Jane Fonda confesses that she’s ‘not proud’ of going under the knife

Aug 06, 2022
Given a Second Chance, Jane Fonda Probably Wouldn't Do the Facelift Again. Source: Twitter @MikeSington

After two facelifts and a handful of cosmetic procedures later, Jane Fonda now regrets having plastic surgery.

In a recent Vogue interview, the 84-year-old actress and activist shared that she regrets going under the knife in an effort to stay youthful.

“I had a face-lift and I stopped because I don’t want to look distorted. I’m not proud of the fact that I had (one),” the Grace and Frankie star said, before further explaining she only stopped because she was worried she would get “addicted” to the procedures.

“Don’t keep doing it. A lot of women, I don’t know, they’re addicted to it,” she said.

The screen star underwent her first facelift in her 40s and then had a second one in her 70s before she bid farewell to the knife when she turned 82.


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“I can’t pretend that I’m not vain, but there isn’t going to be any more plastic surgery—I’m not going to cut myself up anymore,” Fonda told Elle Canada back in 2020.

However, her decision to stop the cosmetic procedures was not an easy one: “I have to work every day to be self-accepting,” Fonda added. “It doesn’t come easy to me.”

In her HBO documentary, Jane Fonda in Five Acts, the Oscar-winning actress confessed that she had a difficult time accepting the physical effects of ageing.

“I got tired of looking tired when I wasn’t,” Fonda explained in Five Acts.

Now the actress is encouraging young people to “stop being afraid about getting older,” and instead shift the focus to their health.


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She recommends adopting an active lifestyle early in order to boost one’s mobility and overall wellness.

“What matters isn’t age, isn’t that chronological number. What matters is your health. … I’m almost 85, but I don’t seem that old. … [Just] because you’re a certain age doesn’t mean you have to give up on life, give up on having fun, give up on having boyfriends or girlfriends, making new friends, or whatever you want to do. It’s still in the realm of life possibilities for you,” she said.

But Fonda has also acknowledged her privileged position when it comes to managing the effects of ageing and staying in shape, having had the financial means to alter her looks as she wishes

“Now as those words are coming out of my mouth, what I’m thinking with the second part of my brain is, ‘Yeah, Fonda, you have money. You can afford a trainer. You can afford plastic surgery. You can afford facials. You can afford the things that help make you continue to look young,’” she said.

“That is true. Money does help,” she added. “Good genes and a lot of money, as somebody once said. But then as I’m saying that, I’m thinking we all know a lot of women who are wealthy who’ve had all kinds of face-lifts and things like that and they look terrible.”

One way Fonda endeavoured to embrace ageing naturally was by choosing to no longer dye her hair and instead opt for a silver pixie cut. She has also become a staunch advocate for breaking the stereotype that women can’t live vibrant lives in their later years.

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