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Friends Starlet Shares How Nose Surgery Changed Her Life

Beauty, brains and friends are some of the most important things every young girl struggles with, even Hollywood actress Lisa Kudrow found herself as an outcast among peers. The former Friends star, known as Phoebe on the hit NBC show, revealed that she had undergone rhinoplasty, and celebrates her experience as a one that altered her life for the better.

Kudrow, 50, expressed no regrets for her decision in an interview with the Saturday Evening Post about her decision to have nose surgery at the age of 16. In her mind, she went from “hideous to not so hideous,” which made her feel the experience as “life-changing” as she transitioned through high school.

From Outcast Teen to Emmy Winner

A few of her childhood friends felt they needed to spare their friendship with Kudrow entering junior high school, leaving her friendless and disappointed. Being depressed going into high school with the same group of peers was no picnic either.

“For your own good, you need to see what would happen if we weren’t here,” said Kudrow about the experience of her friends evicting her. A difficult pill for her to swallow.

She took the initiative to gain a spark of confidence and had nose reshaping surgery during one summer and transferred to a new school. Only then was she able to feel the excitement about attending school and feel comfortable with her appearance. It turned her life around for the better, Kudrow said.

She dove deeper within academics and attended Vassar College in New York. She flirted with ideas of medical school, but it was then where she decided to get into acting. After her breakthrough role on Friends, she has become a highly requested actress, performing in about 30 films as well as many appearances on other television series, including her latest role on ABC drama Scandal.

Advantages of Rhinoplasty

In Kudrow’s high school days, teens were not frowned upon as they are now for undergoing plastic surgery. Surgeons express that maturity is a big concern for making the decision to get nose surgery, and in Kudrow’s case she understood the role rhinoplasty played. Photos of Kudrow before the surgery depicted a nasal tip that protruded and was bulbous in shape. Now the actress’s nose is shorter and smaller, which continues to prevent the hideous feeling that she once felt about her appearance. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons the changes of rhinoplasty include:

  • Corrections to nasal asymmetry and deviation
  • Reduction of wide, large or upturned nostrils
  • Adjustments to visible humps or depressions
  • Reshaping nasal tip that is bulbous, drooping or upturned
  • Promotes balance of facial features

Kudrow fans continue to show their praise for her performance on Friends. Her Twitter feed and Facebook display young girls who look up to her character. Kudrow expressed that it is a good feeling to be a role model for her fans beyond the end of the series. Her nasal appearance may have made an impact to her roles as an actress, but she feels that her procedure played an important role in her life. She was able to display her character with confidence, without having to worry about the overbearing and unbalanced features from her youth. Learn more about what rhinoplasty has to offer to help inspire a change in your life.

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