Jane Fonda Talks to Oprah About Plastic Surgery, Anti-Aging Workout, Lindsay Lohan

What does 72-year-old screen legend Jane Fonda see when she looks in the mirror?

“Good work!” the age-defying actress told Oprah Winfrey in a revelatory hour on her talk show Oct. 27.

Fonda revealed that, after famously swearing off getting any more plastic surgery in 2000, she decided to go under the knife this year because her aging visage did not reflect how she felt inside.

So, she had her chin tightened and the bags under her eyes removed.

“I got tired of walking by mirrors and saying, ‘Who’s that?'” she shared of her decision, adding that after having the surgery, “I had to be open about it. I did that on my blog. I feel better.”

The fitness queen, dressed in a gray cashmere sweater, coordinating flared pants, and high-heeled booties, attributed her still-buff physique to an active lifestyle that includes “abs, buns, and thighs” floor work from her retro workout videos, plus hiking, fly-fishing, and living-room ballroom dancing sessions with her boyfriend, music producer Richard Perry.

“‘Dancing With the Stars’ will be calling,” Winfrey predicted after Fonda and Perry busted a few moves in a taped segment.

Fonda first met Perry when they shared a “very sexy dance” at a party 25 years ago, but since she was still married, nothing came of the flirtation.

A few years ago, following Fonda’s divorce from media mogul Ted Turner, Perry approached mutual friend Carrie Fisher and requested a fix-up.

The three-time divorcée denied, however, that the couple are secretly married or engaged: “No, no, no. I’m not going to get married again.”

Fonda also shared simple exercises from her new “Prime Time” workout series, due in stores Nov. 30. The actress, who is writing a book on aging, is convinced that continued movement is key to aging well.

“It’s not just for your body and muscles but for your brain,” she says.

The conversation took a more serious turn when Fonda talked about her mother’s suicide when she was 12. She also touched on her regrets about the sometimes distant way she parented her two biological children, Vanessa and Troy.

Learning that her mother had been sexually abused helped her understand her own life better. “And I’m a much better grandmother,” she promised.

Fonda played an interesting game of word association with Winfrey, as the talk-show host asked her to comment on various stars she has worked with in her career.

“Sad,” was all she said when shown a picture of troubled actress Lindsay Lohan.

Deciding if Plastic Surgery is for You

Let’s say you’ve often thought of changing something about your body. Perhaps you’ve never liked your nose, maybe you would secretly like to have a facelift, or it could be that you’ve always wondered how much better you’d feel if your breasts were larger.

This ArticleVote Improved My Health Vote Changed My Life Vote Saved My Life Is plastic surgery an option for you, or should you put it out of your mind for once and for all?

The step from thinking about cosmetic surgery to considering it seriously is a big one. The Mayo Clinic, a very trustworthy source of health information, suggests you consider these factors.

Expectations: Examine your expectations of cosmetic surgery carefully. Know that the procedure you’re considering will give you improvement, not a major transformation. It won’t suddenly qualify you to be a runway model nor make you look like you did in high school twenty years ago. Neither can plastic surgery land you a job or a sweetheart.

Expense: Plastic surgery is generally not covered by insurance. Unless you suffered a traumatic injury, such as a broken nose, or can demonstrate medical necessity, like aches and pains from overly large breasts, you will have to shoulder all the costs of your procedure yourself.

Notice the word “costs.” Be aware that the fee your surgeon charges is just part of the tab. You’ll also have to pay for the surgical facility, the anesthesiologist, prescriptions and other pre- and post-surgery products and any tests you may need prior to the operation.

Risks: Even if you prepare properly for surgery, don’t smoke and are in good health, problems are still possible. Excess bleeding, swelling and infection are risks that are common to any surgical procedure. Cosmetic procedures can also result in adverse outcomes like asymmetry and persistent numbness. Research the risks of the particular procedure you’re considering thoroughly and think about whether they are acceptable to you.

Recovery: Your prospective surgeon can give you a general idea about what to expect during recovery—make sure you inquire about the specifics.

Spouses often are jerks about plastic surgery

Husbands of plastic surgery fans have a sensitive role to play.

It’s a challenge that most of them fail. Instead of communicating effectively and caringly with their wives about plastic surgery, husbands tend to act like jerks or wimps.

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Many husbands decide the subject is too sensitive to touch. In my experience reporting on cosmetic medicine, I’ve noticed that because husbands believe they have no right to tell their wives what to do, they don’t even discuss pros and cons.

Instead, they fade into the background.

“You look wonderful, dear,” they say. “You don’t need any work done, but if it makes you happy, go ahead.”

That was the approach Frank Curtin took in the reality TV show “Real Housewives of Orange County” when his wife, Lynne, decided that she wanted a facelift, even though the couple’s finances were shaky.

That’s the wimpy approach.


Many other husbands go to the other extreme and become dictators. They demand their own way, whether it’s pro- or anti-plastic surgery.

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Playwright Andrew Upton, the husband of actress Cate Blanchett, is so opposed to plastic surgery that he has made an ultimatum about it to his wife.

