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Just Saying No To Plastic Surgery: 10 Stars Who Are Aging Gracefully

By Tracey Gaughran |

A few weeks back I shared a post here that amounted to something of a Plastic Surgery Cautionary Tale, one told in the form of images of celebrities who’ve undergone some unfortunate surgical ‘enhancements.’ *shudder*

But of course, not all stars fall prey to the seductive lure of the knife and needle. There are plenty of examples of stars who – despite being in an industry that almost above all else values physical beauty and youth – have said no to cosmetic surgery and all related enhancements (injections and the like).

And guess what? They look amazing.

Want cold, hard, photographic proof? Here are a few of my favorite gracefully-aging stars, without a single nip or tuck among them:

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No Nips or Tucks: 10 Celebrities Who Are Aging Gracefully

Tina Fey

At 42 (which just so happens to be my age *fistbumps Fey*), Tina Fey has made her aversion to Botox known in no uncertain terms, telling Harper's Bazaar: "I think it is bad. People who have too much, they look like their faces are full of candles -- a shiny, shiny face."


Who’d I miss among the Celebrities Aging Gracefully camp? And do you agree with their opinions about cosmetic surgery/enhancement?



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16 thoughts on “Just Saying No To Plastic Surgery: 10 Stars Who Are Aging Gracefully

  1. Selena M.B. says:

    Nope, nothing falling apart there. Not even one little bit. Young Brad and Mature Brad…it’s hard to decide which one is more delicious. Same goes for Depp. I personally love the lines and crinkles in all the right places. SEXY. Also? Thanks for including the eye-candy.

  2. Korinthia Klein says:

    I agree with the Mirren quote about youth. There is such great beauty in youth itself, I wish more young women in particular would believe in it.

  3. Sharron says:

    I have often thought about getting Botox, at 41 as the lines between my brows get more prominent. Then I remember what it is like when you decorate a room in your house. It makes the rest of it look tired and old, and you start decorating the rest of it. I reckon the same dissatisfaction must occur once you start messing about with Botox. It would start with the brows and before you know it I would be giving the waxwork that is Kylie Minogue a run for her money!

  4. Lance says:

    Its wrong to call Helene Mirren smoking hot, isn;t it? I mean she’s older than my parents.

    Kate Winslet is a goddess. seriously.

  5. Sharon says:

    What about Diane Keaton?

  6. Susan says:

    I would so include Cate Blanchett

  7. Lance – No, not at all. My boyfriend has said several times that she’s his top “freebie.” SMOKING hot for sure!

  8. Major Bedhead says:

    Maybe Maggie Smith? Judi Dench? Robert Redford (has he had anything done?) George Clooney (who, if he has had work done, has had it done well because ohmahholyhelldrooooooool) I don’t really keep up with who’s had plastic surgery or Botox unless it’s painfully obvious.

  9. bridget says:

    Nope. Nothing falling apart on Johnny or Brad. Now take a look at Lenny Kravitz. DEFINITELY nothing falling apart there. Mmm-hmm!

    I suppose you could add George Clooney in there as well… but he’s sort of a given, right?

  10. In doing research for this post I discovered that, indeed, George Clooney admitted to having work done. His eyes, apparently. Interesting, right?

  11. Cory J. says:

    I love Tina Fey and Helen Mirren (girl crush)! I think that with all the money these celebrities have, going under the knife should be their last option. I mean, they always go organic and find the best trainer there is, right? Where I live, (I’m from the Philippines btw), cosmetic surgery for celebrities is considered taboo and unlucky for us, there are very few surgeons who can do the most “natural” looking enhancement. Dr. Magallona of the has been making around here because not only is he one of the few surgeons who encourage everyone to have plastic surgery but he has also operated on local celebrities. What’s fascinating is that his works almost look natural! As if celebrities just put on make up! It’s so weird that its so cool.

  12. Karen119 says:

    All you have to do is look at Joan Rivers. Just saying.

  13. Jane Roper says:

    Love this post. Thank you. I think it’s no coincidence that many of these are among my favorite actresses. And, funny, having recently seen an older movie of Helen Mirren’s, I actually think she looks *better* now than she did as a young woman. I’d be curious to know if Susan Sarandon and Meryl Streep have had “work.” They’re both gorgeous “older” actresses who — if they have had surgery or botox — did a very subtle job of it.

  14. Brian from says:

    I agree with what you have said 100%. The celebrities who try as hard as they can to stay looking younger by getting some type of surgical procedure, are generally the ones that end up looking worse. Joan Rivers is one of my favorite examples. It’s amazing what can happen if you embrace the aging process instead of fight it!

    I work with senior citizens every day, helping them cover the out of pocket gaps brought on by government Medicare. Many of my clients are constantly looking for ways to stay looking younger. On the other hand, those who accept that they are getting older and that things change are always the ones who seem to benefit the most by aging! Funny how that happens. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Redsainte says:

    Meryl Streep is very vocal about her advocacy for aging gracefully:

    “I think you have to embrace getting older and celebrate life.” ~ Meryl Streep, 2008

  16. [...] Is it apparent that I’ve been thinking about aging a bit lately? Because I have been. CLEARLY. [...]

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