | Mark Mainz/ Getty Images
The Skincare Edit reports that by the early 2000s, Cox had begun gravitating toward a more natural hair and makeup look. But while she kept her hair color and makeup natural, she was thinking about changing her appearance in other ways. But by the time she turned 45, it looks like she’d started dabbling in Botox and fillers, The Skincare Edit reports. She also returned to the jet-black hair, which just made her changing looks appear even more severe.
5. She felt pressure to stay looking young
Courteney Cox attends Olympus Fashion Week in 2005. | Astrid Stawiarz/ Getty Images for IMG
As she moved on from Friends, 10 years older than she had been when she started the show, Courteney Cox felt pressure to stay looking young. Us Magazine reports that Cox later explained, “I think there’s a pressure to maintain , not just because of fame, but just, you know, being a woman in this business.” She added, “Getting older has not been. . . I don’t think it’s the easiest thing. I think I was trying to keep up with getting older, trying to chase that. . . it’s something you can’t keep up with.”
6. Cox went to multiple plastic surgeons
Courtney Cox attends the RIAA and Feeding America’s Inauguration Charity Ball in 2009. | Michael Loccisano/ Getty Images
Courteney Cox explained to NewBeauty that she ended up getting too many procedures in part because she kept seeing different doctors. “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 explained. “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.’”
7. She ended up ‘layered and layered and layered’
Courteney Cox speaks during the 2009 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour. | Frederick M. Brown/ Getty Images
Courteney Cox said that though her facial transformation was gradual, that only made it easier for her to fail to notice how much her looks were changing. She explained to NewBeauty, “The next thing you know, you’re layered and layered and layered. You have no idea because it’s gradual until you go, ‘Oh sh*t, this doesn’t look right.’ Cox also said, “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.”
8. Cox eventually decided to let her fillers dissolve
Courteney Cox attends SELF Magazine and Jennifer Aniston’s celebration of Mandy Ingber’s new book “Yogalosophy: 28 Days To The Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover” in 2013. | Jason Merritt/ Getty Images
Cox told NewBeauty that she eventually decided to have all her fillers dissolved (or at least to let them dissolve on their own). “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,” she explained. As Us Magazine reports, Cox also said, “I have done things that I regret, and luckily they’re things that dissolve and go away. So, um, that’s good, because it’s not always been my best look.”
9. She knows that her looks will change, with or without her intervention
Courteney Cox attends UCLA’s 2018 Institute of the Environment and Sustainability Gala. | Neilson Barnard/ Getty Images
But when she talked to NewBeauty, Cox also acknowledged that “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.”
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