"I realized my face is only going to get older. So why not take care of whatever fear I have attached to that," she explained.
Justine Bateman, writer, and director in Hollywood, who gained notoriety for her role in the popular comedy Family Ties, has opened up about her disdain for cosmetic surgery. Prior to this, the writer became the punching bag for those who criticized her for baring her face without hiding the wrinkles. She started receiving terrible remarks about her appearance when she was 40. However, the public comments didn't break her spirit as she broke her silence on cosmetic surgery, as per PEOPLE.
In a recent interview, the director revealed to 60 Minutes Australia how she faced severe trolling for aging naturally. She said, "I just don't give a s***. I think I look rad. I think my face represents who I am. I like it." She added, "I feel like I would erase, not only all my authority that I have now, but also, I like feeling that I am a different person now than I was when I was 20. I like looking in the mirror and seeing that evidence," while discussing the constant pressure on women to look younger than their age with no visible signs of aging.
The actor said, “I thought my face looked fine. And then because of some of the fears I had, unrelated to my face, I decided to make them right and me wrong...I became really ashamed of my face, ridiculously so." In 2021, Bateman discussed her reasons for avoiding cosmetic surgery with the outlet. The actor remembered a day when she Googled her name and noticed comments that she appeared to be getting older, which instantly changed how she felt about herself. Even after a cosmetic surgeon chalked up her face for prospective nips and tucks — an eyelid lift here, some skin removed there, and a lower facelift – she has continued to defy temptation to change the way she looks.
View this post on Instagram
"I could do all of that," Bateman said while stretching her skin taut across her face. "I find it really wrong that women right now are absorbing this idea that their faces need to be fixed. I realized my face is only going to get older. So why not take care of whatever fear I have attached to that," she explained as she said how women want "to change their faces so that x, y, z can't happen."
View this post on Instagram
"You're not going to make that fear go away by changing your face. If you go and get plastic surgery, you're going to look different. Okay. You'll have that, but you haven't dealt with what the fear was. That fear will continue," Bateman added as she stood firm on her opinion that “getting all this plastic surgery is just people pleasing," to which she doesn’t want to adhere at all.
Cover Image Source: Getty Images | Photo by Frederick M. Brown