Plastic surgery is not uncommon among those in the entertainment industry, and that was what one star from “Little House on the Prairie” opted for in her earlier years. At 53 years old, however, she decided against further plastic surgery—and here’s her reason.
For those who have seen the American drama series “Little House on the Prairie,” which aired from 1974 to 1983, most would remember the second daughter of the family, Laura, played by Melissa Gilbert. Gilbert went on to act in many movies and films. Thirty-four years after getting her foot through the door, she shared with First For Woman magazine all about growing up in the public eye.
As someone in the entertainment industry, it was not easy for Gilbert growing up.
“There’s this mentality in Hollywood of not allowing women to age or gain weight or to simply be themselves,” she explained.
To “prevent aging,” Gilbert turned to artificial cosmetic methods.
“I went down the road that everyone else does—nose job, boob job, fillers and Botox,” she said.
But many years later, she decided everything was enough, and said “no more” to going under the knife.
“I had my breast implants removed and I’m no longer doing fillers or Botox because I’m a 53-year-old woman and I’m trying to embrace this process of aging,” she said.
And she thanked her body for everything.
“I’m grateful to my body for holding up through some major health issues and serious injuries,” she said. “Right now I’m physically pain-free and relatively healthy and strong.
Gilbert explained that reason for her change.
“Five years in Michigan gave me a chance to gather up my strength and courage,” she said.
She added that being away from the public’s eye with her husband, Timothy Busfield, had aided her in her career.
“I finally feel as if I have a true partnership in life—someone who believes in me and encourages me to stretch myself in so many different ways,” Gilbert said. “My life is insanely full.”
The change in her outlook has allowed Gilbert to enjoy life.
“I have the joy of being able to work on these incredible projects and live a life of fun and freedom with a man I adore and who cherishes and adores me back,” she said. “By and large, the body image thing doesn’t come into play anymore.”