“Andrew said he’d divorce me if I did anything,” Blanchett said.

Other husbands, who are pro-surgery, accompany their wife into the doctor’s office to make sure the work will be to their liking. Doctors dislike that situation, but they tend to tolerate it.

“I hate, hate, hate it when I see a woman in consultation who plans plastic surgery at the request/demand of a boyfriend or husband, and doesn’t necessarily want it for herself,” says plastic surgeon and blogger Dr. Tony Youn.

Actor Sylvester Stallone went even further, according to disputed testimony against plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Hoefflin of Beverly Hills. A medical assistant of Hoefflin testified that Stallone entered Hoefflin’s operating room during a girlfriend’s breast implant operation and instructed him to use larger implants than she wanted, which Hoefflin allegedly did.

To defend themselves against authoritarian husbands, many women hide that fact that they’re seeing a cosmetic doctor.

Secrecy is the approach taken by about half of all cosmetic patients, according to my recent informal survey of cosmetic doctors in Southern California.

“Many patients have strict orders [to doctors] to call them only on their cell phones at specific times. Others will only have treatments when their husband is out of town,” plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Persky told me.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Ashkan Ghavami added, “Many patients will plan around their husband’s business trips, etc. By the time their significant other is back in town, the bruising if any is gone.”

“The ones who are secretive either wait for their partner to be away and do several treatments all at once; or they do a little at a time — lips one month, Botox the next, and then laugh lines several months after that,” Ghavami said.


Another technique that strong-willed women use is to ignore what their husbands have to say.

Actress Jane Fonda says she did that during more than one marriage. Her husbands didn’t want her to have breast implants. She wanted them — for a while — so she got them.

“I went through a number of years feeling really bad and non-womanly about myself. I got the idea implants would make me feel more like a woman,” she said. “For a while they did — they gave me confidence. But my husbands hated it and I came to hate it too.” She later had the breast implants removed.

Reality TV celebrity Heidi Montag also ignored her husband’s wishes when she underwent multiple surgeries late last year.

“I try to stop her,” said Montag’s husband, Spencer Pratt. But to no avail. “She’ll do what she wants with her body.”

Actress Courteney Cox went ahead with Botox injections over the objections of her husband, David Arquette, from whom she is now separated.

“He loves the aging process. He thinks it’s beautiful. I’m under pressure to not do anything,” Cox said.

Similarly, actress Melanie Griffith has had extensive cosmetic surgery, although her husband, Antonio Banderas has said he wants her to grow old naturally.


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In contrast to those many examples of failed or ignored marital communications, two celebrity couples recently succeeded in discussing and reaching a mutual agreement about cosmetic procedures.

In one case, the wife shunned Botox after a conversation with her husband. In the other case, the wife ended up going under the knife.

Actress Jennifer Grey, 50, said she was planning to get Botox to smooth away her wrinkles before competing on “Dancing With the Stars” this fall, but her husband talked her out of it.

Her husband, Clark Gregg, didn’t say anything extraordinary, but he was persuasive.

Grey said, “Before the show, I thought, ‘Oh, I should get some Botox, get rid of the wrinkles under my eyes.’ … When you put a lot of makeup, the lines become very apparent.”

But Gregg advised her “not to touch anything, to be who I am, because I look great.”

She said she’s happy with that decision.

“Aging is inevitable and the idea that we can be eternally youthful is the pitfall of our society,” Grey said.

The circumstances facing actress Lisa Rinna and her husband, actor Harry Hamlin, were more complicated.

The top lip of Rinna, 47, was oversized and irregularly shaped because of scar tissue that gradually formed around silicone she’d had injected into it at age 25.

Celebrity watchers were scornful, but husbands don’t look at their wives the way others do.

“What got me about Lisa was her eyes, not her lips,” said Hamlin, who married Rinna in her mid-30s. “So I spent most of my time looking at those.”

“Whatever change took place was so gradual, it never registered for me,” he said. When he kissed her, he said, her mouth always “felt soft and supple.”

When Rinna began considering lip-reduction surgery to remove the scar tissue, she expected Hamlin to object, and she was right.

Plastic surgery is “never a good thing, in my opinion,” he told People magazine. “Plastic surgery is just an extension of that whole ‘let’s stay fresh and young’ vibe.”

She said, “I knew Harry would say, ‘Don’t touch it, don’t mess with it.’ He was like, ‘Maybe you should just leave it alone.’ He loves me the way I am.”

But she told him how important the operation was to her and what it was like to be the butt of never-ending snarky comments about her lips.

Before long, Hamlin supported her decision.

In late August, plastic surgeon Dr. Garth Fisher of Beverly Hills operated from the back side of Rinna’s upper lip, removing 30 percent of its volume to excise the silicone and the scar tissue.

“I feel fantastic,” she said even before she had recovered from the operation.

Hamlin reverted to faithful-husband mode:

“Me, I’m just gonna get old and haggard. But I love Lisa no matter what — whether she has plastic surgery or not, or she’s gray or saggy. It’s the long haul here,” he said.

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