Jane Fonda says she's 'not proud' of her plastic surgery — here's why that's common

In an upcoming HBO documentary about her life, Jane Fonda opens up about the fact that her good looks are due to more than the genetic lottery. “I’m glad I look good for my age, but I’ve had plastic surgery,” the 80-year-old says in Jane Fonda in Five Acts. “I’m not going to lie about that.”

Fonda’s plastic surgery was a big topic last year, when TODAY host Megyn Kelly asked the actress about it unexpectedly. Fonda later told Variety that she was “stunned” by the question.

Fonda says she’s had work done on her eyes and jawline, adding, “I got tired of looking tired when I wasn’t.” However, she adds, she’s not proud of her surgery. “On one level, I hate the fact that I’ve had the need to alter myself physically to feel that I’m OK,” she says. “I wish I wasn’t like that. I love older faces. I love lived-in faces. I loved Vanessa Redgrave’s face.”

“I wish I was braver. But I am what I am,” she adds.

Fonda is hardly the first celebrity to say that she’s not happy about getting plastic surgery. Former The Hills star Heidi Montag famously underwent 10 procedures in one day in 2010, but later said she regretted it. “Surgery ruined my career and my personal life and just brought a lot of negativity into my world,” she told Life & Style. “I wish I could jump into a time machine and take it all back.” Kylie Jenner also told Allure that she made her lips “a little too big at one point.” “I got excited and felt like I needed to do a lot,” she said. “And then [my sisters] were like, ‘Kylie, you need to chill.’ And then I had to go back and have it fixed, and it was a crazy process. Thank God I didn’t end up on Botched.”

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7/21/59-New York: Provocative Jane Fonda, daughter of film star Henry Fonda, looks sultry as she poses here July 21st before boarding a TWA jetliner to Los Angeles. Miss Fonda, 20, is to co-star with Tony Perkins in her first movie role in 'The Way The Ball Bounces.' She is five feet, eleven inches tall and measures 36-21-35. She admits that being the daughter of a famous actor helps in breaking into show business.
Jane Fonda, circa 1960. (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Getty Images)
American actors Anthony Perkins (1932 - 1992), as Ray Blent, and Jane Fonda as June Ryder, in 'Tall Story', directed by Joshua Logan, 1960. The film is Fonda's debut. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Jane Fonda publicity portrait for the film 'Tall Story', 1960. (Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images)
circa 1960: Promotional studio portrait of American actor Jane Fonda wearing a black evening gown. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
circa 1960: Promotional studio portrait of American actor Jane Fonda kneeling with her hands on her knees, for her first film, director Joshua Logan's film, 'Tall Story'. She wears a dark top and short shorts. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Jane Fonda in a sultry pose for a publicity portrait. She wears sheer clothing and holds her hands up behind her head. Ca. 1960-1970.
LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1962: Actress Jane Fonda and husband Roger Vadim attend a party in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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American actress Jane Fonda, circa 1962. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
The American actress Jane Fonda wears the clinging space suit of Barbarella, the leading role in the homonymous movie directed by her husband Roger Vadim; she looks stuck in some dangerous situation into the futuristic scenography. Rome (Italy), 1967.. (Photo by Marisa Rastellini/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
The American actors John Phillip Law and Jane Fonda talk together into Dino De Laurentis Studios during the filming of Roger Vadim's Barbarella; Fonda has the leading role of astronaut Barbarella while Law interprets the blind angel named Pygar. Rome (Italy), 1967.. (Photo by Marisa Rastellini/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
FRANCE � 1964: Alain Delon And Jane Fonda On The Set Of The Movie 'Les F�ins' Directed By Ren�Cl�ent, In France, In 1964 . (Photo by Giancarlo BOTTI/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Jane Fonda, Jean Claude Brialy et Marie Jos�Nat sur le tournage du film de Roger Vadim 'La Ronde' en 1964, France . (Photo by REPORTERS ASSOCIES/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
23rd January 1965: American actress Jane Fonda at the Savoy Hotel, London holds a press reception. (Photo by Kaye/Express/Getty Images)
American actress Jane Fonda with her husband, French director Roger Vadim (1928 - 2000), California, December 1965. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)
23rd January 1965: Actress Jane Fonda in the Savoy Hotel, London puts her feet up and enjoys a relaxing cigarette. (Photo by Kaye/Express/Getty Images)
American actress Jane Fonda, Hollywood, USA, December 1965. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)
FRANCE - NOVEMBER 14: Film Of Roger Vadim. 19651114 Film By Roger Vadim. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
Jane Fonda, US actress, wearing a pink puff sleeve blouse and drop earrings, in a studio portrait, against a red background, circa 1965. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Jane Fonda on bed in a scene from the film 'Circle Of Love', 1965. (Photo by Continental Distributing/Getty Images)
Jane Fonda and baby daughter Vanessa Vadim at the Belvedere Hostpital in Paris, France (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
American actress Jane Fonda in a pink, floral blouse and yellow slacks, circa 1968. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Jane Fonda, US actress, in a publicity portrait issued for the film, 'Barbarella', 1968. The science fiction film, directed by Roger Vadim (1928-2000), starred Fonda as 'Barbarella'. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Jane Fonda sur le tournage de 'Metzengerstein' r�lis�par Roger Vadim en 1968, �Sibiril, France . (Photo by REPORTERS ASSOCIES/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
A year after leaving Ted Turner, former actress Jane Fonda says she has radically changed her life - giving up her famed exercise regimen to write a book about her controversial days as a Vietnam War era peace activist. In an interview with Barbara Walters for ABC's "20/20" to be aired February 9, 2001, Fonda, 63, whose workout videos helped spark the fitness craze of the 1980s and '90s, said she has largely given up exercise because it interferes with her writing. She is shown in a September 26, 1997 file photo. SV
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 20: Actress Jane Fonda attends Jane Fonda's Second Annual Celebrity Auction to Benefit the Cancer Project of the CED Education Fund on April 20, 1980 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jane Fonda during 1980 American Movie Awards at Wilshire Theater in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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It’s hard to find reliable information on how many people are actually dissatisfied with the results of their plastic surgery, but one poll conducted by TreatmentAdviser.com, which polled 2,500 people who visited its site, found that up to 20 percent of people who get facelifts, tummy tucks, breast implants, and liposuction have experiences that “disappoint expectations,” per the Daily Mail.

