Courteney Cox Reveals Lessons She Learned After Looking at a Picture of Her Face

| AUG 24, 2016 | 3:00 PM

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Courteney Cox has faced a good deal of scrutiny lately about her cosmetic surgery. But before that, she had a longstanding reputation as a fresh-faced beauty.

The actress first jumped into the public consciousness when she danced on stage with Bruce Springsteen in his “Dancing in the Dark” music video:

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Cox then joined the ensemble cast of “Friends,” an NBC sitcom which would prove to be both a cultural phenomenon and the launching pad for the careers of six unknown actors.

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In recent years, however, both the press and people on social media have consistently commented on changes in Cox's appearance — namely, to her face.

For reference, here's Cox in 2003:

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Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

And here she is in 2015:

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Charley Gallay/Getty Images

Various outlets have covered Cox's plastic surgery, with headlines like:

What happened to Courteney's face?


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And the even more pointed:

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Cox has stayed relatively quiet on her elective surgery choices.

But on a recent episode of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” the 52-year-old actress opened up about aging and her decision to go under the knife.

When asked about the pressures facing woman in entertainment, Cox admitted:

"You find yourself trying, and then you look at a picture of yourself and go 'Oh, God, I look horrible.'

I have done things that I regret, and luckily they're things that dissolve and go away, so that's good, because it's not always been my best look."

The actress told Grylls that she has “learned lessons,” no doubt on her decisions to undergo surgery.

Cox claims she has a new motto: “Just let it be.”