Dana Delaney, 54, who I will always remember as nurse Colleen on China Beach, has shared the details of her less-than-pleasant plastic surgery experience. She tells Prevention magazine,
“Seven years ago, I had never heard of Botox. My dermatologist was saying, ‘You should try it.’ He injected my forehead, hit a nerve, and created a huge hematoma. The nerve has been dead ever since. It affected the muscle in my right eye, so my eye has started to droop a little bit.”
Delaney swears she won't consider any further cosmetic procedures, and I can see why she'd say that. If something as relatively low-key as Botox can go so wrong, it seems truly scary to trust your facial features to the invasive surgical treatments that have become so prevalent in Hollywood.
At 36, I've been known to peer at myself in the mirror and use my fingers to ever-so-slightly lift the skin around my nose and mouth. The teeniest, tiniest bit of pressure seems to make such a difference, you know? I've definitely thought how if I had the money, I might consider a little youthful pick-me-up. Nothing major, you understand. Just a nip here, a tuck there.
Want to know what made me derail that train of thought altogether? This horrifying article over at Mamapop. There are no words to describe the retina-searing images of all the before and after celebrity surgeries gone wrong. The blubbery lips, the unnatural cheeks, the yanked-back eyes ... it's actually frightening to behold what has happened to these people's faces. By their own choice.
So good on Dana for being candid about her crappy cosmetic experience, and committing to aging naturally. As she says on the topic of aging in Hollywood,
"I think the really great actresses don’t worry about that kind of thing.”
Right on. Of course, you know they do, but at least it's the right attitude.
Image via Prevention.com