Age seems to play a role. One study published in the journal Psychological Medicine found that teenage girls who struggled with issues such as depression, anxiety, and disordered eating had even more symptoms following the surgery than they did before. But another study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that older patients (meaning, not teenagers) are typically happy with their results and feel better about their appearance for at least five years after the procedure.

Mental health also may factor in. Patients with a history of anxiety or depression are less likely to be happy with the results of their surgery than others, according to a review published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

And finally, if someone has body dysmorphic disorder, a mental illness in which a person has an obsessive focus on a perceived flaw in their appearance, they’re also less likely to be satisfied with the outcome, according to a paper published in the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology.

As a whole though, most people are satisfied with their plastic surgery results, Jacob D. Steiger, MD, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Boca Raton, Fla., tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “The most important factor in satisfaction after surgery is patient expectations,” he says. “We carefully manage our patient’s expectations and give them an honest, achievable idea of what to expect. When the patient and doctor are on the same page, patient satisfaction is close to 100%.”

Board-certified plastic surgeon Michael Niccole, MD, founder and medical director of CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center & MedSpa, agrees. He tells Yahoo Lifestyle that about five percent of patients are “initially concerned” about their results “but, after allowing time to heal, very few remain dissatisfied.”

The healing component is important, Steiger says. “Today people are anxious to show pictures one or two weeks after surgery. However, these are not real results,” he says. “Any ‘after picture’ should really be at least three months after surgery, if not longer. This is when most swelling has subsided and true results are seen.” If a patient still isn’t satisfied after that time, doctors will typically work with a patient to find out why they’re unhappy and how to achieve the result they want, Steiger says.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Jane Fonda attends The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Jane Fonda attends the Pre-GRAMMY Gala And Salute To Industry Icons Honoring Martin Bandier at The Beverly Hilton on February 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 18: Jane Fonda attends 'Che Tempo Che Fa' TV Show on January 18, 2015 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 11: 72nd ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Actress Jane Fonda arrives to the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015. (Photo by: Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)
WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 7: Singer Al Green; actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks; ballerina Patricia McBride; singer-songwriter Sting; and comedienne Lily Tomlin will receive honors for 2014 on THE 37TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, to be broadcast Tuesday, Dec. 30 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Jane Lynch, Reba McEntire, Jane Fonda, and Kate McKinnon (Photo by Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 7: Singer Al Green; actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks; ballerina Patricia McBride; singer-songwriter Sting; and comedienne Lily Tomlin will receive honors for 2014 on THE 37TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, to be broadcast Tuesday, Dec. 30 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Jane Fonda (Photo by Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 07: Jane Fonda, Jane Lynch and Reba McEntire attend the 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts on December 7, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 05: Actress Jane Fonda attends the Captain Planet Foundation Gala at Intercontinental Buckhead on December 5, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 06: Jane Fonda attends the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors Gala Dinner at the U.S. Department of State on December 6, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Actress Jane Fonda arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'This Is Where I Leave You' at TCL Chinese Theatre on September 15, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Actress Jane Fonda arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'This Is Where I Leave You' at TCL Chinese Theatre on September 15, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Actress Jane Fonda arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'This Is Where I Leave You' at TCL Chinese Theatre on September 15, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 08: Jane Fonda attends the Guess Portrait Studio during 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Aaron Harris/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Actress Jane Fonda (dress & hair detail) attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'This Is Where I Leave You' at the TCL Chinese Theatre on September 15, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 08: Tina Fey and Jane Fonda attend the Guess Portrait Studio during 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Aaron Harris/WireImage)
TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 08: Jane Fonda attends the Guess Portrait Studio during 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Aaron Harris/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 27: Jane Fonda and Viva Vadim attend actress Jane Fonda's Handprint/Footprint Ceremony during the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 27, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: (USA SALES ONLY) (L-R) Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele, Jude Law and Jane Fonda attend the Diamonds Are Girls Best Friend event during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival held at Hotel Martinez on May 16, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Eric Ryan/Getty Images)
BOMBAY, INDIA: US actress Jane Fonda (C) gestures along side playwright, Eve Ensler (L) and Dr. Armida Fernandez (R) as they talk to the press at the Society for Nutrition Education and Health Action (SNEHA) for Women and Children in Bombay, 09 March 2004. Fonda and Ensler along with other celebrities who are in town to perform in a Poor-Box production of the provocative play 'Vagina Monologues', did a tour of a part of the SNEHA Mecial Centre to lend support to the great work being done there. AFP PHOTO/Rob ELLIOTT (Photo credit should read ROB ELLIOTT/AFP/Getty Images)
Jane Fonda during Children's Aid Celebrates 20 Years of Teen Pregnancy Prevention at Harvard Club of New York in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Djamilla Rosa Cochran/WireImage)
US actress Jane Fonda presents her 'Golden Hart' for lifetime achievement during the charity TV show 'Ein Herz fuer Kinder' (A heart for children) made to raise funds and donations for needy children, 15 December 2007 in Berlin. AFP PHOTO DDP/MICHAEL KAPPELER GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read MICHAEL KAPPELER/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 20: (L-R) Actor Keenan Ivory Wayans, director Gregory Nava, actress/singer Jennifer Lopez, manager Benny Medina, actress Jane Fonda, singer Pitbull, Lopez's children Emme (front, left and Max pose as Lopez is honored with the 2500th star on June 20, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/WireImage)
002 06/24/98 Washington Dc Jane Fonda Addresses A National Press Club Luncheon In Washington, D.C. Where She Talked About Teen Pregnancy And Offered Tips To Parents For Guiding Their Children. (Photo By Karin Cooper/Getty Images)
Media mogul Ted Turner and his wife actress Jane Fonda arrive 04 October 2003 in Washington at the premiere of 'Guettysburg' a new four-hour motion picture chronicling the three-day battle of the U.S. Civil War. Turner's production company Turner Pictures presents the movie based on the Pulitzer prize winning novel 'The Killer Angels' by Michael Shaara. AFP PHOTO JENNIFER YOUNG (Photo credit should read JENNIFER YOUNG/AFP/GettyImages)
Actor Henry Fonda (centre) with his children, actors Jane and Peter, attending a tribute to Henry by the American Film Institute, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, California, circa 1975. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
The US actors Rod Taylor and Jane Fonda are sat close, at the races, in a scene of the film 'Sunday in New York'. New York, 1963. (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
A scene of 'Sunday in New York', with Cliff Robertson comforting Jane Fonda, his sister in the film. New York, 1963. (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
A scene of the film 'Sunday in New York', with Cliff Robertson introducing Jane Fonda (on the right) to Jo Morrow (on the left), who are his sister and his girlfriend respectively in the film. New York, 1963. (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Jane Fonda snuggles with a child in a scene from the film 'Hurry Sundown', 1966. (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images)
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If you’re interested in having plastic surgery, Steiger says it’s crucial to do your homework. “My tip for patients is to do their research before committing to any procedure and to request a natural appearance,” he says. “Book a consultation with your doctor to take photos and determine the best procedure for your desired results. Make sure that you use a physician who specializes in the procedures you are looking for and performs them frequently. Also, be sure to view plenty of before and after photos of your physician’s patients and results.”

It’s important to an honest conversation with your doctor in advance about what you’re hoping to get out of the procedure, and what they think your results will be. “The best strategy to obtain high satisfaction rates is a thorough preoperative interview in order to understand the patient’s expectations better,” Daria Hamrah, MD of Nova Surgicare, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “Usually when a patient is disappointed or has regret, it is due to false expectations or misunderstanding between patient and doctor during the consultation.” 

And, of course, make sure that what you think you’ll get out of the procedure lines up with what your doctor thinks. “Managing expectations is everything,” Niccole says.

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